|Course code module||3BBIO-A-08|
|Study load (hours)||84|
Eric de Deckere
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
No specific competences are required.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
to gain broad interdisciplinary insight into the main aspects of sustainable development;
to be able to situate the importance of sustainable development in the context of international policy and of local initiatives;
to better understand the relations between sustainable development, Third World issues and globalization;
to acquire knowledge about the implementation of sustainable development and to critically reflect on the (scientific) borders of the concept, by means of concrete cases.
3. Course content
The course is conceived as a broad introduction to the subject of sustainable development. The interdisciplinary character of the Instituut voor Milieukunde ensures that the ecological, economic and social pillars of sustainable development will be treated on an equal footing. At the same time, attention will also be paid to the international and local policy context and to the institutional aspects of sustainable development, often designated as the ‘fourth pillar’. In this framework, time and space are essential characteristics; they refer to intra- and intergenerational solidarity and ethics. By means of representative and relevant chapters of the ‘State of the World’ reports the basic concepts of each pillar will be introduced. These will then serve as a basis for the interpretation of some practical cases. The difficulties of implementing sustainable development will be extensively illustrated by examining indicators of sustainable development and by analyzing cases with regard to water, energy and sustainable entrepreneurship. A large part of the lectures will be given by guest speakers.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesExercise sessions
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationOpen book
6. Compulsory reading – study material
A collection of relevant texts will be made available.
7. Recommended reading - study material
The teachers are available for further questions