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General Introduction to Industrial Ecology


Admission requirements

This course is obligatory for students of the MSc Industrial Ecology (joint degree Leiden University and TU Delft).


This course gives an overview of the state of the art of the scientific field of Industrial Ecology. It also gives an overview of the sustainability contents and coherence of the Master’s Program on Industrial Ecology. The students are introduced to the concepts of the technosphere-biosphere analogy, the principles of life-cycle thinking, eco-design, stakeholder investigation, and organizational aspects of industrial clustering. The interdisciplinary and problem-oriented character of the field is presented in a group assignment.

Learning goals

  • overview of the field of Industrial Ecology

  • knowledge of the most important Industrial Ecology concepts/theories

  • insight in the significance of Industrial Ecology in the societal sustainability debate

  • introduction to various definitions and meanings of the concepts ‘sustainability’ and ‘sustainable development’

Teaching methods/mode of instruction

Lectures, interactive discussions, scientific writing, and peer review assessments.

Type of assessments

Take home written exam and individual writing assignment.
Final grades are expressed by means of a figure between 1 and 10, rounded to the nearest half. The grade 5,5 cannot be granted. Grades between 5,01 and 5,49 are rounded to 5,0 and grades between 5,50 and 5,99 are rounded to 6,0.

Course materials/reading list

Articles, Book Chapters, and Lecture Slides. All will be made available during the course via Brightspace TU Delft.

### Registration

Because this course is part of a joint degree between Leiden University and TU Delft, students (also guest and exchange) have to be enrolled in both universities.

All students have to enrol for the course via Brightspace, TU Delft (before the start of the course) and for the exam via uSis, Leiden University. (see:

Students who are not enrolled for the MSc Industrial Ecology, have to ask for permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology to join this course, at least one month before the start of the course.

Exchange students can only enroll for this course if their home university has an Exchange agreement with both Leiden University and TU Delft. Exchange students have to ask permission from the studyadvisor of Industrial Ecology as soon as possible, preferably six months before the start of the course.


More information and the description of the course is published in the e-studyguide of TU Delft.