The climate crisis is a hot issue. All over the world governments are busy making Climate Action plans. Businesses talk about Greening the Economy, Biobased or Circular Economies. More people are aware of the huge amount of energy and materials we consume. The gap between rich and poor is growing faster. A better balance in the care for people, planet and profit is needed. Do you want to use your talent and contribute your ideas in order to create a more sustainable world? Than this minor Going Green is just for you.
During the minor you will dive into subjects such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR or ‘MVO’ in Dutch), Renewable Energy, Cradle 2 Cradle, Environmental Economics, and Change Management. As you can see, this minor offers a broad body of knowledge. This is necessary because sustainable development is a complex and multidisciplinary subject. You will work with students from different countries and studies. In a team of students with different skills and expertise, you will work on a project for external Contractors. You can also work on this minor as part of the X-honours program and receive a special certificate.
Aims: In their PDPs, students formulate their own learning targets in line with their disciplinary competency profiles and the RESFIA competencies. RESFIA stands for Responsibility, Emotional intelligence, System orientation, Future orientation, personal Involvement and Action skills. The RESFIA competencies can be studied at three levels, according to the needs of the student. General learning targets are: the student has insight into the meaning of global sustainability and can name causes and backgrounds of the problem; the student can translate the global problem of global sustainability into specific local situations in his or her own field of work; the student, together with students from other disciplines, can arrive at an analysis of a practical problem and indicate possible solutions.
Costs for Ameland excursion: about 50 euro, depending on the amount of sponsoring.
Books are available in the mediatheek of NHL.
Minimum amount of participants: 12 (published by 22 January)
Passed propedeutic year, preferably project or internship experience; also check requirements of your own study.
Knowledge Test (5 EC): April and May or June
Portfolio (5 EC): April
Project plan (2 EC): May
Project report (15 EC): mid June
Final assessment (3 EC): end of June
Roorda, Niko : Fundamentals of Sustainable Development, 2017 (second edition), Earthscan Routledge, isbn 978-1-138-09265-5
Febr-March: Kick off symposium at the start (full day) and 6-7 blocks of lectures of 1,5-3 hours; rest self study and assignments.
March/April: Excursion 2 days to Ameland (p.m.)
May-June: Project progress meetings, consulting hours 3-4 hours per week, some guest lectures/conferences, rest of time to be planned by project teams.