Short courses

Executive Development

Postgraduate students and professionals working in government, corporate or civil society sectors can register for a number of short courses focused on topics such as sustainable development, systems thinking, food security and sustainable agriculture, governance and leadership.

The courses are designed to challenge conventional thinking and open minds to new ways of doing and approaching the known, while incorporating the entire space at the Institute as part of the learning experience. The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes.

The courses are administered by USB-ED, and leading academics in the sustainability field present during all the courses. We also offer customised learning programmes. Please find more information below on the short courses presented at the Institute.

Leading Transitions and Environmental Ethics

This course is about leading transitions to socioecologically responsible action, and aims to enable course participants to develop leadership capabilities that are premised on the capacity to recognise, describe, analyse and apply the different ethical models and value systems that underpin socioecologically responsible action.

Central themes will include:

  • the underlying ethical value systems of different approaches to leadership and facilitation;
  • philosophical models for conceptualising environmental problems and the related approaches to environmental and ecological ethics – and why understanding these enables pragmatic action in conflicts in and around sustainable solutions;
  • relationship between environmental, ecological and social ethics, e.g. flourishing through socio-ecological efficiency, freedom, equality, equity and justice;
  • models of, and approaches to, leadership and facilitation within society and human organisations;
  • the ethics of sustainability and process-oriented leadership;
  • complexity, ethics, leadership and facilitation;
  • creativity, spirituality and personal unfolding;
  • case studies and exercises.

To view the brochure for this course, please click here.

Target Group

Postgraduate students and practitioners with a specific interest in ethical leadership, sustainability and the environment. This course will help you to develop your understanding of different ethical models and value systems that underpin sociological actions.