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Agenda 2030 - Knowing, Measuring and Leading


Do you want to get a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, their interlinkages, synergies and trade-offs, as well as the challenges in implementing, measuring and leading for the SDGs?

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was adopted by all the United Nations Member states in 2015 as a call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure peace and prosperity for all people.

This course provides an interdisciplinary and state-of the-art perspective on Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the most ambitious global framework for sustainable development.

The course highlights the importance of all three spheres; biosphere, society and economy for sustainable development and is structured in three interlinked modules on Knowing, Measuring and Leading.

The module provides an interdisciplinary understanding of the 17 SDGs and their interlinkages. Students will receive an introduction to the development and history of Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. The module will focus on systems thinking and guide and facilitate students to deepen their knowledge of SDGs and its targets, as well as synergies and trade-offs between SDGs.

The module highlights the importance of assessments and monitoring for decision making and critically discusses the SDG indicator framework.

The module provides a basic grasp of the key governance challenges in implementing the SDGs, discusses key concepts in the fields of leadership and organisation, and highlights the importance of developing communication, networking, leadership and negotiation skills relevant to strategic decision-making.

Literature list

Literature list, established 2021-06-10 (PDF, 366 kB)

Syllabus (kursplan)

MESC02 Syllabus in Swedish (original language) (PDF, 285 kB, new window)
MESC02 Syllabus in English (translation) (PDF, 238 kB, new window)

Who Can Apply and Application

The course is open for anyone who wants to get a broader understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and their interlinkages, how to implement them, measure them and how to lead the way for sustainable development. You do not need to be enrolled in a programme or have a degree from a certain academic field. 

  • Graduate students and master students
  • Teachers and educators at different levels
  • Policymakers and sustainable development practitioners 
  • Private-sector actors

International students

Full programme/course tuition fee (for non-EU/EEA citizens): SEK 15 625

If you are required to pay tuition fees, you are generally also required to pay an application fee of SEK 900 (approximately EUR 100) when you apply. You pay one application fee regardless of how many programmes or courses you apply to.

The application period that is currently open is a “national application round”, which means that you apply through the national application page ( You are still very welcome to apply. If you need assistance with your application, please contact the service centre at


Read more about entry requirements and how to apply at

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About the course

Course name: Agenda 2030 - Knowing, Measuring and Leading (Agenda 2030 - Kunskap, uppföljning och ledarskap) MESC02

Course period: 31 October - 4 December, 2022

Credits: 7.5 credits, online, full time, free standing

Department/Faculty: Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, LUCSUS, Faculty of Social Sciences

Course language: English

Apply here, no later than January 17, 2022.


Amanda Elgh
Student Coordinator LUCSUS
amanda [dot] elgh [at] lucsus [dot] lu [dot] se
+46(0)46 222 04 70

Visiting address:
Room 211A, Josephson building, Biskopsgatan 5