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Cursus: GEO3-2122
GEO3-2122
Business, sustainability and innovation
Cursus informatie
CursuscodeGEO3-2122
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau3 (Bachelor Gevorderd)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Innovatie- en Milieuwetenschappen;
Contactpersoondr. ir. R. Lozano
Telefoon+31 30 2536708
E-mailR.Lozano@uu.nl
Docenten
Docent
dr. W.J.V. Vermeulen
Overige cursussen docent
Blok
1  (02-09-2013 t/m 10-11-2013)
Aanvangsblok
1
TimeslotB: DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
Opmerking

Cursusrooster

Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 19-08-2013 t/m 20-08-2013
AanmeldingsprocedureOsiris
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
VoorinschrijvingNee
WachtlijstNee
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
Cursusdoelen

After completing this course the student will be able to:

  • Understand a range of concepts, tools, and techniques available to companies to better contribute to sustainability;
  • Be able to recognise and describe the different tools and initiatives being taken by companies to contribute to sustainability;
  • Critically reflect about the implementation of the concepts and tools;
  • Take a holistic and long-term perspective of sustainability tools and initiatives;
  • Provide recommendations about the concepts and tools to a real case study.
Inhoud
  • Introduction to corporate social responsibility and corporate sustainability (including the UN Global compact, and discussion about differences of the concepts)
  • Systems thinking (including a brief discussion on stakeholders) and life cycle thinking (with a brief discussion on LCA)
  • Innovation strategies for corporate sustainability
  • Industrial ecology
  • Design for environment and cleaner chemistry
  • Eco-efficiency and cleaner production
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Sustainability assessment and communication
  • Organisational change management for sustainability
  • Sustainability supply chain (green purchasing and green marketing)
  • Sustainability and socially responsible investment

The theoretical part contains an exam in week 6. It is essential to master the information provided in the theoretical part, to be able to participate fully in the practical part that commences after
week 4.
In the business case assignment students will, all by themselves in small groups, analyse the practice in a specific real life business case.
It will end with a group report and presentation.
Transfer of knowledge will prevail in the beginning of the course; later on students will mostly be engaged with this practical group assignment.

What academic skills are subject to assessment?

  • Critical reflections and communicating the ideas academically.
  • Applying scientific theories in practice.

It is highly advised not to take more than 1 other course besides this one in this period.

Ingangseisen
Je moet minimaal 90 punten van het bachelor programma hebben behaald
Voorkennis
Basic knowledge of environmental issues and environmental policy
Voorkennis kan worden opgedaan met
Grondslagen Milieuwetenschappen (GEO1-2101) and Milieubeleid in (inter)nationale Context (GEO2-2108) (both in Dutch).
Bronnen van zelfstudie
P.P.J. Driessen & P Glasbergen (Eds.) (2002). Greening Society. The Paradigm Shift in Dutch Environmental Politics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 276 pp.
Verplicht materiaal
Reader
Course reader
Boek
to be announced
Werkvormen (aanwezigheidsplicht)
Hoorcollege (Verplicht)

Algemeen
Lectures, group assignment in the form of a real life business case study, writing group report (2x) and poster presentation
Meetings twice a week, hours per meeting: 4.

It is highly advised not to take more than 1 other course besides this one in this period.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
Read and critically reflect upon theories provided. Find and analyse available data on performance of companies and sectors.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
Business case study in small groups (3-4 students per group) during the last 6 weeks (be available 20 hours for work at the firm).

Presentatie (Verplicht)

Veldwerk (Verplicht)

Toetsen
Eindresultaat
Weging100
Minimum cijfer-

Beoordeling
What is subject to assessment?
Knowledge of literature, ability to evaluate developments in sustainability activities and results in practice, written argumentation.

What academic skills are subject to assessment?
- Critical reflections and communicating the ideas academically.
- Applying scientific theories in practice.

Weights of various aspects of assessment:
Exam (45%), assignment (business advice: poster and business case report) (45%), peer-assessment (10%).

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