The United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals
intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year
This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.
online course in the summer term 2021, no classroom teachingContact Hours
2 hours per week Students will have to be online during the regular class hours. Please check the course hours through the link provided under the headline "Time Schedule and Course Venue" (below).
5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)
This course will be held at irregular intervals, rather in the summer term than in the winter term.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February for the winter semester and from late February to mid August for the summer semester. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft (SPO 2015)" in order to find out course hours and rooms.
In 2015, Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (https://sdgs.un.org/). The 2030 Agenda contains 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with specific targets to be met until the year 2030. The SDGs aim to reduce poverty and hunger while at the same time taking into account health, education and accelerated economic growth as well as fighting climate change and preserving nature.
In this class, we will look at each of the SDGs and try to answer the following questions:
The class will start with introductory classes on the United Nations and Development Issues.
- Content: What is the SDG about?
- Facts and Figures
- Covid-19 Implications
- International Conventions and Monitoring Regimes
- SDG Actions and Good Practices
- Proposals for Local Action
yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)
Students from all faculties may apply for participation. Applications are to be sent via email by 6 April 2021 to Peggy Wittke (contact details below).
Your application should include:
- Personal details (name, phone, e-mail, study program, enrollment no.)
- Short letter of motivation
- 3 preferences from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
It is not possible to sign up for this course via Campus Management. Once admitted, the course instructor is going to enroll you in Campus Management for this course.
De-Registration from this Course
via e-mail to the course instructor (contact details see below) and to the International Office at the Law Department
regular drop deadline: 30 April 2021
After the regular drop period you can only drop this course with a valid cause until 14 days prior to the exam. Please contact the International Office at the Law Department if you have to use this option.
Type of Exam
Participants are expected to choose from one of the Sustainable Development Goals (max. two persons per topic = team work!), prepare a 6-8 page summary (plus bibliography) on the subject and present it to the class via Powerpoint (or other) presentation.
The final grade will be determined according to the summary paper (1/2) and the presentation (1/2). Additional points can be achieved through an active participation in the discussions.
Continuous assessment throughout the whole course
Registration for the Exam
Students will automatically be registered for the exam when they sign up for this course.
De-Registration from the Exam
Students who drop this course are automatically de-registered from the exam. Students who do not officially drop this course and do not take the exams, are going to finish this course with a non-passing grade (0 points).
Model United Nations / Model European Union
Freie Universität Berlin