Third-Cycle Courses

Faculty of Engineering | Lund University

Details for the Course Syllabus for Course IDE055F valid from Spring 2018

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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 the course is to give PhD students in depth 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 longer version of the course "Sustainable development. Basics. 3 hp".The course literature in this course is more extensive than the literature in the "3 hp"-course. The course literature and the video material in this course have in some cases been replaced by summaries in the "3 hp"-course.
    This course is identic with part 1 in the course "The Designer/Engineer and sustainable development", 7,5 hp. Part 2 in the "7.5 hp"-course, a project is thus not included in this course.
  • 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. Lice-cycle analysis. Food security. Social aspects. Health and 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 take part in a deeper discussion about and reflect on possibilities to act for sustainable development
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
  • Self-study literature review
  • Introductions by teachers in the classroom and in online videos.
Examination Formats
  • Written assignments
  • Active participation in introductions in lecture rooms, workshops and seminars.
  • Failed, pass
Admission Requirements
  • Accepted for PhD-studies
Assumed Prior Knowledge
Selection Criteria
  • The course will be given if at least 7 PhD-students take part. At most 20 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 will include a variety of literature mainly from scientific journals and online videos.
Further Information
Course code
  • IDE055F
Administrative Information
  • 2018-11-05
  • Mats Ohlin

All Published Course Occasions for the Course Syllabus

1 course occasion.

Start Date End Date Published
2021‑01‑18 (approximate) 2021‑06‑18 2020‑11‑03

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