ENP-37803 Sustainable Technology Development


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
Lecturer(s)dr. MAJ Lamers
dr. S Kloppenburg
dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
Examiner(s)dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
dr. MAJ Lamers

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

ENP-23806 Sustainability Transitions: Concepts, Issues and Indicators or a similar course.

Continuation courses:

ENP38303 Sustainable Technology Development: Design Assignment OR ENP-38803 Sustainable Technology Development: Analysis Assignment.


Global industrial pollution, resource depletion or climate change are often presented as problems that need technological solutions. 'Sustainable technology development' is a social phenomenon; hence this is a social scientific course that deals with the development and use of environmentally sound technology in modern societies. The main goal of the course is to get students acquainted with the social contexts and dimensions of planning, designing and managing sustainable technology and technological systems such as water and sanitation, energy systems and transportation in both developing and developed countries.

Sustainable Technology Development is a 3 ECTS course for Master students Environmental Sciences, Urban Environmental Management, Metropolitan Analysis, Design and Engineering, and Climate Studies, as well as for third years Bachelor students (BTO). The course is closely connected and prerequisite to the courses ENP 38803 (analysis assignment) for BTO students and ENP 38303 (design assignment) for Master students.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- Recognize and understand social science theories on technology and system innovation, and methods of technology assessment;
- Explain and compare social science theories and methods to analyse sustainable technology developments in various contexts;
- Analyse relations between technology development, sustainability and society;
- Apply social science theories and methods to contemporary sustainable technology developments in various contexts (such as urban infrastructure services, food, and tourism).


- lectures;
- tutorials;
- reading and presenting summaries of the literature.


Written exam.


A selection of articles and book chapters will be made available in Brightspace.

Compulsory for: BTOTourism (joint degree)BSc4MO
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMScB: Environmental Policy and Economics4MO
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc4MO
MCLClimate StudiesMScE: Climate, Society and Economics4MO