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Academic year
ENM015 - Technical change and the environment
 
Syllabus adopted 2011-02-21 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, Industrial Engineering and Management
Department: 47 - ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT


Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Block schedule: A

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0105 Written and oral assignments 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

In programs

MPPDE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPSES SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR, Year 2 (elective)
MPSES SUSTAINABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)
MPTSE INDUSTRIAL ECOLOGY, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)
MTS Humans, Technology, Society, Year 1 

Examiner:

Professor  Björn Sandén


Course evaluation:

http://document.chalmers.se/doc/f2ba8ebc-57ac-4e99-9990-dacf66a1cca9

Theme:

MTS 7,5 hec


Eligibility:

For single subject courses within Chalmers programmes the same eligibility requirements apply, as to the programme(s) that the course is part of.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in environmental science or environmental engineering.

Aim

The course aims at giving an understanding of how technical change has influenced humankind's relation to Nature and how technical change may help or hinder our ability to deal with environmental problems and resource limitations in the coming decades. The course gives knowledge of historical technical change and current trends and makes the student familiar with different theoretical frameworks and tools that can be used to analyse the dynamics of technical change. For the engineering student the course puts technology development into a social and environmental context. For students in environmental sciences the course provides a deeper understanding of technical and social change as a source of environmental degradation and improvement. For students in social sciences, the course tries to uncover how history, economy and policy are fundamentally linked to technology and the environment.

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

demonstrate insight into the possibilities and limitations of technology, its role in society and the responsibility of humans for its use, specifically in relation to sustainable development, including, environmental, social, and economic aspects
describe the evolution of the industrial society and society s relation to nature in a historical context, and describe the implications of technical change for sustainable development
describe and explain drivers and barriers in industry and society for introducing new technology and the role of politics in this process
describe some basic theories and models of technical change and demonstrate an accurate use of concepts from the literature
change perspective depending on the relevance for a given problem: between short-term and long-term and between various disciplinary perspectives and thus be able to critically examine environmental policy, strategies and assessments.
combine knowledge of historical patterns, theoretical models and physical constraints with technological imagination to formulate plausible scenarios of change towards sustainability or its opposite.

Content

The first part of the course puts the current industrial society into a historical context. A 10 000 year history of the relationships between Technology, Society and Nature is briefly explored and the evolution of the industrial society is studied in more detail. In the second part, different theoretical frameworks that can be used to understand the process of technical change are discussed, including economics of innovation and historical and social studies of technology. The third part deals with how an understanding of technical change can be used in future studies and environmental policy design, in particular climate policy.

Organisation

The course is organized as a series of lectures and seminars. The lectures present selected parts of the literature and complement the literature with additional material. At the seminars, some topics are discussed in greater detail. These seminars are compulsory. Written assignments are given during the course.

Literature

Grübler, Arnulf, Technology and global change, Cambridge University Press
Ponting, Clive, A green history of the world, Penguin Books
Collection of articles

Examination

Written and oral assignments


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