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Resource efficiency - energy, material flows and ecosystem services

Course
Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
100%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-11857
Tuition
Full education cost: 14 875 SEK
First payment: 14 875 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Summary

The course is an introductory course in the master program Environmental Science and can also be studied as a freestanding course. The course gives an overview of the problems with resource limitations mankind are facing. Both global and local perspectives are applied. The concepts, tools and indicators used in the area are studied. An important part of the content is also what kind of measures that are available to improve the situation, and how they can be efficiently implemented. The course gives a solid base for societal environmental work.

About

Population growth and economic development put pressure on mankind, and a drastically increased resource efficiency is absolutely necessary! The objective for the course is to study barriers and drivers for efficiency improvements, with focus on energy, material flows and ecosystem services. The present situation, together with already implemented good solutions, is presented, area by area. Tools, indicators and concepts like e.g. Carbon footprints, Virtual water, Decoupling, Rebound effect, Carbon offset, Waste hierarchy and Circular economy are studied. Options for policy measures are analyzed and different policy instruments to promote the best solutions are discussed. Exercises will be made to practice the methods of quantification like Life Cycle Costing and the different footprints. A study visit to a major plant, with relevance for societal resource flows is a mandatory activity. A project work, in groups of three students, will be carried out, addressing one interesting resource issue that we otherwise have no time to cover in the course.  The issue is chosen by the group.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

120 credits out of which at least 90 credits are in natural science (biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental science-natural science, physics) or technology, and at least 15 credits in environmental science-natural science. Students with equivalent education can be allowed to enter the course. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.

Selection

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.

Facilities

The teaching is mainly conducted at the Botanical house (Carl Skottsbergs gata 22B), the Department of Biological and Environmental Science