E1000 Environment & Health I - Global Environmental Challenges and their Solutions

Faculty of Science
Autumn 2020
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 1 credit(s) (plus extra credits for completion). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Taught online.
prof. RNDr. Jakub Hofman, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Mgr. Michal Bittner, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jakub Urík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Peter Šebej, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. RNDr. Jana Klánová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Ing. Branislav Vrana, PhD. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Klára Hilscherová, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Dr. Radim Tolasz (lecturer), prof. RNDr. Jakub Hofman, Ph.D. (deputy)
prof. Ing. Blahoslav Maršálek, CSc. (lecturer)
doc. RNDr. Pavel Čupr, Ph.D. (lecturer)
RNDr. Ondřej Mikeš, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. Jakub Hruška (lecturer), prof. RNDr. Jakub Hofman, Ph.D. (deputy)
Mgr. Jana Vašíčková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Ing. Kateřina Šebková, Ph.D., M.A. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. RNDr. Jakub Hofman, Ph.D.
RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Contact Person: prof. RNDr. Jakub Hofman, Ph.D.
Supplier department: RECETOX - Faculty of Science
Wed 13:00–14:50 D29/252-RCX1
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course aims to provide the knowledge to the students about major environmental problems, their origins and consequences, wider aspects and also possible solutions at different levels.
Learning outcomes
After this course, the student will be able to:
- to have an overview of the consequences of human activities for the environment
- to identify and summarize key environmental issues at global and regional levels
- to identify and describe their causes and consequences and understand the wider context of
- to describe and discuss possible solutions from individual level to internationally coordinated action
- to interpret and discuss the results of successful or unsuccessful solutions to environmental issues
- to link the presented problems to the experts dealing with it
  • Can be changed - please check regularly the webpage of seminar program on the link sent by teacher
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Environment, human and society
  • 3. Introduction to chemical pollution problem
  • 4. Air quality
  • 5. Global change and climate change
  • 6. Quality of water
  • 7. Soil quality
  • 8. Effects of pollution on organisms
  • 9. Ecosystem services
  • 10. Agriculture and landscape
  • 11. Urban environment
  • 12. Waste management and circular economy
  • 13. Local, regional and global solutions
  • https://www.recetox.muni.cz/student/literatura-a-odkazy
Teaching methods
Regular seminars are held weekly or combined, as needed, into smaller blocks. The individual themes are presented by experts from RECETOX Center and other relevant institutions. Each environmental problem is not only presented and explained, but also the latest areas of research are introduced and possible solutions to problems are discussed. The students will prepare independently a seminar work on selected topic given by the course tutor. Participation of students in the seminars is not passive; they are actively involved in surveys, queries, work in groups, etc. The students prepare themselves individually in advance according to given materials and instructions.
Assessment methods
The work and activity of students is monitored and evaluated throughout the semester. The condition for exam is to attend at least 11 seminars. Exam consist of argumentation essay and its presentation.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, autumn 2021.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Autumn 2020, recent)
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