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: 01.11.2021 - 15.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

Anahita Rashidfarokhi (

Julia Renko (

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:

    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 for whole curriculum period:

    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.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures & Workshops 36h. 80% attendance required.

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


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Material given during the lecture and exercises.

Substitutes for Courses
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 for whole curriculum period:

    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.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II

    2021-2022 Autumn II

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.

    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.