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Syllabus for

Academic year
ENM145 - Leadership for sustainability transitions - Challenge Lab preparational course
 
Syllabus adopted 2014-02-24 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology, Mechanical Engineering
Department: 47 - ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT


Teaching language: English
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0114 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

MPAEM MATERIALS ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPAME APPLIED MECHANICS, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPAUT AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPNAV NAVAL ARCHITECTURE AND OCEAN ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPPDE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPPEN PRODUCTION ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPSES SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)

Examiner:

Professor  John Holmberg



Eligibility:


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Students who are admitted to the course are prioritized in the application process for the 2015 Challenge Lab master thesis.

Aim

The aim of the this course, which also is a preparational course for Challenge Lab, is to provide students with theoretical perspectives, methods and tools that are useful for challenge-driven sustainability transitions in knowledge clusters*. This includes knowledge about multi-level complex dynamic systems, sustainability principles and back-casting, as well as knowledge about design thinking and tools for self-leadership and multi-stakeholder interaction. Based on this knowledge the students will interact with relevant stakeholders from academia, private- and public sector in a systems design process to identify project ideas that can be elaborated on in the Challenge Lab.

*In West Sweden five such knowledge clusters have been identified jointly by leading representatives from the academia and the public and private sectors. The clusters each have a long tradition, and they are all facing some exciting challenges. The five clusters are: Urban future; The marine and the maritime sector; Transport solutions; Green chemistry and bio based products; and Life science.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After completion of the course the students should be able to:
  • Describe critical sustainability challenges and reflect upon unsustainable trends and necessary paradigm shifts.

  • Apply a systems perspective on sustainability challenges.

  • Apply relevant frameworks and methods for sustainable development, from a challenge driven approach.

  • Understand basic theories and methods for transformative leadership in a challenge driven process, including applying self-leadership and dialogue tools.

  • Reflect upon important critical factors and lock-in effects on societal, organizational and individual levels, relevant for system transitions.

  • Understand how systems design thinking and multi-level design can be applied to sustainability challenges.

Content

The course starts with a module discussing global sustainability challenges and what frameworks and methods that can be applied to understand and dealing with those challenges and trends.

The second part, on leadership for challenge driven transitions, contains methods, tools and practical exercises for self-leadership and leadership for transdisciplinary interactions. These methods and tools allow the students to understand stakeholder perspectives and also to reflect upon the students own values, driving forces and perspectives.

In the third part the students use the knowledge and experience from part one and two on a regional system (knowledge cluster). Based on part one the students will identify the gap between the sustainable future system and the present state of the system. The students will meet with external stakeholders from academia, and the private and public sector and use the tools from part two to facilitate dialogue. Based on the dialogue and transition theory and systems dynamics the students will identify critical factors for a sustainable transition of the system.

In the forth part the students will use a multi-level design model and systems design process to transform the most important critical factors into suggestions on where to intervene in the system to really make a difference. This can also be suggested as project ideas that can be further elaborated on in the Challenge Lab.

The course area is located at the Challenge Lab area in Kuggen in the  center of Lindholmen Science Park.

Organisation

The course includes lectures, seminars, assignments, and a written project report. The assignments will be performed in groups and presented orally as well as in written reports.

Lectures and seminars will be designed to create a dialogue among the students as well as with faculty and relevant stakeholders from academia, private- and public sector. The interaction between students and different stakeholders is an important aspect in approaching issues from different perspective in order to get a better understanding of the critical factors and lock-ins in the system.

Literature

The course literature will be listed in the course-PM.

Examination

Criteria for passing:
  • Pass on group assignments
  • Presence on mandatory scheduled events.
  • Pass on project report and oral presentation


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