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 diverse linkages and relations from technology, innovations, design and entrepreneurship to socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development
  • know different approaches and methods to analyze and implement projects involving such linkages, with in-depth knowledge of at least one such method in the specific setting of their project work
  • review and use key readings related to global sustainability and technology linkages
  • write project proposals, plans and reports, and put into practice different phases of international project work through an array of organizational and business models (governmental, non-governmental, business and academic)
  • work in an interactive manner as part of a team, and is familiar with the challenges and possibilities included in working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams
  • recognize and analyze their own as well as others' roles and responsibilities in a team
  • communicate and present the main outcomes of the project work in clear oral and written manner
  • recognize main methods (project work, research, implementation) used in international development and innovation projects
  • recognize different actors and stakeholders in the field of their own project, and communicate with them

Credits: 10

Schedule: 09.01.2023 - 31.05.2023

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):

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:

    SGT Studio is a co-learning studio for Master's and PhD students working with various stakeholders. The course looks at the diverse, multi- and cross-disciplinary connections between sustainability and technology in developing contexts. The course includes expert lectures, interactive workshops and extensive project work done in teams. As part of the team work, students may travel abroad to carry out field studies on their selected theme. The lecturers and workshops introduce students to the general context of the course as well as to the process of multicultural project work and team work.

    In this course students will take part in real-life projects within research groups, civil society organizations or companies. The project work will be mentored by Aalto's research staff and practicing professionals.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    To pass the course student must take part actively in the team project work, contact teaching sesssions, submit individual and team assignments in time and participate in peer- and self-evaluation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Joint collaborative workshops, team work with team assignments, independent study with independent assignments, project review clinics, presentations, field study (optional). Study methods combine problem-based learning (PBL), design thinking tools and student-centered approaches.


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 - V
    2023-2024 Spring III - V

    Enrollment :

    Min 5 students, Max 25 students

    Registration in SISU (

    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 application period to this course is usually organized during period I and II in MyCourses. The number of students accepted depends on the number of student projects available. Approximately five students are selected per project team.

    The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.

  • applies in this implementation

    In 2023 the cases are located in Mexico, Brazil, Zambia and Bhutan. Two-week field trips are organized. Please see case details in the Call for Application in MyCourses.

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Course starts on Monday 9th of January at 13:00.

    The schedule may vary during the course.