Creative Sustainability; Master of Arts

Lecturer in Charge of Major

Senior Lecturer Mikko Jalas

Learning Outcomes

The International Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint master’s degree programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic, socio-cultural aspects in education. The Creative Sustainability programme provides a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of architecture, business, design and real estate for dealing with the significant development challenges of sustainability which background is in climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality, population growth as well as demographic changes and adaptation to rapid global economic changes. The CS programme offers students opportunities to collaborate with research projects, companies, organisations and students from other disciplines. The students will graduate with degrees of Master of Arts. The CS Programme is also offered as minor subject studies for students of the Aalto University study programmes.

The Master ‘s Programme in Creative Sustainability brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams that increases understanding of different backgrounds and enables adapting a holistic approach. The students are encouraged to recognise and acknowledge the methods, tools and practices of other disciplines. This activates students to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments.

Learning Outcomes of the Master`s Programme in Creative Sustainability:

Multidisciplinary approach: Students learn to adapt knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.

Systems approach: Students learn to implement analytic and systemic thinking into critical problem solving that creates new holistic understanding about complex situations in society. The emphasis is on global awareness within the context of local communities and simultaneous modification of different aspects of sustainability.

Design thinking: Students learn to apply creative problem solving methods and tools in defining the problem, generating ideas and obtaining solutions.

Project management: Students learn to manage multidisciplinary teamwork and communication in versatile industrial, urban and business environments that promotes sustainability in various cultural contexts. Students learn to develop new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and improvement of business ethics and corporate responsibility.

Business management: Developing new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and improvement of business ethics and corporate responsibility.

Skills outcomes of the CS in the Department of Design:

  • Students understand values and responsibilities of design discipline related to political, societal and business contexts
  • Students learn how to participate in and lead design debate and evaluate and give critics on design
  • Students understand the role of different disciplines in a multidisciplinary team
  • Students learn to analyse sustainability problems and engage with them in a systemic, holistic and creative way
  • Students are able to use design thinking and participatory approach as a problem solving tool
  • Students are able to implement sustainable design methods and tools in conceptual, service and product design processes

Academic skills:

  • Students are able to analyze and write on sustainability related issues
  • Students are able to engage in theory and practice based research processes
  • Students master the basics of academic writing, and are able to use valid references in their texts

Education Content

The Creative Sustainability programme comprises theoretical lessons, workshops, practical projects, excursions and a thesis. Courses deepen the basis for professional skills in methods and responsibilities of sustainable product and service design. Contents of the projects can vary from material innovation to enhancement of social sustainability in challenging contexts. Courses and projects are carried out within topics of interest for partner organizations that can be e.g. private companies, NGOs or other associations or public organizations. Projects are launched to solve a real and practical problem of a partner in Finland or abroad.

The two-year major consists of 120 ECTS composed of joint compulsory studies, compulsory studies in the Department of Design, compulsory Creative Sustainability design studies and optional studies. The curriculum is based on personal study plans, in which the students can also include studies completed at other universities or other modules from Aalto University. The pedagogical approach is based on integrating teaching and research, problem- based learning, blended learning and strong connection to practical outcomes.

Creative Sustainability studies at the Department of Design empower and encourage students to create new roles for designers in the professional fields and prepare students to start own companies or work as sustainability experts in organizations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include the private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGO´s.

Graduates of Creative Sustainability programme (MA) will work as designers, experts, educators, researchers managers and directors in the organizations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Joint Studies of the Department of Design

20

MUO-E0000

INTRO

2

MUO-E0001

Design and Culture

4

MUO-E0002

Design research

4

MUO-E0004

Thesis seminar

2

MUO-E0003

Personal project

8 (6+2)

Creative Sustainability Compulsory Module

10

MUO-E8000

Creative Teamwork

2

MUO-E8001

Creating the Mindset of Sustainable Societies

2

MUO-E8003

Systems Thinking 1

2

MUO-E8004

Systems Thinking 2

2

MUO-E8016

Knowledge-Making for Sustainability

2

Compulsory Creative Sustainability courses in the Department of Design

12

Sustainable Products and Service Design Module

12

MUO-E8005

Sustainable Product and Service Design, Theory

4

MUO-E8006

Sustainable Product and Service Design, Case

6

MUO-E8017

Eco-auditing

2

Alternative CS Courses List, Choose

18

Department of Design

 

MUO-E8009

Values in Design

5

MUO-E8010

Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills

2

MUO-E8011

Creative Cooperation Methods and Skills

2

MUO-E8012

Design for Government

10

MUO-E8014

Theoretical Changing Courses

1–12

MUO-E8015

CS Project

1–12

MUO-E8018

Sustainability Politics

5

Department of Architecture

 

ARK-E3505

Sustainable Building Design

10

ARK-E5505

Sustainable Urban Design

10

MAR-E1024

Sustainable Landscape – EIA, studio

10

ARK-E5503

Cities in Transition - Research & Theory
(Notice: This course is a compulsory pre-knowledge for the corresponding studio course, Cities in Transition)

5

ARK-E5504

Cities in Transition, Studio

10

School of Business

   

21E12002

CAPSTONE in Creative Sustainability

6

21E16000

Sustainable business & consumption

6

21E10000

How to change the world: Innovation toward Sustainability

6

21E11000

Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy

6

51E00100

Business Ethics

6

21E06050

Responsibility Management (book exam)

6

School of Engineering / Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics:

Maa-20.3395

Sustainable Real Estate Business

5

Maa-20.3375

International Land Management

6

Maa-20.3401

Corporate Real Estate Management

5

Maa-20.3402

Real Estate Development

5

Maa-20.3345

Urban Economics for Real Estate

5

Maa-20.3409

Real Estate Finance

5

Maa-20.3408

Seminars in Real Estate and Planning

5

Maa-20.3392

Special Assignment in Real Estate Studies

5

School of Engineering / Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering: Sustainable Global Technologies

If a student wants to complete “Sustainable Global Technologies” as a minor (20 ECTS), optional courses 3 ECTS can be added.

Yhd-12.3081

State of the World and Development

2

Yhd-XXXXXX

Sustainable Global Technologies; Changing Course

5

Yhd-12.3090

Sustainable Technologies Studio

10

Students can also choose courses from School of Business and School of Engineering or Creative Sustainability studies in other universities. The courses will be published later.

Master’s Thesis

 

30

MUO.thes

Master’s Thesis

30

 

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

Students choose 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad, or take courses from Alternative CS course list.

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