Policies for Sustainability
Cod: 22031
Department: DCET
Scientific area: Political Sciences
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

Following the environmental movement in the 70s, the concept of sustainable development (sd) appears in the main forums (international organizations, governments, academia, media) during and after the 80’s. The Brundtland Report, Agenda 21 and the United Nations conference (Stockholm, Rio, Johannesburg, Rio+20) are examples of documents and structuring moments in the formulation of the concept. Under these international guidelines have been suggested or implemented strategies of public policies, such as the EU strategy for the ds, the National Strategy for Sustainable Development, the Local Agenda 21 and sectoral policies (tourism, eg). The promotion requires different actions depending on the geographic region of implementation, but efforts must necessarily pass through three major areas: environmental quality, social development and economic growth and equity.

Sustainable Development
Public Policies
Case study

At the end of this curricular unit students should be able to:
•Discuss the concept of sustainable development;
•Analyze and evaluate policies and strategies at different levels: global, regional, national and local.
•Identify the main instruments to implement sustainability;
•Develop case studies about sustainable development.

1. How to write a case study
2. Sustainable development: an historical perspective
3. The concept of sustainable development
4. Strategies and policies for sustainability
4.1- Global scale
4.2- EU
4.3- Portugal
4.4- At local level
5. Governance and implementation.

  • Banerjee, S. (2008) Corporate Social Responsibility: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Critical Sociology, 34(1) 51-79.
  • Baker, S. (2006) Sustainable Development. Routledge
  • Boel, R., Fabig, H. & Wheeler, D. (2001) Shell, Nigeria and the Ogoni. A study in unsustainable development. Sustainable Developme, 9, 74-86.
  • Presidência do Conselho de Ministros (2007) Estratégia Nacional de desenvolvimento sustentável.
  • Robinson, J. (2004) Squaring the circle? Some thoughts on the idea of sustainable development. Ecological Economics 48, 369–384.
  • Soromenho-Marques, V. (2005) Matamerfoses. Lisboa: Europa-América
  • UN (2015) Transformando Nosso Mundo: A Agenda 2030 para o Desenvolvimento Sustentável. United Nations.
  • UNCED (1992) Agenda 21. United Nations.
WCED (1987) Our common future. United Nations

E-learning (fully online).

Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.