Systems. Society & Sustainability

Course Location London
Cost £500
Type of course in situ
Course provider University College London
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The global challenge of sustainable development requires solutions and mindsets that bridge traditional divisions between nature and culture, and the technical and social sciences. Sustainable development requires that engineers and other professionals are able to include social and ecological considerations alongside technical requirements in managing projects and infrastructure. Recent developments in theories of socio-technical systems provide some useful tools and ideas for bringing together social, ecological and technical considerations. This course outlines the challenges of sustainability, introduces some theories which can help think through these challenges more clearly, and applies them to the case of urban water systems.
1. Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Understand the concept of sustainable development as a response to global crises of ecology and human development
2. Describe the role of engineering systems in achieving sustainable development
3. Understand the problems of sustainability as a challenge to the modern divide between nature and culture
4. Outline key features of actor-network theory and systems theory and their relevance to the challenge of sustainable development
5. Apply theories of socio-technical systems in analysing the sustainability of urban water systems

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