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Syllabus for

Academic year
TEK680 - Circular economy  
Cirkulär ekonomi
 
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPTSE
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Energy and Environmental Systems and Technology
Department: 45 - TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT AND ECONOMICS

The course is full. For waiting list, please contact the director of studies: johan.bankel@chalmers.se
Teaching language: English
Application code: 28123
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A
Maximum participants: 50

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0119 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c   28 Oct 2019 pm L,  09 Jan 2020 am L,  19 Aug 2020 am L

In programs

MPAEM MATERIALS ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPDES INDUSTRIAL DESIGN ENGINEERING, 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)
MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)
MPMAR MARITIME MANAGEMENT, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)

Examiner:

Maria Ljunggren Söderman

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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

Basic university-level knowledge in environmental science or environmental engineering.

Aim

The course aims to provide students with a rich understanding of the merits and challenges of transitioning to a more resource-efficient and circular economy. Drawing from multiple disciplines, including engineering, management and sustainability sciences, students gain knowledge on underlying principles and visions as well as theory and tools that support the formulation and assessment of resource-efficient and circular measures. By exploring real-world examples, students synthesize and apply the knowledge gained.

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

  • Describe historic and future projections of natural resource use and associated sustainability challenges.
  •  Describe visions and underlying principles of various approaches to resource-efficiency and circular economy.
  • Critically discuss the implications of increased resource-efficiency and circularity for sustainable development.
  • Account for actors, their options, barriers and drivers for transitioning to a more resource-efficient and circular economy.
  • Account for resource-efficient and circular physical measures, their potential benefits and limitations.
  • Formulate measures towards increased resource-efficiency and circularity based on relevant theories, methods and tools from multiple disciplines.
  • Assess measures towards increased resource-efficiency and circularity based on relevant theories, methods and tools from multiple disciplines.
  • Communicate orally and in writing the knowledge and skills acquired.

Content

A more circular economy is suggested as an essential contribution to a more sustainable, low carbon, resource-efficient and competitive economy. Measures over the full life cycle - from design and production to use, reuse, repair, remanufacturing and recycling - are suggested as a way of maintaining the value of products, materials and resources for as long as possible. This may, in addition, create new opportunities for and requirements on business, users and policy across various stages of the value chain. The course aims to provide a rich understanding of the circular economy, its opportunities and limitations as well as concrete examples of circular solutions put into practice. It covers theory, methods and tools from product design, production engineering, waste management, industrial ecology, supply chain and change management and policy, presented in the context of the circular economy. Designed for students of various disciplinary backgrounds, it aims to encourage students to combine previous and new knowledge into a comprehensive understanding of the circular economy.

The first theme presents roots, rationales and core elements of resource-efficiency and the circular economy. Applying a systems perspective, both physical resource flows and actors are traced over life cycles including options for and implications of change. The second theme addresses in more detail design, manufacturing, use, reuse, repair, remanufacturing, recycling and waste management. The third theme deals with managing change in business and through public policy. As a parallel theme, real-world examples of resource-efficient and circular solutions are explored through various lenses, aiming for gradual synthesis and application of the course content.

Organisation

The course is comprised by a series of lectures including exercises developed and presented by lecturers from various disciplines. Individual and group assignments are given during the course. Group assignments will primarily be conducted in groups of students with mixed backgrounds.

Literature

To be announced no later than two weeks before the course starts.

Examination including compulsory elements

The examination of the course comprises of an individual written exam, a project report (in groups) and individual tasks. The final course grade is primarily determined by the exam, but a pass grade on all assignments is required to pass the course.


Published: Wed 26 Feb 2020.