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Details for Course IDE050F Sustainable Development - Basics

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  • IDE050F
  • Temporary
Course Name
  • Sustainable Development - Basics
Course Extent
  • 3
Type of Instruction
  • Third-cycle course
Administrative Information
  • 7340 (Department of Design Sciences)
  • 2018-11-05
  • Mats Ohlin

Current Established Course Syllabus

  • 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 the course is to give PhD students good knowledge of sustainable development. This knowledge will increase the student’s ability to identify possibilities and risks associated with sustainability when developing products, processes and systems.
    This course is a shorter version of the courses "Sustainable development with a systems perspective, 5 hp" and "The designer/engineer and sustainable development, 7,5 hp". The “5 hp” course includes more literature and video material, which in some cases are replaced with summaries in this course. The “7,5 hp” course includes a project as well.
  • The course gives essential knowledge in sustainable development. 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. Life-cycle thinking. Food security. Social aspects. Occupational Health. Sustainable city. Poverty. Complex systems. Sustainable development and ethics.
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
    be able to describe in a comprehensive manner human development and its influence on all systems of the earth
    be able to argue, based on theory and own examples, that sustainable development encompasses interacting complex systems and the need for a multidisciplinary perspective
Competences and Skills
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to discuss and reflect on how to influence for a sustainable development
Judgement and Approach
  • For a passing grade the doctoral student must
  • be able to clearly state 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
  • Self-study literature review
  • Introductions by teachers in the classroom and in online video's.
Examination Formats
  • Written assignments
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • Accepted for PhD-studies
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • The course will be given if at least 10 PhD-students take part. At most 30 applicants will be accepted.
    If we get more than 30 applicants 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. a PhD student who has reached longer in his/her postgraduate studies is favored
    4. by lottery
  • The course includes a variety of literature, e.g. scientific journals and online videos
Further Information
  • The course is planned to start January 2019.
Course code
  • IDE050F
Administrative Information
  • 2018-11-05
  • Mats Ohlin

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