Basic information of the minor

Code: ARTS3096

Extent: 15-25 ECTS 

Language: English 

Teachers in charge: Olli Varis (ENG), Saija Hollmén (ARTS)

Administrative contact:  Study Coordinator Sanna Tekonen 

Target group:  Master level students 

Application procedure: Open for all master’s students at Aalto University.

Quotas and restrictions: Lecture courses are open for all. Included studio courses have maximum quotas and therefore additional selection criteria, identified in their respective course descriptions. The used criteria varies from course to course. The course descriptions indicate to whom and how the applications will be submitted. In some courses, degree students may be prioritized according to course description.

Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree.

 

Content and structure of the minor 

The focus of WiT Minor is in long-term sustainable global development issues, such as UN’s SDGs, good governance, human rights, social sustainability, climate change and innovations. It explores the dilemma of development from different perspectives. It deals with cross-cultural communication, participatory practices and community engagement in vulnerable settings, and promotes culturally sensitive professional practices in architecture, design, engineering and business.

WiT Minor exploits Problem Based Learning (PBL) and Human-Centered Design (HCD) methodologies with links to industry, civil society and academia. The WiT Minor emphasizes interdisciplinarity and mutual and reciprocal peer learning. 

Learning outcomes 

After completing WiT Minor, student will have holistic understanding of the global development related issues, regardless of their own disciplinary background. They are prepared for advanced studies in the thematic area and for further work life opportunities on the field.

Transferable skills – such as teamwork, critical thinking, judgement and decision making, communication project design, research methods, adaptability – are core learning objectives, preparing the students’ expertise and knowledge to move from situated (context related) to transferable, scalable and applicable in complex professional situations.

 In addition to disciplinary and context related learning outcomes, the minor aims at providing the students with an understanding in the diverse linkages and relations from technology, innovations, design and entrepreneurship to socio-culturally, economically and environmentally sustainable development. The Minor educates professionals capable of strategic spatial problem solving, planning design-led solutions for longer-term recovery, adapting to cultural variations, and coordinating and managing projects in vulnerable communities, using participatory planning methods.

Structure of the minor

WiT Minor consists of prerequisite courses on global development issues, followed by studio courses (see selection criteria) including a field trip, provided by Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture and School of Engineering.

The core courses are Interplay of Cultures (IoC) Studio and Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) Studio, with a selection of theme related electives. In previous years, the field trips have taken Aalto students to countries such as Senegal, Benin, South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Lebanon, Greece, Nepal, Cambodia, Taiwan, Philippines and Mexico.  The field trip costs are (usually) on the students’ responsibility.

The minor also offers courses that do not require attending a field trip. Students are also free to compose the minor from additional and optional courses only.





 

Code


 

 

Name


 

 

Credits (ECTS)


 

 

Selection Criteria


 

 

Prerequisites (in addition to BA degree)


 

 

Prerequisite and compulsory courses


 

 

WAT-E3020


 

 

State of the World and Development L


 

 

2


 

 

open for all


 

 



 

 

WAT-E2060


 

 

Sustainable Built Environment L


 

 

5


 

 

*) some limitations


 

 

WAT-E3020


 

 

Alternative Studio courses


 

 

WAT-E2070


 

 

Sustainable Global Technologies
  (SGT) Studio L


 

 

10


 

 

*) some limitations


 

 

WAT-E3020


 

WAT-E2060


 

 

ARK-E2011


 

 

Interplay of Cultures Studio


 

 

12-18


 

 

*) some limitations


 

 

WAT-E3020


 

WAT-E2060


 

 

Additional and optional courses


 

 

ARK-E4018


 

 

Sustainable Tools for Building Designers


 

 

3-6


 

 

*) some limitations


 


 

WAT-E2080


 

 

Water and Governance L


 

 

5


 

 

*) some
  limitations


 

 

 


 

 

ARK-E2010


 

 

Interplay of Cultures, Research and Theory


 

 

3-6


 

 

*) some
  limitations


 

 

 


 

 

21E1000


 

 

How to Change the World – Innovating toward
  Sustainability


 

 

6


 

 

*) some
  limitations


 

 

WAT-E3020


 

 

21E16001


 

 

Sustainability in Business


 

 

6


 

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

25E18000


 

 

Sustainable Entrepreneurship


 

 

6


 

 



 

 

 


 

 

MNGT-E2005


 

 

Sustainability and global value chains


 

 

6


 

 

*) some
  limitations


 

 

 


 

 

22E29100


 

 

Accounting for
  Sustainability


 

 

6


 

 

*) some
  limitations


 

 

 


 

 

REC-E3500


 

 

Urban Economics


 

 

6


 

 



 

 

 


 

 

REC-E4500


 

 

Land Management  


 

 

6


 

 

*) some
  limitations


 

 

REC-E3200


 

 

REC-E4700


 

 

Environmental Law  


 

 

6


 

 



 

 

 


 
MNGT-E1002
 
Market-based Development in the Global South
 
6Preference given to students in (1) Creative Sustainability, (2) Management and International Business,  (3) EntrepreneurshipNone

 

 all UniPID Virtual Courses  (organized min. 3 years in a row: check
  availability), for example:


 

 



 

 

Introduction
  to Global Development and Sustainability


 

 

5


 

 

open for all


 

 



 

 



 

 

Migration, Development and Human Rights


 

 

5


 

 

open for all


 

 



 

 



 

 

Concepts of
  Sustainability


 

 

5


 

 

open for all


 

 



 

 



 

 

Global Context of
  Violence


 

 

5


 

 

open for all


 

 



 

 



 

 

Other UniPID virtual
  course, according to availability


 

 

5


 

 

open for all


 

 



 

 

*Selection criteria applies. Students from the responsible / organizing master program have priority.