Dr. Frank Nack
Second and third year students participating in an Honours Programme.
At the end of the course the student can:
A sustainable society is a wicked problem, as it addresses sub problems form various domains, such as politics, economics, ecology, technology, ethics, ideology, and so forth. In addition, it applies on different organisational levels, such as region, national, international, society and industry In this course, we first investigate the problems space to identify which topics we work on in more detail in the remaining 2/3 of the course, with a focus on the question: what is the role of technology and what can it provide to help building a sustainable society. The aim of this course is to get a better understanding of how far a sustainable society can go and under which circumstances technology is a necessary part.
The 4 first sessions cover the following topics:
The remaining 8 lectures will be based on the problems that were chosen to be investigated.
The course is designed for interaction, collaborative and explorative work. Seminars are considered as room for the explanation and discussion of essential concepts and examples of various forms of sustainable systems. They are also considered as a space to discuss research directions students develop. The aim is to reflect on approaches with respect to their usefulness and usability.
The different formats are used in mixed settings:
At the end of the course each student has to provide an essay of 4000 words that discusses one of the addressed topics of the course in detail. The essay has to define a problem space, provide an overview of current theory and the description of a potential technological solution of one of the addressed problems.
The study material for the first 4 weeks will be provided on Canvas. After that the material collection is considered as a group effort.
As this course naturally has a interdisciplinary character, no particular knowledge is requested beforehand. If the interested student has some programming experience that would be an advantage but it is no must.
Check Datanose for the exact information.
Registration is possible for students participating in an Honours programme via an online registration form which will be made available on December 1, 10 am till December 5, 11 pm on this website.
Placement will be at random and within two weeks students will hear whether they are placed for a course.
There is NO guarantee for placement if you register after December 5, so make sure you register on time!
For questions about registration please email to: Honoursfirstname.lastname@example.org
The course will be taught in English.
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