Sustainability Management in a Societal and Institutional Perspective


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Students completing the module, acquire the following: 

Learning objectives


  • Have thorough knowledge and understanding of institutional and social framework conditions, actors and challenges for sustainability management


  • Can analyse and understand the handling of environmental problems on a societal level, including the integration of environmental policies, instruments and institutional aspects
  • Can identify, analyse and assess project-relevant sustainability problems and consequences in an overall perspective
  • Can formulate and analyse proposals for strategies within the environmental field which are based on an analysis of the technical and institutional conditions
  • Can understand, use analytically and critically reflect on relevant quantitative and qualitative economic, sociological, environmental and/or engineering methods
  • Can independently collect data in relation to relevant problems and assess the quality and reliability of the used data
  • Can explain the general structure and methods of the project. Must also be able to reflect critically to sources and use accurate source referencing
  • Can manage a study project in an interdisciplinary and intercultural PBL learning environment 
  • Can independently structure and reflect on project management activities and carry out subject specific and interdisciplinary study project
  • Can apply graphics programmes like Adobe Illustrator, Visio or SketchUp to make relevant illustration(s) for the project


  • Can combine relevant theories, understandings, methods and analyses to form a synthesis towards the preparation of specific strategies and plans directed towards institutional and social framework conditions
  • Can independently reflect on and take responsibility for own learning, professional development and specialisation 
  • Can use online platforms for project management, communication and data management (e.g. Teams, Google Drive)

Type of instruction

Problem-based project work in groups. 


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

  • An approved PBL competency profile is a prerequisite for participation in the project exam


Name of examSustainability Management in a Societal and Institutional Perspective
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingExternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleBæredygtighedsledelse i et samfundsmæssigt og institutionelt perspektiv
Module codePLEMSSK22202
Module typeProject
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