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Interdisciplinary Summer Courses

Summer Course 2021

Framing solutions and drivers for change?

This course enables you to acquire research-based knowledge about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the practical application of the framework and mechanisms for monitoring progress and impact. Through the lens of the SDGs the course explores a selection of key global challenges such as migration, food chains, sustainability and circular economies, urbanization, social innovation and entrepreneurship. We address issues of inequality and social inclusion, partnerships and collaboration in relation to the practical application of the SDGs, while questioning the means and challenges in this implementation - locally, nationally, internationally and globally.

Participants will acquire skills in analyzing, comparing and assessing selected issues and methods to advance solutions for the SDG framework; conceptualize relevant theories and contextualize complex spatial problems within the UN SDGs; and analyze application of the SDGs in different contexts including in governance.

The course includes both lectures, debate sessions, curated and supervised workshops, field and company visits, and panel debates with stakeholders and actors  working with the SDGs in the public, non-governmental and private sectors . Hosted and designed by Roskilde University (Denmark), the course is developed in collaboration with the Critical Edge Alliance and will include guest lectures delivered by staff from global alliance partners.


Summer Course 2019


In a world of global challenges and crises, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework and platform from which solutions and changes can be developed. This two week course will introduce and discuss the SDGs in theory and practice from an interdisciplinary, research-based and critical perspective.

The course will investigate the SDG framework as a driver for change, social innovation and sustainability. We will critically examine how the goals can be worked with locally, nationally and globally, and explore the SDGs’ concept of partnerships with stakeholders such as policy makers, private businesses, municipalities and civil society. This course includes lectures, debate sessions, workshops as well as field visits to investigate the application of the UN SDG frame in a local and regional context.


Guest lectures from University of the Andes (Colombia) and the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (India) and high-level experts from different sectors are joining the course taking place at Roskilde University developed in collaboration with the Critical Edge Alliance.


The course is available for master and PhD students and open to other participants with a bachelor’s degree and the required language skills.


Read the course plan here

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