General information

Subject type: Mandatory

Coordinator: Julián Horrillo Tello

Trimester: Second term

Credits: 6

Teaching staff: 

Virginia Espinosa Duró


Specific skills
  • EC16: Basic knowledge of environmental technologies and sustainability.

Transversal competences
  • CT2: That students have the ability to work as members of an interdisciplinary team either as another member, or performing management tasks in order to contribute to developing projects with pragmatism and a sense of responsibility, assuming commitments taking into account the available resources.


The Subject of Sustainability, addresses the social, economic and environmental areas from the Industrial Revolution to the present day from the different disciplines that determine human experience (sociology, economics, politics, technology and philosophy) with the purpose to analyze and diagnose mistakes in this field and provide a basis for discussion in order to propose solutions in each of these three dimensions that encompasses sustainability.

In a second phase, solutions will be crystallized into concrete actions and guidelines framed in a new paradigm to promote and ensure the sustainable development of present and future generations.

This subject has methodological and digital resources to make possible its continuity in non-contact mode in the case of being necessary for reasons related to the Covid-19. In this way, the achievement of the same knowledge and skills that are specified in this teaching plan will be ensured.

The Tecnocampus will make available to teachers and students the digital tools needed to carry out the course, as well as guides and recommendations that facilitate adaptation to the non-contact mode.

Learning outcomes

-RA1: Detect, analyze, model, make decisions and solve problems in the social, economic and environmental fields.

-RA2: Know and use the tools and technologies to intervene in the direction of sustainability.

-RA3: Know and use the most sustainable tools and technologies.

-RA4: Develop an environmentally friendly technology and integrate it into engineering work.

-RA5: Know the different environmental and sustainability technologies and apply them in engineering.

Working methodology

The course consists of 6 hours per week: 4 theory with the large group and 2 practices in a more participatory key; the latter will be of compulsory attendance as a necessary condition to be able to be evaluated of the same.

The work in the classroom with the large group will be based on theory classes of an expository nature where the teacher will explain the concepts of theory, accompanied by multiple examples.

In the sessions with the small group, both individual and collective experimentation will be proposed, to contextualize and also to open the spectrum of the topics treated in the theory sessions from the generation of spaces of inter and intragroup debate, viewing of audiovisual material, approach to exercises and treatment of a large number of case studies.

Additional learning activities will also be proposed, such as guided readings, viewing of audiovisual material and / or making essay-dissertation comments in order to facilitate the achievement of the objectives of the subject.

The notes delivered in pdf respond to slides in PPT that are used as a plot line of the theoretical sessions. They are therefore not self-contained and it will be necessary consequently, that the student finishes completing them in class with the information, exercises and examples of detail approached in the course of the different expository sessions.

This course, due to the situation generated by COVID, the theoretical sessions will be taught in online mode. With regard to internship sessions in the innolab space, where appropriate, work will be carried out simultaneously in several spaces in order to ensure that the conditions established by the security protocols are met.



1.1 The three dimensions of Sustainability.

1.2 Sustainable Development. ODSs.

1.3 The role of Technology.

2 THE PARADIGM of the twentieth century. STATE OF THE WORLD.

2.1 Socio-Economic Context:

2.1.1 Industrial Revolution. Technological Development.

2.1.2 Welfare Society. Indicators.

2.1.3 Consumerism: Product-Consumer. Advertising & Marketing. Resources & Waste.

2.1.4 Globalization.

2.1.5 Population.

2.2 Environmental Scenario. Planetary Boundaries:

2.2.1 Loss of Biodiversity.

2.2.2 Pollution: Chemical Agents. Radioactivity.

2.2.3 Reduction of the O3 Layer.

2.2.4 Climate Change.


3.1 New Indicators.

3.2 Economic and Social Models.

3.3 Resource Management Model.

3.4 Individual. New Consumer.

3.5 Rethinking Science & Engineering.

3.5.1 Ethical Limits.

3.5.2 Methodology: Systemic and Complexity.

3.5.3 Green Engineering.

Learning activities

In order to gather evidence of the achievement of the expected learning outcomes, the following evaluative learning activities will be carried out:


[Related to Competences CT2 and CE16; Evidence of Learning Outcomes RA2, RA3 and RA4].

The work will consist of the elaboration of a Report in groups and later individual public exhibition, on a relative subject to the field of the asignatura proposed by the professor at the beginning of course.

The work will consist of a report, accompanied by a presentation in PPT and the corresponding explanation and public defense in front of classmates. The days of the presentations will be compulsory and will be defined once the set of assignments has been completed.


[Related to Competences CT2 and CE16; Evidence of Learning Outcomes RA1 and RA5].

Generation of spaces for reflection and case studies, which culminate in subsequent debates on topics to understand:

  • The complexity and interrelationship between the economic, social and environmental phenomena of the welfare society, emerging and developing ones.
  • The phenomenon of Globalization and its direct and indirect agents.
  • Rationalize and reinterpret technique, technology in a new context of a sustainable nature.

Attendance, participation, attitude, interventions and the development of students' previous and / or subsequent questions in the debates, as well as the discursive consistency in a sustainable way, contribute to evaluate this activity..

ACTIVITY 3 and 4: PARTIAL EXAMS 1 AND 2 (25% x2 = 50%):

[Both activities are related to the CE16 Competition; Activity 3 is evidence of Learning Outcomes RA1 and RA5 while activity 4 is evidence of Learning Outcomes RA1 and RA3].

The typology of the two exams consists of two parts:

• A first part that counts the 40% of the exam and that corresponds to a Test that consists of 20 questions of theoretical and / or relational nature and four possible answers with a single possible correct solution.

• The second part counts the 60% of the examination and corresponds to the development of a theoretical-relational question with limited space to answer.

A minimum grade of 3 in the first test part of the exam to be able to choose to be assessed from the second part of the exam. In the case of not exceeding the stipulated minimum mark of the test, the mark of the corresponding exam will correspond to the mark of the test obtained.

Evaluation system

The final grade will be the weighted average of the grades of the assessable activities mentioned, as specified below:


You will need to get one minimum grade of 3 in the two written tests, to be able to choose to apply the corresponding weighting.

If the average result of the subject is less than 5, the recovery mechanism of the theory component will be activated, which will consist of solving a Recovery Exam of the theory component and which will account for the 50% of the total calculation of the same. In case of surpassing the global of the asignatura under this second supposition, the final note of the asignatura will subtract bounded a 5.



ESPINOSA DURÓ, Virginia. Notes Blocks 1 and 2 of Sustainability. Tecnocampus Internal Publication. 2020 edition.

CARAVAGNO E, and CURIEL G., The Three Levels of Sustainability. Ed. Greehleaf Publishing. 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1906093-68-6.


McDONOUGH, W. and BRAUNGART, M., Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Ed: Rodale Press. 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0865475878.

JONAS, HANS, The Principle of Responsibility. Essay on an Ethics for Technological Civilization. Ed. Herder. 1991.

MacKAY, David JC., Sustainable Energy, Without the Hot Air. ITU Cambridge Ltd .. 2009. ISBN ISBN 978-1-906860-01-1.

TYLER MILLER G. Jr. Introduction to Environmental Science: Sustainable Earth Development. An integrated approach. 5th Edition. Ed.International Thomson. 2002. ISBN: 84-9732-053-0.