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.


Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

- Present, challenge and defend solutions to real-life sustainability issues faced by companies and organizations

- Organize arguments clearly, cohesively and concisely in speaking and in writing

- Collaborate in interdisciplinary teams 


Credits: 3

Schedule: 13.01.2023 - 21.04.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Susan Gamache

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period): C1

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

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This three-credit interdisciplinary problem-based learning (PBL) course focuses on developing key spoken and written communication skills required for future working life.

    During the course, students learn the necessary tools to collaborate in interdisciplinary teams to find solutions to real-life sustainability issues faced by companies and organizations. Each student functions as an expert on their particular area within the team and is responsible for researching the solution from that particular angle, for example, design, branding, technical or financial viability. Students practise structuring arguments and counterarguments both in speaking and in writing as well as apply different types of reasoning behind argumentation. Students analyse speeches and sample texts to identify strengths and weaknesses. During the course, students receive constructive feedback on their written and spoken argumentation skills, give feedback to others, and reflect on their own performance.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course assignments 40%

    Oral assignments 30%

    Written assignments 30%

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Workload 81h Contact hours (16-36h) plus guided independent work (45 65h)


Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2022-2023 Spring III - IV
    2022-2023 Spring IV - V
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Spring III - IV
    2023-2024 Spring IV - V

    Enrollment :

    Registration for the course takes place in SISU. Students are considered for admission in order of highest number of credits.