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 the completion of the course students will
1) Understand the principles of sustainability in product, service and system design.
2) Be able to approach sufficiency and sustainable consumption with design
3) Be able to assess and argue for design solutions for sustainable consumption.


Credits: 5

Schedule: 12.01.2021 - 18.02.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Tatu Marttila

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Philip Hector, Mikko Jalas, Tatu Marttila

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

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:

    The course introduces the topic areas of design-for-sustainability and frameworks including product-service-systems, service design and material circulation. It situates these design strategies in the overall landscape of escalating levels of consumption, and develops design approaches to mitigate these trends. Each topic is approached via lectures, readings and through a group work assignment.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course contents consist of weekly lectures, readings and related assignments. The course also includes a group exercise. To pass, the students are required to attend the lectures (80%) and perform all the assigned exercises, readings and written tasks given each week.
    Assessment methods and criteria:

    • Individual writing tasks 30%
    • Active presence at the course platforms, activity log 20%
    • Group assignments, final and intermediary reports 40%
    • Peer evaluation in groups 10%

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    5 ECTS = 135 hours.

    • Lectures, and class-room exercises, 36 hours
    • Group work, 40 hours
    • Reading course literature and related writing tasks, 40 hours
    • Feedback and participation on course platforms outside of the classroom, 10 hours
    • Personal reflection 9 hours


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. Ceschin, G & Gaziulusoy, I (2019). Design for Sustainability: A Multi-level Framework from Products to Socio-technical Systems. Routledge.

    2. Ainger, C. M. (2014) Sustainable infrastructure: principles into practice
    3. Ashby, Michael F. (2015) Materials and Sustainable Development, Elsevier Science & Technology.
    4. Vezzoli, C., C. Kohtala, and A. Srinivasan (2014) Product-Service System Design for Sustainability
    5. Selected other readings


Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course subsitutes for MUO-E8025 Sustainable Product and Service Design

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions