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Minor Sustainable Society (follow up of Going Green)

Since the Paris Climate Agreement almost 200 governments and large companies are busy making climate action plans. We are more aware of the huge amount of energy and materials we consume. The gap between rich and poor is growing. A better balance in our care for people, planet and prosperity (profit) is needed. Do you want to use your talent and contribute to create a more sustainable world? Than this minor Sustainable Society is just for you!

You will first develop a base knowledge in the area of sustainability, working on assignments on the subject of Renewable Energy, Corporate Social Responsibility (MVO in Dutch), or Circular Economy (Cradle2Cradle). This is necessary because sustainable development is a complex and multidisciplinary subject. You will also work on developing your Personal Leadership skills. And there is room to choose an issue of your own personal interest.

In the second part you will work in a multidisciplinary team on a project related to a local sustainability issue. Since the minor is open for all studies and international students, you will gather experience in working in a dynamic international setting. You may choose a project from available options or find one in your own network. The Province, municipalities, and several local companies will challenge you to come up with innovative ideas and sustainable solutions!


In their personal development plans, students formulate their own learning goals in line with their disciplinary competency profiles and the RESFIA sustainability competencies (each with 3 levels). RESFIA stands for Responsibility, Emotional intelligence, System orientation, Future orientation, personal Involvement and Action skills. Learning outcomes are: 1) You can carry out a problem analysis of a sustainability problem; you can give insight in the causes of the problem and its meaning in relation to the larger picture of sustainable development. 2) You can apply your acquired knowledge on sustainability problems on a specific situation in your own workfield and thus develop an innovative solution. 3) You and your project team can develop potential innovative solutions for a real life case, based on a problem analysis and a design based education approach.

Aanvullende informatie

You can also  work on this minor as part of the X-honours program and receive a special certificate.

Costs for excursion: about 20-50 euro travel costs

Books are available in the “Mediatheek” of NHL-Stenden; other materials will be made available via the electronic blackboard.

Minimum amount of participants: 15 (published by 15 December 2018)


Passed propedeutic year, preferably with project or internship experience; also check requirements of your own study.


Portfolio with four assignments (12 EC): April

Project report (15 EC): mid June

Final assessment (3 EC): end of June


Roorda, Niko : Fundamentals of Sustainable Development, 2017 (second edition), Earthscan Routledge, isbn 978-1-138-09265-5


Febr-March: Kick off symposium at the start (full day) and four blocks of lectures of 2-4 hours per week. Rest of the time is self study (Roorda book) and four assignments. Detailed schedule available by the end of December 2018 or the beginning of January 2019

March/April/May: some excursions will be proposed

April-June: Project work, project progress meetings, consulting hours 3-4 hours per week, and 3-4 hours guest lectures/conferences. Rest of time to be planned by project teams.