HEN670 Framework for Sustainability

Fakulta sociálních studií
podzim 2019
1/1/0. 10 kr. Ukončení: zk.
Brian D. Fath, Ph.D. (přednášející)
Mgr. Christian Kerschner, M.Sc., Dr. (pomocník)
doc. Mgr. Bohuslav Binka, Ph.D.
Katedra environmentálních studií - Fakulta sociálních studií
Kontaktní osoba: Bc. Petra Burišková
Dodavatelské pracoviště: Katedra environmentálních studií - Fakulta sociálních studií
Čt 26. 9. 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 10. 10. 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 17. 10. 16:00–17:40 AVC, Čt 24. 10. 14:00–15:40 P21, Čt 31. 10. 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 7. 11. 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Čt 14. 11. 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy, Út 26. 11. 8:00–9:40 U35, Čt 28. 11. 14:00–15:40 P31 Posluchárna A. I. Bláhy
This graduate-level course investigates the concept of sustainability from first principles of energetics and ecology applied to socio-economic systems. It deals with the ecological, physical, economic, social, and moral dimensions of sustainability.
Omezení zápisu do předmětu
Předmět je nabízen i studentům mimo mateřské obory.
Mateřské obory/plány
předmět má 21 mateřských oborů, zobrazit
Cíle předmětu
1. To provide students with a basic understanding of sustainability and the sustainable development goals. 2. To provide pertinent information about ecosystem functioning and services and how they interact with human society. 3. To explore the concept of sustainability and how it relates to the students’ everyday life.
Výstupy z učení
Students will be able to: 1. Identify and understand the 17 SDGs and tradeoffs among them. 2. Learn a systems approach to interpreting socio-ecological processes and relationships 3. Know the difference between growth and development and the planetary boundary limitations 4. Explore new paradigms that move away from an objectivist mental model of the world as machine to an organic, life-driven perspective
  • Arranged in 10 90-minute blocks. Each session will begin with a 30 minute overview and summary of the topic/reading, 20 minute exercise, and 40 minute discussion. Students are expected to come to class prepared and ready to discuss with an open and curious mind. Outline: Sept 26 Lecture 1: Introduction to sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals. Exercise: students investigate one SDG in pairs, then look for overlaps and synergies October 10 Lecture 2: Ways of valuing the environment. Introduction of cultural theory and ecosystem services Exercise: recognizing diversity of opinions, choose the opposite side in discussion October 17 Lecture 3: Limits to Growth, planetary boundaries, Flourishing overview Exercise: identify ways we exceed limits, ways we are under limits October 24 Lecture 4: Foundations for Sustainability – Chapter 1 systems thinking and win-win Exercise: systems thinking games, bathtub models October 31 Lecture 5: Foundations for Sustainability – Chapter 2 Ecologic metaphysics Exercise: thinking outside the box: view of life from a bug’s perspective November 7 Lecture 6: Foundations for Sustainability – Chapter 3 mutualism Exercise: communicating science to the general public November 14 Lecture 7: Foundations for Sustainability – Chapter 4 (origins of life)– 5 reforming reductionism Exercise: follow the money (or other natural currency) through the system November 21 Lecture 8: Foundations for Sustainability – Chapters 6 – networks Exercise: basic network models reveal synergism and mutualism November 28 Lecture 9: Foundations for Sustainability – Chapters 7 – Rosen Exercise: applications in your daily lives and in the Moravian landscapes December 5 Lecture 10: Foundations for Sustainability – Chapters 8-9 – applications & Sustainability for all Exercise: Czech path to SDGs
    povinná literatura
  • Fiscus DA and Fath BD. 2019. Foundations for Sustainability: Coherent framework for Life-Environment Relations. Elsevier.
Výukové metody
Course grade will be based on the combined total from paper, attendance, exercises, discussion, and exam. The final exam will be comprehensive, covering all class activities, discussions, lectures, and readings.
Metody hodnocení
Grade evaluation (points available): Paper 100 Exercises 50 Discussion 100 Final Exam 150 Total 400
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Předmět je vyučován jednorázově.
Fulbright Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Towson University, Towson, Maryland, USA.

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