Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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KEKO9001 KEKO1 Implementing the principles of sustainable development 10 ECTS
Organised by
Sustainable Development
Person in charge
Maria Höyssä
Planned organizing times
Period(s) I II III IV
2016–2017 X X X X
2017–2018 X X X X

General description

The course is a compulsory part of Sustainable Development studies (25 cr.). KEKO9001 is based on cross-disciplinary teamwork. It offers the student a thorough experience of the different sustainability perspectives and knowledge sourcing, combining and applying together with a team of students from various fields of expertise.

Learning outcomes

The course develops abilities to apply different sustainability perspectives and academic information searching and interpretation skills to the analysis of topical themes. The student learns:
- to create collective expertise together with students from various backgrounds
- to analyze various phenomena from the perspectives of ecological, social, economic and cultural sustainability
- to recognize interdependencies between different dimensions of sustainability
- to lead the content development and schedules of a small research project
- to create in-depth knowledge of one topical sustainability-related issue
- to present the results of a project
- to understand one's own strengths as an expert and as a team member, as well as those of others


The course spans from September to April. It applies the pedagogy of research-based learning in teams. At the beginning of the course, each team is given a topic or a theme to which the team relates all its project works. At lectures, students learn about the different dimensions of sustainability. In the teamwork phase, students collectively define the research questions for each project work, decide how to answer them, divide tasks, search and create knowledge, discuss ideas and findings and write and edit four texts of 20-30 pages as well as a final poster or some other form of presentation that condenses the most important insights of the team's work during the study year.

Organization of the course
At the beginning of the course the students are divided into teams (Finnish-speaking teams for those doing their degree in Finnish, an English-speaking team for those doing their degree in English). There are max. 10 students in each team, supported by two teachers. The students work with the same team for the whole study year. The course includes 5 joint lectures in English for all teams and joint seminars in English at the beginning and in the end of the course. The teams have 9 facilitated 2-hour meetings with teachers during the study year. There are two kinds of facilitated meetings. Each project work starts by a meeting where the sustainability perspectives presented at lectures as well as the team's project work plans are discussed. Each project work ends with a facilitated meeting where the results of the project work and the teamwork process are jointly discussed. The actual content of the project work is developed by the team in a self-organized manner during the 4-6 weeks between the facilitated meetings. In these project working periods the teams typically meet face-to-face approximately once a week, and also utilize virtual networking and writing tools. Leadership rotates so that each student in turn leads the teamwork and presents the team's working plan to the teacher. The course materials and the project works are shared and peer reviewing is carried out via Moodle web platform.

Further information on prerequisites and recommendations

The yearly intake is 10 students for the English program. The application period for Sustainable Development Studies in English is early June -mid August.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Tutorials 10 h 0 h
Group work 20 h 0 h

Joint seminars, team meetings, mentoring and projects. Moodle-platform is used for material sharing and project preparation. Course is part of the Sustainable Development studies (25 ECTS cr). Please find more information @ https://intranet.utu.fi/fi/sivustot/keke/sustainable/Sivut/home.aspx
or e-mail keko@utu.fi

Teaching language

Finnish, English

One team will be taught in English, three in Finnish; the four joint seminars are in English

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Project / practical work
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Project / practical work
  • In Finnish
Participation in classroom work
  • In Finnish

The completing of the course requires participation to facilitated and self-organized team meetings, to joint seminars and to carrying out the project works (four co-authored texts of 20 – 30 pages as well as a peer-reviewed poster or other presentation). The student’s course grade is based on the grades of the team’s project works and on peer-evaluated personal activity as a team member.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Projects (reports and presentations), peer-evaluation

Study materials

Material shared during team meetings and @moodle-platform

Further information


Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
Sustainable Development studies (Sustainable Development)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Implementation details are unavailable.
Turku School of Economics
Finnish Study Modules
Common Studies
Postgraduate Degrees, TSE
UTU Graduate School, Studies in Field of Business