Sustainable Development Solutions


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The module deals with the integration of education for Sustainable Development (ESD) competences and the theoretical and methodological basis of the field of communication (and for other programs their discipline) when addressing complex and inter-disciplinary sustainable development problems and challenges.

The module is interdisciplinary, and students work in collaborative projects on Sustainable Development challenges across disciplines and with stakeholders.  As an outset, the students from communication apply communication theories and methods, while students from other disciplines apply their disciplines with the aim of the students to overcome the disciplinary boundaries and get insights into how to combine the approaches in novel ways.

Scaffolding activities support the students project work introducing to the core concepts within Sustainable Development, and core ESD competences which the students will acquire. The ESD competences are systems thinking, futures thinking, values thinking, strategic thinking, interpersonal communication and collaboration as well as problem formulation and solving. The students’ work culminates in a collaborative project within the domain of Sustainable Development demonstrating ESD competences and integration of elements of communication theory and methods, and a reflection on how this framework supplements and interacts with other master programs subject fields represented in the collaborative projects.

Academic supervision will be offered in connection with the problem-oriented project work. 

Learning objectives


The student must through the module acquire knowledge and enact understanding of:

  • theory and/or method at the highest international level within communication to applicable to the sustainable development.
  • theory and/or methods for the acquisition of ESD competencies: Systems thinking, futures thinking, values thinking, strategic thinking, interpersonal and collaboration competences as well as problem formulation and solving competences. 


The student must through the module acquire skills in:

  • applying communication theory and/or method to sustainable development problems, 
  • developing skills to apply ESD competences: Systems thinking, futures thinking, values thinking, strategic thinking, interpersonal and collaboration competences as well as problem formulation and – solving competences. 


The student must through the module acquire competences to:

  • independently initiate communication work that requires new Sustainable Development solutions in collaboration with students from different study programs and stakeholders.
  • managing a development process for own professional specialization in applying communication theory to sustainable development
  • critically reflecting on the application of ESD competences for new Sustainable Development solutions and how communication can take part in interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Type of instruction

Reference is made to §17.



Name of examSustainable Development Solutions
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
The examination is a conversation between the student(s) and the examiner and internal examiner based on the handed in project, produced individually or in a group. The project will be considered the shared responsibility of the group. Students will be examined and assessed based on the project, and one combined grade will be awarded for the written work and the oral performance.

Literature foundation: The project report must be based on relevant qualified academic publications.

The project: specific requirements for the project appear in the semester description.

Duration of examination: 30 minutes per student and 10 minutes per group for assessment and announcement of result, although no longer than a total of 2,5 hours.

40 minutes in total for individual examinations.

At oral group examinations, the examination must be conducted in such a way that individual assessment of each individual student’s performance is ensured.

The project and the conversation must demonstrate that the student fulfils the objectives for the module stated above.
Permitted aids
All written and all electronic 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 titleBæredygtige udviklingsløsninger
Module codeKAKOMV202442
Module typeProject
Duration1 semester
KA 3rd semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Arts (MA) in Communication
Study BoardStudy Board of Communication and Digital Media
DepartmentDepartment of Communication and Psychology
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities