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.


After completion fo the course

  • Students are familiar with participatory methods, processes, theories and communication and facilitation skills and their practical applications in complex environments.
  • Students are able to work as a part of a facilitation team and to prepare and facilitate a participatory workshop or a process.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 22.09.2020 - 02.10.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Paula Siitonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Paula Siitonen

Contact information for the course (valid 12.08.2020-21.12.2112):


CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

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

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Interactive lectures, workshops, group works and exercises where students learn and practice participatory methods and processes, creative cooperation, communication and facilitation skills and related theories, including  drivers of creativity and cooperation, stakeholder and situation analysis, world café, exhibition walk, open space, road maps, space and time related and relational methods, complexity, systems thinking, interactive decision analysis, value focused thinking, group dynamics, constructive verbal and non-verbal communication, dialogue, facilitation and conflict resolution. We use various materials, techniques and examples, including students’ own works. Students create a personal learning diary and a final essay. Students (in groups) prepare and facilitate workshops.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Requirements to pass the course:
    • A half page reflection after each lecture (a learning diary).
    • Be present on all four course days (mandatory).
    • Actively participate in group works throughout the course also outside the course sessions
    • Read selected articles/book chapters and be prepared to discuss them through e.g. workshops.
    • Each group will create a concept note (max three pages) on how they aim to facilitate and organize the interactive final workshop. We will create the groups on the first lecture.
    • Each group will create an invitation (one page) to their final workshop.
    • Each group will plan, practice, organize and facilitate interactive workshops.
    • Each group will conceptualize a development workshop for the client/host organization of the course (ca. one page)
    • A personal final essay (ca. three pages)
    You need to do all nine tasks above to pass the course.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 ECTS = 135 hours.

    • Interactive lectures and workshops 28 hours
    • Group works outside group sessions (workshop preparation) 38 hours
    • Reflections and a final essay 33 hours
    • Literature and other materials related to the lectures and workshops 36 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To be announced in the course syllabus

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Master level students, suitable also for PhD level students.

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Via WebOodi.

    Maximum number of participants: 30.

    The order of priority for admitting students:
    Creative Sustainability major students;
    Creative Sustainability minor students;
    Department of Design masters students (taken in in the order of registration);
    Students for whom the course is part of his/her major's or programme's alternative studies and has been scheduled in the student's PSP (HOPS) for the current academic year;
    All other master students.

  • Applies in this implementation:

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    4 Quality Education

    10 Reduced Inequality

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Aalto course.

  • Applies in this implementation: