Sustainable development
Study plans 2016-2017 - TØL4041 - 10 ECTS

Expected learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student is supposed to


Course provides

  • Advanced knowledge of sustainable development approach.
  • Knowledge of sustainable practices.
  • Knowledge of sustainability assessment.


  • Ability to identify problem areas in organization/city/country/etc. and possible solutions.
  • Ability to identify an appropriate assessment method based on its pros and cons.

General competence:

  • Integrate sustainability view into everyday decision-making
  • Integrate sustainability aspects into long- and short-term planning
  • Have understanding of the advantages of sustainable development approach and its challenges.
  • Be able to apply sustainability into different sphere of influence (e.g. organization, community, city, country).


  • Globalization: positive and negative effect. Global problems (e.g. global warming, poverty, economic crises, deforestation, social stratification, etc.) and their interconnections.
  • Sustainable Development approach (definitions, timeline, main documents, principles, actors and actions, challenges, critics).
  • Examples of sustainable practices on the different levels (e.g. individual, community, organization, manufacturing, city, country, etc.)
  • Sustainable development assessment on the different levels (e.g. product, process, organization, city, country, etc.)

Teaching Methods


Teaching Methods (additional text)

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • E-learning
  • Project work
  • Group work
  • Guest lectures

The course will be made accessible for both campus- and remote students. Every student is free to choose the pedagogic arrangement form that is best fitted for her/his own requirement.

The lectures in the course will be given on campus will be recorded and are open for both categories of students. Recordings of lectures, seminars and other learning activities will be available on internet through the learning management system. Tutoring are given at campus in accordance to announced times. 

Form(s) of Assessment


Form(s) of Assessment (additional text)

  • Group project work (60%).
  • Written exam, 4 hours (40%).

Grading Scale

Alphabetical Scale, A(best) – F (fail)

External/internal examiner

Internal examiner. External examiner every 4 years, next time in 2018.

Re-sit examination

Ordinary re-sit for the exam (next August).

For the project - new deadline for improved paper.

Tillatte hjelpemidler

Code C: Specified printed and hand-written support material is allowed. A specific basic calculator is allowed.
Read more about permitted examination aids.

Coursework Requirements

  • Mandatory presence on the seminars for campus students. All students must attend 75% of seminars. Attendance trough the selected web meeting system is accepted.
  • Hand-ins must be presented on the seminars – all must be approved before exam.

The standard language is English. All hand-ins, exams etc. must be written in English.

Teaching Materials

Relevant articles and reports will be given at course start.