Sustainable Development – Project Management and Communication

Sustainable Development – Project Management and Communication 2018

Spring 2018 weeks 03-22 (15 January – 3 June) – day time – 50% – Campus
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Application Deadline: 2017-10-16

Enrolment Code: UU-69510

Language of Instruction: English

Location: Uppsala

Selection: Higher education credits

Entry Requirements: 60 credits

Fees: If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application or tuition fees. Formal exchange students will be exempted from tuition fees, as well as the application fee. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 32500

Tuition fee, total: SEK 32500

About the course

Do you want do a sustainability project, reach others and change the world? Then this is a course for you!

The students carry out a local project in international and interdisciplinary groups that in one way or another aims to contribute to sustainable development. The students come up with a project idea that is shaped in lectures, workshops and seminars and is further developed through peer review and feedback sessions. When the project proposal has been accepted, the students run their project with the support of the course coordinators and CEMUS as a resource base. The project is ultimately presented in a project report, and in an outreach context at CEMUS Sustainability Festival at the end of each semester. The project should combine theoretical and practical skills with method knowledge – all of which are practiced throughout the course. Focus is put on critically discussing and presenting the project results in both writing and speech. While there are some individual assignments, the main focus is on group work and assignments.

Autumn 2017

Welcome to the Sustainable Development – Project Management and Communication course for Fall 2017! Hope you are getting excited for our journey together this semester. We are looking forward to meeting you all! Please contact us at and if you have any questions. ‘


Katie and Isabel

Course Essentials 


Course information from previous years 

Class Materials

Lecture slides and other class resources found here


and one of the following:

  • Chouinard (2016), Let My People Go Surfing, Penguin Books
  • Gladwell (2011) Outliers, Little, Brown and Company

Individual Assignment Instructions 

Group Project Instructions 

Make Up Tasks

ALL SUBMISSIONS will be made at



29th August           Course Introduction
29th August           Sustainable or Not?
4th September       Storytelling
4th September       Project Panel
5th September       Artivism
5th September       Systems Thinking
6th September       Psychology and Climate Change
6th September       Silent Walk
12th September     Innovation, Ideation and Values
13th September     Team Dynamics 
18th September     Project Formation I
19th September     Project Formation II  
20th September     Project Game Plan! 
25th September     Presentation Techniques
2nd October           The Price of Social Media
3rd October            Facilitation and Elevator Pitching
4th October            Project Feedback 
9th October            Project Pitch 
11th October          Ethics of Project Management
17th October          Visual Communication 
Message Board
18th October 
Hej alla
Assignment 2 is now uploaded and is due a month from now. Some general feedback from Assignment 1:
– Be sure to pay attention to referencing and follow the Harvard and Oxford systems. Instructions for these are above on the course page.
– In general follow instructions carefully (from things like word count through to answering the question) We will be more strict for forthcoming assignments so to avoid re-submissions, be sure to follow instructions.
Any questions, just let us know!
9th October
Hej alla,
Latest version of the Schedule has been uploaded. Please note the inclusion of the open events happening in Uppsala this week, including William Powers and Rob Hopkins’s talks tomorrow.
Feedback for the proposal has been emailed out. Please let us know if you have any questions!
See you this morning in Kollaboratoriet for the pitches!
3rd October
Hej alla
A reminder that we are in the Learning Lab in Blåsenhus for tomorrow’s class. This is the large spaceship looking thing in the foyer. Entry is from the second floor.
Please bring your draft slides on a USB stick.
12th September
Hej alla!
A reminder to complete the personality test excercise for tomorrow’s class on Team Dynamics.
8th September 
Hej alla!
Just a reminder that Assignment 1 is due this Sunday at 23.59. Please upload to Studentportalen (or email it if you still don’t have access). Thank you to those who have already submitted! 
The seminar on Monday will cover Assignment 1 and the literature assigned in the course reader up to this point in the course (i.e. the first two weeks).

Be prepared.

6th September 

Hej alla!
1. Paolo from Tuesday’s Artivism has passed on some additional reading material based on your questions. This resource – ReImagining Change – An Introduction to Story-Based Strategy can be found in the course reader.
2. There are some upcoming events at CEMUS including the UUCCPlatform meeting Wednesday 17-18, the Project Cafe this Thursday 15-17 and an art space at Kulterenatten on Saturday 15-18. We highly encourage attending! More information can be found here:
3. We have linked some of the support services Uppsala University offers under ‘Course Essentials’. This includes advice and support for language, writing and disability. We highly recommend checking out these resources.
4. A reminder that Assignment 1 is due this Sunday 10th September. Remember to submit via Studentportalen on time.  If you need any support with language or referencing please refer to the links under the ‘Course Essentials.’
5. If you haven’t completed Evaluation for this week’s classes, please do so! They are a very important feedback loop for the course.
5th September
Hej alla!
A reminder for tomorrow’s Silent Walk to come prepared to be outside for some hours (i.e. dress for all weather!) and maybe bring something to sit on if it’s wet (e.g. jacket, plastic bag).
We will meet in the CEMUS Library in Geocentrum, departing promptly at 13:15
But before then, see you at 10-12 for our lecture on Psychology and Climate Change!
4th September
Hej alla!
A short point of clarification for Assignment 1 Part 4. Your project idea(s) does not have to be fixed. The question is an opportunity to brainstorm and discuss potential project ideas related to the SDGs :)
Also, last week’s lecture with Alan AtKisson was recorded – you can find the link under Class Materials.
We also found a map to help you navigate the maze that is EBC
A reminder to complete the evaluations after each class – they are an important source of feedback for us.
Katie and Izzie
29th August
Welcome to the Sustainable Development: Project Management and Communication! We look forward to meeting you today at 9 in Blåsenhus 21:136.
Katie and Isabel