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BMT010 - Global issues in sustainable development
Syllabus adopted 2013-02-20 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKVOV
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Civil and Environmental Engineering

Teaching language: English
Block schedule: X

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0105 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   3,7 c 3,8 c    

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Docent  Ann-Margret Hvitt Strömvall
Professor  Greg Morrison

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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

A Bachelor s degree in Art, Science and Engineering or relevant discipline is required. In addition, basic courses in Environmental Science, Engineering, Management, Policy, etc are desirable.


The web-based course on Global Issues in Sustainable Development addresses a key issue, learning for SD, and explains why SD does not only deal with the environment as such but rather on questions and issues about and around the environment, including the social and economic dimensions.
The overall aim of the course is to provide a deep knowledge and an understanding of the specific area/subject studied, but with the main goal that students should be able to use the acquired knowledge as engineers and contribute to the future development of global sustainability.

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

- describe and explain the complexity of the concept of sustainable development including the environmental, social and economical aspects of the concept.
- relate the concept of SD to the earth¿s most vital physical assets as air, water and value of nature.
- relate the concept of SD to energy and technology, and explain how the transformation of natural resources has produced global climate change, but also describe possible alternative energy systems.
- motivate the use policy and negotiation instruments in the strives towards sustainable development.
- apply the knowledge of SD in relation to urban planning, urban development and urban futures.
- apply the knowledge of SD in relation to the aspects of the urban futures complex reality.
- work and communicate in a web-based environment, both individually and in group work.


The course cover three themes, and the first theme on Aspects of Sustainable Development deals with some of the earths most vital physical assets, air, water and value of nature, energy and technology and how the transformation of natural resources has produced global climate change. The need for alternative energy systems is evident. The course concludes with policy and negotiation. Eventually, all comes to a point where negotiating sustainability becomes essential. The second theme covers Aspects of Urban Futures, and the third theme deals with the Aspects of Urban Futures Complex Reality.
The lectures are available in the Ping Pong learning platform under Contents. All lectures are open during the whole course period, and students have access to them anytime during this period. All lectures are given in English.


The course is web-based and communication takes place in the electronic learning platform Ping Pong ( Submission of all written reports as individual assignments and projects (group work) as well as participation in discussions will be in the electronic classroom.
Two compulsory assignments are given and they must be done individually. Students should from their personal interest, after following all lectures in theme 1 and 2, choose one lecture from each of theses themes as a starting point for the individual assignment.

A project to be done in groups (3 - 4 members in each group) will be given to the students, and you could choose among:
1. Energy and sustainable technologies
2. Water and sustainable development
3. Urban Futures
4. Ageing society and sustainability


The course information will be found through the students literature search for the individual assignments and group work.
The reports and information found at the following links could be useful:
1) Millennium Assessment Reports
2) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Reports
3) UN Habitat, State of World's Cities 2008/2009
4) Good website focusing on large metro areas

Under the following links you will find recorded lectures:
1) AGS urban Futures seminar at ETH
2) Integrating Sustainability into African urban Growth
3) AGS Annual meeting 2009
More AGS videos:


The final overall grade is based on 20% from each assignment, 20% from feedback on another groups report and 40% for the group work report. The final grade will be reported as fail, 3, 4 or 5.

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