436075 VU Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

summer semester 2016 | Last update: 22.11.2016 Place course on memo list
VU Sustainability and Natural Resource Management
VU 2

The aim of this course (Lecture and Seminar) is to provide a solid grounding as well as practical deep insights to students interested in managing a new paradigm: natural resources in an increasingly resource constraint world.

The course builds on a theme: that dematerialization, closed-loop design, new and more resource-productive (digital) business models are a source of competitive advantage in the 21st century – but also a new challenge and discipline to managers. The course aims to provide solid foundations by addressing the history of sustainability, the economics, sociology and politics of environmental management. It provides deeper insights into different natural resource systems: climate systems, water systems, ocean systems, land systems and subsequently addresses holistic solution sets: closed design of industrial processes, new energy systems and new mobility systems. Finally it addresses the different management disciplines required to manage under the new paradigm of constraint natural resources: resource-productive operations, product innovations, business model innovations and corporate engagement with communities.

This course is a “hands-on,” participation-based course (undoubtedly not a traditional-style class) that relies on deep insights from the faculty, group interaction, discussion, and individual participation. It involves a mixture of classroom presentation, guest lectures, experiential exercises, activities, case studies, one two day off-site excursion and a course blog. The course requires a rigorous self-assessment, active participation and reflection as well as heavy work and reading load. Participants will be required to familiarize themselves with the literature as well as participate in lively class and blog discussions, reflect on excursions, lectures and tasks that will be personally challenging.

We will draw from literature in international journals. Parts of the course are drawn from classic (environmental economics) literature, others are – owing to the novelty of the debate – from recent case studies, press articles and recent book publications. Much of the material is contributed from the faculty, "pristine" and rich in practice-insights.

The final module grade is based on a total of 100 points (lecture & seminar). Passing the course requires a positive evaluation of each of the assignments, and a total of 60%.

The course requires some prior reading and preparation. Students will find basic literature for group and individual work in the course readings listed below. Additionally, you are encouraged to visit the SOWI library and use our online journal access on a regular basis. Sessions will be based on the assumption that you have read all assigned material prior to attending the session in which it is discussed.

Participation requirements see curricula.

Please see also the excursion date!

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Date Time Location
Fri 2016-03-18
14.00 - 17.45 SR 17 (Sowi) SR 17 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2016-04-29
14.00 - 17.45 SR 5 (Sowi) SR 5 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2016-06-17
09.00 - 12.45 SR 16 (Sowi) SR 16 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Thu 2016-06-30
14.00 - 17.45 SR 19 (Sowi) SR 19 (Sowi) Barrier-free