ENP-11303 Sustainable Solutions to Environmental Problems


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work4
Excursion (one day)7
Course coordinator(s)dr. M Smits
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis
dr. M Smits
dr. S Rickebusch
Examiner(s)dr. M Smits
dr. S Rickebusch
dr. ir. JTC Grotenhuis

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

YWU-10803 Introduction Environmental Sciences.

Continuation courses:

ENP-10806 Environmental Policy Instruments, ESA-10309 Environmental Sciences and Society.


This course introduces the domain and approach of the BSc Environmental Sciences programme at Wageningen University. In this course, you will be introduced to the social science and natural science foundations of this field, and learn how the synthesis of these disciplines helps to generate new interdisciplinary solutions. The course starts with introductory lectures on these topics and the nature of scientific research, followed by an in-depth case of a 'wicked' environmental problem. The in-depth case consists of an introductory excursion and independent group work, resulting in a report, and presentation in a symposium.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand that environmental problems need to be approached from different natural and social scientific disciplines;
- explain the features of interdisciplinary scientific research;
- analyse an environmental problem and develop sustainable solutions to this problem;
- combine different sources of information and develop a synthesis;
- write a clear and well-structured report;
- present and defend the key features of the report.


- lectures;
- excursion;
- group work (report writing and presenting)


Report (80%) and presentation (20%).


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Compulsory for: BESEnvironmental SciencesBSc1MO