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Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course IDE035F valid from Autumn 2022

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  • Overall aims with this course are that the participants shall understand and be able to reflect on the set of problems with complex socio-ecological systems and to understand the importance of multi-disciplinary efforts and how to deal with current and future uncertainties. Sustainable development in the course refers to the development at the global, regional and local levels as defined in the Brundtland Commission report "Our common future", with the three pillars of environmental, social and economic sustainability. The aim of Part 1 of the course is to give PhD students in depth knowledge of sustainable development. This knowledge will increase the students' ability to identify possibilities and risks associated with sustainability when developing products, processes and systems. The aim of Part 2 is that the PhD student acquires knowledge specific to the student's research subject.
  • The course is divided into two parts. Part 1 consists of essential knowledge in sustainable development (5 hp). Part 2 provides in depth knowledge in the doctoral student’s own discipline (2.5 hp). Part 1: The subdivisions below are grouped into modules. Some modules have online video introductions, some have introductory seminars and others have introductory reading materials. Subdivisions: Definition of sustainable development. History. Climate change and its effects. Planetary boundaries. Circular economy. Lice-cycle analysis. Food security. Social aspects. Health and occupational health. Sustainable city. Poverty. Complex systems. Sustainable development and ethics. The designer/engineer and sustainable development. Part 2: A literature review of ongoing research in sustainability in relation to the student’s own discipline.
Knowledge and Understanding
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to describe fundamentally current issues related to sustainable development at the global, regional and local level (Part 1)
    be able to describe in a comprehensive manner human development and its influence on all systems of the earth (Part 1)
    be able to argue, based on theory and own examples, that sustainable development encompasses interacting complex systems and the need for a multidisciplinary perspective (Part 1)
    gained knowledge of current ongoing sustainability research in their own subject field (Part 2)
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to take part in a deeper discussion about and reflect on the designer/engineer’s role in influencing sustainable development (Part 1)
    be able to apply acquired knowledge in a project, from idea to a finished prototype (Part 2)
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to explain and analyse the intricate interactions between environmental, social and economic factors related to sustainable development
    be able to reflect on sustainability related to development and usage of products, processes and systems
Types of Instruction
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Project
  • Self-study literature review
  • Introductions by teachers in the classroom and in online videos.
Examination Formats
  • Written report
  • Written assignments
  • Miscellaneous
  • Active participation in introductions in lecture rooms, workshops and seminars.
    Presentation of the literature review and project work.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • Accepted to PhD education at a technical faculty.
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • Criteria for selection will be used in the following order:
    1. PhD student from the department of design sciences,
    2. PhD student from the faculty of engineering,
    3. PhD student who has reached longer in his/her postgraduate studies,
    4. by lottery.
  • Literature and other online videos will be made available for each module.
Further Information
  • Part 1 of this course (5 hp) overlaps completely with the course Sustainable Development – a Systems View (IDE055F, 5 hp).
    The course is given every two years.
    At most 20 applicants will be accepted.
Course code
  • IDE035F
Administrative Information
  • 2022-08-29
  • Åsa Håkansson

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