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Practical Introduction to Social Sustainability

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Social sustainability is an aspect of sustainable development that is at the same time connected to multiple academic disciplines and to everyone’s everyday life and is thus relevant for almost every and any student.

It is simultaneously theoretically intriguing and practical. This course explores the basic theoretical underpinnings of social sustainability and puts them to practical use. Learning about social sustainability enables students to better understand the connection between their field of study, society, and sustainability.

Participants are encouraged to personally reflect on what their professional role in a sustainable society can be.

Practical Introduction to Social Sustainability


Åbo Akademi University


1–30 August 2022
Contact teaching in Turku 8–19 August.
The start and finish of the course is completed online.


Turku and online




After the course, the student will be able to

  • Discuss what social sustainability is and how it relates to other aspects of sustainability.
  • Argue for the relevance of social sustainability.
  • Use different indicators to assess social sustainability.
  • Describe the policies and actions that affect social sustainability.
  • Understand the connection between social sustainability and resilience.


Social sustainability: what it is, its relevance and its relationship to other aspects of sustainability. How social sustainability is manifested and how it can be measured. How social sustainability is promoted in different societies and who is responsible for it.

Target audience

No previous studies are required. The course is suitable for anyone interested in sustainability, in human well-being, human societies and their resilience.


Lectures, group work, project work, presentations.

Student work load

5 ECTS equals 135 h of work for the student and will be divided between a pre-task, lectures, assignments, discussions, and a course project.


Pre-task and assignments as pass/resubmit/fail.
Course project graded on a scale 0-5, where 0 equals fail and 5 is the highest grade.

Assessment criteria

Pre-task and assignments: to receive the grade pass, the submitted assignments have to comply with the criteria specified in each task or assignment (content, length, quality of arguments, originality).

The course project grade will be based on quality of presentation and arguments, comprehensiveness and thoroughness of discussion, relevance, and originality.

Learning materials

Learning materials will be made available online. For the project work, students may need to search for relevant literature or other sources.

Number of students: max 40