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Behavior Change for a Sustainable Future

Summer School of Information and Communication, 5 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Sønderborg
Duration 2 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 513 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 320 EUR
The summer school course combines theory and practice by enabling students to plan and carry out their own behavior design studies in order to induce more sustainable behavior. Thus, one focus will be on changing the behaviors of individuals and on testing the approaches. 
In parallel, this summer school course will consider the role of organizations (private companies, NGOs etc.) in initiating and communicating change towards sustainability. One of the summer school course’s modules will be dedicated to learning about theories and practices of organizational change. We will assess these changes (e.g., towards “greener” packaging, sustainable business models, or corporate responsibility) and learn how to distinguish greenwashing and ceremonial talk from honest business model changes. We will approach these topics against the backdrop of discussions centering on behavioral change in consumers and employees. The summer school also includes a hands-on training on how to initiate change with friends and co-workers. 
The empirical approach taken will empower students to implement real-life studies, as well as document and report these studies in scientific ways. 

Mandatory prerequisites:
A reading list will be provided before the summer school. Students have to prepare the course reading in advance. 

Recommended prerequisites:
It is recommended that the student has basic knowledge within the following subject areas: 
  • having some experience in user studies would be helpful 
  • some understanding of what motivates people will be useful 
Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. 
Guest students pay tuition fees. Please read more: 
For Further Information: 
Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition. About the Educational System in general, visit the section The Danish Higher Education System. 

Summer School 2023

Application date
May 01
Start date
Aug 07


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