Freestanding course, Bachelor’s level
7.5 hp
Malmö daytime 50%
31 August 2020 - 8 November 2020
Full tuition fee: 15000 SEK

About the course

Global Product Development I is a course for engineering students who have a particular interest in working with product development to support people in vulnerable situations. The course provides, in addition to analyzing technical innovation, also knowledge of the UN's goals for sustainable development and current international and Swedish public aid activities. In the course, the students work in groups with analysis of aid projects implemented for people in vulnerable situations and from different social, cultural and economic conditions.

The course is a prerequisite for Global Product Development II. Both courses may provide foundations for further independent studies such as thesis work.

Course content

• Socially motivated sustainable development as an interdisciplinary area in relation to the role as an engineer; special focus on social anthropology, international development cooperation, international relations, product development and innovation, resource management with life cycle perspective, project management

• UN Global Sustainability Goals

• Overview of international aid agencies' activities

• Swedish public assistance

• Innovation and entrepreneurship to reduce poverty: an engineering perspective

• Group project work in the form of an in-depth case study of the implementation of a product development project in international development cooperation. The case study will include an analysis of deficiencies and difficulties as well as proposals for improvement and action plans.

• Independent studies of both broader and in-depth character in areas that are relevant to the project work.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + Chemistry 1, Mathematics 3c, Physics 2. Or: Chemistry A, Mathematics D, Physics B.

Merit rating is calculated based on Swedish upper secondary grades achieved, according to specific entry requirement 8/A8.


Swedish upper secondary grades 34%, University credits completed 32%, Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (SweSAT) 34%

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