Sustainability Assessment and Societal Decision Processes


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module, acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Knowledge of different technical impact tools and methodologies applied for ex-ante sustainability assessment
  • Knowledge and understanding about the socio-technical context in which ex-ante impact assessment is developed and used
  • Knowledge and understanding of how impact assessment connects to societal decision-making on e.g. large infrastructures, technologies or spatial developments
  • Can understand and reflect on decision-making theories


  • Can choose impact assessment methods and tools for ex-ante sustainability assessment
  • Can integrate technical analyses of bio-physical and social variables in the assessments and decision-making processes
  • Can analyse and assess theoretical and practical problems, and develop and assess solutions that favour sustainable development
  • Can communicate results of assessments to both other peers and non-specialists


  • Can handle complex assessment situations
  • Can participate critically and reflexively in impact assessment to secure  more sustainable planning and decision-making at societal level

Type of instruction

Lectures, workshops, seminars, assignments, etc.



Name of examSustainability Assessment and Societal Decision Processes
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
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 titleBæredygtighedsvurderinger og samfundsmæssige beslutningsprocesser
Module codePGLBEMK17202
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Urban, Energy and Environmental Planning)
Study BoardStudy Board of Planning and Surveying
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design