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Commitment to sustainable development in the education at the School of Business, Economics and Law

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All programme students at the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg will now be educated in sustainable development. Following a faculty board decision, sustainability aspects will be included as an educational target in the syllabus for all the School's programmes.



The School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg has in many of its different disciplines a long and vigorous tradition of research into sustainability. This research has given rise to a large number of courses with sustainability-related content. Interested students have, and have had, good opportunities for including sustainability-oriented courses in their education.

The School is now taking sustainability issues a stage further. All the students in its bachelor’s and master’s programmes will be equipped with knowledge concerning sustainability in a broad sense: economic, social och ecological sustainability with a responsibility for future generations’ prospects of living a good life. Sustainability is included in the aims of the programme syllabuses.

A working party at the School in Gothenburg has spent a year considering the preconditions and has formulated concrete proposals for activities that will make sustainable development a conscious and integrated element in the School’s courses.

”Our students must learn to understand and deal with the increasingly difficult dilemmas and complex global challenges facing our society,” says Per Cramér, the School’s Dean.
”Their future professional roles as economists, lawyers and decision-makers bring a great responsibility. The sustainability aspects of their education will to a high degree include issues concerning ethics and responsibility at individual, organisational and community level.”

The breadth of the School’s own research and its collaboration within the University of Gothenburg create excellent conditions for the cross-disciplinary approach that the subject of sustainability demands. This is also one of the reasons why since 2001 the School has been able to offer the Programme in Environmental Social Science that is unique in its integration of social science/economics with natural science.