Beyond Green Design – ethics and sustainability as design strategy

8.8.2022 - 19.8.2022

150.00 €



Markkinointi ja viestintä
Vaasan yliopisto, Technobotnia
Viimeinen ilmoittautuminen
Rousi Rebekah

-- Students of the University of Vaasa can get 5 credits from the course. The credits are registered for the course TEVI3014 Teknisen viestinnän erikoiskurssi - Beyond Green Design. --

Timing: 8.8.-19.8.2022

For the first week the course will be implemented live on campus at the VME Interaction Design Environment, University of Vaasa (Technobothnia, Room TF4105, Puuvillakuja 3, Vaasa) for the first week. The first day will be focused on the Introduction, lectures, cases and group set-up. Students will have contact time from Tuesday to Friday, followed by group-project work at Technobothnia. The second week students will continue working in groups, but the only contact session will be the final session held via Zoom, Friday August 19th. VME will be available for groups to come and work if they choose. Lecturers will be available for coaching during the project period.

The contact teaching during the first week will be implemented via ‘Fishbowl discussions’, whereby the groups (each group having their own turn) will discuss an article that they have read. Depending on the class size, more than one group may be involved in the fishbowl. The rest of the class group listens, and at the end joins the discussion. The fishbowls will be held according to the key themes of the course.



Week 1 @VME Interaction Design Environment [place]

Mon. 8.8. 10:00-14:00 Introduction to ethical and sustainable design, Introduction to Design Mentor Anton Schubert (Good Growth), cases & practical instructions + 14:00-17:00 project work

Tues. 9.8. 10:00-12:00 Fishbowl Theme 1 – What is sustainability? + Guest Lecture: “Sustainability in design practices” Designer + PhD Researcher, Hanna-Kaisa Alanen (University of Jyväskylä)  13:00-15:00 + 15:00-17:00 project work

Wed. 10.8. 10:00-12:00 Fishbowl Theme 2 – What is ethics?+ 12:00-17:00 project work

Thurs. 11.8. 10:00-12:00 Fishbowl Theme 3 – Sustainability + ethics in design + 12:00-17:00 project work

Fri. 12.8. 10:00-12:00 Fishbowl Theme 4 – Ethical sustainability as a design & business strategy + 12:00-17:00 project work

Week 2

Project work continues 10-17:00 Monday August 8th to Thursday August 11th

Fri. 19.8. 10:00-14:00 Project presentations via Zoom


Rebekah Rousi, Anton Schubert (Good Growth), and Hanna-Kaisa Alanen (Designer; PhD Researcher, Cognitive Science)


- Sustainability

- Ethics

- Ethical and Sustainable Design

- Social Responsibility

- Sustainable business & design strategy


By the end of the course students will:

- recognize sustainable targets and business strategies

- formulate sustainable and ethics strategies and statements

- link strategies to concrete cases

- develop design (object, application or service) concepts and rough prototypes that embed sustainable and ethical strategies in their logic

Course implementation

Lectures; readings; fishbowl discussions; and design project work

Applications are invited from all who are interested!

-- Students of the University of Vaasa can get 5 credits from the course. The credits are registered for the course TEVI3014 Erikoisalaviestinnän erikoiskurssi - Beyond Green Design. --

This course is arranged in cooperation with VME. The VME is an Interaction Design Environment for all; start ups, industry partners, students and researchers alike.

Price: 150 €

More information:

Rebekah Rousi
Associate Professor, University of Vaasa, VME

Tina Martins
Education planner, Vaasan kesäyliopisto