Christos Karydas: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Name Dr. Christos Karydas
E-mailkarydasc@ethz.ch
URLhttps://sites.google.com/view/christoskarydas
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences
RelationshipLecturer

NumberTitleECTSHoursLecturers
363-0552-00LEconomic Growth and Resource Use3 credits2GC. Karydas
AbstractThe lecture deals with the economics of natural resources and their effect on economic development.
ObjectiveThe course provides fundamental knowledge on the economics of natural resources and their connection to economic growth and sustainable development. Students will be given a historical overview of the main issues surrounding natural resources and economic development; from the Malthusian stagnation of income per capita to the contemporary problem of climate change.
ContentThe course provides fundamental knowledge on the economics of natural resources and their connection to economic growth and sustainable development. Students will be given a historical overview of the main issues surrounding natural resources and economic development; from the Malthusian stagnation of income per capita to the contemporary problem of climate change. Topics covered:

i) Fundamentals on the economics of natural resources
ii) Land and economic growth in the long-run
iii) Non-renewable resources and growth
iv) Resource curse and Dutch disease
v) Climate change and economic growth

There will be 3 exercise sessions accounting for 25% of the final grade.
Lecture notesLecture Notes of the course will be sent by email to officially subscribed students.
LiteratureThe main reference of the course is the set of lecture notes; students will also be encouraged to read some influential academic articles dealing with the issues under study.
Prerequisites / NoticeElementary knowledge of calculus (differentiation - integration) is considered as a prerequisite. Elementary knowledge of economic theory is a plus but not a prerequisite.
860-0015-00LSupply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2GC. A. Heinrich, F. Brugger, S. Hellweg, C. Karydas, B. Wehrli
AbstractStudents critically assess the economic, social, political, and environmental implications of extracting and using energy resources, metals, and bulk materials along the mineral resource cycle for society. They explore various decision-making tools that support policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resources, and gain insight into different perspectives from government, industry, and NGOs.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to:
- Explain basic concepts applied in resource economics, economic geology, extraction, processing and recycling technologies, environmental and health impact assessments, resource governance, and secondary materials.
- Evaluate the policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resource extraction.
- Examine decision-making tools for mineral resource related projects.
- Engage constructively with key actors from governmental organizations, mining and trading companies, and NGOs, dealing with issues along the mineral resource cycle.
Prerequisites / NoticeBachelor of Science, Architecture or Engineering, and enrolled in a Master's or PhD program at ETH Zurich. A half-semester course offered from February 20th to April 26th. Students must be enrolled in this course in order to enrol in the case study module course 860-0016-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II.
860-0016-00LSupply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 12.

The students must be enrolled in 860-0015-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I. The course is limited to 12 participants, and the students will compose two teams of mixed background and expertise. First priority will be given to students enrolled in the Master of Science, Technology, and Policy Program. These students must confirm their participation by February 8th by registration through MyStudies. Other graduate students interested in enrolling will be placed onto a waiting list when registering through MyStudies and will be provided with confirmation after February 8th
3 credits2UB. Wehrli, F. Brugger, A. Gilli, C. A. Heinrich, C. Karydas, N. Lefebvre
AbstractStudents integrate their knowledge of mineral resources and technical skills to frame and investigate a commodity-specific challenge faced by countries involved in resource extraction. By own research they evaluate possible policy-relevant solutions, engaging in interdisciplinary teams coached by tutors and experts from natural social and engineering sciences.
ObjectiveStudents will be able to:
- Integrate, and extend by own research, their knowledge of mineral resources from course 860-0015-00, in a solution-oriented team with mixed expertise
- Apply their problem solving, and analytical skills to critically assess, and define a complex, real-world mineral resource problem, and propose possible solutions.
- Summarize and synthesize published literature and expert knowledge, evaluate decision-making tools, and policies applied to mineral resources.
- Document and communicate the findings in concise group presentations and a report.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite is 860-0015-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources I. Limited to 12 participants. First priority will be given to students enrolled in the Master of Science, Technology, and Policy Program. These students must confirm their participation by February 12th by registration through MyStudies. We will try to accommodate all other interested graduate students, however you will be placed onto a waiting list when registering through MyStudies and will be provided with confirmation shortly after February 12th.
All Wednesday meetings are mandatory contact time.