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Full info last published 16/02-23

IT and Green Transitions, MSc

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10625 DKK
MSc. Master
MSc in Digital Innovation & Management
Course manager
Professor, Deputy Head of Department
Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor, Co-head of study programme
Associate Professor
Associate Professor, Head of Section
Part-time Lecturer
Assistant Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Course semester
Efterår 2022
29 August 2022
31 January 2023
Exam type
intern censur
Grade Scale
bestået/ikke bestået
Exam Language

The course aims at giving the students an introduction to the complexities of determining how processes of digitalisation and green transitions are entangled.


The world is facing severe social, economic and ecological challenges in relation to climate change. This situation has called for mitigation activities to be rolled out across numerous spheres of society. At the same time, digitalization appears to be rapidly increasing in many parts of the world, which means that the mitigation of climate change is difficult to imagine without digital technologies. The big question, then, is how digitalization can play an important and constructive role in creating the desired and necessary green transitions.

In this coursestudents will be introduced to the work of a number of researchers affiliated with the ITU’s new Center for Climate IT. The different researchers will present various perspectives on the grand challenges of connecting IT to green transitions. Researchers in the Dept. of Computer Science may for example address urban planning and energy-efficient data science. Researchers within the Dept. of Digital Design may focus on designing ’green IT’ and influencing consumer behaviour and choices toward more climate-conscious ways of living (artefacts with climate biographies, responsible infrastructures, play, and AI). Researchers within the Dept. of Business IT may focus on the conceptual, organizational, infrastructural and managerial opportunities and challenges of digital technologies in relation to climate change mitigation as both a ’business problem’ and a societal problem.

Bringing these different approaches and perspectives to bear in an interdisciplinary and cross-departmental setting affords the possibility of enriching our understanding of climate related problems and potential ways of addressing them. 

The course urges students to experiment with different approaches to the relations between digitalisation and green transitions, and to think of their entanglement as a mix of mono- and interdisciplinary challenges that require new and inventive methods, tools and theories.

Formal prerequisites

Students who have previously passed the bachelor course in Managing Sustainability cannot take this course

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe and discuss some of the challenges that are located at the intersection of digitalization and green transitions.
  • Describe and reflect upon the challenges and opportunities of different IT-based approaches to green transitions presented in the course.
  • Compare the different perspectives and approaches presented in the course through an empirical climate problem or case.
  • Critically reflect upon the interdisciplinary challenges and opportunities of different IT-based approaches to green transitions presented in the course.
Learning activities

The course is structured as a series of 12 lectures given by researchers from all three research departments at the ITU: Business IT, Computer Science and Digital Design. Each lecture will focus on a specific topic involving the challenge of how to deploy IT in relation to green transitions, and each lecture will also provide an angle for how the topic and challenge can be addressed.

The lectures are framed by an introduction (session 1) and a concluding class session (session 14), which will present and discuss conceptual tools that the students can use to connect the different lecture topics.

Each lecture is followed by exercises.

Course literature

Course literature will be made available via LearnIT. As a preparation for the course we urge students to follow Climate IT news from ITU researchers and to familiarise themselves more generally with existing climate initiatives and climate research at the ITU.

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 45%
  • Lectures: 20%
  • Exercises: 20%
  • Exam with preparation: 15%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, Internal (Pass / Fail)
Exam variation:
C1G: Submission of written work for groups
Exam submission description:
Both individual and group exams are permitted (max. 3 students per group). NB – groups cannot be formed across BSc and MSc programmes but otherwise we encourage groups that are interdisciplinary.
Exam papers must be min. 8 and max. 10 pages long with +4 pages per extra team member (max teams of 3 students).
Group submission:
Group and individual
  • Max. 3 students per group

Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, Internal (Pass / Fail)
Exam variation:
C11: Submission of written work

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - submission Wed, 21 Dec 2022, 08:00 - 14:00
Reexam - submission Wed, 22 Feb 2023, 08:00 - 14:00