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 general context of water and environmental engineering field and its relation to working life practices [knowledge]
  • define the concept of sustainability and understand how scientific, political and regulative frameworks direct the implementation of sustainability in field specific contexts [knowledge]

  • identify, analyse and solve practical challenges in WAT field from a sustainability viewpoint [skill]

  • apply the knowledge and skills gained from previous studies to a practical project [skill]

  • define the elements of project management, the stakeholders of a project, and implement a project in a given time frame [knowledge & skill]

  • disseminate project results in a consise way and with an entrepreneurial mindset [identity]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.04.2025 - 05.06.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Meeri Karvinen

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:

    During the course student groups solve a sustainability-related case delivered by working life actors in the WAT field, and report the work orally and also briefly in written form. There are few compulsory contact sessions for the whole class that contribute to students' team work skills, understanding of sustainability as a concept, futures thinking abilities, and to creating the final presentation. Otherwise the group members are expected to organize their work independently during the course and agree on meetings with their mentors, who are representatives from the WAT field.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course grade is based on group and individual assignments and final seminar presentation.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact sessions including tutored group work, interactive lectures and a seminar. Independent studying: group assignments and individual reflection tasks. Totally 135 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Course material will be announced in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring V
    2025-2026 Spring V


    Registration for Course on Sisu ( A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to our own WAT Master's degree students. Other students may be selected based on a Motivation Letter and/or other criteria. The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students enroll in the course.