436076 SE Sustainability and Natural Resource Management

summer semester 2016 | Last update: 07.05.2018 Place course on memo list
SE Sustainability and Natural Resource Management
SE 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.

Physical attendance is not participation!! No points will be awarded just for being present! Attendance is mandatory for all students to this course, in order to ensure valuable and insightful class discussion. the lecture and the seminar as well as in the blog students are expected to actively participate in discussions, to ask questions, challenge assumptions in the readings and lectures and demonstrate interest, curiosity and intellectual engagement with the topic.

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.

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Date Time Location
Fri 2016-04-15
09.00 - 12.45 SR 16 (Sowi) SR 16 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2016-04-22
14.00 - 17.45 UR 1 (Sowi) UR 1 (Sowi) Barrier-free
Fri 2016-05-13
09.00 - 12.45 SR 16 (Sowi) SR 16 (Sowi) Barrier-free