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Course, academic year 2023/2024
Applied sustainability science - AM241007
Title: Applied sustainability science
Guaranteed by: Department of Sustainability and Product Ecology (241)
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Technology
Actual: from 2023 to 2023
Semester: winter
Points: winter s.:3
E-Credits: winter s.:3
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:2/0, Ex [HT]
Capacity: unlimited / unknown (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: Kočí Vladimír prof. Ing. Ph.D., MBA
What is the relationship between humans and nature, society and ecosystems, economy and climate? The aim of this course is to familiarize students with the basic principles of sustainability science and apply them in the context of current global environmental change. Students will be encouraged to engage with questions related to current environmental crises critically and to discuss how to navigate those crises to achieve sustainable development. The questions of sustainability will be discussed not only from the perspective of natural science and technology but also from the perspective of ethics, justice, economy, human rights, or development studies
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Aim of the course

The main objective of the Applied sustainability science course is to introduce the basic principles of this multidisciplinary field. The secondary objective is to present various perspectives on the solutions to global environmental crises and to encourage the students’ critical thinking about the complex issues of sustainability.

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• HEINRICHS, H., P. MARTENS, G. MICHELSEN AND A. WIEK Sustainability Science, An Introduction. Edtion ed.: Springer Dordrecht, 2016. ISBN 978-94-017-7242-6.

• SAGE, Rowan F. Global change biology: A primer. Global Change Biology, 2020, 26.1: 3-30.

• RAWORTH, Kate. Doughnut economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist. Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017.

• CLARK, William C. (ed.). Sustainability science: a room of its own. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2007, 104.6: 1737-1738.

• BIGGS, Reinette; SCHLÜTER, Maja; SCHOON, Michael L. (ed.). Principles for building resilience: sustaining ecosystem services in social-ecological systems. 2015.

• ROBEYNS, Ingrid. What, if anything, is wrong with extreme wealth?. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2019, 20.3: 251-266.

• WILLETT, W., et al., Food in the Anthropocene: the EAT–Lancet Commission on healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The Lancet, 2019. 393(10170): p. 447-492.

• IPCC, 2022: Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK and New York, NY, USA. doi: 10.1017/9781009157926

• Lewis, S., Maslin, M. Defining the Anthropocene. Nature 519, 171–180 (2015).

• TAYLOR, Bron, et al. The need for ecocentrism in biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology, 2020, 34.5: 1089-1096. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.13541

• DÍAZ, Sandra, et al. Assessing nature's contributions to people. Science, 2018, 359.6373: 270 272. doi: 10.1126/science.aap8826

• STERMAN, John D. All models are wrong: reflections on becoming a systems scientist. System Dynamics Review: The Journal of the System Dynamics Society, 2002, 18.4: 501-531. doi:

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Learning resources

Study materials on the department's intranet website.

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1. Humans and the environment: relationship, ethical & moral principles, values and worldviews

2. Sustainability: definitions, approaches

3. Earth as a complex adaptive system: stable states, feedbacks, thresholds, Earth system boundaries, social-ecological system, adaptive cycles

4. Climate crisis: RCP scenarios, climate tipping points, climate justice, impact distribution

5. Biodiversity crisis: ecosystem conservation tools and their justifications, dimensions and variables

6. Pollution crisis: NIMBY and the environmental justice framework, responsibility for pollution

7. Quantitative sustainability analysis: footprints, GDP, HDI, labelling, greenwashing

8. Resources: fossil, renewable, water, land, nature’s contributions to people

9. Society & Development: nutrition, education, gender, rights and capabilities approaches

10. Economy: poverty, equality (equity), economic growth, degrowth

11. Governance: power, policymaking, participation

12. Sustainable Development Goals

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Registration requirements


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Teaching methods
Activity Credits Hours
Účast na přednáškách 1 28
Příprava na přednášky, semináře, laboratoře, exkurzi nebo praxi 1 28
Příprava na zkoušku a její absolvování 1 28
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