2024-2025 / ENVT0010-1

Seminar - Integrated approach to environmental issues


3h Th, 30h SEM, 30h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in environmental sciences and management, professional focus4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management, professional focus in developing countries4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management, professional focus in society and environment interfaces4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management, professional focus in environmental monitoring4 crédits 
 Advanced Master in Risk and Disaster Management in the Anthropocene Era4 crédits 


Moussa El Jarroudi, Claudia Falzone, Koufanou Hien, Eleonore Kirsch, Marie Lang, N..., Nathalie Semal


Corentin Hecquet


Nathalie Semal

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This seminar aims to cover the multiple facets posed by environmental issues and to respect its complexity

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim is to open the field of environmental questioning in term of its "integrated" character, i.e. by giving equal space to each of its protagonists. This seminar is centred around case studies.
It aims to make the student aware of interdependence, but also the contradictions which can exist between different facets (scientific, technical, regulatory, socio-economic) of an environmental issue.
It aims to address specific information on an environmental issue, i.e. information of a heterogeneous, fragmented and incomplete nature.
The seminar is based on articulating skills through group and individual work.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

A good knowledge of French is an asset

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The principle upon which this course operates is that of switching between several activities: plenary sessions with the help of external collaborators and actors in the issue, a field trip and work sessions in small groups aiming to revise and discuss. 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

This seminar takes place in the second semester of the first year (core curriculum) of the Masters in Environmental Sciences and Environmental Management.

No documents needed: students will have to base their analyse on their own data.

Resources are made available to students on e-campus

- instructions for students

- other resources depending on the case studied

Exam(s) in session

May-June exam session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

August-September exam session

- In-person

oral exam

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Assessment is carried out through a committee of supervisors. It is based upon an assessment of individual work (written report, daily summary, an exam in june) and group work (assessment of group work and oral presentation).

Notice : due to the collective dimension of the work to be carried on, the student's participation and attending to learning activity is mandatory and taken into account for student's assessment.

The June exam consists of an open-book written exam (reflection question).

These methods can be adapted according to the health context. Students will be informed if necessary.

The overall score is made up

- a grade for individual work (25%)

- a grade for group work and group presentation (25%)

- a grade for the exam (50%)

An absence from the written exam will result in an overall grade of A.

During the second session, the grades for individual work (25%) and group work (25%) remain acquired.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The schedule will be communicated via the instructions during the first session and via e-campus


Coordinateur et membres de l'équipe :

Semal Nathalie (coord) - n.semal@uliege.be 

Abrahams Pauline - pabrahams@uliege.be

Denayer Dorothée - d.denayer@uliege.be

Falzone Claudia - cfalzone@uliege.be

Ozer Pierre - pozer@uliege.be

Bernard Tychon - Bernard.Tychon@uliege.be

Wouters Anne

Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.

Items online

Public environmental controversies
Case studied through the exercices are always public environmental controversies? What does this mean? What can be learned from it regarding society and environment? How can we tackle those  issues?