Design for Sustainability


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • has an understanding of the environmental, economic, and social implications of design and innovation
  • has insights into various and diverse methodological approaches to sustainability assessment, eco-design and related design strategies
  • has an understanding of various ontological and epistemological approaches in sustainability research.


  • has ability to identify and discuss sustainability challenges as embedded in consumption and production networks of modern societies
  • can analyse and apply various methods in designing for sustainability.
  • can recognize key trade-offs and priorities in design processes
  • has ability to demonstrate theoretically informed analyses of the challenges associated with designing for sustainability and with mobilizing networks of actors


  • can analyse and address the challenges of designing sustainable products, technologies, or services
  • can collaborate in developing viable design options and
  • communicate about the sustainability of design

Type of instruction

Reading and analysing texts, lectures and cases.



Name of examDesign for Sustainability
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
The type of exam will be specified further in the semester description.
Permitted aids
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 titleDesign for bƦredygtighed
Module codeTBISDK17104
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Copenhagen
Responsible for the module


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Sustainable Design)
Study BoardStudy Board of Techno-Anthropology and Sustainable Design
DepartmentDepartment of Sustainability and Planning
FacultyThe Technical Faculty of IT and Design