This program of sustainable development deals with the human, social, economic, and environmental aspects of sustainability so that any present development does not compromise the ability and resources of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability goals address global challenges, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, recycled materials, renewable resources, peace, and justice.
We also offer this program as a bachelor's or Ph.D.
Sustainable Development Online via distance learning
This module is applicable to Specialist, Expert, Bachelor's, Master's & Ph.D. (Doctor) Degree Programs. This academic program is designed at the postgraduate level (Master’s or Doctoral). This module may also be adapted to complete the course requirements of Specialist, Expert Diploma, or Bachelor’s Degree. A further option is an enrollment into each of the courses listed within this specialization module. This module may be combined or completed with other modules from this faculty. For example: Agroecology - Bioethics - Community & Social Development - Landscape Architecture - Natural Ecosystems Management - Renewable Energies - Sustainable Agriculture - Sustainable Architecture - Urban Planning & Design.
Method of instruction: Distance Learning Higher Education
This distance learning education program is completed by a traditional correspondence instruction method. Once you sign up for the course, Bircham International University will send you (to your mailing address) the suggested textbooks. After reading the book, you will be asked to write a 20 to 35 pages report that reflects your understanding of the book. This report is equivalent to the exam and can be submitted by email or mail. Bircham International University will evaluate your written work. If passed, BIU will issue the corresponding diploma. For more instructions about BIU pedagogy, tutoring, and evaluation, please read our distance learning education study guide.
Students enrolling in this distance education program should be aware that:
Location: Bircham International University needs a functional geographical location to ship the book and materials for successful completion of this program of study.
Communication: Email, courier, phone are key communication instruments with Bircham University that play an important role in the progress and support of this program of study.
Capacity: Any impediment, physical or psychological, to read a book and write a report must be communicated to Bircham International University prior to enrollment into this distance learning program.
Technology: No specific technology is required to complete this distance education program.
Language: Book reading and report writing in another language other than English must be requested (and approved by BIU) prior to enrollment in any distance learning program.
Discrimination: There is no discrimination with respect to race, color, gender, beliefs, or religion.
Age: Check the admission requirements for each distance education degree program.
Duration - Sustainable Development Online via distance learning
For a program of 21 credits, the estimated time for completion is 21 weeks. For 45 credits, the estimated time for completion will be 45 weeks, and so on. Calculations are approximate. The length of each distance learning degree program is calculated based on an average of 15 hours of learning per week. It also depends on the number of validated credits from previous knowledge and the level of commitment to the studies.
Master's Degree - Sustainable Development Online
Tuition Fee: Min. 4.680 Euros (6.120 US$) | Max. 7.020 Euros (9.180 US$).
Master's Degree Online: 36 - 54 Academic credits required for this distance learning degree program.
Composition: Sustainable Development via distance learning = 54 Academic credits + Additional courses may be selected from other modules in the Faculty of Business & Media from Bircham International University if required. This selection must be approved by the Distance Learning University Education Board. For example Urban Development. + 13 Academic credits (Research methodology and final project or thesis).
Courses list (each subject accounts for 3 academic credits):
1 BIU Earned Credit = 1 USA Semester Credit (15 hours of learning) = 2 ECTS Credits (30 hours of study).
You may study any subject as an independent online continuing education course.
This course analyses the nature and impact of economic/political/social ideologies in addition to the forces that shaped the evolution of western and other civilizations' responses to the poor, unemployed, sick and disabled, displaced, children-and-families-at-risk, widows and orphans, and racial/ethnic minorities.
Academic Supervisor: Djaber Nacer EddineLand Use Planning
This course presents the properties that govern the use of soil for plant growth and construction engineering purposes. It emphasizes sustainable use and conservation. It identifies soil resources for human needs and the management of soil-landscape data to ameliorate the environmental impact of human activities.
Academic Supervisor: Mina BenjoualiEnvironmental Impact
This course presents both the theoretical and practical aspects of assessing environmental impact in order to support a policy that leads to the restoration and conservation of animal and plant diversity. It covers the structure and function of disturbed ecosystems and provides adequate means to evaluate environmental degradation levels and the impact of human activity on environmental health and contamination.
Academic Supervisor: Gonzalo de la Fuente de ValHousing & Community Facilities
This course surveys housing and community development problems and standards. It explores issues of culture, political environment, social context, economic circumstances, and other factors which define and limit housing facilities and delivery. It integrates housing with community facilities such as parks, schools, drainage, sewerage, utilities, libraries, solid waste, and transportation.
Academic Supervisor: Francis Wambua MulwaHuman Habitat
This course studies the concepts, methods, techniques, and applications for the analysis of the human habitat, settlements, distribution, population, and cultural environment. It explores the relation of human habitats with available land space, geography, overpopulation, and ecological impact.
Academic Supervisor: Mohammed Said BelkassemClimate Change
This course studies the science of climate change and the latest available research and scientific data: new patterns of rainfall, droughts, weather events, and global warming. It also analyses the social changes and adaptations that human communities will have to consider, the political implications of climate change, and the ongoing diplomatic efforts.
Academic Supervisor: Eduard Bes Fuster
This course explores the usefulness of various types of energies and the application of engineering in designing alternative energy systems. It includes passive and active solar systems, fuel cells, hydroelectric power, geothermal heat transfer, and wind energy. It involves the inventory, evaluation, planning, design, installation, and maintenance of a wide variety of energy-producing systems.
Academic Supervisor: Eduard Bes FusterNonprofit Global Organizations - NGOs
This course examines the role and importance of nonprofit non-governmental or global organizations in the development and support of social needs. It also considers the nature and the resources of the nonprofit sector; the structure, operation, and governance of nonprofit organizations; and the taxation, governmental, and institutional relations of public charities, private foundations, and mutual benefit organizations.
Academic Supervisor: Nadège Noële Ango-ObiangThird World & Developing Nations
This course surveys the dominant theories of economic development and the meaning of "development vs. growth." It discusses the major characteristics of developing nations and the key constraints and variables of economic and political development: population growth, unemployment, urbanization, migration, agricultural and rural development, education, industrialization, and trade.
Academic Supervisor: Francis Wambua MulwaNatural Resource Economics
This course deals with the economic principles and policy issues in the use of exhaustible and renewable resources including fossil fuels, water, minerals, fisheries, forests, and biodiversity. It considers the management of natural resources on a regional and international scale. It explains how public, economic, and political choices affect environmental degradation and natural resources.
Academic Supervisor: Dimitrios Nikolaou KoumparoulisWater & Air Quality
This course reviews the control technologies used for the management of air, water, and wastewater pollutants. It examines the characteristics of air and water quality; their physical, chemical, and bacteriological parameters; and control measures primarily filtration, sedimentation, coagulation, absorption, chemical treatment, and aeration.
Academic Supervisor: Eduard Bes FusterSustainability
This course of sustainability focuses on how to protect, preserve and make the smartest possible use of the planet's natural resources. It provides an interdisciplinary perspective of the sustainability concept considering sustainable development, geography, environmental policies, ethics, ecology, landscape architecture, city, and regional planning, economics, natural resources, sociology, and anthropology. Sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.
Academic Supervisor: Nadège Noële Ango-ObiangCircular Economy
This course of circular economy explores the design and promotion of products that last and that can be reused, repaired, and remanufactured. The circular economy is a production and consumption model that ensures sustainable growth over time. It looks for the optimization of resources, to reduce the consumption of raw materials, and to recover waste by recycling or giving it a second life as a new product.
Academic Supervisor: Nadège Noële Ango-ObiangEconomic Development
This course deals with the performance and problems of developing countries in relation to growth, employment, structural change, and human development. It analyzes several theories and paradigms of development, sources of economic growth, and the policies used to promote industrialization, trade, and sustainability. It considers different development strategies adopted by several countries.
Academic Supervisor: Nadège Noële Ango-ObiangHealth Program Planning
This course presents a systems approach to the planning of effective health services to meet the needs of communities. Plans include effective and culturally appropriate implementation strategies, managing the planning process, work plans, stakeholders, negotiation, and working with groups.
Academic Supervisor: Monish GunawardanaSustainable Development
This course of sustainable development explores the many processes and pathways to achieve sustainability today without compromising the ability and resources of future generations to meet their own needs. There are four dimensions to sustainable development: society, environment, culture, and economy.
Academic Supervisor: Nadège Noële Ango-ObiangUrban Development
This course explores urban economics and its impacts on real estate development. It emphasizes land allocation, location theory, rent/value theory, factors affecting the growth and decline of cities, and the role of governmental regulation, policy, and finance in controlling real estate and urban development.
Academic Supervisor: Dimitrios Nikolaou KoumparoulisCommunity & Social Development
This course deals with the sociological factors involved in the development and evolution of society and community. It explains how to deal with economic, health, and social problems, and considers cross-cultural social perspectives and diversity in all its forms. It deals with the process of managing and integrating the experience and trajectory of a community towards a new and better global welfare.
Academic Supervisor: Francis Wambua Mulwa
Admission requirements - Sustainable Development
For official admission status at Bircham distance education university; you need to send in a filled out, dated, and signed official Application for Admission. You may download this application form from the website or request it by email or mail. Please send this application and enclosed documents to our address. You may also submit this application and attached documents by email in a PDF Format.
Bircham International University issues an admission certificate after receiving your complete application for admission. This document will show the number of credits transferred and validated from previous education and experience, and the number of credits required to complete the distance learning degree program's major. Bircham University can not perform this evaluation without the complete application for admission.