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Students wanting to change their education focus may choose to take some courses to get back on track. A course is also beneficial to those who are currently working and want to expand their skills to improve their future career outlook.

What are courses in sustainability studies? These are designed for students who care about the environment and want to be involved in sustainability management solutions. Each program will vary in its course offerings and focus, and some will have a more general approach while others explore specific subjects. Examples of topics include energy management in buildings, energy intensity of food production, new transportation technologies, renewable energy systems, and energy security. Focused subject areas may be sustainable supply chain management, greenhouse emissions, environmental economics, and environmental toxicology.

Students develop a number of beneficial skills by taking these courses. Some examples of abilities that may lead to enhanced career options include problem solving, critical thinking, and effective oral and written communication skills.

Students who avoid getting a higher education because they think it will cost too much may think differently when looking at courses. Many of them are short in duration, which makes them more affordable, and they can typically be taken part-time or online so one can still earn a living while going to school.

Careers in the sustainability field can be found in the humanities, social sciences, and biological sciences. The actual career paths can differ greatly, but in some ways the jobs promote social responsibility, environmental protection, and profitability. Specific titles may include civil engineer, industrial production manager, atmospheric and space scientist, chief sustainability executive, data entry technician, outreach coordinator, environmental policy director, natural resource manager, and international development researcher.

Explore here for online, local, and international sustainability courses. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

 

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27 Results in Sustainability Studies

NIVA Education

The course will consist of a mix of lectures and discussions on the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in practical lean implementati ... [+]

The course will consist of a mix of lectures and discussions on the role of lean, the work environment and sustainable production processes in practical lean implementation or the participant’s research projects. Basic lean literature will be distributed to participants before the course. The participants will also be asked to prepare a brief introduction of their research project or lean implementation activities.

The course can be approved as a Phd-course with 3,5 ETCS at Aalborg University.

This course has also been accepted as a theoretical course (10 hours) demanded in the medical specialist education in the training programs of occupational health services at the University of Helsinki in Finland. The acceptance is valid for the specialist training programs at the Faculty of Medicine of all Finnish universities.... [-]

Denmark Copenhagen
Full-time
4 days
Campus
Gaia Education

Global experts advise in order to stir humanity towards sustainability we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport, and economic system ... [+]

Global experts advise that in order to stir humanity towards sustainability, we need to re-design everything, from our homes to our food, energy, transport and economic systems. This transformation needs to occur on a grand scale and take into consideration people, planet and livelihoods to arrive at a holistic balance as we humbly endeavour to redesign human presence on Earth.

So, what does it mean to re-design everything?

Rooted in Gaia Education’s international experience in community design education and sustainable systems thinking over more than ten years, we offer you this short course that highlights what is possible, what is being done, and what remains to be done, to transform society, while addressing the most pressing issues of our times. Designing for Sustainability invites a cross-generational process of critical thinking, the exploration of innovative solutions and social entrepreneurship, and is inspired by what Thich Nhat Hanh has called ‘interbeing’ – the connection we share with all living things.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
Open Enrollment
Part-time
12 - 15 hours
Online
Gaia Education

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development at a global scale. It will present the case for ... [+]

Energy is the golden thread that connects economic growth, increases social equity and an environment that allows the world to thrive. Development is not possible without energy and sustainable development is not possible without sustainable energy.

This online programme will give a comprehensive overview of renewable energy as a means to enable sustainable development at a global scale. It will present the case for how renewable energies represent both an environmental necessity and an economic opportunity.

The programme supports the UN Sustainable Energy for All initiative (SE4ALL), which aims to provide universal access to modern energy services, and double the worldwide rate of improvement in energy efficiency and the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix. Energy underpins all of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which this course is also closely aligned with.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

We need to learn to question our basic assumptions and learn to ask deeper questions that help us to transcend and include multiple perspectives if we hope to steer human ... [+]

We need to learn to question our basic assumptions and learn to ask deeper questions that help us to transcend and include multiple perspectives if we hope to steer humanity towards an uncertain future with wisdom, foresight, and precaution.

The Worldview dimension invites you to become more conscious of how your own worldview and value system affect your perceived needs and the way you might propose and design solutions in any given situation.

This dimension can be taken as a stand-alone programme or as the starting point for our 10-month online Design For Sustainability course. The cost of this dimension is £350 GBP. The course, which includes an orientation period, lasts for eight weeks. We suggest you dedicate a minimum of 10 hours a week to the course, in order to receive maximum benefit from it.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
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Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

Never has there been a better time and a more urgent need to create a more resilient and participatory future by turning our attention to alternative economic paradigms. ... [+]

Best Courses in Sustainability Studies 2019.

Never has there been a better time and a more urgent need to create a more resilient and participatory future by turning our attention to the redesign of our economic systems. If you feel stuck or uncertain about what you can do and want to take part in this redesign, our e-learning programme is for you.

An increasing amount of people know that our current economic system is no longer sustainable, yet awareness of viable alternatives is spreading slowly. Our aim is to give you a better understanding of those alternatives and the true meaning of economy and wealth. Participants will learn about existing systems and tools that are useful and will explore what it might take to re-design those that have proven dysfunctional.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
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Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

Do you want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem? Do you want to learn to create elegant solutions carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness ... [+]

Do you want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem?

Do you want to learn to create elegant solutions carefully adapted to the biocultural uniqueness of place?

If you do, then becoming an ecological designer is for you.

The Ecological dimension of Gaia Education’s online course will give you the skills to become an ecological designer and create self-regenerating sustainable settlements.

World leaders have set the target of achieving three extraordinary things in the next 15 years:

end extreme poverty fight inequality and injustice fix climate change

The 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development could get these things done. In all countries. For all people.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
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Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
Gaia Education

Are you looking to consciously reinvent cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together? If so, how do we design for group development, leadership, conflic ... [+]

Best Courses in Sustainability Studies 2019.

Are you looking to consciously reinvent cooperative and harmonious ways of living and working together?

If so, how do we design for group development, leadership, conflict resolution, decision-making, creativity, social justice, and communication?

Join Gaia Education’s Social Design for Sustainability course and learn practical effective ways to create the change we all seek. Our distinct programme is your chance to learn about the different ways to participate in this (r)evolutionary shift in paradigms.

Our aim is to give you a better understanding of the true meaning of social equity and participatory action and to enable participants to apply transformative tools that align us with more resilient social systems. Our relationship with others is too dear to let it default on old domineering paradigms.... [-]

United Kingdom Forres Canada Shawnigan Lake Thailand Prachuap Khiri Khan Brazil Rio de Janeiro  + 4 More
August 2019
Full-time
Part-time
8 weeks
Online
University of Washington Foster School of Business

You'll come away with a clear understanding of the key principles of retail sustainability as well as specific tools to begin developing a plan for your organization. ... [+]

co-sponsored by the Michael G. Foster School of Business's Retail Management Program and the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Why are the world's largest retailers driving sustainability throughout their value chain? What can you learn about sustainability practices from major companies such as Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, IKEA, Starbucks and REI? How can sustainable policies impact brand and business value? What are the financial and strategic benefits of embracing sustainability?

This intensive two-day seminar explores why and how many of the nation's most successful businesses are integrating sustainability into their operations and branding strategies. You will come away with a clear understanding of the key principles of sustainability as well as specific tools to begin developing a plan for your organization. If you already have sustainability policies, you can learn next steps and how to better measure their effectiveness on your business, community and the natural world.... [-]

USA Seattle South Korea Seoul San Francisco  + 1 More
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Part-time
2 days
Campus
IED – Istituto Europeo di Design Rio de Janeiro

The course aims to provide methodological tools and important technical knowledge that will provide a base for students, so that their projects and their creations are in ... [+]

Because?

The course aims to provide methodological tools and important technical knowledge that will provide a base for students, so that their projects and their creations are in tune with the vanguard of these new times, increasing its value offer and increasing its differential over competitors.

For whom?

Directed to those who are sensitized by the current environmental challenges and interested in being a part of society progresses, which seeks to contribute to positively impact such issues, untiring engagement by new design practices and anthropological changes of customs with the market.

How is it?

Contemporary society is in a moment of maximum need in the reflection and reorganization of its production and consumption systems, when it finds itself in a model that has already presented numerous proofs of unsustainability and exhaustion, due to its high extractive impact on the natural resources available in the planet .... [-]

Brazil Rio de Janeiro
September 2019
Portuguese
Part-time
75 hours
Campus
University of St Andrews

The Sustainable Aquaculture modular course allows students to study individual modules from a range of part-time, e-learning, postgraduate-level modules which aim to deve ... [+]

The Sustainable Aquaculture modular course allows students to study individual modules from a range of part-time, e-learning, postgraduate-level modules which aim to develop students' critical understanding of the development and principles of aquaculture. The credits for each module successfully completed may be transferred and contribute towards a postgraduate qualification (PG Cert, PGDip, MSc) at a later date.

The Sustainable Aquaculture distance learning modular programme is taught part-time via an online e-learning platform offering online tutorial support, direct email contact with tutors, video streams and access to student bulletin boards. This structure allows students the maximum flexibility to complete their studies while continuing their employment.... [-]

United Kingdom Saint Andrews
September 2019
Full-time
9 - 12 weeks
Online
Sustainability Institute

A more sustainable world will mean changing our assumptions about design, and what should be designed. This course will focus on the role of design in all its disciplinar ... [+]

A more sustainable world will mean changing our assumptions about design, and what should be designed. This course will focus on the role of design in all its disciplinary manifestations.

Design has affected the shape and experience of industrialisation, urbanisation, urbanism, political economics, power relationships, globalisation and the quest for a sustainable future. It has shaped ethics and leadership styles and processes.

Through its function of object-making, communication-making, space-making, experience-making and systems-making, design plays a powerful role in the forming of values, identities, lifestyles, aspirations, expectations, choices and behaviour.

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South Africa Stellenbosch
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Full-time
6 days
Campus
Sustainability Institute

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the spectacular transformation of the world as it crosses the threshold of becoming a majority urban world for the first ... [+]

This course provides a comprehensive overview of the spectacular transformation of the world as it crosses the threshold of becoming a majority urban world for the first time in human history.

The module delves into the differential dynamics of worldwide urbanisation, with particular reference to the global South. It demonstrates that these large-scale shifts in human movement, economic development, and expansion of the built environment hold deeply troubling implications for sustainability.

The course is presented by Mark Swilling, a Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development that is delivered at the Institute.... [-]

South Africa Stellenbosch
August 2019
Full-time
6 days
Campus
Sustainability Institute

Delve deeper into the challenge of sustainability in general and sustainable development in particular. Explore the challenges posed by natural resource limits to the way ... [+]

Delve deeper into the challenge of sustainability in general and sustainable development in particular. Explore the challenges posed by natural resource limits to the ways production and consumption are currently structured and managed within a world that is sharply divided between the rich (located mainly in the global North) and poor (located mainly in the global South).

The challenge facing the world today is not just about the redistribution of resources to ensure greater levels of social equity, but also about how to reorganise the extraction, use, and disposal of those resources in order to ensure longer-term survival of the eco-systems that sustain all life.

This course will provide course participants with an overview of the most significant global environmental, social and economic challenges that face humankind, and an insight into the solutions suggested by the universal commitment to sustainable development. Four questions will guide the lectures and discussions:... [-]

South Africa Stellenbosch
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Full-time
6 days
Campus
Sustainability Institute

During the course, we will explore the diversity of paradigms in heterodox economics, emerging thinking in the World Academy of Art and Science, post-GDP debates, differe ... [+]

During the course, we will explore the diversity of paradigms in heterodox economics, emerging thinking in the World Academy of Art and Science, post-GDP debates, different modes of long-wave thinking, global green transformation and proposals for radical change.

This course will help participants understand the global debates about alternatives to the current crisis-ridden global economic order.

This course is presented by Mark Swilling, a Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Development in the School of Public Leadership, University of Stellenbosch and Academic Director of the Master’s Programme in Sustainable Development that is delivered at the Institute.

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South Africa Stellenbosch
July 2019
Full-time
6 days
Campus
Sustainability Institute

This course investigates business responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability and the manifestations of social (sustainable) enterprise, wit ... [+]

This course investigates business responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability and the manifestations of social (sustainable) enterprise, with special emphasis on developing country contexts, particularly South Africa.

An overarching question is what role, if any, can enterprise play in the transition toward a ‘new economy’.

Is social enterprise a legitimate ‘new economy’ trend that imbues a genuine shift in attitudes and behaviour, or is it a veil for business as usual?

Central focus areas will include:

Defining corporate citizenship and social (sustainable) enterprise Take a look at drivers for corporate citizenship and the business response Ad-hoc through to strategic organisational level responses Social entrepreneurship, and the role of social enterprise in society and business Partnerships and critical collaboration ‘New Economy’ trends through a social innovation lens Leadership characteristics necessary to lead change ... [-]
South Africa Stellenbosch
August 2019
Full-time
6 days
Campus