Sustainable development2018

2020 Sustainable development

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 2nd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 21
  • Seminar: 11
  • Other forms of study: 88
  • Individual work: 60
  • Lecturer: Nina Tomaževič, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • Sustainability challenges
  • Basic concepts in the field of sustainability
  • Sustainable development and social responsibility
  • Sustainable governance
  • Social innovation and social economy
  • Social entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable value chain management
  • Sustainability marketing and communication
  • Measuring social impact
  • Situation in EU
  • Situation in Slovenia
  • Best practices in sustainability and social economy

3. Readings

    • THIELE, L. P. (2017). Sustainability (Key concepts). 2nd Edition. Polity Press: Cambridge.
    • WEYBRRECHT, G. (2014). The sustainable MBA: A business guide to sustainability. 2nd Edition. Wiley, Chichester.
    • EC (European Commission). (2014). A map of social enterprises and their eco-systems in Europe. (Accessed 16 August 2016)
    • ROBERTSON, M. (2017). Communicating Sustainability: Making sustainability legible. Routledge: London.

    4. Objectives and competences


    • to make students understand the challenges we as a global community face in the coming decades and to evaluate how individuals, businesses, governments, NGOs and different networks can contribute to resolve them,
    • to inspire students with a broad understanding of issues of global sustainability, social responsibility and social economy and provide them with practical skills to develop and implement solutions for sustainability and social responsibility issues,
    • to equip the students with the knowledge about the sustainability and social economy tools, stakeholders, frameworks and best practices,
    • to make students understand the importance and the growing possibilities in the sector which will develop dynamically, offering new employment opportunities.


    • ability to understand the concepts of sustainability, social responsibility and social economy and their interrelations,
    • capacity to approach emergent problems and generate future-oriented solutions, and know how to work at the intersection of different disciplines,
    • ability to responsibly manage the resources and to optimize the environmental, social, and economic impact of an organization
    • capacity of systemic thinking, facilitating cooperation and understanding of importance of ethical behaviour

    5. Intended learning outcomes

    Student will be able to:

    • differentiate between sustainability, social responsibility and social economy,
    • identify the stakeholders and tools for sustainable development and socially responsible management and execution,
    • analyse the situation in the field of social economy in EU and in an individual country,
    • summarize the main challenges of future development in the areas of environment, economy and social issues,
    • debate on innovative products or services and/or integrate sustainability into his/her existing area of responsibility.

    6. Learning and teaching methods

    • student preparations for lectures
    • lecture
    • student preparations for seminars
    • seminars
    • e-learning
    • case study
    • seminar paper

    7. Assessment

    • written or oral exam 60 %
    • seminar paper 40 %

    8. Lecturer's references

    • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, CANTELE, Silvia. Social entrepreneurship and social enterprises in Slovenia : strengths and weaknesses from an analysis of the institutional framework : chapter 1 V: MAHER, Chi (ur.). Handbook of research on value creation for small and micro social enterprises, (Advances in logistics, operations, and management science (ALOMS) book series, ISSN 2327-350X, ISSN 2327-3518). Hershey: IGI Global. 2019, str. 207-228, tabele. [COBISS.SI-ID 5269934]
    • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, CANTELE, Silvia. A comparative analysis of institutional frameworks for social enterprises in Italy and Slovenia. Verona: Università di Verona, Dipartimento di Economia Aziendale; Ljubljana: Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za upravo, 2016. 203 str., ilustr. [COBISS.SI-ID 4870318]
    • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina. Socially responsible management in public administration. V: MULEJ, Matjaž (ur.), DYCK, Robert G. (ur.). Social responsibility - sustainability, education and management, (Social responsibility beyond neoliberalism and charity, ISSN 2352-3336, Vol. 2). [S. l.]: Bentham eBooks, 2014, str. 200-228, ilustr., doi: 10.2174/9781608059041114020011. [COBISS.SI-ID 4398254]
    • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina. Družbena odgovornost in odličnost javne uprave, (Upravna misel). 1. izd. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo, 2011. XVIII, 319 str., ilustr. ISBN 978-961-262-043-1. [COBISS.SI-ID 257379584]
    • TOMAŽEVIČ, Nina, TEKAVČIČ, Metka, PELJHAN, Darja. Towards excellence in public administration: organisation theory-based performance management model. Total quality management & business excellence, ISSN 1478-3363, 2017, vol. 28, iss. 5/6, str. 578-599, doi: 10.1080/14783363.2011102048. [COBISS.SI-ID 22820582]