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.


This course exposes students to state-of-the-art developments in some specific engineering materials, or processes related to engineering materials, and examines the multicultural technological, societal, and historical context in which materials research and development occur.

During the course, the students will learn to locate and read scientific literature in their field, to critically evaluate it, they will collaborate and discuss with colleagues whose perspectives are rooted in other languages and cultures, and they will become familiar with the format and style of scientific literature and conference presentations. 


Credits: 5

Schedule: 18.04.2023 - 06.06.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Sven Bossuyt

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:

    The course consists of minimal lecturing, independent reading on a topic chosen by each student, online collaboration, and a student-led seminar where students present a paper they wrote about their topic.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The paper written, the verbal presentation, and the peer review are assessed separately. For doctoral students, more weight is given to the assessment of the peer review given to other students.


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    7 Affordable and Clean Energy

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Each student shall propose a specific material or material class, a specifically demanding use case for a material, or a specific process related to materials, and at least three references from the scientific literature such as journal papers, textbooks or patents about this topic, for approval. Additionally, some perspectives on the topic from local or national media or from government or non-governmental organisations, preferably in the local language, should be discussed. Ideally, but not necessarily, this would be a topic that the student already has a strong interest in and is already knowledgeable about. Based on this literature, the student will then write a concise but thorough paper about their topic, in a format appropriate for a paper submitted to a scientific conference. Alternatively, they may team up with one or more students from different partner universities, to collaborate on their paper and presentation.  

    These papers will be critically reviewed by the course staff and other students, and each student will write evaluation reports for three other students’ papers in the format of the peer review of a scientific paper. Finally, the students will have time to revise their papers taking into account this peer review, and to prepare a brief presentation about their topic for the seminar. 

    The course is organised entirely online, and is taking part in the UNITE! project exploring benefits of a multilingual and multicultural future for universities in the European Education Area.

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Spring V
    2023-2024 Spring V

    Enrollment :

    Registration in SISU.