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Sustainability assessment for decision making

0EM310

Over deze cursus

Last year course is taught: 2023/2024
Last examination year: 2024/2025
The course was last taught last academic year 2023/2024 and this year (2024/2025) this course is being examined for the last time – please register for both the course and the examination. This way you can access any teaching materials in CANVAS and receive the notices via CANVAS.

The course is buildup of two parts. In the first part you will study concepts and literature on three topics: sustainability assessments, specifically Life Cycle Assessment and indicator-based tools; understanding the role of sustainability assessments as boundary objects in decision and policy making and the societal debate; and the scientific basis we built upon (research paradigms and methodology). Our special interest is in fact based, value driven and change oriented assessments where ‘objective’ engineering-type of assessments come together with subjective, value-laden approaches that try to capture pluralistic stakeholder perspectives. This part is supported by a flipped classroom: self-study, extensive lecturing (mainly by the students!), and critical class discussion. This part is assessed by an individual oral examination (~week 5). If you fail, we will schedule another oral examination.

In the second part – which already starts from week 1 – you will be collaborating in a small group to present a brief research proposal; conduct a literature / desktop study; and deliver a well-written scientific report. If you fail, you get a chance to improve the old report. A variety of topics will be offered. Examples of relevant topics might be: future scarcity of rare earth metals on world markets and how this influences the energy transitions; the feasibility of recycling systems (e.g. of PV systems; or for a specific market); confronting public discourses with sustainability assessments for hydrogen as sustainable energy carrier; a quick scan LCA for the metal fuels cycle; circularity indicators for product design and business models, etcetera.
Presence in class is compulsory. At the first meeting the lecturer will make groups in class.

Leerresultaten

Upon completion of this course you:

  • Recognize sustainability assessments as fact based, value driven and change oriented tools;
  • Know and understand sustainability assessment tools and their application, specifically Life Cycle Assessment and indicator-based assessments;
  • Understand the role of sustainability assessment as boundary objects: in decision and policy making; in societal debate; and in support of the development of emerging technologies
  • Can critically reflect on assessments and assessment results: in discussions in class; during the oral exam; and in group assignment. Do so by paying attention to subjectivity and uncertainty; and both methodological and theoretical contributions and limitations;
  • Will have strengthened your skills on doing research (formulate research set up & approach; conduct literature/desktop study; present your research and findings in scientific format).

Veronderstelde voorkennis

Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen

  • In Blok GS4 moet je deel uitmaken van één van de volgende doelgroepen
  • 0EM310 resit students Je moet ook voldoen aan één van de onderstaande verzamelingen met eisen
  • Verzameling 1
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) afgerond
  • Verzameling 2
  • Schakelprogramma afgerond

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Aanbod

  • Startdatum

    22 april 2024

    • Einddatum
      23 juni 2024
    • Periode *
      Blok GS4
    • Locatie
      Eindhoven
    • Voertaal
      Engels
    Inschrijvingsperiode gesloten
  • Startdatum

    21 april 2025

    • Einddatum
      22 juni 2025
    • Periode *
      Blok GS4
    • Locatie
      Eindhoven
    • Voertaal
      Engels
    • Inschrijven tussen
      15 nov, 00:00 - 23 mrt 2025
    De inschrijving begint over 169 dagen
Dit aanbod is voor studenten van Utrecht University