Sustainability, Society and You, Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 42 days
  • English (schedule IELTS)
University rank #84 (QS) Online
Sustainability is one of the big global issues of our time. It is crucial that we all play our part in protecting our world for current and future generations. This course provides you with the knowledge and skills to do this by investigating sustainability from multiple angles and exploring what small steps you can take to have a real impact upon all our futures.


The course team includes academics and postgraduates from many disciplines and is led by Professor Sarah Speight, from Nottingham’s School of Education. Through videos, readings, activities and discussions, you will explore sustainability from the perspective of the environment, the economy, health, politics, society and culture, education and community.

You will be encouraged to look at your own behaviours and undertake activities such as measuring your water footprint, conducting a waste audit, researching, blogging and sourcing images. We encourage course participants to find, produce, share and discuss resources for sustainability.

The University of Nottingham is an education partner of IEMA, the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment. IEMA’s role is to support individuals and organisations to set, recognise and achieve global sustainability standards and practice. Nottingham and IEMA are pleased to be working collaboratively on this course.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 42 days
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure


  1. What do we think about sustainability?
  2. Sustainability – a historical perspective
  3. Big issues for our world
  4. Organisations and sustainability
  5. Sustaining society, sustaining culture
  6. Learning for and through sustainability
  7. Case studies in sustainability
  8. Sustainability and you

Through videos, readings and discussions, you will explore different perspectives on sustainability including:

  • economic
  • political
  • social and cultural
  • historical
  • arts
  • engineering
  • business
  • learning
  • geography
  • personal perspectives

You will be encouraged to look at your own behaviours and undertake activities such as blogging, sourcing images and carrying out a waste audit. We encourage course participants to find, produce, share and discuss resources on sustainability.

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

This course is intended for anyone with an interest in sustainability. It does not require any prior experience of studying the subject.

Tuition Fee


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