TEP4298 - Entrepreneurship for Circular Economy


This course is no longer taught and is only available for examination.

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Report and oral presentation
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Report and oral presentation 100/100

Course content

The students of the CIRCLE program complete in their first year of study modules for basic knowledge, and implementation, management and design of circular economy. Across partner universities, this competence is built through a variety of courses, curricula and perspectives. The course supports learning across the circular economy syllabus and dialogue on their views on circular economy. A circular economy implies a systematic transition and change from the current, and closer alignment of sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation. It has consequences to how products and services are conceived and designed, to reduce our reliance on primary extraction of raw materials and improve resource management and effectivity. The course shall engage a discussion of relevant criteria and directions for entrepreneurship using examples from existing and novel innovations. The course trains candidates in entrepreneurship within the paradigm of circular economy and how to direct innovation for circular transition.

Learning outcome


  • to explain, detail and describe different definitions of circular economy
  • to formulate the properties of entrepreneurship within a circular economy paradigm and outline directions for transition towards a circular economy
  • to understand the many goals of circular economy as it is seen from society, public stakeholders and business enterprises and how these connect with UN sustainability development goals


  • to propose, adapt and apply relevant circular criteria for various stakeholders to apply for circular innovation in public and private organizations
  • to discuss the sustainability of circular business concepts
  • to apply circular economy definitions to improve the sustainability of new and existing product systems

general competence

  • to guide and drive innovation for circular economy in public and private organizations

Learning methods and activities

Course activities consist of a lecture series (6-8 lectures) with student group workshops and self-study.

Further on evaluation

The credited course deliverable is a circular business plan, i.e., a presentation (oral + power point) outlining a business concept that will support a circular economy or the transition towards one.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required.

Required previous knowledge

The course if offered to students who have completed their first year of study in the Erasmus Mundus Joint international master in circular economy, at one of the partner institutions.

Course materials

The reading material consists of collected research papers and reports.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  3.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Environmental and Resource Engineering
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Energy and Process Engineering


Examination arrangement: Report and oral presentation

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Report and oral presentation 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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