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CS30A1691 Social Sustainability, 6 cr 
Code CS30A1691  Validity 01.08.2016 - 31.07.2019
Name Social Sustainability  Abbreviation Social Sustaina 
Credits6 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Engineering Science 

Rakhshanda Khan 
Suvi Konsti-Laakso 
Suvi-Jonna Martikainen 
Helinä Melkas 
Satu Pekkarinen 

Description by Study Guide

B.Sc. (Tech.) 3



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.) Helinä Melkas

Rakhshanda Khan, PhD, Senior Researcher

Satu Pekkarinen, PhD, Senior Researcher

Suvi Konsti-Laakso, M.Sc., Researcher

Suvi-Jonna Martikainen, MA, Researcher


After completion of the course, students will be able to

- explain and analyze the significance and meaning of social sustainability in development of business, organization and product and service processes

- discuss both theoretical and practice-based viewpoints as well as the kinds of tools and methods that enable social sustainability to become part of business, management and product and service development

- determine and compare appropriate situations for applying these methods

- differentiate between elements for critical thinking concerning social sustainability.


Core content: social sustainability at different levels (global, societal and organizational), social innovation, frugal innovation, social enterprise, end-user involvement, employee involvement.

Supplementary content: practical cases, methods and Living Lab activities.

Teaching Methods 

Lectures (intensive teaching) and small group assignments during the lectures 5 h, case exercise to be given during the lectures 60 h, independent and/or group studies 60 h, presentation of case exercises in a closing seminar 10 h, personal learning diary 21 h = total 156 h.

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

0 - 5. Case exercise 70%, learning diary 30%.

Course Materials 

The study materials consist of course slides and selected articles (will be announced later).



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

max 15

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

max 5


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