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 course a student will

  • Have an in-depth understanding what IEM as a professional field is about and what is required from them to become a future responsible IEM professional
  • Have built a strong understanding of the open-ended nature of the problems that IEM professionals are confronted with and recognized the need to continuously develop their personal and professional competence
  • Have gained a solid view of future career prospects of an IEM professionals
  • Have gained a stronger sense of belonging to the IEM community as a whole

Credits: 2

Schedule: 10.09.2024 - 05.11.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Jens Schmidt, Jari Ylitalo

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 serves as an integrative course for first-year IEM master’s students that brings together all students enrolled in the program. Through a series of workshops with fellow students, alumni of the program and IEM faculty, the course establishes a basis for personal as well as professional development and lifelong learning and helps students reflect about their future career prospects as well as what it means to be a responsible member of the IEM community.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Passing requires participation to the workshops or submission of compensating assignments, and submission of group and individual assignments.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures and workshops, individual and group assignments


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Articles, lecture materials

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I - II
    2025-2026 Autumn I - II


    This course is for first-year IEM master’s students. To participate, the student needs to be enrolled in the IEM master’s program and be in their first year of study or start in the IEM master’s program during the autumn period in which the course takes place.