CEMS2160 Sustainable Consumption and Marketing (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
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Responsible organisation:
Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


The course aims to provide a comprehensive framework for understanding how sustainability issues can be an essential part of marketing strategy. Special attention is given to the areas of sustainable management and consumer behavior.

UN Sustainable Development Goals

This course supports several UN Sustainable Development Goals (9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, 12 Responsible Production and Consumption, and 13 Climate Action) by discussing sustainable consumption and its marketing. It teaches how to increase the integration of small-scale industrial and other enterprises into the value chains and markets, how to encourage companies to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle and how to improve education and awareness-raising of consumers on climate change mitigation, adaptation and impact reduction.

Learning outcomes

On the successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
• define and explain marketing, sustainability and sustainable marketing concepts and understand the relationship between these concepts;
• analyze and explain strategic and operative level sustainable marketing decisions related to advertising, products and services, digital issues, brands and marketing communication;
• describe and analyze models of consumer behavior within the framework of sustainable consumerism and understand the crucial role of the consumer;
• identify the role and importance of sustainability in b-to-b-marketing and along the supply chain.

Description of prerequisites

Basic marketing course

Study materials

Assigned by the lecturers


  • Martin, D. & Schouten J. Sustainable Marketing

Completion methods

Method 1

Individual case assignment with case seminar and group work with final presentation seminar as well as 80% attendance requirement (students may miss 2 out of 10 meetings, however, the final group presentation seminar is compulsory)
Evaluation criteria:
Individual case assignment (40%) and Group work with final presentation (60%) as well as 80% attendance requirement in lectures
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Teaching (5 cr)

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