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The United Nations and the Sustainable Development Goals

Course Level

intermediate - advanced / 3rd - 4th year

Course Language


Course Classification

This is a Themis course. It is also open to non-Themis students.

Course Organization
We hope for face-to-face teaching of this course in the winter term 2021/22.

Contact Hours

2 hours per week


5 (if course has been attended regularly and exam has been passed)


This course will be held at irregular intervals.

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.

Course Description

In 2015, Member States of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (https://www.un..org/sustainabledevelopment/). 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:

  1. Content: What is the SDG about?
  2. Facts and Figures
  3. Covid-19 Implications
  4. International Conventions and Monitoring Regimes
  5. SDG Actions and Good Practices
  6. Proposals for Local Action
The class will start with introductory classes on the United Nations and Development Issues.

Restricted Enrollment

yes (that means that the number of participants is limited and that you might not get a place in this course)

Course Application

Students from all faculties may apply for participation. Applications are to be sent via email to the course instructor Dr. Peggy Wittke by 12 October 2021 (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

Course Registration

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:  5 November 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.

Exam Period

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).

Grade Release

via Campus Management


Peggy Wittke
Model United Nations / Model European Union

Phone: +49 030 838 547 05
Email: peg@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Homepage: www.fu-berlin.de/mun