Planetary Wellbeing: Free online courses for everyone

Planetary Wellbeing online studies at the Open University of the University of Jyväskylä are available free of charge to everyone. These MOOC studies cover themes such as climate change, biodiversity loss and resource wisdom. Build your knowledge and learn from scientific research.

Planetary Wellbeing studies at the Open University

What does planetary wellbeing mean and what should we know about it? What kind of sustainability challenges are we facing when it comes to the wellbeing of our environment? How should we go about addressing these challenges?

In JYU Open University's Planetary Wellbeing studies, you get to explore these topics and more through latest scientific knowledge across various disciplines. 

In total, Planetary Wellbeing will encompass four courses that are open to everyone free of charge. Each of the 1-ECTS courses is available to study fully online, at your own pace. Start your studies and gain invaluable insight and know-how! 

Course contents are available for you to explore on the JYU Online Courses platform before registration. To see the assignments and to complete the courses, please register and sign up for each course.

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MOOC 1: Introduction to planetary wellbeing 

Available for study now on onlinecourses.jyu.fi
Note: This course is a prerequisite for courses 2–4!

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MOOC 2: Systems and planetary well-being

Available for study now on onlinecourses.jyu.fi

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MOOC 3:  Good life and planetary well-being

Available for study now on onlinecourses.jyu.fi

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MOOC 4: Pathways to planetary well-being

Not yet available to study, coming in 2023


Planetary Wellbeing online course facts

  • 4 MOOCs with 1 ECTS each (At the moment available: 3 MOOCs)
  • Open for everyone: simply enroll and study at your own pace
  • Start with the introductory MOOC 1, then choose freely from MOOCs 2 and 3
  • Flexible, fully online
  • Potentially adaptable to a larger, formal university degree
  • University level: based on the latest scientific research

Please note: Registration requires a valid passport or an EU identity card. If you have a Finnish bank ID, you can register via the Study guide.

Planetary Wellbeing Massive Open Online Courses for everyone

Studying planetary wellbeing

These studies introduce you to themes of sustainability, responsibility and planetary wellbeing.

The first Planetary Wellbeing course deals with global environmental crises and the challenges and promise of sustainable development. Subsequent courses cover e.g. global economic, energy and food production systems in relation to environmental and societal sustainability. The studies also discuss the individual and cultural phenomena, concepts and values underlying ecological questions.

The studies can be completed fully online and at your own pace. The studies are suitable for anyone who is interested in topics of human and natural wellbeing, regardless of educational background

Get started, discover the latest scientific knowledge and put your new insights to use!


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The University of Jyväskylä is home to internationally high-level scientific research on the basic natural phenomena of physics, chemistry and biosciences. The scientific work carried out in the University contributes to the competence level of not just individuals but the society as a whole.


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