Programme: Programme for Critical Edge Alliance summer course on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Time and date for the course: 14-25 August 2023
Application deadline: 15th March
Campus: Roskilde University
Application deadline: 15 March 2023
Level: Master

An interdisciplinary summer course about the UN Sustainable Development Goals in research and practice
In a world of different colliding crises, the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework and platform from which solutions and changes can be developed. This two-week summer course will introduce and discuss the SDGs in theory and practice from an interdisciplinary, research-based and critical perspective. We will question how these goals can act as drives for change, social innovation and sustainability – locally, nationally and globally.

Critical Edge Alliance summer course on the UN Sustainable Development Goals
This course enables you to acquire research-based knowledge about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the practical application of the framework and mechanisms for monitoring progress and impact. Through the lens of the SDGs the course explores a selection of key global challenges such as migration, food chains, sustainability and circular economies, urbanization, social innovation and entrepreneurship. We address issues of inequality and social inclusion, partnerships and collaboration in relation to the practical application of the SDGs, while questioning the means and challenges in this implementation – locally, nationally, internationally and globally.

Participants will acquire skills in analyzing, comparing and assessing selected issues and methods to advance solutions for the SDG framework; conceptualize relevant theories and contextualize complex spatial problems within the UN SDGs; and analyze application of the SDGs in different contexts including in governance.

The course includes both lectures, debate sessions, curated and supervised workshops, field and company visits, and panel debates with stakeholders and actors  working with the SDGs in the public, non-governmental and private sectors. Hosted and designed by Roskilde University, the course is developed in collaboration with the Critical Edge Alliance and will include guest lectures delivered by professors from partner universities within the Alliance.

The course is available for master and PhD students and open to other participants with a bachelor’s degree and the required language skills. It is also possible to take the course without getting credits.

For a clear application process, the required documents are listed here

  • Filled out application form
  • Documentation of achieved Bachelor’s degree/Documentation of started master’s degree
  • Documentation of language proficiency
  • Pre-approval (only for Danish students)

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Course information:

Students from other universities in Denmark and international students:

  • Applications will be assessed on an ongoing basis before this deadline.
  • The course corresponds to 5 ECTS credits. The course requires a Bachelors degree.
  • The course is also open to members of the general public, who fulfil the requirements for admission.  

Language requirements:

You must fulfil our English-language requirements by one of the following documents:

  • A. Completed English-language Bachelors degree or enrolment in an English-language Masters programme.
  • B. Proof of English-language proficiency through the following tests:
    • IELTS (Academic): 6.5
    • -or- TOEFL: paper-based: 560 / internet-based: 83.
      • The university’s TOEFL code is B384
    • -or- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): passed or Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) The IELTS or TOEFL test should not be more than two years old.
  • C. Documented Danish high school English level B.

Are you a student from another university?
If you are from another Danish university, you will have the opportunity to transfer the credits awarded from the course. In this case you don’t have to pay the course fee.

Are you an international student or applying for a vacant place?
You are required to pay for the course with some exceptions (see box with information on fees). You will receive information regarding payment after your application has been approved.

Language requirements: You are required to have completed an English-language Bachelors degree or be enrolled in an English-language Masters programme. For details about English-language requirements, see

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