Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The purpose of the course is to give an overview of sustainability principles and a number of principles and methods that are parts of sustainability considerations. 

The course is arranged as 2 weekly theoretical exercises where each theme is initiated by a lecture given by staff members or by invited lecturers 

The different themes (sustainability concepts; thermodynamics and sustainability; sustainability and life cycle analyses; sustainability and energy, nutrients, water, and greenhouse gases; bioethics and sustainability; economics, development, and sustainability) are treated in case studies as a basis for discussions in groups

Learning objectives


Students who have passed the module should be able to

  • Outline sustainability concepts related to energy, thermodynamics, nutrients, water and greenhouse gases


  • Perform sustainability estimations and simple life cycle analyses
  • Relate sustainability to societal perspectives
  • Analyze biotechnological processes with respect to sustainability


  • Include ethical considerations in sustainability analyses
  • Outline the relationships between sustainability and development and understand projections of resource and environmental issues including global and local models
  • Include economic considerations in sustainability analyses

Extent and expected workload

150 hours



Name of examSustainability
Type of exam
Written exam
4 hours
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 titleBæredygtighed
Module codeK-BBT-B2-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Chemistry and Bioscience
DepartmentDepartment of Chemistry and Bioscience
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science