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Sustainable Development Goals - Knowing, Measuring and Leading

MESC01 5 credits


Do you want to get a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, their interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs, as well as the challenges in implementing, measuring and leading for the SDGs?

About the course Sustainable Development Goals - Knowing, Measuring and Leading

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted by all the United Nations Member states in 2015 as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all people.

This course provides an interdisciplinary and state-of the-art perspective on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the most ambitious global framework for sustainable development.

The course highlights the importance of all the three spheres; biosphere, society and economy for a sustainable development and is structured in three interlinked modules on Knowing, Measuring and Leading.


The module provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the 17 SDGs and their interlinkages. Students will receive an introduction to the development and history of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. The module will focus on systems thinking and guide and facilitate students to deepen their knowledge of SDGs and its targets, as well as synergies and trade-offs between SDGs.


The module highlights the importance of assessments and monitoring for decision making and critically discusses the SDG indicator framework.


The module provides a basic grasp of the key governance challenges in implementing the SDGs, discusses key concepts in the fields of leadership and organisation, and highlights the importance of developing communication, networking, leadership and negotiation skills relevant to strategic decision-making.

Learning Outcomes

As a student you will learn about and get a broad understanding of the interconnections between the sustainable development goals, including their history and implementation challenges, and the ways they are measured. You will learn about different leadership models in decision making and develop personal skills in leadership, communication, facilitation, networking and negotiation relevant to strategic decision-making.

The course provides you with competency in systems thinking as well as critical thinking, and the ability to measure, keep track of and predict the progress and effectiveness of specific measures and actions for the SDGs

Course design

The teaching is conducted online by excellent researchers and teachers, and consists of lectures, seminars and exercises. Individual and group-based exercises and assignments are combined to stimulate and evaluate the student's ability to conceptualize and analyze specific SDGs and their interlinked biophysical, political, social and economic dynamics at local to global scale. Tools and knowledge introduced in the course are applied to concrete empirical cases selected by the student.



Literature list

SWE ENG (will be posted here as soon as available)

Who Can Apply?

The course is open for anyone who wants to get a broader understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and their interlinkages, how to implement them, measure them and how to lead the way for sustainable development. You do not need to be enrolled in a programme or have a degree from a certain academic field. 

  • Graduate students and master students
  • Teachers and educators at different levels
  • Policymakers and sustainable development practitioners 
  • Private-sector actors

Entry requirements

To be admitted to the course, students must have fulfilled course requirements of 60 higher education credits. Oral and written proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/B (advanced) from Swedish upper secondary school is a requirement. International qualifications will be assessed in accordance with national guidelines. International students are exempted from the general entry requirement of proficiency in Swedish.

Course period

August 3, 2020 - August 26, 2020. Full time, 5 ECTS. The teaching is conducted online.

Application fee (non EU/EEA citizens): SEK 900

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to. There is no application fee for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.

Full programme/course tuition fee (non EU/EEA citizens): SEK 8 333

Citizens of a country outside of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland are required to pay tuition fees. There are no tuition fees for citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland.


Application code: LU-S9071. Apply here CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS


Amanda Elgh, Student Coordinator, amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se, +46-46-222 04 70


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About the course

Course name: Sustainable Development Goals - Knowing, Measuring and Leading (Globala målen - Kunskap, uppföljning och ledarskap) MESC01

Credits: 5 credits, online/distance teaching, full time, free standing

Department/Faculty: Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, LUCSUS, Faculty of Social Sciences

Level: G2F, First cycle, has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Course language: English




Amanda Elgh
Student Coordinator 
amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se 
+46-46-222 04 70


PO Box 170, SE-222 70 Lund, Sweden
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