The course A Sustainable Baltic Region (7.5 ECTS) deals with sustainable use and management of natural resources, the long-term protection of our environment and the sustainable organizations of human societies from the level of households to those of municipalities, cities and countries. The course has been organized as ten "packages". There is an introductory part explaining the fundamental notions of sustainability and its historical background. Then follow four themes of more technical and natural science character. The second part consists of four themes of social science character and the course is finished by a topic of implementation and Agenda 21. Important issues are energy, material flows, economy and ethics, as well as industry, agriculture, transport, community development and Agenda 21 practices.
The course material consists of, ten 50 pages booklets, the TV series Mission Possible with over 80 individual reports and a database useful for student work. A computer conferencing system, First Class, is used for direct interaction between the students in different countries and locations throughout the region. The TV series of ten 45 min programs called Mission Possible was produced by a consortium of 17 public TV companies in ten countries in the region. The TV-production consists mostly of reports on cases of good practice. It shows how new models for sustainable management is developed in cities, at farms, in factories etc. in the countries in the region.
The TV series was broadcast to the universities over satellite during spring 1997. Whole or part of the productions have also been broadcast to the general public in e.g. Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland as well as a number of cable TV networks.