Sustaining sport for development and peace program

This online course is open to everyone who wants to gain a better understanding of the role that Sport for Development and Peace (SPD) plays in sustainable development. The course focuses on the international mainstreaming of SDP and the national implementation of SDP initiatives. Specifically, how the programs and activities of organizations involved in SDP contribute to sustainable development in the communities in which they operate.

Program information

Application Deadline

Jun 1. (fall)/ Dec 1. (spring)

Study Plan

Course description



Study places



Semester fee kr 840,-


The study program Sports Management offers three different courses: Performance-enhancement and Anti-doping in Sport, Sport and Sustainability, Sport for Development and Sustainability. Each course can be combined with work or other studies. Students are admitted to the study programme and then choose a course. Admission is granted for three semesters. The right to study requires semester registration. Please note that the courses are completed in both the autumn and spring semesters.

The course provides students with the opportunity to reflect on the United Nations' (UN) recognition that sport enables sustainable development. In this way, students learn how SDP programs and activities contribute to the UN SDGs in their communities. This course will provide insight into theories that can be applied to analysing the opportunities and challenges of delivering sustainable outcomes.

The course consists of four distinct but interrelated modules:

  • Module 1: Sport for Development and Peace (SDP) and the Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • Module 2: Conceptualising SDP and sustainability
  • Module 3: Sport for Development and Peace in Practice
  • Module 4: Community sport events and management


Program structure

The course is entirely web-based and is taught in both the fall and spring semesters.

The learning material includes video clips and texts that will aid students to self-reflect on the topics of the modules. Even though this is an online course, course teachers would be assigned to provide support and feedback to students when the need arises.

The four modules are located in a web-based learning management system. There, you can find the course outline, periodic announcements, and reading materials.

The students would be required to complete all four modules. At the end of each module, students must submit reflection notes in the form of assignments that will be evaluated pass or fail.

To sign up for the final exam, please note that all course assignments (reflection notes) for the fall semester must be submitted before the end of October, while for the spring semester they must be submitted by the end of April.

The final home exam will comprise three or four different questions and it must have a word limit of 4000 words. The grades will range from A-F.

The final exam for the fall semester will be opened between November-December and for the spring semester between May to June. The exam will last for 4 weeks. The specific exam period will be announced.

General information

The course is taught in English and it is offered to both NIH students and external students.

The course is designed so that you may decide when you want to start as soon as your study admission has been confirmed.

The course accounts for 10 ECTS and can be incorporated into a bachelor’s degree at other universities. However, as a student, you must inform yourself about the possibilities and procedures at your home institutions.

As a potential single-course student, we encourage you to reflect on whether you will be able to invest the time that is required to complete the course.

Work opportunities

The knowledge gained from taking this course will be useful for those who work with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), private organisations and public institutions that incorporate SDP initiatives and programs.

Contact us

Derrick Okpoti Charway

Derrick Okpoti Charway

PhD Candidate

Phone: +47 23 26 24 36

Admissions office
+(47) 23 26 20 30
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12:00-14:00 (UTC/GMT +1)
Between February 15 to August 31.