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PhD courses in Sustainable Development

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 (to be approved)
  2. Sustainable development – a system view, 5 hp (to be approved)
  3. Designers/Engineers and Sustainable development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F)

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

A Sustainable development - basics, 3 hp (to be approved)

The course is almost identical to part 1 of the course C “Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F)”.  The structure and content of this course will be similar to the structure and content of part 1 of the course given 2016 – see  ”Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2016” below. The target group is however broader than “designers and engineers”. Please note that the order of the modules may be changed.

The course will taught if it attracts a sufficient number of applicants. The first meeting will be around February 1, 2018, which includes an introduction and sums up the first module “Global Change and Sustainability”. Preparation is needed Before the first meeting. Information on tasks will be presented on LUVIT and with an email (in case LUVIT is not working for all) late December. The pace is set to about one module per 3 weeks so part 1 is finished in June 2018.

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

B Sustainable development - a systems view (to be approved)

The course is almost identical with part 1 of the course C “Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, 7,5 hp (IDE035F)”.  The structure and content of this course will be similar to the structure and content of part 1 of the course given in 2016 – see  ”E Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2016” below. The target group is however broader than “designers and engineers”. Please note that the order of the modules might be changed.  

The course will run if it attracts a sufficient number of applicants. The first meeting will be around February 1, 2018, which includes an introduction and sums up the first module “Global Change and Sustainability”. Preparation is needed Before the first meeting. Information on tasks will be presented on LUVIT and with an email (in case LUVIT is not working for all) late December. The pace is set to about one module per 3 weeks so part 1 is finished in June 2018.

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

The course includes two parts. Part 1 (5 hp), introduces the theory with eight modules scheduled for the spring semester 2018. Part 2 (2,5 hp) is a project part including a short literature review and a small project. It is scheduled for the autumn semester 2018.

See approved curriculum

The structure and content of the 2018 course will be similar to the structure and content of the courses given 2016 and 2017 – see “E Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2016” 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 will be around February 1, 2018. It includes an introduction and sums up the first module “Global Change and Sustainability”. Preparation is needed before the first meeting. Information on tasks will be presented on LUVIT and with an email (in case LUVIT is not working for all) late December. The pace is set to about one module per 3 weeks so part 1 is finished in June 2018.

For part 2 see “E Designers/engineers and sustainable development, version 2016” below!

D Deadline for and the content of your application

Interested PhD students should apply for admission to one of the courses as soon as possible. December 5 is a soft deadline and after that date, it will be decided, if the courses will be given based on the number of applicants.

Content of the application:

  1. Name of course (including number of hp)

  2. Your name

  3. Division/department

  4. Faculty

  5. Research subject (forskarutbildningsämne)

  6. Year of admission to PhD-studies

  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 

E Designers/Engineers and Sustainable Development, version 2016

Part 1 Theory (spring semester 2016) consists of the following eight modules:

       M1 Global Change and Sustainability: Challenges for design and engineering (Lecture on video by Professor Will Steffen, The Australian National University, Canberra) and tasks based on written material and shorter videos

       M2 Sustainable Science and Technological Lock-ins (Lecture by Lennart Olsson, Professor of Geography at Lund University and the founding Director of LUCSUS – Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies) and tasks based on written material. Video evening: Limits to growths.

       M3 Social sustainability (Video introduction by Johanna Alkan-Olsson, Lecturer in Environment l Science, Centre for Environmental and Climate Research) and tasks based on written material

       M4 Climate change. Health Impact & Prevention (Video introduction by Tord Kjellström, visiting professor at the UNU International Institute for Global Health, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; guest researcher at the Pufendorf Institute, Lund University, Lund, Sweden; visiting fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia; and honorary professor at the Institute for Global Health, University College London, London, United Kingdom [2014]) and tasks based on written material and videos

       M5 LCA, economy and Supply Chain Management (Introductory video lecture by Fredrik Nilsson Professor in Packaging Logistics, Faculty of engineering, Lund University, and a workshop with Katrin Molina-Besch, PhD-student at the same division) and tasks based on written material

       M6 Sustainable cities (video introduction by Erik Johansson, Assoc Professor at division of Housing Development & Management, Faculty of engineering, Lund University) and tasks based on written material and shorter videos

       M7 Challenges for action (Lecture by Per Becker, Assoc Professor at the Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Faculty of engineering, Lund University) and reading tasks

       M8 a. Sustainability Challenges for Product Development (Lecture by Stefan Anderberg, professor in Industrial Ecology, Linköping University) and reading tasks
b. Gap filling.

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 main course could prepare you for that.

Content

Long View's PhD-Courses in Sustainable Development

A Sustainable development - basics, 3 hp (to be approved)

B Sustainable development - a systems view, 5 hp (to be approved)

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 2016

F Frequently asked questions

G Why should you take a course in sustainable development