Sustainable Society

In this minor you are going to work on a more sustainable world, what does sustainable innovation mean in your work area? The minor is suitable for all studies, including international students. You are a student that dares to go off the beaten track! You are working in a multidisciplinary team on solutions for a diversity of problems, since each organizationhas to deal with sustainability issues. You are learning how to apply principles of sustainable development in your own work field; so how to “Think Global, Act Local”. Sustainability does also involve cooperation on solutions! We are working in close connection with contractors in the Northern part of The Netherlands. With this minor you are well prepared for the future! 


Study start

  • February


  • Leeuwarden


  • English

European credits

  • 30 EC's

Minor type

  • For all bachelor programmes

Subject area

  • Governance and law

Minor content

In a Kick Off meeting with students, guest speakers and contractors you will learn about the actual sustainability problems they encounter. Sustainability is a complex problem, so you are starting to delve into four related themes: personal leadership, energy transition, corporate social responsibility and a circular economy. You may also choose a subject of your own choice (e.g Fair Wear, Good Food, etc). At the same time you are orientate yourself on which big project you will do for one of the contractors. In multidisciplinary teams you will be working on that the next period. The final results are presented in a final mini symposium with the contractors. 

Structure of the minor

The minor yields 30 EC. 

Learning outcome: You have a profound insight in sustainability problems, experience in sustainability competences and you are able to apply sustainability tools and solutions in your own life and your professional life. 

The book Fundamentals of Sustainable Development (Niko Roorda) is used, as well as The Circular Economy (Ken Websters). Other literature is available via the electronic learning environment. If possible excursions and work visits are organized, in consultations with students and contractors. Cooperation in assignments and your project is important. 


You are working on four assignment portfolio’s (4 x 3 EC) in the first period, around the themes Personal Leadership, Circular Economy, CSR and Energy Transition or a self- chosen subject. 

The final report of your project, in which you are working in a multidisciplinary team os an innovative sustainable solution for a particular problem in practice, will yield 15 EC. 

In a final reflection and assessment (3 EC) you will demonstrate how you have gained the sustainability competences. 

Admission requirements

The minor is most suitable for students in year 3 or 4 of their bachelor study, with some project or internship experience. Students of all studies are welcome, also international students. The main language is English. 


Do you have questions about this minor? Ask them via the online form.