Credits: 6

Schedule: 10.09.2018 - 25.10.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Samuli Patala
Patrick Shulist

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

contact information

Course information

Name: Patrick Shulist


Office: E1.14 (Arkadia)

Office Hours: by appointment


Samuli Patala


Office: E3.20 (Arkadia) / R208 (Väre/ Otaniemi)

Office Hours: by


Status of the course:

M.Sc. degree, an
elective course in Aalto University, obligatory course in the Creative
Sustainability program (elective for CS BIZ).


Academic Year, Period:
period I, 2018

Location: Töölö

Language of
Instruction: English


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Period I (2018-2019), Töölö campus
Period I (2019-2020), Otaniemi campus

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

- Understanding the concepts of sustainable business and corporate responsibility
- Understanding how corporations impact society and the environment, and why this necessitates thinking about sustainability
- Identifying sustainability challenges and introducing strategic approaches to respond to them
- Understanding sustainability in different business functions and the management instruments available;
- Developing critical thinking about how to deal with different stakeholders in advancing sustainability;
- Recognizing how enterprises can innovate to develop more sustainable businesses.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course introduces the main sustainable development challenges of contemporary business, and familiarizes students with the fundamental business approaches, strategies, tools and innovations for addressing those challenges. The course begins with the key concepts of business, its role in society and engagement with different stakeholders, and continues with a more focused look at sustainability in different business functions such as strategy, the supply chain and communications. It explores the main international sustainability management instruments and standards, and provides participants the opportunity to become familiar with the advantages and limitations of these standards. The course introduces the emerging concepts of eco-innovation and provides insights into some key areas of eco-innovation, such as circular economy. The innovative approach is extended to explore business models for eco-efficiency and the potential for inclusive business to alleviate poverty. Finally the course draws together the key learnings in a simulation which will require the participants to make decisions about a business and its impacts on the local society and environment

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Download course syllabus here

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Final exam (50%), Assignments (Group/Individual) (50%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching 30h (70% lecture attendance requirement)
Independent work 126h
Exam 4h

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 


Classroom hours

(70% lecture
attendance obligatory)

Class preparation (pre-readings for lectures)




Assignments (group work)


Exam preparation





160h (6 ECTS)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A selection of articles. Required pre-readings for each lecture (2-3 articles per lecture).

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): Study materials listed in the detailed session description

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces the course 21E16000 Sustainable Business and Consumption

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

via WebOodi

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Max 100 students taken to the course

Priority list for selection of students 1. Creative Sustainability students 2. CEMS students 3. Exchange students 4. MIB students 5. BIZ students 6. Internal mobility students
Please contact Samuli Patala for more information

Additional information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


Aalto University Code of Academic Integrity and Handling Thereof:


Registration to course: via Weboodi, closes one week before the start of
the course.

Retrieving Course Materials: all materials available through MyCourses

Group feedback will be provided as assignments are returned.


Registration and further information