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Varieties of Knowledge Societies and the SDGs, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 5 days
University rank #194 (QS) Bergen, Norway
The Varieties of Knowledge Societies and the SDGs course offered by the University of Bergen will reflect on our future ability to deal with the burning issues of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement within knowledge society relationships.
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  • The role of universities in promoting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and a sustainable development (including reaching the Paris Agreement goals) is crucial for our future. Universities are however embedded institutions; shaped by the societies they have been historically evolving within, and thus, also influencing these societies in a variety of ways. 
  • In the same way we talk of varieties of capitalism, we may also talk of varieties of knowledge societies. And due to this, we also see a variety of ways that knowledge may contribute to the implementation of the SDGs, and of the ways the SDGs may influence knowledge institutions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 5 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


  • How does varieties of knowledge societies shape response to the global challenges and the SDGs? 
  • Varieties of academic freedom and how its influence on SDG-responses.
  • From strong to weak knowledge societies; and consequences for response to SDG. The case of the Arab world.
  • How to understand the value of knowledge networking between different knowledge societies the discourse of the D (in the SDG) in a north-south perspective.
  • Varieties of capitalism - varieties of knowledge societies: Whose SDG knowledge counts.



English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • The Bergen Summer Research School offers PhD candidates and junior researchers the opportunity to work together with internationally renowned scholars.
  • In order to participate, you need to have a good command of the English language. Full participation in the course-specific modules, reading of the provided literature prior to the summer school, and participation in all plenary events and roundtables is required.
  • Participants may take only one of the seven parallel courses.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    412 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 412 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
  • EU/EEA

    412 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 412 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 5 days.
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The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 

Living costs for Bergen

  • 10362 - 16830 NOK/month
    Living Costs

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