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Open university: Adult Education Promoting Sustainable Development, 2023-2024

Open university
smart for good
6 ECTS credits
Continuous learning category:
Teaching, education and psychology
Teaching format:
Independent learning, Distance teaching, Blended teaching
90 € (VAT 0%)
Jatkuva oppiminen verkkosivut

The course covers the following topics:

  • Introduction to the concepts of adult education and sustainable development.
  • Adult education, education policy and sustainable development.
  • Work and family, towards a sustainable working life.
  • Leisure time and non-formal learning.
  • Media and new technologies as enablers and threat to sustainable development.

Learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Be familiar with the concept of adult education and sustainable development within a social cultural context.
  • Be able to discuss and compare sustainable development within Finnish adult education policy.
  • Be familiar with how work/life balance connects to sustainable development and how to encourage it.
  • Be familiar with the connection between non-formal learning and social cultural sustainable development.
  • Be familiar with how the development of new technologies can enable or disrupt sustainable development.

Please check Peppi- study guide for more information about the course.

This course is a part of the basic studies Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development that also offer an open university route to a Bachelor Degree Programme of the same name at the University of Eastern Finland. Read more here.

Learning tasks in the online course 21 h, essay 30 h, independent work 111 h. Learning tasks must be completed by 15.5.2024.

If you have been granted temporary protection in Finland (by Migri), this English-language course is free for the academic year 2023-2024.  Please contact training secretary for registration.

The normal study fee is 15 euros per ECTS credit. The study fee is paid at registration.

If the teaching is provided by a partner school of the Open University, the study fee consists of the Open University’s study fee and the partner school’s fee. The study fee is paid when registering for the course. Please find more information: Registration, study fees and right to study | University of Eastern Finland ( There is no separate registration or fee for study modules; register for each course individually.

By paying the study fee, the student receives a temporary right to study that entitles them to attend a particular course. The right to study is course-specific, and is required to complete the course as specified in the syllabus for the term, covering both teaching and course exams. If the course is continuously open for registration, the maximum time to complete the course is from 1 August to 31 July for that academic year.

Irrespective of time

Register for studies

I Click the registration button on this page. You will be directed to our registration service with the study unit already selected. You can add several study units to your study cart before you continue. 

II Proceed to identify yourself using the service, fill in your personal information to the registration form, confirm your registration and pay the study fees. If you cannot use the service, please contact our training secretary, their information can be found below. 

Please note that the registration is binding. For more information on study fees and payment and cancellation terms, please see: Registration, study fees and right to study | University of Eastern Finland (

III Your registration will typically be processed in 2-5 working days. During peak registration periods, this may take up to 10 days. After this period, you will get an automatic message which includes a link to the starting instructions. Please read and follow the instructions carefully.  


If you do not have a UEF username, you will also get instructions for activating one. Access rights will be added to your username when your study right begins.  


If you can’t find these messages, remember to check your email’s trash folder, and contact the open university staff if needed. 


If your employer will pay your tuition fee, please contact our training secretary. Their contact information can be found below.

Registration starts:
2023-12-08 09:00
Registration ends:
2024-04-14 23:59