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Open Programma

Rethinking Sustainable Societies: New Perspectives

It has been almost half a century since the Brundtland report introduced the concept of sustainable development by defining it as "human societies live and meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."

While academic and political thinking has already come a long way, the standard line of thought is still that economy, society and ecology need to be balanced, with economic growth coming first.

This course takes another approach and looks at theories that take a different perspective on what a sustainable society is, or how to get there.

As the last 50 years have not brought us closer to the Brundtland report's ambitions, but ever deeper towards a climate crisis, it is time to rethink our approach and consider systemic changes. And we hope you will join us on this ride. 


Mr Mendel Giezen.


You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Entry requirements

Open to second-year and third-year Bachelor’s students at the UvA as well as 'bijvak' students from other Dutch higher education institutions and contract students. 


Registration is open from 13 June 2022 until one week prior to the start of the course. UvA students can register in SIS (look for code: 5512SSPB6Y). Bijvak students and contract students can register by completing the online registration form.

Please note: as a contract student, you can only participate in this course including assessment. 

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl.


Prices can be found on the IIS website.

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes, and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website

Facts & Figures
Mode Short-term
Credits 6 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September