851-0654-00L  The Sustainable Development Goals in Context

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersI. Günther, O. Kassab, M. Mertens
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


851-0654-00 GThe Sustainable Development Goals in Context2 hrs
Wed18:15-20:00HG E 1.1 »
I. Günther, O. Kassab, M. Mertens

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AbstractThe United Nations Agenda 2030 and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity for the international community to shape the course of sustainable development. The lectures center on 17 sustainability and equity challenges and provide insights from researchers as well as decision makers from policy, the private sector and civil society.
Objective1. Students know important dimensions of sustainable development and the discourse in the context of the SDGs
2. Students get an overview how ETH Zurich contributes to sustainable development and the achievement of the SDGs
3. The lecture series enables students to contribute to sustainable development during their studies and research, as graduates on the job market, and as members of the society
4. Writing a short blog post trains students to communicate acquired knowledge effectively for a broader audience.
5. Students will learn to critically read short articles and ask follow-up questions to experts of a field.
ContentFor each lecture we will invite one researcher or one decision maker from policy, the private sector or civil society to reflect on one particular SDG. These talks will be followed by discussions with students and the general public. Most lectures will be given online.
Lecture notes1 short paper will be posted on the Moodle each week that should be read before the talks.
Prerequisites / NoticeOpen to advanced Bachelor and all Master level students enrolled at ETH Zurich
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Media and Digital Technologiesfostered
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityfostered
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesCreative Thinkingassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection fostered

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersI. Günther, O. Kassab, M. Mertens
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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