Nottingham, United Kingdom

The Transformational Leader & the Sustainable Development Goals

online course
when 30 June 2023 - 7 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee GBP 125

This innovative course programme explores leadership and contemporary challenges through the lens of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants investigate what is needed to become a transformational leader or ‘changemaker’ through a programme of debates and discussion, lectures, seminars, group activities and individual reflective exercises with each day themed around one of the UN 5Ps which are a way of organising the SDGs: people, planet, partnership, peace and prosperity.

Throughout the course, participants collaborate in small groups to produce an output which proposes a sustainability solution and displays their new-found expertise in leadership and sustainability; these presented to peers and tutors on the final day of the course. By the end of the course, participants should have gained insight into how they themselves can be a transformational leader and sustainability advocate. They will be aware of some ways in which different academic disciplines are tackling global and local sustainability challenges, and should understand some of the potential for multi-disciplinary collaboration to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all.

Optional pre-work – Readings and short videos providing overview of SDGs, climate & ecological emergency.

Each day has a 2-hour synchronous class and 1-2 hours of asynchronous work including independent work to consolidate knowledge from that day’s synchronous session and prepare for the next synchronous session. Asynchronous independent work is completed through activities on the NOW learning room and through a ‘Leadership portfolio’ word document.

Synchronous class content:

Monday Welcome, ice-breaker activities, introduction to SDGs and leadership; introduction to the group assessment. 

Tuesday Expert class on Carbon literacy (Planet; SDGs 6,12,13,14,15).

Wednesday Seminar and Kahoot quiz on Sustainability mindsets (Prosperity; SDGs 7,8,9,10,11).

Thursday Negotiation role play game (People and Peace; SDGs 1,2,3,4,5,16).

Friday Collaborative group presentation (Partnership; All SDGs, emphasis on SDG17).

Course leader

Helen Puntha, Prof. Petra Molthan-Hill, Vanessa Odell and Katalin Butt-Bethlendy from NTU's Green Academy.

Target group

This course is ideal for undergraduate students with an interest in the sustainable development goals.

Course aim

After studying on this course you should be able to:
• Demonstrate understanding of sustainability as a concept including how it relates to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the students’ own academic discipline/s;
• Identify leadership skills, qualities and attributes;
• Exemplify carbon literacy.
• Demonstrate one or more leadership competencies;
• Evidence effective team working skills, including the ability to resolve team conflict if it arises;  
• Identify solutions to sustainability challenges;
• Produce professional and visually impactful project outputs.

Credits info

5 EC
On successfully completing this course you will receive 5 cps (2.5 ECTS) recorded on an official NTU results transcript, and a digital skills badge which you can share on social media.

Fee info

GBP 125: Tuition fee includes our exciting social and cultural programme and the opportunity to earn our Cultural Diversity Digital Badge.