Global Challenges

Faculteit Science and Engineering
Jaar 2020/21
Vakcode WBEE002-10
Vaknaam Global Challenges
Niveau(s) universitaire minor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I a
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Global Challenges
Leerdoelen At the end of the course, the student is able to:
1) explain the background of sustainability issues.
2) analyze different socio-cultural aspects of sustainability issues.
3) analyze different scientific aspects of sustainability issues.
4) analyze different socio-economic aspects of sustainability issues.
5) discuss the integration between the socio-cultural, scientific and socio-economic aspects of sustainability issues and solutions.
6) write an academically substantiated paper on a sustainability issue in pairs with an academic writing style.
Omschrijving In different weekly lecture-series you will discuss actual topics regarding sustainbility (e.g. energy, biobased economy, nature, lifestyle, climate adaptation), giving background from both natural sciences, social sciences and business on each of those. This means that lecturers from all faculties as well as experts from outside the univeristy contribute to this course.

During the course Global Challenges you'll become acquainted with the basic principles of policy, innovation and management. You will learn the natural science background of environmental problems and sustainability (such as energy issues, consumption patterns, resource management, chain management), the socio-cultural aspects (the role of policy and technology, the role of lifestyle, ethics, etc.) and the socio-economic aspects (e.g. behavioral control through taxes or subsidies) of sustainability.

The final mark on the course consists of a grade for an essay that's written in pairs (30% of final grade) and your grade on the individual exam (70% of final grade). Simultaneously with the course Global Challenges you will follow the course Global Integration. In this highly interactive course, you'll have to work with the course material of Global Challenges. Therefore these two courses have to be combined and cannot be followed independently from each other.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm Bijeenkomst (S), Hoorcollege (LC), Opdracht (ASM), Werkcollege (T)
(Lectures (70 h), Seminar (Student lectures, 12 h), Tutorials (Paper tutorial, 10 h), Assignment (Paper writing, 72 h) and Self-study (116 h).)
Toetsvorm Schriftelijk tentamen (WE), Verslag (R)
(Written exam (70%, consists of 7 questions (1 per lecture week)) and Report (30%, a paper written in pairs).)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator MSc. G.A.H. Laugs, MSc.
Docent(en) drs. M.R. Berger ,MSc. G.A.H. Laugs, MSc. ,dr. B. Piersma , M.J. van den Nieuwenhof-Schilstra, MSc. ,dr. H.J. van der Windt ,dr. M. van Rijssel , J. Zevenberg
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Environmental Science; Systems & Solutions. sixth edition (2019) Michael L. Mckinney, Robert M. Schoch, Logan Yonavjak, Grant A. Mincy. 9781284091700 ca. €  75,00
Entreevoorwaarden Maximum number of students: 50.

Prior knowledge: The course presumes no prior knowledge or skills. It is not possible to follow this course independently of the course Global Integration.

Followed by: In previous years, the course has been attended by around 40/50 third year bachelor students from various different programmes. For example: Biology, Medicine, Philosophy, Chemistry, International Relations and International Organizations, Psychology, History, Spatial Planning and Design, Human Geography and Planning, Sociology and Business Administration.

Preparation for: The course slightly prepares for and provides skills usable in the Master Programme Energy and Environmental Science, only for students of FSE.
Opmerkingen Mandatory presence: Yes , Lectures and tutorials are mandatory. An attendance of 80% or higher is required. Student who cannot meet the 80% requirement without sufficient reason will have to make (a) remedial assignment(s).

Modes of assessment:
Written exam (70%): The exam consists of a number of questions. Each question can be divided into subquestions and is worth 12-15 points. Students get 10 points in advance.
Report (30%): A paper, written in pairs, about a specific sustainability subject. The goal is to make an indepth analysis, based on the personal interests and backgrounds of the students.

Pass mark:
Both the written exam and the paper need to be higher than 5.0. Final grade is 70% exam and 30% paper and needs to be higher than 5.5.

In case the assessment has to take place online, the written exam will be adjusted to an online written exam from home.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Minor Future Planet Innovation - semester I a verplicht