Short courses

Short Courses

8 - 23 September 2017: A journey in ancient systems and modern realities, this course is structured over a 16 day trek to a remote and highly traditional rural region in order to provide a lived understanding of the transition between traditional, localised economies and the modern globalised economy. Unlike anything currently on offer when it comes to learning for sustainable futures, this course is structured to drive radical paradigm shifts.

21 August - 02 September 2017: This course will deepen the understanding developed in Systems and Technologies by way of a course that gets delivered in India in partnership with an NGO called Dharmitra. Led by Professor Tarak Kate, this course will provide students with a direct and hands-on experience of sustainable agriculture practices in Maharashtra State, India.

21 - 26 August 2017: This course will investigate the concept of Social Entrepreneurship/Enterprise, and what this looks like both in the developed as well as in the developing world, with special emphasis on Social Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

14 - 19 August 2017: A general and comparative understanding of the combined economic, social and environmental impact of the following three trends: the expansion of the world population to at least 9 billion people over the next 20 years, the transition to a predominantly urban world by 2005, and the negative environmental impact of urban systems that have yet to be re-designed in line with the principles of sustainable development.

31 July - 05 August 2017: Students are provided with an understanding of the changing modes of governance at the local, national and international levels within a context characterised by globalised information-based economic dynamics, the rise of civil society and the challenge of sustainable development.

24 - 29 July 2017: Business responses to the challenges and opportunities presented by sustainability range from ad hoc and project driven through to strategic and integrated. This module will investigate the drivers, approaches and barriers for corporate actors to realise sustainable business practices with special emphasis on developing country contexts and particularly South Africa. 

19 - 24 June 2017: Students will engage with and critique food system transitions (including governance, policy and ideological positions) within the context of food security and food system sustainability. They will be equipped to apply food systems thinking, identify various ideological positions in food debates and analyse food policy and governance practices.

05 - 10 June 017: Focusing on the global dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem resilience, this module helps students understand critical ecosystem services that underpin the well-being of different societal groups in South Africa, and how these can be managed or restored to build resilience and support transitions in complex, interconnected social-ecological systems (SES).

29 May - 03 June 2017: Exploring the possibilities inherent in having, and facilitating, conversations that matter to us, we will look at facilitation as the conscious use of process, substance, and space. From a process perspective, we will look at some theories of dialogue and facilitation, some ways of thinking about group process and different kinds of dialogue.

15 - 20 May 2017:

Understanding the power, influence, process, and embeddedness of design in all systems, industries, and lifestyles, will enable you, the citizen, to interact with and empower design and designers in the transition towards more sustainable practices, and the redirection of choice and the creative contribution.

03 - 08 April 2017: Develop leadership capabilities that are premised on the capacity to recognise, describe, analyse and apply the different ethical models and value systems that underpin socioecological action.

27 March - 01 April 2017: This course introduces the philosophy and principles underlying alternative sustainable farming systems (e.g. organic farming, biodynamics) and applies them to different crop and animal production systems through case study teaching. 

13 - 18 March 2017: This course will provide course participants with an overview of the most significant global environmental, social and economic challenges that face humankind, and an insight into the solutions suggested by the universal commitment to sustainable development. Course participants will be able to recognise, understand and apply the divergent interpretations of sustainable development that currently exist.

13 - 18 March 2017: A general introduction to a new paradigm for rethinking the connection between natural and social systems within the wider context of sustainability. Master the basic concepts of this approach, including a history of systems thinking, with special reference to the emergence of conceptions of complexity, chaos and dynamic self-organising systems; Complexity, post-structuralism and the rethinking of science.

06 - 11 March 2017: Participants will describe, analyse and critically evaluate the different options for ensuring food security from a sustainable development perspective, within a globalised food system, with a deep dive into South African agriculture, food security and varying policy responses and debates.

Leadership and Environmental Ethics

Facilitation for Sustainable Transitions

Transdisciplinary design for transformation

Comparative studies in sustainable living (Nepal): 11 - 29 Sep 2017

Corporate Governance and Sustainability: 24 - 29 Jul 2017

Sustainable Enterprise: 21 - 26 Aug 2017

Systems and technologies for sustainable agriculture: 27 Mar - 1 Apr 2017