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.


- The students can identify the different stakeholders in the circular economy and their particular roles

- The student has methods to evaluate sustainability of materials and processes

- Enhancing sustainability in the processes for recycling products and materials

Credits: 5

Schedule: 27.02.2023 - 03.04.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Anna Klemettinen, Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

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:

    This course connects the different stakeholders, particularly business and consumers into circular economy development. It also provides a systemic approach and cooperation among actors operating in the supply chain with different themes:

    1)    The business landscape

    2)    The metal producing and recycling industry

    3)    Technologies and methods for enhancing sustainability

    Strategy transformation and cultural change

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact sessions, MOOCs, group tasks

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    130 h (5 cr.)

    Contact teaching 20 h

    Independent and group tasks 110 h


Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption

    13 Climate Action


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

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

    Enrollment :

    A maximum of 30 students will be admitted to the course. Course is offered to all Aalto students, but preference is given to students in the Sustainable Metals Processing major. 

    A course implementation may be cancelled if the number of students enrolled to the course implementation does not meet the required minimum of five students. In the case of cancelled course implementations, the students enrolled to them must be provided with an alternative way of completing the course or be advised to take some other applicable course.