Creative Sustainability

Programme description

The most significant development challenges of sustainability are associated with climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality, population growth as well as demographic changes and adaptation to rapid global economic changes. Global and local challenges and the complexity of future scenarios require strengthening the multidisciplinary approach and the inter-linkage of environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspects in education. This raises the role of higher education and research as an essential element of sustainable development in society.

In autumn 2010 the Master’s Degree Programme in Creative Sustainability (CS) was commenced at Aalto University. It is a joint programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the School of Business and the School of Engineering in the fields of business, design, architecture, landscape planning, urban planning and real estate. It brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams which increases understanding of different disciplines and enables adapting a holistic approach. This activates students to create new sustainable solutions for human, urban, industrial and business environments. Pedagogically the programme is built on interactive class work in small groups, guided reading and writing tasks, practical design and business development tasks in groups as well as problem-based co-operation with the non-academic actors of business, public administration and civic society.

The students of the School of Business will graduate with the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

Learning goals

The aim of the programme is to give students the following competences:

  • Multidisciplinary approach: developing capabilities in adapting knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions based on ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.
  • Systems approach: integrating 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 the co-evolution of sustainability problems and solutions.
  • Business management: understanding the principles of business ethics and corporate responsibility, as well as developing new approaches and skills for creating sustainable business models and promoting business renewal and innovation.
  • Design thinking: enhancing creative problem solving capabilities utilizing the methods of the design process in defining the problem, generating ideas and obtaining solutions.
  • Project management: enhancing capabilities in multidisciplinary team leadership and communication in versatile industrial, urban and business environments that promotes sustainability in various cultural contexts.

Employment opportunities

Creative Sustainability studies prepare students to work as sustainability experts in organizations that have strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include private and public sectors as well as a wide range of NGOs.

Programme directors

Tiina Laurila, Director of the Creative Sustainability Programme (ARTS)

PhD Mikko Jalas, Creative Sustainability Programme Director at the School of Business

Programme coordinator

PhD Angelina Korsunova

Additional information

Creative Sustainability programme website

Degree requirements 120 cr

1. Common core studies 12 cr

Mandatory

20E00220

Corporate Responsibility

3 cr

I

2. Advanced studies 84 cr

 Mandatory studies at the School of Business 36 cr

21E00011

Doing Qualitative Research1)

6 cr

II, IV

21E99901

Master’s Thesis

30 cr

 

21E99902

Master’s Thesis Seminar

0 cr

I-II, III-V

21E99903

Maturity Test

0 cr

 

1) replaces 80E80100 Business Research Methods

Mandatory joint studies in CS 6 cr

cs0002

Creating the Mindset of Sustainable Societies

2 cr

I

cs0003

Continuous Transformation

2 cr

III-IV

cs0017

Creative Teamwork

2 cr

I

Elective CS-courses from the School of Business 18 cr

21E10000

How to Change the World: Innovation toward Sustainability

6 cr

III

21E11000

Corporate Responsibility in Global Economy

6 cr

V

21E12000

Sustainability Politics and CSR - Reading Seminar

6 cr

II

21E12002

How to Change the World II: Sustainability Projects

6 cr

*)

*) not lectured 2013-2014

Elective courses from the School of Business 12 cr

21E06050

Responsibility Management, book exam

6 cr

II, III, V

51E00100

Business Ethics

6 cr

IV

21H00200

Internship

6 cr

 

21Exxxxx

Another advanced level course offered by the discipline
of Organisation and Management

6 cr

 

Elective courses in CS 12 cr

School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design

cs0018

Sustainable Product and Service Design

6 cr

I-II

cs0019

Sustainable Design Case

6 cr

II

cs0020

Design Ethics Theory

6 cr

III-IV

cs0021

Design Ethics Project

6 cr

III-V

cs0022

Values in Design

6 cr

*)

cs0023

CS Thesis Development and Methods Workshop

3 / 5 cr

I-IV

cs0024

Systems Thinking 1

2 cr

I-II

cs0025

Systems Thinking 2

2 cr

III-IV

cs0026

Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills

2 cr

II

cs0027

Creative Cooperation Methods and Skills

2 cr

III

cs0028

Design for Government, Theory

6 cr

III-V

cs0029

Design for Government, Case

6 cr

III-V

cs0015

Theoretical Changing Courses

1-12 cr

 

cs0010

CS Project

1-12 cr

 

*) not lectured 2013-2014

School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture

A-9.3600

Sustainable Building Design

10 cr

III-V

A-36.3600

Sustainable Urban Design

10 cr

III-V

MA-94.3601

Sustainable Landscape - EIA

9-12 cr

III-V


City in Transition module:

Yhd-12.3081

State of the World and Development

2 cr

I

A-36.3507

City in Transition Theory

2 cr

II

A-36.3508

City in Transition Studio

12 cr

III-V


School of Engineering

Maa-20.3375

International Land Management

6 cr

I

Maa-20.3395

Sustainable Real Estate Business

5 cr

II

Maa-20.3401

Corporate Real Estate Management

5 cr

IV-V

Maa-20.3402

Real Estate Development

5 cr

III

Maa-20.3403

Game in Urban Planning and Development

4-6 cr

**)

Maa-20.3404

Real Estate in Theory and Practice

5 cr

I

Yhd-12.3081

State of the World and Development

2 cr

I

Yhd-12.3086

Sustainable Global Technologies; Changing Course

6 cr

II

Yhd-12.3090

Sustainable Technologies Studio: Facing Local and Global Challenges

10 cr

**)

Yhd-12.3095

Sustainable Communication

2 cr

I

**) will be specified later

3. Minor Studies 24 cr

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