Staging Collaborative Design for Sustainability


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed this module:

Learning objectives


  • has knowledge of the complexities and interrelations between product, service and system developments and strategies for how to change them
  • has knowledge and understanding of existing design methods and tools, their limitations, and how to experiment with improvements
  • has knowledge of how to stage of collaborative design processes


  • can carry out a theoretically informed empirical analysis of sustainable challenges related to current design and innovation of products, services and systems
  • can conceptualise ideas and design solutions oriented to create and support changes towards sustainability
  • can co-design a design solution and a reconfigured sociotechnical network of relations
  • has the ability to identify and apply the relevant technical knowledge necessary to understand the design problem and possible solutions
  • can professionally pitch a business idea based on a design solution


  • can give a reflected criticism of existing design knowledge and methods and suggest relevant design approaches
  • can clearly present and communicate the content and outcome of the project academically and demonstrate the practical implications to collaborative partners in the field
  • has ability to conceptualise design solutions across disciplinary boundaries and sectors based on theoretically informed empirical analysis
  • Can reflect on the limitations of considering engineers, designers and other experts as providers of  purely technical expertise (PBL)
  • Can reflect on his/her own ability to operate and contribute to teamwork in an intercultural context (PBL)

Type of instruction

Project is carried out in teams and planned in cooperation with an external partner. The project offers instructions in engineering design methods, staging of participatory design and qualitative interviews.



Name of examStaging Collaborative Design for Sustainability
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
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 titleIscenesættelse af co-design for bæredygtighed
Module codeTBSDK20101
Module typeProject
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