ENP-37803 Sustainable Technology Development


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. BJM van Vliet
dr. S Kloppenburg
dr. MAJ Lamers
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 ENP38803 Sustainable Technology Development: Analysis Assignment.


Environmental problems often occur as problems that need technological solutions. The social sciences study these mostly technically defined problems and solutions in a societal context. This social scientific course deals with environmentally sound technology development in modern society. The main goal of the course is to get students acquainted with the social dimensions of planning, designing and managing sustainable technology and system innovation within different sectors of production and consumption in both developing and developed countries.

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 through Blackboard.

Compulsory for: BTOTourism (joint degree)BSc4MO
Restricted Optional for: MESEnvironmental SciencesMSc4MO
MUEUrban Environmental ManagementMSc4MO
MCLClimate StudiesMScE: Climate, Society and Economics4MO