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

  • define the concept of sustainability and understand the scientific, political, regulative and societal frameworks relating to its implementation [knowledge]
  • describe the principles of different types of methods and measures that can be used to assess sustainability and recognize their differences and limitations [knowledge]
  • apply selected method(s) used in sustainability assessment [skill]
  • promote sustainable development in the society trough his/her own field [identity]
  • recognize his/her own strengths and weaknesses in group working [identity]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 03.11.2021 - 17.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Meeri Karvinen

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:

    • Principles, definitions & dimensions of sustainability; sustainability science and policies; strategies, regulations and voluntary actions
    • Means of sustainability implementation in the field of environmental engineering; sustainability measures, including indicators, footprints, indices, eco-labels, certificates; circular economy; life cycle thinking: environmental impact assessment
    • Sustainability assessment methods with focus on LCA related techniques; data needs of sustainability assessment and LCA
    • Implementing sustainability in the context of corporate responsibility
    • Guest lecturers and cases

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course grade is based on scoring of different course activities: group and individual assignments, seminar and attendance in contact teaching/submitting compensatory tasks.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact sessions 30-40 h, including tutored group work, interactive lectures, seminar and potentially excursion. Independent studying: group assignments and individual tasks. Totally 135 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course material will be announced in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action

    14 Life Below Water

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Responsible teacher: Meeri Karvinen,

    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 into the course, with preference given to our own WAT Master's degree students. Other students may be selected based on a Motivation Letter and/or other criteria.

    The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students enroll in the course.