BENY2021 PW MOOC I: Introduction to planetary well-being (1 cr)

Study level:
Other studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024

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Online studies at the Open University of the University of Jyväskylä


The course explores the global environmental crises of climate change and biodiversity loss, their causes and historical development pathways. The course will also explore international agreements on sustainable development and environmental and nature conservation, the global challenges in achieving sustainable development, and the concept of planetary well-being. 

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student:

  • Can explain the root causes, mechanisms and possible consequences of climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • Can in broad terms describe the impact humans have had on ecosystems and climate from prehistory to the present day, and the societal processes, values, norms and regional differences underlying these effects.
  • Can explain the concept of planetary well-being and why/what it is needed for.
  • Can justify the importance of interdisclipinary approach when studying sustainability problems. 

Additional information

Introduction to Planetary Wellbeing, is available for study in autumn 2022 and spring 2023.

Completion methods

These completion methods are for University of Jyväskylä degree students. Other options:

Method 1

Tämä kurssi, Planetaarinen hyvinvointi 1, vaaditaan esitiedoksi Planetaarinen hyvinvointi 2-kurssille
Evaluation criteria:
itsenäinen työskentely, MOOC-kurssi
Time of teaching:
Period 2, Period 3, Period 4, Period 1
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Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (1 cr)

Independent study
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

MOOC course