Basic information of the minor
Extent: 15-25 ECTS
Organizing department: Aalto ARTS/ Department of Design
Teacher in charge: Professor Mikko Jalas
Administrative contact: Study Coordinator Naoko Nakagawa
Target group: Aalto University Master level students
An applicant should be a master student of Aalto University and have an interest in multidisciplinary teamwork. Application documents: a free-form letter of motivation, CS study plan, CV and student`s academic record (transcript). All documents should be in English.
The application time is once a year in the spring. Application instructions for Aalto University students
Please attach all the required application documents when you fill in the eAge application form. Newly accepted Aalto students who do not have the Aalto password can apply by sending the required application documents directly to the study coordinator Naoko Nakagawa. (email@example.com)
Students of other Finnish universities apply for the minor during the JOO application period in the JOOPAS system.
Quotas and restrictions: Altogether 20 students from all the Schools of Aalto. An applicant should be a master student. CS steering group will accept the minor students based on the application documents.
Prerequisites: Please see application procedure and quotas and restrictions.
Content and structure of the minor
The minor is multidisciplinary. Coordinating school: Aalto ARTS/ Department of Design.
Contributing schools: Aalto ARTS, Aalto BIZ, Aalto CHEM/ Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems, and Aalto ENG/ Department of Built Environment.
The Creative Sustainability minor study is offered to master students of all the disciplines in Aalto University in order to help to broaden and deepen sustainability knowledge and get acquainted with multidisciplinary approach during one’s own master degree studies.
The minor supports particularly such skills that are needed in the planning and designing of sustainable solutions in the built environment and in the management of both design and business innovation and those social conflicts that are inherent in the sustainability agenda. Minor in CS provides opportunities to develop and make use of one's knowledge in other areas of study. On the other hand, the minor contributes to sustainability expertise. The interdisciplinarity of the programme will enhance the understanding of the work practices of sustainability experts from different fields as well the skills of communication about sustainability.
The Creative Sustainability minor studies offer a possibility to study sustainability courses in international and multidisciplinary teams. Studies combine insights and courses from systems thinking, sustainable urban and building design, responsible business, sustainable product and service design, environmental impact assessment of landscape planning, and global development issues.
Timing of the minor in the teaching periods of the academic year: one academic year
Structure of the minor
Students can choose courses from the following list:
ARTS / Department of Design
Design for Government
Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills
Values in Design Futures
|MUO-E8026||Designing for urban governance and services||5|
|MUO-E8030||Design Approaches to Sustainable Consumption||5|
|MUO-E8031||Sustainability Transitions and Futures||5|
|ARTS-E0603||Seminar of Environmental Thinking, Aesthetics & Art (by Dept. of Art)||3|
Sustainability studies in other universities
up to 1/3 of the minor
ARTS / Department of Architecture
Interplay of Cultures, Studio
(Notice: “WAT-E3020 State of the World” * and “WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment” should be completed first.)
|ARK-E2010||Interplay of Cultures, Research and Theory **||3-6|
|ARK-E4018||Sustainability Tools for Building Designers||3-6|
|MAR-E1006||Landscape Architecture and Research, not offered for 2020-2022||3-6|
Green Area Planning
|MAR-E1034||Landscape of Production, studio (only for 2020-2021)||10-15|
|MAR-E1037||Landscape Ecology in Planning, studio (only for 2021-2022)||10-15|
|MAR-E1046||GIS in Landscape Planning, not offered for 2020-2022||3-8|
School of Business
Energy Business and Innovation (only for 2020-2021)
|35E03000||Sustainable Supply Chains||6|
|77E28000||Corporate Responsibility Communication||6|
Responsibility Management, book exam
|Market-based Development in the Global South||6|
|MNGT-E2003||Climate Change Strategy and Negotiations||3-6|
|MNGT-E2005||Sustainability and Global Value Chains||6|
School of Engineering / Department of Built Environment
State of the World and Development
Sustainable Built Environment
Sustainable Global Technologies Studio (“WAT-E3020 State of the World and Development” and “WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment” should be completed first.)
School of Chemical Engineering/ Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
|CHEM-E2205||Materials for a world in transition||5|
|CHEM-A1610||Design Meets Biomaterials||3-5|
Industrial Biomass Processes
|CHEM-E0120||An Introduction to Wood Properties and Wood products||3-5|
|CHEM-E6215||Circular Economy Design Forum||5|
|CHEM-EV||Course with varying content (organized in cooperation with industry)||1-5|
*) This change was confirmed by Academic Committee for the Arts, Design and Architecture on 12 May 2020.
**) This addition was confirmed by Academic Committee for the Arts, Design and Architecture on 12 May 2020.
(Check the minimum scope of the minor studies in your own program.)