Sustainability – History of Concepts and Practices

Sustainability – History of Concepts and Practices

Course dates:
9 August, 2021 to 20 August, 2021
EU/EEA citizens 6375 DKK/Non-EU/EEA citizens 10000 DKK
Fee advantages:
Full fee
Engineering & Sciences
Application deadline:
Thursday, 1 April, 2021
University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

General information

This highly interactive summer school offers students interested in sustainability from all disciplines the opportunity to gain skills in analyzing historical literature and data, and applying that information to on-going and emerging complex socio-environmental problems for which there are no easy answers, i.e., so-called ‘wicked problems’. While ‘sustainability’ is relatively recent terminology, the concept has been developing over several centuries in response to changes in culture, society and scientific knowledge.

The course will be organized into two parts: a four-week on-line part (25 hours per week) and a two-week on-campus part (full time). During the on-line part, students will be introduced to the history of the concept via online teaching, readings, discussions of readings, and tasks to prepare for the on-campus portion. They will have the opportunity to coordinate with the instructor on disciplinary and research interests, as they tie together historical analysis with current practice

During the on-campus portion, students will be placed into interdisciplinary groups, each of which will propose how to address a current or emerging socio-environmental problem by using historical lessons learned, and then present their results to the entire group for discussion.


Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Hostel World

UCPH Housing Foundation (acceptance letter from UCPH required).


ECTS accreditation

Master level

7,5 ECTS