This course is obligatory for students of the master’s programme Industrial Ecology.
The course will explore major global sustainability issues related to the use of resources at the global level. All are so-called ‘wicked problems’: they are complex, there are many actors involved, there is a high urgency and the consequences are enormous. The causes are deeply rooted within the technosphere and within society as its driving force. The course focuses on the most important material resources: metals, fossil fuels, biomass and construction minerals. The present state of knowledge on these resources and the implications of their use will be presented in lectures and in the literature and will be explored during classroom exercises.
Knowledge of main resources extracted and used at the global level
Knowledge of main environmental impacts related to resource use
Knowledge of main societal issues related to resource use
Insight in main challenges and potential solutions for environmental and societal issues
Mode of instruction
Lectures, reading, presenting a poster or writing a scientific paper.
Grading based on a written examination and (voluntary) a poster or paper.
The lecturer communicates via blackboard TU Delft.
to be distributed during the course
Students who are not enrolled to the master’s programme Industrial Ecology have to ask permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology at least one month before start of the course by use of this form.
More information and the description of the course is published in the e-studyguide of TU Delft.