KKES5003 Sustainable Wellbeing (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Curriculum periods:
2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2019-2020



The course discusses the interconnectedness between ecological, social and economic goals from the perspective of global development and the Finnish welfare state. The course initiates the students to interdisciplinary thinking and encourages them to study wellbeing in the global context that take into account the needs of future generations. In addition, the course focuses on the content of sustainable wellbeing and human rights and on the interrelations between different sustainability challenges.

Completion methods

Contact teaching, group work, written assignment, reflective diary or exam

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student will be able to see Finnish wellbeing in relation to the sustainable development goals of the UN. The student is aware of the tensions between current lifestyles and the sustainability development goals. The student can critically reflect how social policy and social work are related to global ecosocial development.

Study materials

The books and/or other material needed in the course will be published separately in the study programs of the courses.


  • https://helda.helsinki.fi/bitstream/handle/10138/154175/Tutkimuksia136.pdf?sequence
  • McKinnon, Jennifer & Alston, Margaret (toim) (2016): Ecological Social Work: Towards Sustainability. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Hirvilammi, Tuuli (2015): Kestävän hyvinvoinnin jäljillä. Sosiaali- ja terveysturvan tutkimuksia 136, Kelan tutkimusosasto. Saatavilla verkossa: <https://helda.helsinki.fi/bitstream/handle/10138/154175/Tutkimuksia136.pdf?sequence=4>
  • Koch, Max & Mont, Oksana (toim) (2016): Sustainability and the Political Economy of Welfare. Routledge.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
No published teaching