2019-2020 / GEOL1045-1

Economic and societal issues in mining and recycling


15h Th, 30h Proj., 2d FW

Number of credits

 Master in geology and mining engineering, professional focus in geometallurgy (EMERALD) (Erasmus mundus)5 crédits 
 Master in geology and mining engineering (120 ECTS)5 crédits 
 Master in geology and mining engineering (120 ECTS) (Co-diplomation avec l'Université polytechnique de Madrid)5 crédits 


Eric Pirard

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Industrial representatives will provide specialized seminars to introduce topics that are not traditionally covered by Academic Education. Here is an example of the subjects that have been covered in the previous years:

  • Bankable Feasibility study 
  • Corporate responsibility: social and environmental aspects 
  • Health and Safety in open pit mines and plants
  • Funding of Junior mining companies
  • Legislative aspects of mining exploitation
  • Mining codes and taxation issues
  • Introduction to benchmarking software
  • Introduction to financial modelling

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • To be aware of the importance of the legal, social and environmental aspects of mine exploitation
  • To know basic safety rules to follow in a processing plant environment
  • To be able to detect unsafe behavior or potentially harmful situation in a processing plant environment or a quarry
  • To review and to criticize one company commitment and achievement regarding social and environmental aspects
  • To briefly analyze one country's political and legislative policy regarding mine exploitation and their impacts

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

 Interactive seminars and workshops with professionals.
Open debate on questions such as environmental impact, law, ethics, etc.
Supervision of a joint progress report.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Recommended or required readings

Documents and reports from companies provided by the invited experts. 

Assessment methods and criteria

Groups of students are formed to analyze a real case on the aspects covered by the seminars. Each student specifically focuses on one of the aspects but has to review those covered by the other members of the group. Key facts are orally defended by each student possibly questioned on any part of the joint report. Final marks are the result of the assessment of each student's contribution to the joint written report and (the oral presentation).
Students who failed the first examination have the opportunity to improve the chapter that he/she was responsible for in the joint report. He/she also writes a short report addressing the Bankable feasibility aspects of his or her mining project.  The final resit mark takes the new written report into account.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Rosalia Fiorentino emerald@ulg.ac.be