Sustainability and Climate Change
Sustainability is a complex issue that must be dealt with in a multi-dimensional way, by scientific, political, economic, socio-cultural, moral and ethical approaches. Many environmental problems transcend national borders and require global solutions. In this context, this seminar has three main objectives: 1) To demonstrate the complexity of the concept of sustainability, showing the evolution of the concept, explore its different perspectives and their implications; 2) To explore the current major global sustainability challenges; 3) To be a space for students to do research on scientific bibliographic sources, to train the argumentation and debate of controversial topics without trivial solutions.
Paula Inês Cosme Teixeira
Weekly - 2
Total - 210
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Various teaching methods are applied within the scope of expository methods and guided discovery learning.
Evaluation method - Final essay (60%), In-class participation(40%)
1) Introduction to the seminar: program and evaluation 2) Brief history of the evolution of the concept of sustainability 3) Sustainability discourses and visions4) Global Sustainability Challenges I: Water-Food-Energy nexus 5) Global sustainability challenges II: Climate change 6) Debate I: Who has the greatest responsibility for action against climate change? 7) Global sustainability challenges III: Globalization, technology and consumption 8) Debate II: What should be the priority in short-term international political action? 9) Workshop: Integration of seminar concepts 10) Presentation and discussion of final essay projects
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