Credits: 10

Schedule: 10.01.2018 - 23.05.2018

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

III-V (spring term)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the completion of the course the student is able to

  • understand the diverse linkages and relations from technology, innovations, design and entrepreneurship to socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development
  • know different approaches and methods to analyze and implement projects involving such linkages, with in-depth knowledge of at least one such method in the specific setting of their project work
  • review and use key literature related to sustainability and technology linkages
  • write project proposals, plans and reports, and put into practice different phases of international project work through an array of organizational and business models (governmental, non-governmental, business and academic)
  • work in an interactive manner as part of a team, and is familiar with the challenges and possibilities included in working in multidisciplinary and international teams
  • recognize and analyze his/her own as well as others' roles and responsibilities in a team
  • communicate and present the main outcomes of the project work in clear oral and written manner
  • recognize main methods (project work, research, implementation) used in international development and innovation projects
  • recognize different actors and stakeholders in the field of their own project, and communicate with them

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

SGT Studio is a co-learning studio for Master's and PhD students working with various stakeholders. The course looks as the diverse, multi- and cross-disciplinary connections between sustainability and technology in developing contexts. The course includes expert lectures, interactive workshops and extensive project work done in teams. As part of the team work, students may travel abroad to carry out field research on their selected theme. The lecturers and workshops introduce students to the general context of the course as well as to the process of international project work and team work.

In this course students will take part in real projects within research groups, civil society organizations or companies. The project work will be mentored by Aalto's research staff and practicing professionals.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Project work, lectures, co-learning workshops and exercises, including possible 1-2 week field research and co-design trip to project site.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Material given during the lecture and exercises. Students must also actively search for additional material for their group work.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Yhd-12.3092 Sustainable Technologies Studio

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Strong recommendation: Yhd-12.3081 State of the World and Development (2 cr) and Yhd-12.3088 Sustainable Global Technologies; changing course (5 cr) or WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment (5 cr)

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration through WebOodi. Please see WebOodi for the registration dates.
A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to our own Master's Programme students. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria.

The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course is intended for both Master's and Doctoral students of all disciplines. Note that course field trips are at students' own cost unless otherwise stated in course project descriptions/call for applications.

Course has close linkages with WAT-E2060, and WAT-E2080.

The course is part of the Sustainable Global Technologies Programme (