Sustainable Development Goals in Human Sciences (16.9.-18.10.2019)

Sustainable Development Goals in Human Sciences
 
Timing:
Starts on 16 September 2019
16-30 September online independent studying
7-11 October face-to-face sessions, participation in the SDGs week at the University (minimum requirement: three sessions)
14-18 October: wrap-up session and closing
Target group: All doctoral students
 
Language of instruction: English
 
Learning outcomes:
  • This course will introduce the key perspectives, ideas and values of the UN global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for academic research and help students to reflect and consider the SDGs in their doctoral research and studies.
  • The doctoral students will have knowledge of interdisciplinarity/transdisciplinarity of SDGs in research approaches, collaborative planning and team building. They will be capable of drafting possible impact of their research in terms of SDGs.
 
Contents:
  • Research in the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • SDGs, knowledge platform, Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN)
  • Characteristics of interdisciplinarity/transdisciplinarity in research approaches
  • Research on SDGs at UOULU
  • SDGs in knowledge analysis and problem identification
  • SDGs in research approaches, plans and implementation
  • Ethics in research on SDGs and progress monitoring
 
Mode of delivery:
  • Online independent studying (moodle)
  • Face-to-face sessions, participation in the SDGs week at the University (minimum requirement: three sessions)
  • Wrap-up session: team work, reporting and evaluation
 
Learning activities:
  • Pre-tasks including online studying of SDGs, literature and videos, 20hrs
  • Face-to-face sessions and participation in the SDGs week at the University (minimum requirement: three sessions), 20hrs
  • Learning report: integration of SDGs in research or plans, 10hrs
  • Wrap-up session: team work, reporting and evaluation, 4hrs
 
Evaluation: Self-evaluation and peer assessment aiming at improving research plans.
 
Grading: Pass/fail
 
Study credits ECTS: 2 (e.g. Field specific studies)
 
Working life relevance:
The Academy of Finland has recommended all applicants to include SDGs in their research and project plans and therefore, this course will help doctoral students with their future researcher careers.
Finland is committed to the SDGs which are to be mainstreamed in all fields of work.
 
Course convenors: Anne Keränen, university lecturer; Elina Lehtomäki, professor; Jarkko Saarinen, professor
 
Registration: akram.hatami(at)oulu.fi

Last updated: 2.10.2019