TPD4210 - Sustainability Transitions


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2024/2025

Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Assignments
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Assignments 100/100

Course content

The course addresses the role of design and designing in transitions to just and sustainable futures. Transitioning to more sustainable societies requires changes in systems for food, mobility, energy, water, etc. The course aims to expand the candidates' knowledge and develop their ability to critically reflect on the role of design and designers in such transitions.

The course focuses on everyday life and how it is part of societal transformations, and introduces theories and methods for (design for) sustainability transitions.

Learning outcome


The candidate

  • Is familiar with theories and methods for evaluating design's contribution to (transitions towards) sustainable societies
  • Has insight in systemic relations and dynamics of change, and is familiar with methods for developing visions, involving stakeholders and designing at different scales and time horizons
  • Can map and analyse systems, identify opportunities for change, and critically reflect on designers’ roles and responsibilities


The candidate

  • Can critically analyse how products and services, technologies and infrastructures relate to and affect society and nature, and identify opportunities for change
  • Has experience with application of research skills in a design project

General qualifications:

The candidate

  • Is familiar with theories, methods and practices related to the role and agency of design and design professionals in sustainability transitions
  • Can analyse, identify and critically reflect on opportunities for designing for sustainability transitions and catalysing systems-level change

Learning methods and activities

The course language is English. Activities include exercises, analysis of cases and/or group project work within a given topic. Candidates receive guidance in addition to lectures and guest lectures. Participation in the course gives access to supplementary resources from the course TPD4200.

Further on evaluation

Evaluation is done based on assignments. Requirements for the deliverables will be published in NTNU’s learning system. Assignments handed in throughout the semester will be evaluated together.

For a re-take of an examination, all assessments during the course must be re-taken. Candidates can register for a re-scheduled examination in the next exam period.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Industrial Design (MSDESIG)

Required previous knowledge

TPD4129 Design 7 - Systems design

Course materials

Will be announced at course start.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Eco Design
  • Design Methodology
  • Design
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Design


Examination arrangement: Assignments

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn UTS Assignments 100/100 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignments 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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