One of the key missions of the BUP has been the creation of courses from different academic disciplines with both theoretical and practical focuses. The BUP courses are unique in that they focus on sustainability in a Baltic Sea region context.
Currently, the BUP is updating the course material as a response to new research, relevance in examples, and the digital development. Focus is on developing course modules connected to the BUP Themes. They are designed and will be offered as massive open online courses (MOOCs). This means that they are accessed independent of time and place, as full distance courses. Students and teachers are able to take the course whenever, as a self paced learning course. So far there are 15 courses under development, all will be a part of the BUP Course Platform.
Courses that are under development:
- Climate Change in the Baltic Sea Region
- Students Projects for Climate Protection
- Hydrology and Climatology
- Sustainable Food Systems in the Baltic Sea Region
- The Baltic Sea Region in the Period of Global Transition
- Exploring Sustainability – Definitions, Theories and Perspectives
- The Baltic Sea Environment – Challenges and Solutions
- Sustainable Tourism in the Baltic Sea Region
- Environmental and Energy Law & Policies
- Life Cycle Assessment
- Principles in Ecology for Environmental Sciences
- Transitioning the Energy Systems and their Technical Carbon Cycles
- Sustainable Approaches in Environmental Management
- Internationalization – virtual exchange
- Urban-Rural Systems
In developing these BUP courses, participants work in the BUP working model, which means to work in inter disciplinary and intercultural teams of co-operation. Colleagues from different Participating Universities, representing different disciplines and academic cultures, contribute with their knowledge and experiences in developing common BUP courses and course materials. This way of working offers opportunities to learn from each other and different perspectives as well as different academic cultures.
The BUP also see further opportunities out from the material developed for each MOOC course. For example, users are able to develop more advanced courses, and to give the student credits by adding material, assignments, seminars etc. These initiatives must then be taken from each BUP Participating Universities. In this case we will also be able to promote virtual exchange co-operations between BUP universities when running credit bearing courses.
BUP course modules
Sustainable Approaches in Environmental Management
Previous course material
Since it's start, the BUP have developed course material, focusing on sustainability and democracy. An overview of the material developed between 1991 and 2017, can be found on the web page BUP course material developed 1991 - 2017.