Subject description for 2021/2022

Sustainability in practice (ECO2009)

Sustainability in practice


In this course the student will get a unique experience by working practically and theoretically with sustainability and entrepreneurship, in interdisciplinary teams. The student works with a local real life case in an interdisciplinary team with students from different faculties and disciplines. The course discusses sustainability from different perspectives.

Course description

In this course the students will get a unique experience working practically and theoretically with sustainability and entrepreneurship, in interdisciplinary teams. To develop a more sustainable society is a complex task where we need to take into account the interplay between ecological, social, and economic conditions. Thus, there is a need to work interdisciplinary to move towards sustainability.  

This course will address sustainability from different perspectives. In addition, the students work with local real-life cases in teams with students from different faculties and disciplines. The course combines and integrates sustainability and entrepreneurship methodologies. The students discuss and design sustainability for the context of the real-world case. Thereafter, the students will use tools of entrepreneurial action to identify and pursue sustainable opportunities inherent in the real-world cases. 


General university admissions certification


In addition to the tuition and the syllabus literature, it is a prerequisite that the student has a laptop.

Learning outcomes


After the course, the student should have:

  • knowledge about different perspectives on sustainability.
  • understanding of the complexity of sustainability and the inherent challenges, and be able to evaluate them in relation to different sustainability perspectives.
  • knowledge of how entrepreneurial action can contribute to a more sustainable society.
  • knowledge of communication and collaboration in multidisciplinary teams.


After the course the student should

  • be able to identify problem areas for sustainable development and what is sustainable in a certain context.
  • have developed entrepreneurial mindset that make her/him competent to see opportunities and act actively to solve sustainable challenges.
  • be able to use his/her own professional background and experiences to work with a sustainability project in an interdisciplinary team.
  • have developed collaborative and communicative skills in multidisciplinary teams.

General competences:

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • act as a change agent to contribute to a more sustainable society.
  • understand interdisciplinary issues and contribute their expertise in discussions in complex issues.
  • collaborate with,and convey proposed solutions, to actors in the society who work with sustainability issues.
  • understand how to use own professional competence to work on projects in interdisciplinary teams.
  • reflect on how a project process and a collaboration in an interdisciplinary team work. 

Course type

Optional subject for undergraduate studies at Nord University. Open to second and third-year bachelor students in all disciplines.

Teaching activities and methods

Compulsory participation because of team work. 

The course uses following teaching methods:

Project work in interdisciplinary teams, case assignments from local problem owner, team exercises, reflection, dialogue, and lectures.

Students from different faculties and disciplines work in interdisciplinary teams with real-time cases to propose solutions for a more sustainable society. The students get the case assignment from a local problem owner.

During the course, the students deliver two written assignments that will be collected into a portfolio for evaluation: 1) a project assignment from the teamwork 2) a reflection note about the team work process.

Exam description

Portfolio with a project assignment from the team and a reflection note (A-F). 

Compulsory participation, 80 % participation (Passed/Not passed, ).

Assessment and examinations

Compound evaluation, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail
  • Compulsory participation 80%, comprises 0/100 of the grade, grading scale Approved - Not approved.
  • Portefolio, comprises 100/100 of the grade, grading scale A-E for pass, F for fail.

Course literature

The reading list can be found in Leganto
Course coordinator
Start semester Autumn 2021
Teaching language English ECTS Credits 10 Course location Bodø campus Faculty
Nord University Business School