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AMU019 - Sustainable development and the design professions
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-10 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDSD
7,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Fail, pass
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering
Department: 55 - ARCHITECTURE

The current course round has limited places. Please contact the student center if you are not able to add the course to your selection.
Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0113 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: UG   7,5 c    

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Univ lektor  Lena Falkheden


AMU018   Sustainable development and the design professions


Environment 7,5 hec

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Qualification for the master programme or Civil and Environmental Engineering or Human Geography with a profile in planning.


The overall aim of the course is to give the background to, and the content of, the political and global vision of sustainable development and the different challenges and perspectives involved. The aim is further to present different perspectives on what the vision of sustainable development implies for the planning, design and management of the built environment and for the students future professional work.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Be able to give an orientation about global challenges concerning environmental degradation, climate change and development issues

Be able to explain different challenges and perspectives of sustainable development.

Be able to give an orientation concerning the implications of sustainable development within the field of planning, design and management of the built environment

Be able to reflect upon their professional role in relation to sustainable development.


In the course different perspectives on sustainable development and the challenges involved are presented and discussed. Further, different perspectives on, and examples of, planning, design and management of the built environment within the context of sustainable development are presented and discussed. The compulsory literature/study material is discussed at seminars. The course assignment is about reflecting upon the students future professional practice in relation to global challenges of environment and development and the notion of sustainable development.


The course comprises lectures, film screenings, voluntary study visits, literature studies, seminars and a course assignment. The seminars are carried out in smaller groups. The course assignment is carried out on an individual basis and presented and discussed at the end of the course.


A list of compulsory and reference literature/study material will be presented at the start of the course.


In order to obtain a pass in this course the following requirements must be fulfilled.

Active participation at lectures and other scheduled activities (at least 80% presence)

Active participation in seminars

Attendance at least at one film at the film festival

Submission of course assignment in the form of a report and posters

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