Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.
• Understand the scientific principles and the ecological consequences of material flows
• Understand policy and technology drivers of material circulation
• Understand the consequences of material selection and design for the circulation and recovery of materials
• Are able to prioritize activities and develop solutions for circular economy and the bioeconomy
Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 18.02.2021
Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Mark Hughes
Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Mark Hughes
Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):
CEFR level (applies in this implementation):
Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):
Teaching language: English
Languages of study attainment: English
CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD
The use of materials by humans is having a profound and transformative effect upon the biosphere and yet is an integral part of the global economy and society. The course aims to consider how we might rethink our use of materials in the context of sustainable development.
We will explore the nexus between materials and sustainability, adopting a systems thinking approach to materials cycles. We will look at how the use of material and the choices we make in their selection, and the design of materials and products, affect sustainability. We will look at how we can improve resource efficiency and will explore the limits to this. We will look at material flows and the stakeholders involved in often highly complex value chains.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
- Attendance and participation (20%)
- Learning diary (40%)
- Project and presentation (40%)
- Lectures/seminars/workshops: 10-25 h
- Group work: 60-70 h
- Independent work: 50-55 h
- Ashby, M.F. Materials and Sustainable Development (available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/book/9780081001769/materials-and-sustainable-development)
- Hill, Callum. An Introduction to Sustainable Resource Use (https://books.google.fi/books/about/An_Introduction_to_Sustainable_Resource.html?id=__--J-WzykwC&redir_esc=y
- Other to be announced in class
- The course is compulsory for students of the Creative Sustainability program.
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals
9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
12 Responsible Production and Consumption
13 Climate Action