Education on sustainability

Courses and programmes about sustainability
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Sustainability in education at Erasmus University Rotterdam means paying attention to economic, social and ecological development. The goal is that graduates of our university, the leaders of the future, understand the challenges that we should overcome for our society and environment.

Erasmus University Rotterdam offers different bachelor and master programmes and courses in which sustainability plays a major role.

Bachelor students at Erasmus University Rotterdam have to follow elective courses. If they are interested in sustainability issues, then there are many courses to choose from in order to deepen or broaden their knowledge on topics such as responsible consumption and production or climate change.

  • Cheap: A Critique of Capitalism in the Web of Life
  • Degrowth (ISS faculty)
  • Economics of Fashion and Sustainability
  • Economic Geography of Creativity and Urban Development
  • Economics of Sustainability
  • Economics of Sustainability (EUC)
  • Ecophilosophy: Beyond Sustainability and Environment
  • Environmental Economics
  • Ethiek, duurzaamheid en compliance (Dutch)
  • Finance for Positive Change
  • Food and nutrition
  • Global Challenges
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Governing just sustainability transitions
  • Organizations & Social Movements
  • Plant Physiology & Sustainable Agriculture
  • Pluralist Economic Perspectives on Climate Change
  • Principles of Ecology
  • Sustainability in the Visual Arts and Crafts
  • Sustainable Development in Historical Perspective
  • The Climate Crisis: Ecology, Economy & Politics in the Anthropocene

For ambitious students, Erasmus University Rotterdam offers honours programmes. Innovative solutions for sustainability challenges are created from multiple angles in these interdisciplinary programmes.

Are you a professional who wants to gain more insight into sustainability issues? Have a look at our executive education.

Find a sustainable course or paper with the SDGs mapper

The SDG Mapper is used to classify the extent to which our education and research is related to the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations. It shows which of the seventeen goals have a high or low number of publications and courses and thereby, for example, can provide insights to start the conversation when formulation of impact ambitions at a school level. Important to note is that it does not say anything about EUR being sustainable or having impact.

The algorithm that is used for the SDG Mapper, is open sourced and available via GithubOpens. Currently only English-language academic articles and course descriptions are included from PURE, our Current Research Information System (CRIS) and OSIRIS in this alpha version. Dutch-language articles and course descriptions will be machine translated to be included in the next version. The SDG mapper algorithm is validated by researchers from the International Institute of Social Studies. In addition, it is currently compared the EUR algorithm with that of Elsevier and Leiden CWTS.

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Transformative education for sustainability

Transformative education aims to enable and empower students to become lifelong learners who are capable of understanding and shaping their environments in just and sustainable ways. 

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Meet the sustainability educators at EUR

During the Sustainability Days 2023, educators from various EUR schools presented their educational activities and engaged in meaningful conversations with both staff and students about possibilities of sustainability education.

Meet the sustainability educators

Climate & Ecological Literacy to Action workshop 
In 2023 an immersion workshop series on the Climate & Ecological Literacy to Action for employees and students was organized. This workshop series provided insight and high-impact approaches to carbon emission reductions, biodiversity support and ecosystem harmonization. The participants designed a realistic and actionable plan with a team in their area of expertise. The workshop series, led by Joey Johannsen (RSM), was supported by Sustainability Liaison Network, Sustainability Programme, RSM, DIT platform and it will be continued in 2024. Read more on MyEur.

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