The Role of Organisations and Business in Developing Sustainable Cities


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed the module:

Learning objectives


  • Has thorough knowledge and understanding of the framework conditions, challenges and roles of organisations and businesses in relation to the development and design of sustainable cities, including the tools and systems which are relevant at the organisational level
  • Is able to understand and, on a scientific basis, reflect on the development of sustainable cities at the organisational level, as well as to identify relevant problems in this context
  • Has basic knowledge and understanding of the structure and operation of organisations  
  • Has knowledge of theories of science and research methods relevant to the analysis of the roles of organisations in sustainable urban development.


  • Can identify, analyse and assess relevant problems and impacts related to sustainability
  • Can understand, apply and critically reflect on relevant quantitative as well as qualitative economic, social, environmental and/or technical methods of analysis and identify the interests connected to these
  • Can independently collect relevant data in relation to the challenges and problems of the project, and assess the quality and reliability of this data
  • Can motivate, substantiate and communicate the general structure and methods of the project in a scientific context
  • Can relate critically to sources and indicate accurate references
  • Can, in relation to sustainable urban development, communicate research-based knowledge and discuss professional and scientific problems with peers as well as non-specialists


  • Can structure and manage the complex combination of specific challenges related to sustainable urban development at the organisational level (business level) in his/her study and project work
  • Can combine and use relevant theories, understandings, methods and analyses in such a way that these form a synthesis aimed at the formulation of concrete strategies and plans for the potential work of a business (organisation) with sustainable solutions
  • Can independently initiate and participate in interdisciplinary planning tasks and cooperation at the organisational level (business level)

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work in groups



Name of examThe Role of Organisations and Business in Developing Sustainable Cities
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleOrganisationers og virksomheders rolle i bæredygtig byudvikling
Module codePGLSUSK17101
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Planning
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design