Every year the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) organizes its four-week UNU Intensive Core (UNU-IC) Courses at UNU headquarters in Tokyo. The courses are designed to provide analyses of global issues from both theoretical and empirical perspectives. Although advanced in nature, they are open to postgraduate students and professionals in various occupations who are not necessarily specialists in the field. The courses also draw on the research projects undertaken at UNU-IAS and at various other UNU institutes located around the world.
The IC Courses provide students with a solid grounding in the essential theories and multilateral approaches to issues of sustainability and development, while emphasizing interdisciplinary perspectives. This year, the below three IC Courses will be offered:
1. UN System and Sustainable Development: This course presents the institutional background and policy tasks of the UN system, and provides an analytical framework to study complex issues ranging from reducing direct threats to peace, to strengthening sustainable development as an indispensable condition for peace.
2. Global Change and Planetary Boundaries: This course will cover concepts related to global environmental changes, such as urbanization, climate change and social transformations; their implications on food, water and health; various solutions to these changes including climate change adaptation and mitigation measures; and initiatives such as Future Earth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
3. Natural Capital and Biodiversity: This course provides students with an understanding and a multidisciplinary perspective on natural capital, biodiversity, human well-being and their interactions.
The Autumn 2016 session of the UNU-IC Courses will run from 5 September to 30 September 2016. The application deadline is 15 July 2016.
For more information on the UNU-IC Courses, please visit the UNU-IAS website: http://ias.unu.edu/en/admissions/credited-courses/unu-intensive-core-courses.html#overview