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.
Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:
Discuss concepts, models and methods of futures inquiry particularly as applied in sustainability transitions.
Apply theoretical understanding in analyzing and planning a given sustainability transition situation.
Communicate verbally, visually and in writing, and reflect critically on their own role within a multidisciplinary group and relevant professional contexts.
Schedule: 09.09.2020 - 14.10.2020
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ayse Gaziulusoy
Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eeva Berglund, Ayse Gaziulusoy
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
CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD
The Sustainabililty Transitions and Futures course builds on theories and practices of socio-technical and socio-ecological transformations for sustainability. These include theories of transition management, resilience and social practice, typologies and processes of sustainability transformations at micro, meso and macro organisational, spatial and temporal scales, as well as methods of futures and participatory inquiry in the context of sustainability transitions. The students work on developing strategies for sustainable (socially, ecologically and economically resilient) and just futures through analysis of a given transition situation. Students will apply their learning by developing a project outline as a group and reflect on the roles and expected inputs of the relevant actors (architects, urban planners, designers, researchers, policy makers, public, private and civil society actors, etc.) in context.
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning:
Lectures and guest lectures
Class discussions and seminars
Excursions/trips/excercises/workshops in- or outside of class
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Assessment is done continuously by:
Participation in contact teaching sessions
Group work, group presentations and final documentation
Contribution to group work and completion of assignments
Completion of a short individual reflection
5 ECTS = 135 hours.
- Contact teaching (lectures, workshops, tutoring, presentations, etc.) 45h
- Individual and group work (in contact teaching sessions and independently) 55h
- Reflection and thinking 15h
- Preparing group presentations and documentation 20h
- 85% attendance
As sustainability transitions and futures is a dynamic and fast developing field, the resources provided will change every year. Students will be provided with reading materials through MyCourses.
The students who would like to take this course should complete the two following courses as a pre-requisite:
- Systems Thinking
- Design approaches to sustainable consumption (former Sustainable Product and Service Design)
Or one of the following courses is recommended as a pre-requisite:
- Values in Design Futures
- Design for Government
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
10 Reduced Inequality
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Production and Consumption
13 Climate Action
17 Partnerships for the Goals