Design for Sustainable Transitions


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

A student who has completed this module:

Learning objectives


  • has knowledge about different design strategies to tackle sustainable transition challenges
  • can understand challenges concerned with ill-defined problems and working with complex problems both on a general level and at local levels that require systemic transformations


  • can identify, characterise, and analyse a subject matter as the focus for the design process
  • can apply different design strategies as a response to a wicked problem
  • can develop or redesign sustainable business models in order to support novel systemic solutions
  • can involve interested parties in companies, governmental bodies and /or from civil society in a design process
  • can use material objects to visualise and communicate project developments and findings or to facilitate dialogue


  • can reflect upon viable design strategies as a response to wicked and ill-defined problems and develop strategies to support sustainable transitions processes through a design-oriented approach
  • can reflect upon viable ways of engaging and enrolling actors from a diversity of disciplines, institutional and business domains as part of design strategies
  • can reflect on the role of sustainable design engineers as experts with the capacity to facilitate cross disciplinary, sociotechnical, participatory knowledge development and not only narrow 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 assignment, carried out in groups of 4-5 students. The project should be planned in cooperation with a company, an institution or an interest group. Instructions on sustainable business models and project management will support the project work.


Prerequisite for enrollment for the exam

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


Name of examDesign for Sustainable Transitions
Type of exam
Oral exam based on a project
Permitted aids
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 titleDesign for bƦredygtig omstilling
Module codeTBSDK20201
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