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

  • work in an interactive manner as part of a multidisciplinary and multicultural team, and is familiar with the challenges and possibilities included in such teamwork, 
  • recognize their own as well as others’ roles and responsibilities in a team, 
  • recognize different actors and understand the relations of multiple stakeholders as part of the project, and is able to communicate with them, 
  • identify and analyze the key challenges and needs in the project context, and can critically and logically approach those, 
  • recognize and put into practice main methods used in international development and innovation projects, 
  • write project proposals, plans and reports, and put into practice different phases of international project work through an array of organizational and business models 
  • communicate and present the main outcomes of the project work in clear oral and written manner, 
  • understand the diverse linkages and relations from technology, innovations, design and entrepreneurship to socially, economically and environmentally sustainable development, 
  • demonstrate 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, 
  • reflect the project and their own role, and team’s role as part of the process 

Credits: 10

Schedule: 08.01.2025 - 28.05.2025

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


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    SGT Studio is an interdisciplinary project course for Master's and doctoral level students working with various stakeholders. The course looks at the diverse, multi- and cross-disciplinary connections between sustainability, technology and socio-cultural aspects in global contexts. The course includes expert lectures, participatory workshops and extensive project work carried out in multidisciplinary teams. As part of the teamwork, 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 and to the process of multicultural and multi-stakeholder projects.

    In this course student teams take part in real-life projects within research groups, civil society organizations or companies. The project work is mentored by Aalto's researchers and practicing professionals. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
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    To pass the course, students must take part actively in the team project work, contact teaching sessions and reviews, submit individual and team assignments in time and participate in peer- and self-evaluation.

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


Study Material
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    Material given during the lecture and exercises. Students must also actively search for additional material for their team work.

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
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    Teaching Language: English

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


    Maximum of 30 students depending on the number of student projects available each year.

    Registration on SISU ( A limited number of students will be accepted on the course, with preference given to our own Master's Programme (WAT) students and those applicants with prerequisite courses or relevant similar background. Students are selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria. The student projects and call for applications to this course is organized during periods I and II through 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 for the course.