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MF2093 Sustainable Consumption 6.0 credits

The starting point for this course is United Nations’s sustainability development goal nr 12: Responsible consumption and production. This and the other 16 goals will guide the work of UN’s and all the states that signed the agreement, until 2030.  UN has actually decided that Sweden will become a forerunner for goal nr 12.

This course takes a broad look at sustainable consumption, what it is, what the problem is and what to do about it. What is the responsibility of the individual consumer vs society? What can organisations and companies do?

We will start by going through the consumption areas food, shopping, housing, travel and banking. How do they affect the environment and what could a responsible consumption be? The second part will take a bigger perspective looking at behavioural change, values and lifestyles, wellbeing, and encourages you to take action yourself.

This is an oniine course that you take when its suits you, all lectures are recorded and all assignments are done online. We will have one voluntary seminar on campus in october.  Expect to spend 8 hours per week on the course.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2093 (Spring 2018–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

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Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the students should be able to:

- understand how consumption is connected to ecological, social and economic sustainability.

- understand which consumption categories that have largest environmental impact and why, as well as how the consumption is connected to values, lifestyle and income.

- describe how the consumption looks in a global perspective, how it is changed, and forecasts for the future.

- state the connection between design and consumption and how design methodology can be used to achieve a more sustainable consumption.

- understand and reflect on your own footprint and create a strategy for how it can be reduced with an energy descent plan.

- know and use different methods to influence, change and plan for a more sustainable consumption.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor Degree.

Recommended prerequisites

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Current research articles and reports.

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Hand in Exercise, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed exercises and written assignments.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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