KEKO1 Implementing the principles of sustainable development (10 cr)

Course is part of the Sustainable Development studies (min. 25 cr for UTU students/ min. 12 cr for exchange students). In KEKO1 course, the student applies academic information searching and interpretation skills to analyze practical examples in collaboration with students from different disciplines.

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

Contents

The course spans from September to April. It applies the pedagogy of research-based learning in teams. At the beginning of the course, student are divided into teams. 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.

Completion and evaluation

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 on scale 1–5 / fail.

 

KEKO Schedule 2017-2018

(teacher-facilitated meetings are bolded)

WEEK 35
Opening seminar (31.8. 14-16, TSE Ls09)

WEEK 36
Team meetings: Introductions and discussing the team topics (through home assignments)
Place: meeting room Mesaani, TSE 3rd floor (ring the doorbell of Finland Futures Research Centre)

  • 5.9., 10-12: Team 1

  • 5.9., 12-14: Team 2

  • 7.9., 10-12: Team 3

  • 7.9., 12-14: Team 4

Ecological sustainability lecture (7.9. 14-16, TSE Ls09)

WEEK 37
Team meetings: Orientation to ecological sustainability, teamwork guidelines

  • 12.9., 10-12: Team 1

  • 12.9., 12-14: Team 2

  • 14.9., 10-12: Team 3

  • 14.9., 12-14: Team 4

WEEK 38: Building up team spirit by self-organized activity by the team: something fun together, possibly related to the topic of the team. Development of team rules

WEEK 39: Self-organizing teamwork: Refining the focus and planning the project

WEEK 40: Self-organizing teamwork: Presenting the disposition to the expert teacher

WEEK 41: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

WEEK 42: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

  • Return deadline for teams 1 & 2: 22.9.
  • Return deadline for teams 3 & 4: 24.9.

WEEK 43
Team meetings: Debriefing of ecological sustainability project work
Place: Mesaani, TSE 3rd floor (ring the doorbell of Finland Futures Research Centre)

  • 24.10., 10-12: Team 1

  • 24.10., 12-14: Team 2

  • 26.10., 10-12: Team 3

  • 26.10., 12-14: Team 4

Social sustainability lecture (26.10 14-16, TSE, OP Pohjola)

WEEK 44
Team meetings: Orientation to social sustainability, teamwork guidelines
Place: Mesaani, TSE 3rd floor (ring the doorbell of Finland Futures Research Centre)

  • 31.10., 10-12: Team 1

  • 31.10., 12-14: Team 2

  • 2.11., 10-12: Team 3

  • 2.11., 12-14: Team 4

WEEK 45: Self-organizing teamwork: Refining the focus and planning the project

WEEK 46: Self-organizing teamwork: Presenting the disposition to the expert teacher

WEEK 47: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

WEEK 48: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

WEEK 49: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

  • Return deadline for teams 1 & 2: 10.12.
  • Return deadline for teams 3 & 4: 12.12.

WEEK 50
Team meetings: Debriefing of social sustainability project work
Place: Mesaani, TSE 3rd floor (ring the doorbell of Finland Futures Research Centre)

  • 12.12., 10-12: Team 1

  • 12.12., 12-14: Team 2

  • 12.12., 10-12: Team 3

  • 14.12., 12-14: Team 4

CHRISTMAS BREAK

WEEK 2
Economic sustainability lecture (11.1.2018, probably 14-16, Place to-be-announced)

WEEK 3
Team meetings: Orientation to economic sustainability, teamwork guidelines
Place: Meeting room Säätiö (TSE, 3rd floor, up the stairs behind Mercator)

  • 16.1., 10-12: Team 1

  • 16.1., 12-14: Team 2

  • 18.1., 10-12: Team 3

  • 18.1., 12-14: Team 4

WEEK 4: Self-organizing teamwork: Refining the focus and planning the project

WEEK 5: Self-organizing teamwork: Presenting the disposition to the expert teacher

WEEK 6: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

WEEK 7: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

  • Return deadline for teams 1 & 2: 18.2.
  • Return deadline for teams 3 & 4: 20.2.

WEEK 8
Team meetings: Debriefing of economic sustainability project work
Place: Meeting room Säätiö (TSE, 3rd floor, up the stairs behind Mercator)

  • 20.2., 10-12: Team 1

  • 20.2., 12-14: Team 2

  • 22.2., 10-12: Team 3

  • 22.2., 12-14: Team 4

Cultural sustainability lecture (22.2, probably 14-16, Place to-be-announced)

WEEK 9
Team meetings: Orientation to cultural sustainability, teamwork guidelines
Place: Meeting room Säätiö (TSE, 3rd floor, up the stairs behind Mercator)

  • 27.2., 10-12: Team 1

  • 27.2., 12-14: Team 2

  • 1.3., 10-12: Team 3

  • 1.3., 12-14: Team 4

WEEK 10: Self-organizing teamwork: Refining the focus and planning the project

WEEK 11: Self-organizing teamwork: Presenting the disposition to the expert teacher

WEEK 12: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

WEEK 13: Self-organizing teamwork: Doing the project

  • Return deadline for teams 1 & 2: 1.4.
  • Return deadline for teams 3 & 4: 3.4.

WEEK 14
Team meetings: Debriefing of cultural sustainability project work
Place: Meeting room Säätiö (TSE, 3rd floor, up the stairs behind Mercator)

  • 3.4., 10-12: Team 1

  • 3.4., 12-14: Team 2

  • 5.4., 10-12: Team 3

  • 5.4., 12-14: Team 4

Final lecture & poster work guidelines (5.4., probably 14-16, Place to-be-announced)

WEEK 15: Self-organizing work on team poster

WEEK 16: Self-organizing work on team poster

WEEK 17
The return deadline of poster to printing house: probably 24.4. at 10 am

Final Seminar – poster walk (26.4., probably 14-16.30, Place to-be-announced)

 

 

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