Creative Sustainability

Programme description

The International Master's Degree Programme Creative Sustainability (CS) is a joint programme at School of Arts, Design and Architecture, School of Business and School of Engineering. The CS programme is a multidisciplinary learning platform in the fields of business, design, architecture and real estate. Students of the School of Business will graduate with the degree of Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration.

The most significant development challenges of sustainability are associated with climate change, global poverty, social and economic inequality 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.

CS programme brings together students from different fields to study in multidisciplinary teams. This aims to activate 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.

Masters students of School of Business will gain knowledge on the management of organisations and work, and on the role of different actors of sustainability in promoting and bringing about more sustainable and fair societies. Sustainability concerns are introduced in this programme as an increasingly relevant context of both business and corporate social and environmental responsibility. For a School of Business student, Master's Degree in CS will enhance the problem-solving skills, contribute to reflexive work practice and increase capabilities to promote business renewal and innovation.

Competence areas covered in CS programme:

  • Multidisciplinary approach: developing capabilities in adapting knowledge, skills and new approaches to reach collaborative solutions aiming at ecological, economical and socio-cultural sustainability.
  • Systems thinking: integrating 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.
  • Business management: developing sustainable business models and building up and maintaining responsible organisations and practices.
  • Design thinking: applying creative problem solving methods and tools 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.

Learning outcomes
Masters students of School of Business will learn to analyse sustainability problems and engage with them in a constructive way. This requires understanding of different stakeholders, good communication skills and ability to use participatory design methods. Equally important, the students will learn how different business models and organisational forms are being used to support sustainability. Specifically, students learn to:

  • Recognise societal transformations and position business activities therein;
  • work proactively in organisations to develop responsible business practices;
  • analyse stakeholder interests and communicate effectively;
  • create legitimacy for sustainability in business and in the wider society; and
  • distinguish different scholarly approaches towards sustainability.

Career prospects
The general skills of design, management and communication developed in the programme are widely applicable in different work environments. Focused knowledge of sustainability creates a unique professional identity that is suited for working in organisations that have a strategic view on transformation towards sustainability. These include the 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
Toni Ruuska

Additional information
Creative Sustainability programme website

Degree requirements 120 cr

1. Programme studies 84 cr

Mandatory studies at the School of Business 48 cr

21E00011

Doing Qualitative Research 1)

6 cr

I-IV

21E12002

Capstone in Creative Sustainability

6 cr

 

21E99901

Master’s Thesis

30 cr

 

21E99905

Master’s Thesis Seminar

6 cr

 

21E99903

Maturity Test

0 cr

 

1) Replaces 80E80100 Business Research Methods

Mandatory joint studies in CS 10 cr

MUO-E8000

Creative Teamwork

2 cr

I

MUO-E8001

Creating the Mindset of Sustainable Societies

2 cr

I

MUO-E8002

Continuous Transformation

2 cr

III

MUO-E8003

Systems Thinking 1

2 cr

II

MUO-E8004

Systems Thinking 2

2 cr

III
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

IV

21E12000

Sustainability Politics and CSR - Reading Seminar

6 cr

II

21E16000

Sustainable Business and Consumption

6 cr

I

Elective courses in CS 8 cr

You can choose courses freely from the different schools. Also sustainability studies in other universities can be included, but this must be agreed in advance with the programme director.

School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design

MUO-E8005

Sustainable Product and Service Design, Theory

4 cr

II

MUO-E8006

Sustainable Product and Service Design, Case 2)

6 cr

II

MUO-E8007

Eco-auditing with CES Edupack Tool

2 cr

II, III-V

MUO-E8008

Design Ethics Theory

5 cr

III-V

MUO-E8009

Values in Design

5 cr

II

MUO-E8010

Participatory Methods and Facilitation Skills

2 cr

II

MUO-E8011

Creative Cooperation Methods and Skills

2 cr III-V

MUO-E8012

Design for Government

10 cr

III-V

MUO-E8015

CS Project

1-12 cr

 

2) Prerequisite: MUO-E8005 Sustainable Product and Service Design, Theory

School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Architecture

ARK-E3505

Sustainable Building Design

10 cr

III-V

ARK-E5503

Cities in Transition - Research & Theory

5 cr

II

ARK-E5503

Cities in Transition, Studio 3)

10 cr

III-IV

ARK-E5505

Sustainable Urban Design

10 cr

III-IV

MAR-E1024

Sustainable Landscape - EIA, Studio

10 cr

III-V

3) Prerequisites: Yhd-12.3081 State of the World and Development and ARK-E5503 Cities in Transition - Research & Theory

School of Engineering, Department of  Real Estate, Planning and Geoinfomatics

Maa-20.3375

International Land Management

6 cr

 

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


School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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

 

2. Minor studies 24 cr

3. Electives 12 cr

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