Sustainability and Project Management


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module


The objective of this module is: 

  • to provide students with knowledge of current issues and theoretical perspectives related to sustainability and global governance, including global partnerships and transnational problem-solving 

  • to provide students with a broad understanding of the skills and strategies required for project management as well as key theories, concepts and tools of the field 

  • to enable students to apply distinct theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of selected cases in relation to various types of sustainability, such as social, political, economic and environmental 



The module provides students with a broad understanding of project management and its related theories, concepts, and tools. It also provides students with the analytical skills and empirical knowledge required to address and understand the complexities of and responses to global challenges related to sustainability. Emphasis will be on democracy and institution-building; interrelations between different levels of governance; local and transnational civil society perspectives on global challenges such as climate change, inequalities, and resource governance.  

Learning objectives


  • possess knowledge and a critical understanding of development processes at various levels of analysis 

  • possess knowledge of relevant theories and current issues related to sustainability and global governance 

  • possess knowledge of relevant theories, tools and frameworks related to project management 

  • possess a broad understanding of the skills and strategies required for project management 


  • be able to identify and delimit relevant problem areas within the field of sustainability and global governance 

  • be able to critically assess relevant theories and make informed choices regarding theory selection in relation to empirical analyses  

  • have the ability to apply relevant theories and tools of the field to concrete empirical cases and issues 

  • understand project management design, development and deployment 

  • understand the implications, challenges and opportunities of organisational dynamics in project management 


  • can reflect upon and analyze global governance and sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective  

  • can apply knowledge and skills within the module in solving practical tasks within project management 

  • are able to reflect upon the organization of project management tasks and processes from a practical and theoretical perspective and in relation to problem-based learning 

Type of instruction

The module consists of lectures, seminars and exercises, such as solution camp, and case study analyses. 



Name of examSustainability and Project Management
Type of exam
Active participation/continuous evaluation
The examination for Sustainability and Project Management is an internally assessed individual examination consisting of a requirement of active participation in the module’s teaching sessions and activities. The module coordinator will define the requirements for active participation, which will be communicated to the class at the beginning of the semester.

Any re-examination will be a 72-hour take-home assignment set by the course instructor. The assignment paper must not exceed 8 pages.
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 titleSustainability and Project Management
Module code2022IR8
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Social Sciences in International Relations
Study BoardStudy Board of Politics and Society
DepartmentDepartment of Politics and Society
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities