Odense, Denmark

Quality Education: Human Capital for Building Resilient Societies (Sustainable Development Goal 4) (cancelled)

online course
when 3 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, this course has been cancelled for 2020.

Quality education (Sustainable Development Goal 4), or the ‘right’ types of knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes embodied as human capital in real human beings, is a key driver of the resilience and wellbeing of people (micro) and societies (macro). This is true in today’s globalized knowledge economies; it is likely to be even more true in tomorrow’s automated robot economies. But precisely what is quality education for today and tomorrow, and why is it so important? Which policies are key in boosting it? Why should liberal democracies invest in inclusive and equitable quality education, and how can they do so smartly? We study a wide range of approaches, including Nobel Prize winning economists such as Paul Romer and James Heckman, as well as leading sociologists, political scientists and policy scholars to tackle this key question for building resilient societies.

Course leader

Pieter Vanhuysse

Target group


Course aim

This course provides students with an introduction to the major theories and approaches in sociology, economics, political science and public policy on the role the notion of quality education in advanced liberal democracies and the role of human capital in preparing individuals and societies for a resilient future.

Students will learn to translate the knowledge above into answers to key public policy questions, such as:
"What can governments do to improve the quality education for the young?" "…When and why will they (not) do it?"
"Do we need new education policies and different skills for today's knowledge economy and tomorrow’s automated economy?"
“What is the role of teachers and early childhood in creating quality human capital? What can policies do?"

Fee info

EUR 0: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees.

NON-EU student: 4035 DKK per course (538 Euro)

EU Students: 2400 DKK per course (320 Euro)