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Cursus: GEO4-2301
GEO4-2301
Sustainable Development: Integrating Perspectives
Cursus informatie
CursuscodeGEO4-2301
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
VoertaalEngels
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Environmental Sciences;
ContactpersoonC.A. Barnes, MSc
E-mailc.a.barnes@uu.nl
Blok
1  (02-09-2013 t/m 10-11-2013)
Aanvangsblok
1
TimeslotA: MA-ochtend, DI-namiddag, WO-ochtend
C: MA-middag/namiddag,DI-middag, DO-ochtend
Onderwijsvorm
Voltijd
Opmerking

Cursusrooster

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

After completion of the course, the student is able to:
- give a good overview of the concept of sustainable development and its history and of various ways to operationalise it;
- understand the contributions from relevant scientific disciplines and the ability to integrate these;
- recognize key sustainable development issues and make an integral and critical assessment of available approaches and policy options;
- look at real-world problems from multiple perspectives and understand that achieving sustainability needs contributions from different worldviews.

Inhoud

This course aims at providing an integrated systems perspective on current sustainable development issues. Students are being introduced to the major threats and to the main scientific concepts and methods needed to understand and respond to them. The emphasis is on seeing the larger picture.

The course starts by elaborating the interactions between human societies and their environment from a historical perspective, Next, we discuss the concept of SD and its diverse definitions. We move on to an introduction of the scientific worldview and the role of values and worldviews in the interpretation and operationalisation of SD. Is SD primarily an objective topic of scientific enquiry, with facts and models, or a subjective aspiration, with an ethical component. It is both. With this in mind, the contribution of relevant scientific disciplines such as ecology, demography, energy and environmental science, agro-ecology, economy and social and political science is outlined.

Throughout the course, the sustainability problem is approached from a wide perspective by looking more in-depth at cultural theory and worldviews. It will be shown that the perception of both problems and solutions depend on one’s point of view and the frame of reference. That is why dealing with sustainability problems is a matter of combining scientific data about the world with value orientations and institutional realities.

 

Ingangseisen
Je moet ingeschreven staan voor één van de volgende opleidingen:
- Sustainable Development
- Water Science and Management
Verplicht materiaal
Artikelen
Available on Blackboard
Reader
De Vries, B.J.M., 2012, Sustainability Science, Cambridge University Press
Literatuur
The World Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common future, 1987, Oxford University Press -> 'This book is also electronically available at www.un-documents.net/our-common-future.pdf'
Werkvormen (aanwezigheidsplicht)
Hoorcollege (Verplicht)

Algemeen
Lectures
Assignments in small groups
Individual position paper
Simulation game

Simulatiespel (Verplicht)

Werkcollege (Verplicht)

Toetsen
Eindresultaat
Weging100
Minimum cijfer-

Beoordeling
Group assignments and final exam

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