Joensuu, Finland

Sustainable Wellbeing & Global Perspectives

when 7 August 2023 - 11 August 2023
language English
duration 1 week
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 300

Social sciences, including Social Work, Social Psychology, Social Policy, Public Policy, and Health, play a critical role in promoting global development goals (SDG) encompassing human rights, sustainable livelihoods, relationships, as well as combating injustice and poverty. The concern of sustainable wellbeing involves improving individual wellbeing by improving the wellbeing of other members of society and the natural environment. Exposure to diverse global perspectives and case studies will allow students and academics to consider new insights as to the interdependence of social wellbeing, sustainability, and social justice.

The course program is delivered by a UEF based team of Social Work and Social Science educators and researchers and associated Erasmus scholars from Jordan, Malaysia, Namibia, Mongolia, South Africa, and Australia. Students will explore the critical conditions for promoting wellbeing through human rights, environmental, crisis preparedness and social health interventions, together with and innovations in social research and pedagogy. The course targets the learning needs of an international and Finnish students from a Social Science and Social Work background and is provided at an advanced level of studies (MA, PHD).

Course leader

Janet Anand ( and Natalie Joubert (

Target group

Master, Doctoral

Course aim

On completion of this subject, students will have:

Acquired a knowledge of global theories and perspective on wellbeing and sustainability
Able to engage in critical theoretical debate on current issues of wellbeing, sustainably and social justice.
An appreciation of interdisciplinary perspectives on global initiatives in wellbeing and sustainability
Developed personal educational or professional priorities in sustainable wellbeing.

This course develops the following generic skills: leadership and development, internationality, sustainability and responsibility, critical thinking, interaction and communication (cultural communication)

Credits info

5 EC
ECTS with an option for 3 ECTS

Fee info

EUR 300: Course fee. The course fee for UEF partner university students is 250 e.
EUR 200: The course fee for exchange students starting at UEF in autumn 2023.


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