“Vägar inn i samhället” – sustainability and inclusion in the city 

Every year the Spica intensive course changes its form and content, adapting to what is characteristic of the local context. In 2018, the intensive course took place in Malmö in Sweden.

Malmö is a multicultural city, and the course participants explored challenges and possibilities from the perspective of the future teacher. The course included lectures, excursions and fieldwork. Comparing experiences from across the Nordics, we looked at support functions for recently arrived pupils in Malmö’s schools, went on a visit to Apelgårdsskolan, and Gnistan meeting place for youth between 6-14.


We also investigated how the city works to implement the UN sustainable development goals, through excursion to Augustenborg ecological city, and återSKAPA – a workshop for innovation and design using recycled materials. The link between social and environmental sustainability was explored as well, through social entrepreneurship at Yallatrappan.

The focus of the course was to develop knowledge, comprehension and skills to deal with migration, integration and sustainability. Bringing experiences and different perspectives from the Nordic countries, the students worked in groups with developing different approaches to work with integration and sustainability. On he final day of the course, the results of their work were presented to each other. Some of the student projects can be explored here:

Group 2 – Salad Bowl Project

Group 4 – City Spider

Group 5 – Multicultural activities