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BH60A4400 Introduction to Sustainability, 3 cr 
Code BH60A4400  Validity 01.08.2013 -
Name Introduction to Sustainability  Abbreviation Introduction to 
Credits3 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesYes
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Energy Systems 

Mirja Mikkilä 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta
The course is based on independent digitalized studying supported by two lectures during the period 1.


M.Sc. (Tech.) 1
In BSc programme in Technology and Engineering Science the course will be taken in third year of studies (B.Sc. (Tech). 1)



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Associate prof. D.Sc. (Agr. & For.) Mirja Mikkilä


After successfully completing the course, students are able to:
• explain the interaction between the environment, society and business and the relationships of various actors in these fields and their impacts on the society and the environment
• explain the core idea and thinking behind sustainability and its importance in order to limit or decelerate environmental damages and improve our quality of life while pursuing a more sustainable lifestyle and business within the planetary boundaries
• apply practically the learned principles and concepts of sustainability in relation to current production and consumption habits
• know and be guided about the different value-adding activities and tools that promote sustainability; and
• reflect on sustainability principles and desirably in thinking and lifestyles


The general objective of the course is to introduce students to different sustainability challenges that our world is facing as a consequence of human activities and natural causes. The idea is to learn and understand those sustainability challenges and their interconnectedness, and find out how we could move or transit towards a more sustainable world.

Teaching Methods 

1st period: 2*2 h lectures, independent digitalized studies including Moodle quizzes (approx. 54 h), assignment (approx. 24 h). Total workload 78 h.

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Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0 - 5. Examination 60 %, assignment 40 %.

Course Materials 

Will be announced in Moodle.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 

max 5

Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 

max 5


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