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.


Knowledge: After completing this course, the student will
1. understand the importance of social acceptability aspects in science, technology and business education and societal development.
2. gain knowledge about the methods, applications and measuring tools of social acceptability.
3. able to formulate a variety of optimization problems, which solutions can be used for making better decisions (e.g. allocating resources, selecting routes and assigning tasks).
4. understand the fieldwork methods in real-world situation.
5. sustainability issues in energy, transportation, marketing technology and environment.
6. gain increased understanding in using interdisciplinary survey tools to societal development.
7. learn to digest a broad range of previously obtained knowledge that helps them to deal with real-life, real-time and interdisciplinary problems.
8. recognize principles of systems thinking and be able to apply them to study the system of interest.
9. understand how to use problem-solving management methodology, SWOT, SMAA, MDCA in conducting empirical research, and
10. identify the most important interactions between different disciplinary perspectives

Skills and competences: After completing this course, the student will
1 be able to construct context -specific policy for decision making.
2 identity a scope of work that is acceptable to society, and that also represents meaningful academic contribution.
3 be able to advance in his/her level of critical thinking in matters of both decision -making policies connected to social and public policies.
4 have experience in leading an interdisciplinary team towards a common goal.
5 be able to describe practical recommendations on science, engineering and business education and societal development in oral and written form.
6 gain increased confidence to orally present their work.
7 generate new competency by integrating lecture and written material with preexisting knowledge.
8 be able to apply additional confidence to discuss complex matter openly in classroom-type circumstances, and
9 have experience the unique characteristics of the field environment and gain increased confidence into students ability to meet the challenges of empirical work and added sense that empirical research is as academically invaluable learning approach.  

Guest lecturer outcomes: Firstly, mentorship for students: human-technology systems in real-world situation. Secondly, collaboration model: bestowed with knowledge about field research needs. More specifically, share and exchange of practical work experiences in different contexts. Thirdly, influence outcomes in the lives of course participants can be profound. Finally, realize the concrete outcomes of the course.  

Credits: 7

Schedule: 15.09.2021 - 15.12.2021

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Munjur E.Moula

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:

    Course aim and objective: The purpose of this course is to, through the process of self-reflection, provide students an overview of the relationship between social acceptability aspects (e.g., public participation in decision making, social acceptance, community
    acceptance, market acceptance, organizational and socio-technical systems, communication, environmental aspects) and methods of field work and their implementation in practical world. With an interdisciplinary research approach-based in real world contexts, we will give a general portrait of social acceptability aspects in different science, technology and business contexts and technological approaches and their implementation; we will explore various sustainable societal barriers and overcoming strategies (e.g. tools and techniques). The course also aims at facilitating students understanding about social acceptability aspects and different technological approaches in addressing economic, social, environmental and technological sustainability. Besides, the course model is to encourage participants develop a better understanding of and manage the practical work issues and dilemmas they encounter in practice, and to help participants to ensure good management in terms of making practical work plan, survey and questionnaire.

    Content: Course content reflecting mentioned goals and objects includes acceptability in different science, technology, business, professional standards of practice, legal requirements, self-awareness about professional behavior and decision-making processes.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Fieldwork, final work and seminar presentation. Bonus points from homework

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Total: 135 hours
    Lectures and discussions: 17 hours
    Preparing a presentation: 7 hours
    Student presentation: 8 hours
    Reading assigned literature: 60 hours
    Writing a 2500-word (10-page) essay: 43 hours.
    Note: Participating in all class exercises and fieldwork, as well as at least 80% of the lectures (compulsory).

    Specifies the course workload by hours by assessment/working method. One credit corresponds to 27 hours of work


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture notes and written materials

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course will be lectured by visiting lecturer Md. Munjur E.Moula, Dr.Soc.Sc

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring III-V

    2021-2022 Autumn I-II

    Course Homepage:

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