Sustainable Development, CSR and Life Cycle Analysis

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1TG240

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Industrial Engineering and Management G1F, Technology G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 7 June 2022
Responsible department
Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering

Entry requirements

Participation in courses of 15 credits in Technology or Industrial Engineering and Management.

Learning outcomes

After passing the course, students should be able to

  • give an account of the basic ecological preconditions for sustainability work
  • give an account of what sustainability means in the three dimensions ecological, social and economic sustainability
  • give an account of the UN sustainable development goals and the national environmental objectives
  • give an account of and discuss the role of companies in society and how companies can work with sustainable development
  • describe dominant standards and certifications in sustainability with an emphasis on GRI (Global Reporting Initiative)
  • describe how working methods from quality development can be used to reinforce internal work regarding sustainable development in organisations
  • give an account of the principles of, and carry out, a simplified life-cycle analysis
  • give an account of sustainable and ethical leadership.


Basics in environmental sciences. Drivers for sustainable development and how they are related to the responsibility of organisations. The UN sustainable development goals and the national environmental objectives. Different perspectives for increased sustainability in organisations. Sustainable development is highlighted and discussed based on the concept of triple bottom line, including environmental, economic and social dimensions. Sustainability reporting. The role of companies in society and how they can carry out systematic work for sustainable development. Potential synergies between quality development and sustainability work in companies. Sustainable leadership, ethical leadership and ethical perspectives, including the concepts of consonance and maximalist ethics. Basics of life-cycle analysis.


Lectures, workshops, seminars, and individual and group exercises.


Written assignments, seminars and oral and written presentation of group assignments for each part of the course.

Part 1: Sustainable Development (3 credits)

Part 2: CSR (3,5 credits)

Part 3: Life Cycle Analysis (3,5 credits)

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding targeted pedagogical support from the university's disability coordinator.