BIO-413 / 4 credits

Teacher(s): Banwell Nicola Mary, Blokesch Melanie, D'Angelo Giovanni, McKinney John

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


Summary

This course provides an overview of global environmental change through the perspective of the planetary boundaries and examines how human health is interlinked with social and ecological contexts.

Content

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

Prior knowledge of basic concepts in biology and life sciences is strongly recommended.

 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Explain key concepts relevant to planetary health and sustainability.
  • Analyze the interdependencies between human health and environmental sustainability using a systems thinking approach.
  • Formulate appropriate questions, conceive sustainable solutions to these questions, and justify their choices in the context of planetary health and sustainability.

Transversal skills

  • Take account of the social and human dimensions of the engineering profession.
  • Take responsibility for environmental impacts of her/ his actions and decisions.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Make an oral presentation.

Teaching methods

Lectures. Workshops. Group projects. Discussion rounds and exercises.

Expected student activities

  • Group project on a real-world planetary health challenge
  • Complete written exercises
  • Participate in class discussions

Assessment methods

Continuous control during the semester

In the programs

  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 40
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Planetary health
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 40
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Planetary health
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Fall
  • Number of places: 40
  • Exam form: During the semester (winter session)
  • Subject examined: Planetary health
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

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