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Duration Part-time, Single Module
Start date 12-16 July 2021
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In this 5 day learning journey you will be challenged and supported in a highly inter-disciplinary exploration of both sustainability and leadership where orthodoxies will be deconstructed so you can more clearly identify a pathway for your future as a leader of social and organisational change. In particular, you will explore what leadership on Deep Adaptation to our climate crisis can involve. This concept is based on the perspective that societal breakdown is either likely, inevitable or already occurring. Given the emotionally challenging topic of the course, it includes diverse forms of experiential learning.

After the course, with no extra fee, you have the opportunity to join the tutors online for reflection on the application of your learning (two sessions, week commencing 9th August and 4th October, times to be confirmed), as well as a 1 day in-person ‘open-space’ conference in Lancaster, UK on 4th September (10am to 4pm).

100% of the participants in the last iteration of the course agreed that the teaching had been engaging. Comments included:

"Amazing facilitation. Extremely open climate. The feeling of being in a safe space. The group work I just wanted more of."

"The mix of gentle, reflective and meditative practices, joyful play, hard academia and questioning debate and conversation allowed me to engage with each element in a different way, and preventing me from becoming weary mentally or emotionally from too much of one thing."

With rising dilemmas and falling budgets, it can feel like there is less time to explore fresh approaches to leadership and change. Yet without that exploration, the future may be more difficult than ever. This course gives experienced professionals the framework and processes to go deeper, and see their personal, organisational and sectoral situation with fresh eyes. Drawn together by their awareness of humanity’s predicament, the participants are diverse, such as University Vice Chancellors, Fund Managers, School Teachers, Management Consultants, Politicians and Environmental Activists.

This course is led by Professor Jem Bendell and the Deep Adaptation Forum’s Katie Carr. There are a maximum of 24 places, which must be purchased by 28th June 2021, due to time for pre-course preparation. The preparatory course work 30 days before the start of the course involves a minimum of 10 hours self-directed learning (videos, reading, reflective writing).

The content of this course is the same as the Certificate of Achievement in “Sustainable Leadership” which includes assessments to

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 Key course details


Online (with one day conference in Lancaster 4th September)


Part-time, Single Module

Start date

12-16 July 2021


Course options

Accredited module
This course is available as an accredited level 7 module, which means you'll earn academic credits at masters level. If you choose this option, you will have to complete mandatory self-led study and an assignment. Apply now

Stand alone short course
The short course option is non-credit bearing. At the end of the course, you will receive a certificate of attendance. Apply now

Graduate destinations

This module is credit bearing, and may be used as a basis for further study at level 7 towards potential completion of a PgC, PgDip, or Masters degree qualification. 

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