Module 1: Dissecting sustainability
Here you will be introduced to the concept of sustainability and its uses within society. We will also explain the sustainability competencies which are your tools for this MOOC.
Module 2: Understanding Complexity
You will now define problems related to sustainability, identifying the direct and indirect causes and effects. This will be done at different scales, from the political arena, to your community, in order to illustrate how complicated these issues can be. Systems thinking tools shall then be explained as a way of tackling this complexity.
Module 3: Challenging Norms and Values
There are many different cultural understandings of sustainability, and our personal values influence our views and behaviours. You will learn to recognize these differences and biases and how these can influence your understanding.
Module 4: Collaboration for Sustainable Change
In this module, you will see how communication can bring different worldviews together to solve problems related to sustainability.
Module 5: Thinking about the Future
You will now look to the future; how do you envision it? Using forecasting, back casting and scenario development, you will learn about the tools that will help make that future a reality.
Module 6: Making your plan work
Now it’s time to create an action plan for your personal project. You will identify the limitations of action taking and the feasibility of tackling your problem.
Module 7: Wrapping up: Being an Agent of Sustainable Change
This module is about reflecting upon the competencies and understanding how they can help achieve sustainable change. You will also look at how you have integrated them into their personal project.