Design for Sustainability


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed this module:

Learning objectives


  • has an understanding of the global sustainability challenges and institutional factors influencing the development of design for  circular economy and other sustainability approaches
  • has an understanding of environmental, economic, and social aspects of product and service system design
  • has an understanding of the merits and limitations of key tools used to assess and improve the sustainability of product and service system design


  • has the ability to collaborate with others in identifying and analyzing sustainability challenges embedded in existing production and consumption patterns
  • has the ability to identify and compare environmental aspects and impacts of different products/product systems
  • has the ability to apply different circular economy indicators with the purpose of developing different design strategies for promoting a circular economy


  • can  map and critically interpret data in analyzing environmental aspects and impacts of products and product systems
  • can develop design suggestions for how to improve products, services and systems development for a circular economy or other sustainability approaches, including the trade-offs encountered in the design process
  • can effectively communicate the results from different methods documenting the sustainability of products, services and system design

Type of instruction

Reading and analysing texts, lectures and cases.



Name of examDesign for Sustainability
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Will be specified 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 bæredygtighed
Module codeTBSDK20104
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