Tools and Approaches to Sustainable Development


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed the module:

Learning objectives


  • Has thorough knowledge of sustainability problems in organisations
  • Has thorough knowledge of selected types of tools and systems for the promotion of sustainable development at the organisational level
  • Has understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of selected tools and systems in relation to the organisational context
  • Has knowledge of investment economic aspects at the project level
  • Has knowledge of impact assessment, including economic impacts at the project and organisational levels, as well as of the interaction between the different instruments applied in an urban development perspective
  • Has knowledge of the structure and operation of organisations involved in sustainable urban development


  • Can analyse and assess selected tools and approaches to embedding the sustainability efforts into an organisation, from mapping and documentation to securing continuous improvements through motivation, participation, etc.
  • Can use the selected tools and approaches as the basis for developing proposals for sustainability-related improvements
  • Can understand different types of organisations; map important stakeholders and initiate a relevant dialogue with these
  • Can, by the use of various tools, assess the effects of initiatives seen in relation to sustainable urban development.


  • Can reflect critically on the selection of tools and approaches, including critically assess results and conclusions
  • Can understand and reflect on theory, assessment methods and analytical tools within the relevant fields
  • Can continually adjust and adapt different tools and systems to the present challenges and needs of an organisation

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, problem solving and presentation, teacher feedback, etc.



Name of examTools and Approaches to Sustainable Development
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleVærktøjer og tilgange til bæredygtig udvikling
Module codePGLSUSK17104
Module typeCourse
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