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.


The course summarizes the skills-related learning outcomes of the whole Creative Sustainability programme, including outcomes in the areas of problem solving, project management, systems thinking, design thinking, and combining sustainability knowledge with business knowledge in an international and multidisciplinary context, as well as communications and team working skills.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 11.01.2022 - 05.04.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mikko Jalas, Leena Lankoski

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    During the course students work in multidisciplinary teams towards finding creative solutions to real-life social and environmental challenges brought by partner organizations, which can be business enterprises, NGOs, or public organizations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students analyze the client's sustainability challenge, develop solutions for it, and report the work orally and in written form according to the needs of the client. The group members are expected to work intensively together during the course and they will also be meeting the representatives of the client organizations. There will be some contact sessions for the whole class as well as tutorial sessions to guide the groups during their projects.

    Assignments 100%

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact sessions and tutorials 20 h
    Project work 140 h
    Total 160 h (6 ECTS)


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    2 Zero Hunger

    3 Good Health and Well-being

    4 Quality Education

    5 Gender Equality

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    10 Reduced Inequality

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

    17 Partnerships for the Goals


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV

    Enrollment :

    Registration in November. In addition to registration in Sisu, a motivation letter is required to apply to the course (instructions on the MyCourses homepage of the course). The course is available only for students in the Master's Programme in Creative Sustainability.