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Sustainability and Health


Entry requirements

This course is meant for second (and if places available third) year students of the Honours College FSW programme, Science & Society track.


Through an interdisciplinary approach, you will explore what lies at the intersection of sustainability and health. You will learn to define, question and intervene on both academic and non-academic debates on how as humans we need to tackle impending climate degradation in order to preserve our health and that of the living beings around us. You will do so by studying key texts that have to do with both topics, meeting leading scholars on such issues. You will make a podcast, write an essay and work individually and in groups towards projects reflecting your own personal engagement with such issues.

Learning objectives

During this course, you will:

  • Obtain in depth knowledge on issues related to sustainability and health policies

  • Learn to work in an interdisciplinary context

  • Produce in depth and extensive pieces of academic writing

  • Work in teams towards a group project

Mode of instruction

  • Seminars: 6 seminars of 2 hours (participation is mandatory) (12 hrs total)

  • Literature reading: 6 hours/meeting (36 hrs total)

  • Peer review: 12 hrs

  • Essay: 14 hrs

  • Podcast: 20 hrs

  • Other activities: 3 hours/meeting (18 hrs total)

The program could look as follow (tentative program)

  • Week 1 - Sustainability x Health (Guest Lecturer)

  • Week 2 – Global scale, global stakes? (Guest Lecturer)

  • Week 3 – Case study I (Guest Lecturer)

  • Week 4 – Case study II (Guest Lecturer)

  • Week 5 – Individual project presentation

  • Week 6 – Group project presentation

Required literature

Literature is left to the discretion of weekly guest lecturers. Students will be given access to readings on Brightspace ahead of lectures.






1 individual project
1 group project


Date Time Location
15-02-2022 18:00-20:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw
1-03-2022 18:00-20:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw
22-03-2022 18:00-20:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw
19-04-2022 18:00-20:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw
03-05-2022 18:00-20:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw
17-05-2022 18:00-20:00 Pieter de la Courtgebouw


Registration via uSis, activity code 13033.

You can register for the Elective Honours Modules via uSis until five days before the start of the course.

Courses starting in semester 2: registration opens December 15th.

Contact information

If you have any questions, please contact Honours College FSW