Second and Third year bachelor students participating in an honours programme.
At the end of the course the student can:
What is waste? Give me your definition of waste and I will tell you who you are. In the eyes of the engineer waste is a resource waiting to be recycled again and again. The anthropologist on the other hand is concerned with the ways in which waste refers to conceptions of dirtiness and impurity and explores what this tells us about our cultures. The philosopher is concerned with the being itself of waste and asks if there something like a “waste thing”, and if so, how we can distinguish it from a non-waste thing. The geographer will point out that conceptualizations of waste also depend on whether waste is kept out of sight (typical for the Global North) or whether people are forced to live with and of it (typical for the Global South). The marine biologist on the other hand has no problem defining waste and finds it everywhere in the form of (micro)plastics that haunt sea life. In short, what we take waste to be also depends on our disciplinary backgrounds.
Although we are hard-pressed to find one definition of waste to rule them all, this should not keep us from posing the question: what is waste? Not only does this question lay bare both (hidden) assumptions and blind spots within the different disciplines, but taken together an interdisciplinary approach might also points us in the direction of shared characteristics, a thread that runs through all of them and tells another story. Waste refers to the unwanted, the useless, the repressed, in short: to things (and people) that are denied place and time, but that persist nonetheless and demand our attention. Waste will not go away and has started to force our thought. How to listen to what it has to say?
A list of mandatory study material (academic articles) will be made available at the start of the module in the course overview. A list of recommended study material will also include non-academic material, such as literature, artworks and podcasts.
The schedule will be available on Datanose .
Registration is possible for 2nd year (or higher) students participating in an Honours programme. The registration for the Honours courses will start on June 4, 10 am - June 8, 11 pm, You can register through the online registration form that will appear on Honoursmodules IIS.
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 June 8, so make sure you apply on time!
For questions: please contact Honoursfirstname.lastname@example.org
The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in the educational offer and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDG's website.
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