Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

- Present, challenge and defend solutions to real-life sustainability issues faced by companies and organizations

- Organize arguments clearly, cohesively and concisely in speaking and in writing

- Collaborate in interdisciplinary teams 


Credits: 3

Schedule: 15.01.2021 - 16.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Matthew Billington, Susan Gamache, Hanna Hakala

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Susan Gamache

Contact information for the course (valid 15.12.2020-21.12.2112):

Teacher: Susan Gamache

CEFR level (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):


Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):



  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This three-credit interdisciplinary problem-based learning (PBL) course focuses on developing key spoken and written communication skills required for future working life.

    During the course, students learn the necessary tools to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to find solutions to real-life sustainability issues faced by companies and organizations. Each student functions as an expert on their particular area within the team and is responsible for researching the solution from that particular angle, for example, design, branding, technical or financial viability. Students practise structuring arguments and counterarguments both in speaking and in writing as well as apply different types of reasoning behind argumentation. Students analyse speeches and sample texts to identify strengths and weaknesses. During the course, students receive constructive feedback on their written and spoken argumentation skills, give feedback to others, and reflect on their own performance.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course assignments

    Oral assignments

    Written assignments

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Workload 81h Contact hours (16-36h) plus guided independent work (45 – 65h)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Provided by the teacher

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    LC-1110 + LC-1112, LC-1110 + LC-1111 + LC-1120, LC-1113, LC-1114, LC-1115, LC-1117

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Weboodi. Students are considered for admission in order of highest number of credits.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, weekly contact sessions will be held on Zoom.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course fulfils the university requirement for language studies for both oral (o) and written (w) skills. Note: This course requires a minimum enrollment of 10 students.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, weekly contact sessions will be held on Zoom.