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Knowledge to Action

MESS37, 5 credits

The K2A course allows students to foster a deeper knowledge of sustainability science through the development of skills to devise and drive sustainable societal transitions.

The course concentrates on hands on learning opportunities that expose students to real-world settings with societal actors such as municipalities, organisations, companies and/or other societal actors. During the course students actively partake in the creation, design, implementation and evaluation of a project to promote sustainability. Course learning activities also place an emphasis on students improving their communication proficiencies with actors outside academia.

Student learning skills include:

  • Design thinking 
  • Application of theory to practice
  • Effective communication
  • Time management 
  • Project management   
  • Effective group work

Literature list

Literature list, established 2020-12-10 PDF (436 kB)


Note: Note: From the spring of 2023, this course will be replaced by MESS25 Methods & Tools - from Knowledge to Action, 7,5 credits.


The development of the project allowed us to apply and better understand theories, concepts and frameworks but I feel that this is just a small part of the work process that actually goes far beyond. The development of a project from scratch to the end and for such a long period of time is extremely valuable for me, especially as it gives a bit of understanding of how our future job setting might look like. Writing the final report was very useful to summarize the work for the group members themselves and not just to show to the teachers and fellow classmates.


Student, Batch 23