General studies

Teaching language


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

Competence in sustainability.

Learning outcomes

Understanding the fundamentals of circularity in the
context of sustainability in both technical and
biological spheres. Ability to apply systems thinking to
identify material and energy closed loops and zero-waste
solutions. Deeper understanding of material and energy
circularity in technical industrial sectors, and
familiarity with current developments in each sector.
Ability to consider evidence and identify potential
couplings of processes as regenerative or restorative
solutions towards enhanced circularity. Understand
future professional role of engineers in the circular

Course contents

Circular economy paradigms, case studies, current
developments, circular economy sectors: (general
industry, AI, batteries and electronics, bioeconomy,
chemicals, machinery and manufacturing, mining and
construction, packaging, polymers, and textiles.

Prerequisites and co-requisites


Study activities

  • Lectures - 15 hours
  • Excursions and demonstrations - 6 hours
  • Project- and production work/artistic activities - 30 hours
  • Individual studies - 54 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 30 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 135 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 135 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Participation in tuition

Assessment methods

  • Demonstrations and proficiency exams
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Learning diary and group project.


Makkonen-Craig Stewart


Makkonen-Craig Stewart

Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until further notice

Assessment methods

  • Date will be announced later - Demonstrations and presentations
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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