Critical Approaches to Global Sust Chall

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2021/22
Vaknaam Critical Approaches to Global Sust Chall
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II a

Uitgebreide vaknaam Critical Approaches to Global Sustainability Challenges
Leerdoelen Describe global sustainability challenges across spatial and temporal scales against the background of global agreements (such as the Paris Agreement and SDGs), knowledge and power interplays and at the interfaces of science and policy through empirical case studies.
• Identify conflicting visions and interests between economy, environment and social justice in global sustainability challenges and policy imperatives within planetary limits
• Examine the impact of global sustainability challenges and policy responses in the socio-spatial domain in relation to particular policy processes, environmental conflicts and prefiguration's
• Develop new and imaginative ways to conceptualize socio-spatial relationships in different contexts in order to refocus the human factor in sustainability and planning
Omschrijving Global sustainability studies came of age in the past decades as a reaction to study of the earth in isolation from humans and non-humans as well as the broader critique within planning, political economy and environmental studies domains. Critical Approaches to Global Sustainability Challenges emphasises multi-scalar critical perspectives in global sustainability debates in their relation to society and planning. The course seeks to shed light on contemporary sustainability challenges by employing ‘the hatchet and the seed’ (Robbins, 2019) approach of political ecology with a focus on ecological conflicts, uneven power relations and the asymmetric distribution of environmental costs and benefits. Along these lines, this course offers a “hatchet to take apart flawed, dangerous, and politically problematic accounts, and a seed, to grow into new socio-ecologies” (ibid). A critical appraisal of global sustainability challenges seeks to politicise debates on environmental change across scales and opens the field for an active engagement of planners and geographers in research and practice.

This course will uncover the narratives and stories that are grounded in empirical case studies (single and comparative cases) and in doing so, it takes a relational perspective that includes the often neglected global hinterlands and regional backyards of urban studies and planning agendas. Starting from limits to growth and planetary boundaries, the course will present the key sustainability challenges identified in Sustainable Development Goals (with a focus on SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities and SDG13: Climate Action) to build a cornerstone for students to understand the global knowledge-power nexus, democracy, environmental justice and the interplay between science and policy across spatial and temporal scales. It will enable students to locate and understand the roles of different actors, including planners, in these processes with a focus on climate, energy and land. The course concludes with an outlook towards liveability, grounds this on post-growth / degrowth ideas and includes lines of thought emerging from the Global South (such as buen vivir, ubuntu, gotong royong and swaraj).
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Seminars
Toetsvorm Active participation, Group assignments, Individual assignments
Vaksoort master
Coördinator dr. E. Turhan
Docent(en) Dr. C.W. Lamker ,dr. E. Turhan
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The course encourages the use of further online sources, such as videos, online talks, social media an alike to engage with the topic in a critical way.
Online references especially about global sustainability challenges and their understanding in policy and practice will be provided.
Articles: Readings will be specific within the course manual. These readings are accessible in Perusall
Opmerkingen Maximum number of students is 60.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
MSc Economic Geography  (Optional courses Economic Geography) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning  (Optional courses EIP) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Population Studies  (Optional courses Population Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Real Estate Studies  (Optional courses Real Estate Studies) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Society, Sustainability and Planning  (Optional courses Society, Sustainability and Planning) 1 semester II a keuze
MSc Spatial Sciences (research)  (Optional thematic courses (GERMTTO) year 1 and 2 Spatial Sciences) - semester II a keuze