Oliver Zenklusen: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2020

Name Dr. Oliver Zenklusen
Birmensdorferstrasse 435
8055 Zürich
Telephone079 343 14 86
DepartmentInformation Technology and Electrical Engineering

227-0803-00LEnergy, Resources, Environment: Risks and Prospects6 credits4GO. Zenklusen, T. Flüeler
AbstractMultidisciplinary, interactive course focussing on current debates around environmental and energy issues. Topics include: energy transition, nuclear energy and climate change, 2000-Watt-Society. Concepts such as risk, sustainable development and eco-efficiency are applied to case studies. The course is designed for a pluridisciplinary audience and provides a training ground for critical thinking.
ObjectiveDevelop capacities for explicating environmental problems, for scrutinising proposed solutions and for contributing to debates. Analyse complex issues from different perspectives and using a variety of analytical concepts. Understand interactions between the environment, science and technology, society and the economy. Develop skills in critical thinking, scientific writing and presenting.
ContentFollowing a multidisciplinary outline of current issues in environmental and energy policy, the course introduces theoretical and analytical approaches including "risk", "sustainability", "resource management", "messy problems" as well as concepts from institutional design and environmental economics. Large parts of the course are dedicated to case studies and contributions from participants. These serve for applying concepts to concrete challenges and debates. Topics may include: energy transition, innovation, carbon markets, the future of nuclear energy, climate change and development policy, dealing with disaster risk, the use of non-renewable resources, as well as visions such as 2000-watt society.
Lecture notesPresentations and reader provided in electronic formats.
LiteratureReader provided in electronic formats.
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