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 the student is able to

  • understand the fundamentals of sustainable infrastructures in rapidly developing world
  • explain connections and linkages between different sustainable technologies and infrastructure systems in built environments (water, waste, energy, transport, building design and construction, land tenure and land use)
  • comprehend principles of resilient communities
  • understand vulnerability of built environments
  • work in multicultural teams and recognize his/her own expertise as part of the team or design problem

Credits: 5

Schedule: 26.10.2020 - 09.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Olli Varis

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matleena Muhonen, Matleena Muhonen, Olli Varis

Contact information for the course (valid 30.09.2020-21.12.2112):

  • Course coordinator: Anahita Rashidfarokhi (
  • Teaching assistant: Julia Renko (

Teachers in charge:

  • Matleena Muhonen, Lecurer, inquiries regarding SGT Studio course and PBL projects
  • Olli Varis, Professor in Charge

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 covers fundamentals of basic infrastructures focusing on sustainable technologies, infrastructures and policies aiming for environmentally, culturally and economically more sustainable built environments globally. The key content covers water, energy, waste management, housing, land use, climate change, vulnerability and resilient communities.

    Course provides multidisciplinary and multicultural learning environment.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    To pass the course student must attend minimum of 80% of the lectures and workshops and the assignments must be completed by the end of the course. The final grade is based on the active attendance and assignment grades.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    • 80 % attendance to teaching sessions. Attendance effects the final grade. Three non-attendance is accepted. Compensatory assignments are available if needed but must be agreed with teacher in advance. The teacher takes the attendance during each class.
    • Weekly assignments must be submitted on time.
    • Participation activity in peer-group meetings will effect the final grade.
    • Final essay is evaluated with scale 1-5 by faculty members and will effect the final grade.
    • Meeting deadlines may raise the final grade by + (0,25).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures & Workshops 36h. 80% attendance required.

    Independent study, incl. reading and individual assignment 99h.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Material given during the lecture and exercises.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    WAT-E3020 State of the World and Development (2 cr) or similar knowledge (e.g. WAT-E1100)

Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to our own Master's Programme students. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria.

    The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course is fully online but requires attendance during scheduled teaching hours.

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Course has close linkages with WAT-E3020, WAT-E2080 and WAT-E2090. Highly recommended prerequisite for WAT-E2070 Sustainable Global Technologies Studio and ARK-E2007 Interplay of Cultures Studio.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Course is fully online but requires attendance during scheduled teaching hours.