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While academic and political thinking has already come a long way, the standard line of thought is still that economy, society and ecology need to be balanced, with economic growth coming first.

This course takes another approach and looks at theories that take a different perspective on what a sustainable society is, or how to get there. As the last 50 years have not brought us closer to the Brundtland report's ambitions, but ever deeper towards a climate crisis, it is time to rethink our approach and consider systemic changes. And we hope you will join us on this ride. 


Mr Mendel Giezen


You can find the timetable on Datanose.

Entry requirements

Open for second-year and third-year Bachelor's students and other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other Dutch higher education institutions. Master's students can only participate if there are still spots available.


UvA Bachelor's students can register from 10 to 17 June 2024 in the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to

‘Bijvak’ students and contract students can register from June 10 2024 until one week prior to the start of the course, by completing the online registration form.

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at

Please note: as a contract student you can choose to participate either including or excluding assessment. If you choose the latter, you only have access to the seven lectures of the course. If you also wish to attend the seminars, please choose 'including assessment'.



Prices can be found on the IIS website.

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes, and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website

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