SL2554 Social Sustainability in Product- and Service Development

Programme course, 7,5 Higher education credits, Second cycle, spring semester 2022

This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.

The purpose of the course is to provide organizations with graduates having knowledge and skills that are useful for promoting social sustainability through product and service development. By product and service development we mean development of any type of offering, including physical products, digital products, services, and any mixture of these. Product and service development has a key role for society’s transition towards sustainability and the social dimension of sustainability is currently under-developed in this context. Improved knowledge and skills in how to systematically and strategically integrate also social sustainability aspects in product and service development makes more optimized, whole-systems solutions possible.

Facts

  • Type of instruction: On campus, day, part-time 50%
  • Period : 2022-March-28 until 2022-June-05
  • Education level: A1N
  • Application: This course is part of a programme and cannot be applied.
  • Language of instruction: The language of instruction is English.
  • Location: Karlskrona
  • Main field of study: Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
  • Course syllabus: Download
  • Welcome letter: This course is part of a programme and has no welcome letter.
  • Entry requirements: Admission requires completed 120 credits of university education and English 6.

Content

The course begins with an introduction to several of the pressing social sustainability challenges of today followed by a dive into the relevance of such challenges to the engineering and technology fields. Students are then presented with a definition of social sustainability and a way to systematically think about and work with social considerations in product and service development. The course ends with students practicing how to design and develop products and services that have the potential to strategically contribute to social sustainability.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

• Describe and reflect on society’s social sustainability challenges and their underlying causes.
• Explain the connection of products/product-service systems to the above-mentioned challenges and what role product- and service development can have in addressing them.
• Describe current efforts in integrating social sustainability aspects in product and service development.
Competence and skills

• Analyze a product/product-service system from a strategic social sustainability perspective.
• Identify strategic solutions to the social challenges that occur in relation to a given product or product-service system.
Judgement and approach

• Assess and critically reflect on the connection of various products/product-service systems to social sustainability challenges.

Course literature and other teaching material

Robért, Karl-Henrik, Göran Broman, David Waldron, Henrik Ny, Sophie Hallstedt, David Cook, Lena Johansson, Elaine Daly, Jonas Oldmark, George Basile, Hördur Haraldsson, Jamie MacDonald, Brendan Moore, Tamara Connell, Merlina Missimer, and Pierre Johnson. 2019. Sustainability Handbook. Lund: Studentlitteratur. ISBN 978-91-44-11595-5
Compendium with articles and other material.

Course literature and other teaching material

Robért, Karl-Henrik, Göran Broman, David Waldron, Henrik Ny, Sophie Hallstedt, David Cook, Lena Johansson, Elaine Daly, Jonas Oldmark, George Basile, Hördur Haraldsson, Jamie MacDonald, Brendan Moore, Tamara Connell, Merlina Missimer, and Pierre Johnson. 2019. Sustainability Handbook. Lund: Studentlitteratur. ISBN 978-91-44-11595-5
Compendium with articles and other material.

Learning methods

The course is given on distance. The teaching in the course includes recorded lectures, and webinars, dialogues and discussion forums in real time. The teaching also includes individual assignments, group work and reflection individually and in groups. The lectures introduce theories, concepts, methods and tools. These are deepened, applied, integrated and reflected upon through the other learning items. Teachers with different scientific backgrounds, professional experiences and perspectives take part in the course.

Work placement

No work placement is included in the planned learning activities. BTH is aiming for a close contact with the surrounding community when developing courses and programmes.

Teachers

Time allocation

On average, a student should study 200 hours to reach the learning outcomes.
This time includes all the various available learning activities (lectures, self studies, examinations, etc.).
This estimation is based on the fact that one academic year counts as 60 ECTS credits,
corresponding to an average student workload of 1 600 hours. This may vary individually.

Assessments

Grading

The course will be graded A Excellent, B Very good, C Good, D Satisfactory, E Sufficient, FX Insufficient, supplementation required, F Fail.

Exams

More information about exams are found in the Student's Portal, where you also enrolls for most exams.


There might be other scheduled examinations. Information regarding these examinations are available in the learning platform Canvas or at other places that the person who is responsible of the course will refer to.

Course Evaluation

The course manager is responsible for the views of students on the course being systematically and regularly gathered and that the results of the evaluations in various forms affect the form and development of the course.

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