Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES, THEMATIC COURSEFMI070
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Optional for: F4, F4es, M4, Pi4, W4es, W4ms. Course coordinator: Per Svenningsson, per.svenningsson@miljo.lth.se and Lorenzo di Lucia, lorenzo.di_lucia@miljo.lth.se, Environmental and Energy Systems Studies. Prerequisites: Minimum 6 higher education credits in environmental studies/environmental systems analysis, e.g., FMI031, FMI050, FMI065, FMIF01, GEMF01, VTVA05, FMIF05, FMIF10, FMIF15. Recommended prerequisits: Minimum 130 higher education credits within the program. Good command of English. Assessment: The students will be required to hand in a number of preliminary versions of their project paper, and these will be discussed during several seminars. For the paper to be graded, the course director should have been able to follow the working process. Active participation in the seminars is required, and students must contribute by delivering comments on other papers. The examination consists of a final project paper, which is to be defended at a final seminar. In addition to defending his/her own paper, each student should also act as opponent for another student’s paper. Home page: http://miljo.lth.se.

Aim
The overall objectives of the course are to provide an increased knowledge and a greater understanding of important environmental problems in an international perspective, and to help the students acquire a critical and scientific work mode.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Be able to complete a largely self-governed project, thereby showing that he/she:

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Contents
The course may be given a theme that may vary from year to year. The course work consists mainly of the students carrying out individual project work, alone or in groups of two. The project may be presented as a scientific report, a scientific article, or in some other generally accepted scientific format.

The course comprises several seminars, where project progress is discussed, and possibly some lectures and/or study visits. Each project is tutored individually. Students are required to discuss and deliver constructive criticism on each other’s contributions at seminars.

Literature
The fixed course literature is limited; instead each student should search knowledge, mainly through scientific literature and articles, in line with the common theme and his/her objectives within this theme.