2017-2018 / ENVT0846-2

Introduction to Sustainable Development


18h Th, 6h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS)2 crédits 


Pierre M. Stassart

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course introduces to sustaibale development in four stages : 1. Major challenges : - climate change - biodoversity - food 2. the concept of development and the way to sustainable development : conceptual and historical aspects 3. three dilemmas of sustainability : - prevention / precaution - non renewable resources : preserve or substitute

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

1. knowledge acquisition on the history and controverse of sustainable development.
2. Toi understand th concept of sustainability, its ambiguities, its dilemmas - to sketch the historical stances of the concept - to define sustainable development regarding to othe theories - to define the main concepts included in sustainability (precaution, participation, solidarity, and so on)
3. to critically examine biodiversity, climate change and food

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

No pre required

Planned learning activities and teaching methods


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

detailed lectures

Recommended or required readings


Assessment methods and criteria

Written examination

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Active participation is required


Pierre Stassart Campus Arlon tel : 063 230 816 mail : p.stassart@ulg.ac.be