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 completing the course, students
- Understand the systemic principles of sustainability including ecological and social systems.
- Are able to define and discuss the key concepts related to systems thinking in the context of design.
- Understand basic principles of regenerative design and to be able to use them to approach design activities.
Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 03.12.2020
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Katri Pulkkinen
Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Kata Fodor, Mikko Jalas
Contact information for the course (valid 12.10.2020-21.12.2112):
Mikko Jalas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kata Fodor, email@example.com
For SPT students firstname.lastname@example.org
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
CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD
The course addresses socio-ecological systems and changes in system over time. It introduces theoretical foundations of the large scale systemic principles and multi-dimensional interdependencies of sustainability. Key notions are derived from complex adaptive systems and transition theories. These concepts and systems thinking are used to analyse design approaches towards circular economy and sustainable living environments and to learn to anticipate unintended consequences of sustainability solutions.
Lectures including shared lectures with the the programme Spatial Planning and Transportation (SPT) at Aalto ENG.
Readings: Readings are used throughout the course to support classroom activities, course essay and exercises. Student write summaries on selected readings and expand on their significance for design activities. Readings include a pre-reading.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Course essay, active presence in class and in online platforms, peer-to-peer teaching and other group exercises.
5 ECTS = 135 hour
- Lectures 36 h
- Essay 25 h
- Teamwork 34 h
- Literature, individual work 30h
- Personal reflection 10h
To be announced in the course syllabus.
Substitutes for Courses
This course will replace SPT-E1050 Systems thinking for sustainable living environments.
WAT-E3020 State of the world or similar knowledge
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals
4 Quality Education
6 Clean Water and Sanitation
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Production and Consumption
13 Climate Action
15 Life on Land
17 Partnerships for the Goals