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Minor Environmental Values and Sustainable Transformations

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Environmental Values and Sustainable Transformations (EVST) is an interdisciplinar minor in environmental philosophy and critical social sciences.

We welcome students from all disciplinary backgrounds. 


EVST is a 15 EC minor that takes place in the first quartile of the academic year.

The minor's main goal is to help students build critical thinking skills to suggest societal changes for sustainable solutions and transformations. This involves addressing social, environmental, and climate injustices within policy and design. Technologies and practices, both current and future, are intertwined with human-nature connections and linked to the various local settings we inhabit, such as urban, rural, and peripheral areas.  

In addition to embracing diverse viewpoints in environmental philosophy, this program provides a range of conceptual frameworks. These include decoloniality, biocultural conservation, science and technology studies, and historical studies. These lenses are used to explore the principles that influence a fair and sustainable future for both human and non-human beings and for current and future generations. 


The minor is divided into five study units:

  1. Foundations in Environmental Ethics and Sustainable Transformations (FEEST)
  2. Human-Nature Relations (HNR)
  3. Sustainable Consumption and Food Justice (SCFJ)
  4. Climate Ethics and Climate Justice (CECJ)
  5. Sustainable Technologies (ST)


During this minor you will learn the foundations of environmental values and sustainable transformations through environmental philosophy and critical social sciences. By engaging in different learning methods -including DIY creation of media, field trips, an ethical cook-out workshop, debates, philosophical walks, visit to art installations, and more-, you will combine the most relevant academic literature and learn with (guest-)lectures from the Philosophy and KITES sections. 

  • Learning Experience
    • Engaging Learning Methods  
    • Environmental Philosophy 
    • Critical Social Sciences 
    • Creative Workshops  
    • Skill Labs 
    • Field Trip 
  • Intended Learning Outcomes

    At the end of this course, you will be able to:

    1. Understand critical perspectives in environmental ethics, climate justice, decolonialism, and transformative change.
    2. Analyse current paradigms and practices of sustainability, including lifestyle change approaches and technological innovation, and identify the role of power dynamics, historical and colonial legacies, and political and economic structures.
    3. Evaluate the implications of these paradigms and practices of sustainability for the environment as well as for human and non-humans.
    4. Translate critical perspectives from environmental ethics, climate justice, decolonialism, and transformative change into requirements for design, technology, policy, and research.
    5. Reflect on stakeholder perspectives in a case study to jointly identify prevalent sustainability paradigms and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.
    6. Co-shape concrete options for research, policy and design to support sustainable transformations together with stakeholders.




Guest Lecturers