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Eco-social Change

We offer a unique opportunity to participate in the Eco-Social Change Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP) and learn from experts from different countries. The inspiring programme consists of lectures and collaborative online teamwork with an intensive week in Helsinki, Finland.

Eco-Social Change BIP will be offered jointly by Diaconia University of Applied Sciences, VID Specialized University (Norway), University of Tartu (Estonia), Kärnten University of Applied Sciences (Austria), University College Cork (Ireland), and Deggendorf Institute of Technology (Germany).

Programme Content

The course provides a basis for understanding concepts and debates underlying the key question of eco-social change: How can we move towards living sustainably, within limits that the Earth’s ecosystems can support, through implementing social and economic policies that lead to a more just and equal society?

We explore key issues of this question of the relation between society and environment through key concepts such as green growth vs. degrowth, sustainable development, climate change and health, demographic change, digitalization, sustainable healthcare and wellbeing, social inequality, and intergenerational justice.

Students will learn to apply these concepts to analyze key factors behind the transformation of society through eco-social policy.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student:

  • has knowledge of key perspectives and central debates on the relations between ecological and social conditions in terms of the challenges of eco-social change.
  • has understanding of key debates about sustainability, global inequality, green growth and degrowth, and human responsibility towards nature.
  • is able to analyse values, perceptions and practices related to well-being as a dynamic concept of social transformation.
  • based on first-hand research with target communities, is able to understand how “eco-social” policy decisions can affect and should serve the needs of vulnerable groups of people.



Target Group

Master students

Schedule 24 Oct – 2 Dec 2022

  • Online kick-off workshop 24 October 2022 at 17-19 CET / 18-20 EET
  • Online Teamwork 24 October – 27 November 2022
  • Intensive Week in Helsinki, Finland 28 November – 2 December 2022 (daily program 9:00-16:00)


Intensive Week in Helsinki


28 November – 2 December 2022 daily program at 9:00-16:00

Campus location

Kyläsaarenkuja 2, FI-00580 Helsinki, Finland
Click here to read more about the campus

Public Transportation

We recommend downloading the HSL app to buy tickets and find the rutes. This app can be used also for the train from the airport to the city centre. Alternatively, you can buy day tickets (for 1-7 days) e.g. from R-kioski.

Helsinki Journey Planner is a practical tool for finding public transportation routes and schedules.

From Helsinki central railway station, the bus number 55 (departs from platform 3) stops in front of the campus building (stop Haukilahdenkatu). The journey takes 15 minutes.


Daily lunch is available at 12-13. The price for a warm meal is 2,70€/students and 7,75€/staff.
Click here to check the menu!

Other activities

Visits to The National Museum of Finland, Oodi Library and Allas Sea Pool. Participation in these activities is voluntary.


Diak has reserved a quota of rooms in Hotel Arthur with the price of 150€ per night for a 4-bed-room and 130€ per night for a 3-bed-room. Diak’s international office will send the instructions to the participants after registration.

Recommended hostels in Helsinki city centre are Yard Hostel and Diana Park Hostel. The price for the bed in the hostel dormitory is 30€-50€ per night depending on the room. Please check the hostel websites for further information.


For staff and students from partner institutions, participation is supported by the Erasmus+ Mobility grant.

Student Registration

Partners will nominate the student participants by 9.10.2022. Please contact your international office for further information.

The selected students will register for the BIP by completing the online registration form by 9.10.2022.



Diak will issue a Transcript of Records in English for all participants who have successfully completed the programme.

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