Design for Sustainability


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed this module:

Learning objectives


  • has an understanding of the environmental, economic, and social implications of design and innovation
  • has insights into various and diverse methodological approaches to sustainability assessment, eco-design and related design strategies
  • has an understanding of various ontological and epistemological approaches in sustainability research.


  • has ability to identify and discuss sustainability challenges as embedded in consumption and production networks of modern societies
  • can analyse and apply various methods in designing for sustainability.
  • can recognize key trade-offs and priorities in design processes
  • has ability to demonstrate theoretically informed analyses of the challenges associated with designing for sustainability and with mobilizing networks of actors


  • can analyse and address the challenges of designing sustainable products, technologies, or services
  • can collaborate in developing viable design options and
  • communicate about the sustainability of design

Type of instruction

Reading and analysing texts, lectures and cases.



Name of examDesign for Sustainability
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Either written, oral or both. This will be determined in the semester
Permitted aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria for evaluation are stated in the Joint Programme Regulations

Facts about the module

Danish titleDesign for bæredygtighed
Module codeTBISDK17104
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudyboard for Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design