Course code EDS104

EDS104 Environmental and Sustainability Science

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Course responsible: Andrei Florin Marin
Teachers: Ian Bryceson
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Faculty of Landscape and Society
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
60 students
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually.
First time: 2014V
Preferential right:
Noragric's Bachelor Programme in Development Studies (B-DS).
Course contents:
Humans and sustainability: an overview - Environmental problems, their causes, and sustainability - - Ecology and sustainability - Science, matter and energy - Ecosystems: what they are and how they work - Biodiversity and evolution - Biodiversity, species interactions and population control - Human population and urbanisation - Climate and biodiversity - - Sustaining biodiversity - Sustaining biodiversity: the species approach - Sustaining biodiversity: the ecosystem approach - - Sustaining resources and environmental quality - Food, soil and pest management - Water resources and water pollution - Geology and non-renewable minerals - Energy - Environmental hazards and human health - Air pollution, climate disruption and ozone depletion - Solid and hazardous waste - - Sustaining human societies - Environmental economics, politics and worldviews - - - - Sustainability challenges in a dynamic world - - Dynamic systems: environment and development challenges - - Pathways to sustainability: responding to dynamic contexts - - Governance in a dynamic world - - Opening up, broadening out: empowering designs for sustainability - - An alternative politics for sustainability - - Towards pathways to sustainability
Learning outcome:

Knowledge: Environmental and Sustainability Science will provide students with a basis for understanding both natural and social systems, emphasising the interlinkages and interdependence between environmental and social processes, and the ways in which they either enhance or undermine sustainability. Students will acquire knowledge that enables them to think critically about, issues such as the role of energy, biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles in ensuring sustainability, the impact of different human activities on ecosystems or species, and about population growth and resource scarcity.   Skills: The course will equip students with an array of concepts, evidence and approaches that are useful when exploring criticaly questions of sustainability and development with holistic and interdisciplinary perspectives. A variety of case studies from both developed and developing countries in an increasingly globalised world will be used to illustrate the theories. Students may later wish to utilise concepts from Environmental and Sustainability Science in relation to their Bachelor thesis. Course participants who would like advice on this will be assisted additionally.

General competence:  The students will be able to define and conceptualize environmental sustainality and its limits with reference to particular types of problems.

Learning activities:
The course will include lectures, specified readings and class discussions. In addition students will take part in group-work with a small number of students (the basis for a joint assignment) and a fieldtrip.
Teaching support:
The lecturers will be available to meet individual students, or groups of students, outside of the assigned teaching hours to discuss particular topics or issues.

Miller, T.G. and Spoolman, S.E. (2012). Environmental Science (fourteenth edition). Brookes og Cole, Belmont. 576 pages

Leach, M., Scoones, I. and Stirling, A. (2010). Dynamic Sustainabilities: Technology, Environment, Social Justice. Earthscan, London. 232 pages

Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
One mid-term assignment as group-work in the classroom.
Final written exam in ENGLISH ONLY.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
The class will meet for four hours per week (two double hours). Most weeks will be devoted to lectures and class discussions, but there will be a one lecture devoted to introducing the course and the participants, one for on-going valuation, one for the mid-term assignment and one for the fieldtrip.
External examiner will evaluate final written exam.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått