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ARK650 - Sustainable development and the design professions
Hållbar utveckling och designprofessionerna
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-04 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPDSD
7,5 Credits
Grading: UG - Pass, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Architecture, Architecture and Engineering

Course selection in architecture has a separate process. Please contact Director of Studies Anna Knutsson if you have questions.
Teaching language: English
Application code: 17120
Open for exchange students: Yes
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Written and oral assignments 5,5 c Grading: UG   5,5 c    
0217 Written and oral assignments 2,0 c Grading: UG   2,0 c    

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AMU018   Sustainable development and the design professions AMU019   Sustainable development and the design professions


Environment 7,5 hec


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 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 

Be able to explain and identify 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, including ethical considerations, in relation to sustainable development.


In the course different perspectives on sustainable development, including Agenda 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, 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.


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

Examination including compulsory elements

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

Presence at scheduled lectures and films  - 80 % at the minimum.

Active participation in seminars 

Attendance at least at one film at the film festival

Submission of course assignment in accordance with assigned criteria

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