General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Sustainable development - policy and practice
Language English
Module lecturer dr inż. Wojciech Dyba
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Human Geography and Planning
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30


Tuesday, 13.00-14.45, conference room 153 (1st floor), Faculty of Human Geography and Planning, ul. Krygowskiego 10, 61-680 Poznań.

First meeting: 10 X 2023

Students that cannot register for the course in USOS, please send an e-mail into:

Module aim (aims)

The aim of the module is to present and discuss the concept of sustainable development. The classes will allow to confront perspectives of different groups/ stakeholders (governments, non-governmental organisations, multinational companies, citizens with different socio-economic characteristics) and in different spatial scales (global, national, local). The module will consist of lectures, simulation – role-playing game (3 rounds, 2-hours long each) and students’ presentations.

During the simulation participants will play the role of representatives of a small, picturesque village, which is in crisis. The way to improve the situation are investments and legal resolutions that may positively influence (but also deteriorate) selected environmental and socio-economic indicators. The players' task is to discuss and finally decide on such decisions within the available budget, which will save the village – cause that after the end of the game, none of the indicators is negative. This part of the classes will show determinants and consequences of the decisions made at the local level on the sustainable development. The game is possible providing there are at least 6 participants.

Students will also give their own presentations with examples on the practical implementation of Sustainable development goals.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

The ability to do the presentation and participate in a discussion in English.


- Introduction, history of the “sustainable development” concept and thinking
- Sustainability from the perspective of governments, NGOs, multinational companies, local firms
- Sustainable local development – United Nations goals and progress reports
- Role-playing game – round 1, 2 and 3
- Drawing conclusions from the game: local sustainability in various dimensions
- Sustainable development in practice, at global, national and local scales – examples, students' presentations

Reading list

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Progress Reports, papers, analyses, studies available at the websites: &
Smile Urbo: interactive role-playing game
Additional, scientific literature will be given during lectures and seminars