Basic information of the minor

Code: CS.a

Extent: 15-25 ECTS

Language: English

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

Application procedure:  

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. (naoko.nakagawa@aalto.fi)

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.

http://acs.aalto.fi/

Learning outcomes

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.

Content

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

Timing of the minor in the teaching periods of the academic year: one academic year

Structure of the minor

Code

Name

Credits

Students can choose courses from the following list:

15-25

ARTS / Department of Design

MUO-E8012

Design for Government

10

MUO-E8017

Eco-auditing

2

MUO-E8018

Sustainability Politics

5

MUO-E8021

Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills

5

MUO-E8023

Values in Design Futures

5

MUO-E8026Designing for urban governance and services5
MUO-E8030Design Approaches to Sustainable Consumption5
MUO-E8031Sustainability Transitions and Futures5
ARTS-E0603Seminar 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

ARK-E2011

Interplay of Cultures, Studio

(Notice: “WAT-E3020 State of the World” * and “WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment” should be completed first.)

12
ARK-E2010Interplay of Cultures, Research and Theory **3-6
ARK-E4018Sustainability Tools for Building Designers3-6
ARK-E5008Possible Cities12
MAR-E1006Landscape Architecture and Research, not offered for 2020-20223-6

MAR-E1047

Green Area Planning

5-7

MAR-E1034Landscape of Production, studio (only for 2020-2021)10-15
MAR-E1037Landscape Ecology in Planning, studio (only for 2021-2022)10-15
MAR-E1046GIS in Landscape Planning, not offered for 2020-20223-8

School of Business

21E10000

How to change the world: Innovating toward Sustainability

6

21E12002

CAPSTONE in Creative Sustainability

6

21E16001

Sustainability in Business

6

21E16100

Energy Business and Innovation (only for 2020-2021)

6

22E29100

Accounting for Sustainability

6

25E18000

Sustainable Entrepreneurship

6

35E03000Sustainable Supply Chains
6

51E00100

Business Ethics

6

77E28000Corporate Responsibility Communication

21E06050

Responsibility Management, book exam

6

MNGT-E1002

Market-based Development in the Global South6
MNGT-E2003Climate Change Strategy and Negotiations3-6
MNGT-E2005Sustainability and Global Value Chains6

School of Engineering / Department of Built Environment

WAT-E3020

State of the World and Development

2

WAT-E2060

Sustainable Built Environment

5

WAT-E2070

Sustainable Global Technologies Studio (“WAT-E3020 State of the World and Development” and “WAT-E2060 Sustainable Built Environment” should be completed first.)

10

School of Chemical Engineering/ Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems
CHEM-E2205Materials for a world in transition5
CHEM-A1610Design Meets Biomaterials3-5
CHEM-C2340

Industrial Biomass Processes

5
CHEM-E0120An Introduction to Wood Properties and Wood products3-5
CHEM-E1100Plant Biomass5
CHEM-E6215Circular Economy Design Forum5
CHEM-EVCourse with varying content (organized in cooperation with industry)1-5

 

*) This change will be confirmed by Academic Committee for the Arts, Design and Architecture on 12 May 2020.

**) This addition will be confirmed by Academic Committee for the Arts, Design and Architecture on 12 May 2020.