Examples of CS Elective Courses

Here is a brief description of some of the Creative Sustainability (CS) elective courses. For the full list of courses, please check out the CS master’s programme study structure, or the CS minor programme course list.

Values in Design

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
CS0022 6 ECTS Sampsa Hyysälö Design

The overall objective of the course is to create such technology builders (engineers, designers, and business people) who have the skills, language, examples, and knowledge to anticipate societal impacts, and the competence to address societal issues and challenges by building sustainable technology and making value decisions explicitly in the process of building and shaping society. This competence includes both theoretical and application knowledge of:

  • How technologies are intertwined with other structures of society
  • How to recognize embedded societal structures and implicit values in products, systems, services, and other technologies
  • How any new technology has to adapt to an installed base of both legacy systems and societal norms and social practices
  • How to design socially sustainable technologies
  • How to design values explicitly into technologies

Sustainable Product and Service Design

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
CS0018 6 ECTS Tiina Laurila, Tiina Härkäsalmi Design

Learning outcomes are: Understanding the principles of sustainable product and service design. Learning to apply methods and tools to evaluate the ecological impact of designs. Understanding the links and connections of ecological product and service design to sustainable business and social development, and other aspects of responsible design.

Sustainable Design Case

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
CS0019 6 ECTS Tiina Laurila, Tiina Härkäsalmi Design

In this course students are to make good use of the information given in lectures of Sustainable Product and Service Design -course, specialist visitors’ presentations and exercises, case-related literature and Internet links (learning tasks), towards producing a final outcome. The final outcome (created in teams) will be a product, service or system design, as a prototype or concept. The case can also take a design or research approach in collaboration with a company or one’s own enterprise. All outcomes should be design work that deepens the students’ professional knowhow.

Design Ethics Theory

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
CS0020 6 ECTS Eero Miettinen Design

The first part of the course gives a short overview into the history, legacies, values and responsibilities of design students. This is achieved through a series of lectures, assignments and working sessions where students find, explore, discuss and analyze examples from the cultural history of art, architecture and design. The second part of the course explores the contemporary business and globality related conditions such as global economy, sustainability, political context, social context. A series of lectures, case-based assignments and intensive working sessions train the students to understand and champion the ever changing conditions in corporate and international community. The course also aims to make an forecast of a specific field of design how the values and responsibilities develop. The third part of the course explores copyrights on an individual, corporate, legal perspective. The fourth part of the course explores design critics. How to participate in and lead design debate, public and private. How to evaluate and give critics on design. Discussions and practical workshops in creating and evaluating good and bad design. The outcome of the course is one or more articles of design critic out of which on published.

Sustainable Landscape – EIA

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
MA-94.3601 9-12 ECTS Maija Rautamäki Architecture

Environment Impact Assessment aims at integrating environmental considerations into the preparation of projects, plans and programmes already in the early phases of planning. Consultation of stakeholders and public participation is an integral part of the assessment. Assessing and managing the rapid, extensive and often drastic changes in landscape caused by the development of the urban fabric, the construction of large or wide infrastructure elements, and the use of nature resources, etc. should be taken into the normal field of work of architects, engineers, landscape architects, designers, etc.

Sustainable Building Design

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
A-9.3600 10 ECTS Markku Lappalainen, Antti-Matti Siikala Architecture

The course aims at providing the students with the comprehensive understanding of the connections between the architectural design solutions, sustainability of the built environment and the variety of environmental loads caused by the construction and the use of the buildings. Having passed the course successfully, a student is familiar with the basic concepts linked to sustainable construction as well as the most common methods for the environmental assessment of the built environment. He/she knows the skills and methods for sustainable building design, and has the motivation to develop further his/her knowledge and skills in the rapidly developing field of sustainable architectural design and construction.

Sustainable Urban Design

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
A-36.3600 10 ECTS Antti-Markus Lehto Architecture

The main learning objective of the course is to equip students with a thorough understanding of how to handle sustainability in the urban environment comprehensively. Course provides the student with knowledge and skills required in the integrated urban design process. Cross disciplinary approach provides tools to understand and demonstrate complex systems and different qualities in natural and built environment. On completion of the course, student has basic knowledge of the main issues on sustainable urban design, such as carbon neutrality, ecology, social equity and economical viability in city scale. He is familiar with the basic energy-efficient models of cities and infrastructure. He/she has the skills to use analysis methods to formulate the basis for the design process and to evaluate the causal connection between different models, energy consumption and economical aspects. Student is able to analyze concepts and to propose new, sustainable solutions.

Game in Urban Planning & Development

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
Maa-20.3403 4-6 ECTS Kauko Viitanen, Riikka Kyrö Real Estate

After the course the student is able to analyze the institutional environment for the land and property development processes. The student understands the actor’s role in urban development process and is able to appreciate the interaction between local planning policies and actors strategies. The student is able to apply economic base theory to discuss the city development. The student understands land development strategies and the use of plan implementation tools.

Sustainable Real Estate Business

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
Maa-20.3395 5 ECTS Seppo Junnila Real Estate

Long term perspective in business has an increasing interest on markets. This course introduces the student to sustainable business models in Real Estate Business. The themes cover in the course are for example long term strategies and business models, low-carbon business and communities, customer value flows, sustainable buildings and management, innovation management, sustainable societies, and life cycle assessment.

How to Change the World: Innovation toward Sustainability

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
21E10000 6 ECTS Minna Halme, Tytti Nahi Business

Corporate responsibility (CR) and sustainable development imperatives are typically framed as necessary requirements, “a must-do”, for businesses. This course aims at breaking and broadening this negatively motivated mindset by exploring paths and alternatives for creative and innovative responses to sustainability challenges. Global environmental and social sustainability problems are taken as starting points for innovation of new forms of economic activity, business models, and organizational forms. The course addresses three main areas of sustainability innovation: energy and material efficient business models, poverty alleviation through entrepreneurial approach and social entrepreneurship.

Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
21E11000 6 ECTS Maarit Laihonen, Galina Kallio Business

The main objective of the course is to look at the challenges and dimensions of corporate responsibility in global economy and enable the students to reflect their values on the topic. During the course , the students will learn to define and understand the key concepts related to the topic. The course concentrates on main concepts (corporate responsibility, actors, institutions etc.) and their operational meanings in business; and different contexts (operational, moral, national, global etc.) in which corporate responsibility must be considered. During the course we examine various actors, such as corporations, civil society and political decision-makers. We look at different industries with different challenges and reflect different levels and dimensions of corporate responsibility, such as individual and corporate levels. Variety of learning and teaching methods are used during the course, for example dialogues, reflection papers, group work and similar.

Sustainability Politics and CSR- Reading Seminar

Code Credits Responsible Teacher Discipline
21E12000 6 ECTS Mikko Jalas Business

The course will broaden the perspective and pose critical questions on environmental management and corporate social responsibility. With the aid of critical management studies, consumption sociology and environmental sociology, the course will help students to understand how environmental and social concerns are framed, and how the roles and the rules of actors in sustainability agenda are defined. Readings are selected to support three particular themes: understanding the scope and reach of the corporate agenda of CSR, understanding the way that new technologies and new consumption practices emerge and get a social hold, and thirdly, understanding the sustainability as a critical agenda in everyday life. The aim is enhance the skills that are required in actively managing, developing, steering and questioning organizational responses to social concerns.