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Long View's PhD-courses in Sustainable Development

The courses are given in English. They are to a large extent “on-demand” to make it easier for you to complete when you are busy with projects, experiments, conferences, et cetera that block some of your days during the spring semester.

With the support of international and national experts, the Long View offers three courses in Sustainable Development

  1. Sustainable development – basics, 3 hp (IDE050F)                            not planned for 2020
  2. Sustainable development – a system view, 5 hp (IDE055F)
  3. Designers/Engineers and Sustainable development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F)

For information on the courses, see A, B and C below.

Course 2 and the theory part of course 3 a planned to be given the fall term 2020. The project part of course 3 is planned for the spring term 2021. 
For deadline and how to apply, see D below.

Why should you take a course in sustainable development? See G below!


A – Sustainable development - basics, 3 hp (IDE050F) (not 2020)

The course is a shorted variant of part 1 of the course C “Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F)”.  See  ”Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2019” below. The target group is however broader than “designers and engineers”. 

See approved curriculum .

The course gives essential knowledge in sustainable development. It is divided into modules. Some modules have online video-introductions, some have introductory seminars and others have introductory reading materials. The modules contain: Definition of sustainable development. History. Climate change and its effects. Planetary boundaries. Circular economy. Life-cycle thinking. Food security. Social aspects. Occupational Health. Sustainable city. Poverty. Complex systems. Sustainable development and ethics.

The course will not be taught 2020. 

The main differences between this course and the 5 hp course are that this course includes less literature and less extensive assignments.

How to apply? See D below!


B – Sustainable development - a systems view, 5 hp (IDE055F) planned for fall semester 2020

The course is almost identical with part 1 of the course C “Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F)”.  The structure will be similar to the structure of part 1 of the 7,5 hp course given in 2019 – see  ”E Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2019” below. The target group is however broader than “designers and engineers”.

See approved curriculum .

The course gives essential knowledge in sustainable development. The subdivisions below are grouped into modules. Some modules have online video-introductions, some have introductory seminars and others have introductory reading materials. Subdivisions: Definition of sustainable development. History. Climate change and its effects. Planetary boundaries. Circular economy. Lice-cycle analysis. Food security. Social aspects. Health and Occupational Health. Sustainable city. Poverty. Complex systems. Sustainable development and ethics.

The course will run if it attracts a sufficient number of applicants. The first meeting includes an introduction and sums up the first module “Global Change and Sustainability and Ethics”. Some homework is needed before the first meeting. Information on tasks will be presented on CANVAS and with an email (in case CANVAS is not working for all directly). The pace is set to about one module per every third week.

How to apply? See D below!


C – Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F) planned for fall semester 2020

The course includes two parts. Part 1 (5 hp), introduces the theory with eight modules and is scheduled for one term. Part 2 (2,5 hp) is a project part including a short literature review and a small project. It is scheduled for the following term.

See approved curriculum

The structure and content of the 2020 course will be similar to the structure and content of the courses given 2019 – see “E Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2019” below. The order of the modules may be changed.

The course will be taught if it attracts a sufficient number of applicants. The first meeting includes an introduction and sums up the first module “Global Change and Sustainability and Ethics”. Some homework is needed before the first meeting. Information on tasks will be presented on CANVAS and with an email (in case CANVAS is not working for all). The pace is set to about one module per every third week so part 1 is finished at the end of the term.

For part 2 see “E Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2019” below!

How to apply? See D below!


D – Deadline for and the content of your application

Deadline for applications will be announced here. Soon after that date, it will be decided, if the courses will be given based on the number of applicants, and the applicants will be informed if they are accepted or not. In case of vacancies late applications will be accepted until a date to be announced here and vacancies will be filled in the order approved applications are received.

Content of the application:

  1. Name of course (including number of hp)

  2. Your name and birth registration number

  3. Division/department

  4. Faculty

  5. Research subject (forskarutbildningsämne)

  6. Estimated stage in your PhD-studies in hp (as in your last formal plan) 

  7. Your main supervisor

  8. Have your main supervisor agreed? Yes/No/Not asked yet/other comment?

Send your application to

roland.akselsson@design.lth.se 

If you don't get a receipt within 3 days, please resend the mail.


E – Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, version 2019

Part 1 Theory (spring semester 2019) consists of the following eight modules:

Module A

Part 1: Global Change and Sustainability: Challenges for design and engineering
Lecture on video by Professor Will Steffen, The Australian National University, Canberra.Tasks based on the introduction, written material and shorter videos

Part 2: Ethics
Tasks based on written material.
Deadline for submission of the assignment for part 1 and 2 is 29 January 2019.
Workshop January 31, 2019 at 9.00 sharp in room 467. IKDC. At 10.30 a seminar on Ethics related to Sustainable development starts with Henrik Thorén, researcher in Theoretical Philosophy, LU.  We finish at 12.

Module B

Sustainability Science and Technological lock-ins

Tasks based on written material.
Deadline for submission of the assignment is 18 February 2019.
Lecture by Lennart Olsson, Professor of Geography at Lund University and the founding Director of LUCSUS – Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies).
The lecture will take place on 20 February  at 13:15-16:00 in room 567 at the Department of Design Sciences (IKDC).

Module C

LCA, economy and supply chain management

Part 1: Supply chain management
Lecture on video by Professor Fredrik Nilsson, Department of Design Sciences, LTH and tasks based on written material and the video.
Deadline for submission of the assignment is 12 March 2019.

Part 2: Concepts and Methods for Green/Sustainable Product Development. Cradle-to-cradle. Product-service-systems (PSS).
Tasks (preparation for active participation in the workshop) based on written material.
Workshop led by Katrin Molina-Besch (Associate senior lecturer, Packaging logistics) and Jessica Wadin (Senior lecturer, Industrial Engineering) on “Concepts and Methods for Green/ Sustainable Product Development”, Thursday March 14 at 13.15- 15 in room DC:467.

Module D

Challenges for action and sustainability challenges for product development

Part 1: Challenges for action
Tasks (preparation for active participation in the workshop) based on written material.
A seminar on the 4th of April at 13.15 in DC:467. The seminar is led by Per Becker, Associate Professor at the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, LTH.

Part 2: Sustainability challenges for product development
Tasks based on a video by Stefan Anderberg, professor in Industrial ecology, Linköping University.
Deadline for submission of the assignment is 2 April, 2019.

Part 3: Tragedy of the commons
A short video

Module E

Social Sustainability

Video introduction by Johanna Alkan Olsson, Senior lecturer, Principal investigator at Centre for Environmental and Climate Research, Lund University.
Tasks based on the introduction and written material.
Deadline for submission of the assignment is 23/4, 2019.

Module F

Sustainable cities

Video introduction by Erik Johansson, associate professor at Division of Housing, Development and Management, LTH.
Tasks based on the introduction, other videos and written material.
Deadline for submission of the assignment is 5/5, 2019.

Module G

Climate change and health

Video introduction by Tord Kjellström, MD and Honorary Professor LTH.
Tasks based on the introduction and written material.
Deadline for submission of the assignment is 5/5, 2019.

Module H

Beyond GDP Growth – The vision of a sustainable society

Part 1: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Tasks based on the descriptions of the 17 Agenda 2030 goals

Part 2: Beyond GDP Growth – The vision of a sustainable society
Tasks based on written material

Part 3: Grand challenges for engineers
Tasks based on written material
The seminar for module H will take place on the 17th of June 2019 13.15-14.00 in room 467. The seminar will be followed by a panel debate :

THE PATH TOWARDS THE FUTURE?

In the panel:
Mikael Malmaeus, docent at IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute
Astrid Kander, professor at the Department of Economic History, LU
Lars J Nilsson, professor at Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, LU
Max Kosch, professor at the School of Social Work, LU
Jessica Wadin, associate professor at the Department of Design Sciences, LU
Moderator:
Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson, Communication officer, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research (CEC) LU
Time: Monday June 17:th, 2019, 14:15-16 followed by a green BBQ.
Location: IKDC, LTH, Sölvegatan 26, Lund, Stora Hörsalen, 2:nd floor.

Part 2  includes:

a)  a literature review of ongoing research in sustainability in relation to the student’s own discipline and

b)  a project.

The project should include social aspects and at least some words/thoughts about economic aspects. The results could be reported as for instance a report, a seminar with a short written summary, a research proposal, visualization (poster, scale model, ...)


F – Frequently asked questions

What happens if I have to participate in a conference or get an intense period with for example experiments so I cannot finish a module on time?

– Tell the course leader and go on with the next module. Much of the course is on-demand and we will give you alternatives, if you miss a lecture, workshop, etc. 

What happens if I miss a lecture or workshop?

– We will give you alternatives.

I have been studying one of the three courses for a while. Now I wonder if I can change to one of the other courses. Is it possible?

– Yes, you can. Talk with the course leader to find out what you have to do. In addition, you must talk to your main supervisor to find out if you are allowed to include the new course in the theory part of your exam.


G – Why should you take a course about sustainable development

  1. To address society’s complex sustainability challenges and achieve a long-term sustainable development, PhD-students have a key role. In your future professional life, may that be as academics, in business or in politics, you will influence and contribute in shaping the future for our Earth’s society.

  2. Maybe you are teaching and want to include sustainability in your teaching?

  3. Sustainability may be a very strong factor for competitiveness for your country, your company and yourself.

  4. Maybe you want to include aspects of sustainability in your thesis and in your future projects? 
    Part 2 in the 7,5 hp course can be used for a minor literature review to test ideas.

Content

Long View's PhD-Courses in Sustainable Development

A Sustainable development - basics, 3 hp 

B Sustainable development - a systems view, 5 hp 

C Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F)

D Deadline for and the content of your application

E Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp, version 2019

F Frequently asked questions

G Why should you take a course in sustainable development