ECTS - Introduction to Sustainability

Introduction to Sustainability (ISL408) Course Detail

Course Name Course Code Season Lecture Hours Application Hours Lab Hours Credit ECTS
Introduction to Sustainability ISL408 3 0 0 3 5
Pre-requisite Course(s)
NA
Course Language English
Course Type N/A
Course Level Bachelor’s Degree (First Cycle)
Mode of Delivery Face To Face
Learning and Teaching Strategies Lecture, Demonstration, Discussion, Question and Answer, Problem Solving.
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ceyhan Çiğdemoğlu
Course Assistants
Course Objectives Sustainability lies at the intersection of the environment, society and economics. This course explores the concepts of sustainability to increase knowledge and awareness of students. The course also aims to promote students’ critical thinking on what Sustainability really mean, what actions individuals and corporations can do for sustainable development.
Course Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Integrate the meaning of sustainability in your life and your values
  • Evaluate perspectives on sustainability regarding environmental, economic and social considerations
  • Use metrics for measuring components of sustainability
  • Explain sustainability actions at the local, state, country, and global scales
Course Content What is sustainability; sustainability and related polices; climate and global change; environmental and resource economics; sustainable business practices; sustainability: ethics, culture, and history; sustainable development; sustainability indicators.

Weekly Subjects and Releated Preparation Studies

Week Subjects Preparation
1 Introduction to the course, Introduction to Sustainability
2 The Evolution of Environmental Policy, Environmental Risk Management, Sustainability and Public Policy, Public Health and Sustainability
3 Climate and Global Change, Climate Change, Energy and Sustainable Development, Climate Change: A Threat to Sustainable Development
4 Biosphere, Physical Resources: Water, Pollution, and Minerals, Water Cycle and Fresh Water Supply, Water Pollution, Mineral Resources: Formation, Mining, Environmental Impact
5 Environmental and Resource Economics, Tragedy of the Commons
6 Sustainable Business Practices: • Corporate Social Responsibility • Corporate governance • Sustainable products and services
7 Sustainable Business Practices Continued • Business and Environment • Corporations and Ecological Sustainability
8 MIDTERM EXAM
9 Sustainability: Ethics, Culture, and History • Sustainability Studies: A Systems Literacy Approach • Sustainability Ethics
10 The Concept of Sustainable Development: • The Definition of Sustainable Development as an Ambiguous Compromise, • The Triple P • An Introduction to Economic Growth, • Questions about Sustainable Development, • Timeline for Sustainable Development
11 Geographic Perspectives and Sustainable Development: • Overview • Geography & Pursuit of More Sustainable Development The UN Sustainable Development Topics • Sustainable Development Goals, • The United Nations and Global Sustainability
12 Making Cities More Sustainable: • The Patterns of Urbanization Around the World • Urban Problems & Challenges • Participation in the Search for Sustainable Urban Development • Resilient cities – What makes a city sustainable, green, and resilient?
13 Tools, Systems, and Innovation for Sustainability [Measuring Sustainability] • How do we measure sustainability? • Sustainability Indicators
14 Planetary Boundaries Concept • Growth Dynamics • Energy Case • Population Dynamics
15 Presentations of Assignments
16 Presentations of Assignments

Sources

Other Sources 1. Tekeli, İ. & Ataöv, A. (2017). Sürdürülebilir Toplum ve Yapılı Çevre. 1. Baskı. İstanbul: İstanbul Bilgi Üniversitesi
2. Fisk, P. (2011). Sürdürülebilir Büyüme: İnsanlar, Gezegen ve Kâr. 1. Baskı. İstanbul: Mediacat Kitapları.
3. Dersin sorumlusu tarafından sunulan ilgili diğer kaynaklar

Evaluation System

Requirements Number Percentage of Grade
Attendance/Participation - -
Laboratory - -
Application - -
Field Work - -
Special Course Internship - -
Quizzes/Studio Critics - -
Homework Assignments 1 30
Presentation - -
Project - -
Report - -
Seminar - -
Midterms Exams/Midterms Jury 1 30
Final Exam/Final Jury 1 40
Toplam 3 100
Percentage of Semester Work 60
Percentage of Final Work 40
Total 100

Course Category

Core Courses X
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

The Relation Between Course Learning Competencies and Program Qualifications

# Program Qualifications / Competencies Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 Reflecting Information into academic environment
2 Theoretical, scientific, artistic, historical background/structure
3 Social, environmental, sustainability principles
4 Legal framework
5 Institutional and ethical values
6 Capability to reflect theory into practice
7 Capability to make research and interpret the results
8 Capability to develop alternative solutions
9 Effective writing, drawing and presentation
10 Capability to perform independent and interdisciplinary works
11 Capable to criticize, produce counter thesis and synthesis
12 Life-long learning consciousness
13 Foreign Language Use capability
14 Capable to use information technologies
15 Respect for ethical values, laws, human rights, environmental and cultural heritage

ECTS/Workload Table

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Total Workload
Course Hours (Including Exam Week: 16 x Total Hours) 16 3 48
Laboratory
Application
Special Course Internship
Field Work
Study Hours Out of Class
Presentation/Seminar Prepration 1 20 20
Project
Report
Homework Assignments
Quizzes/Studio Critics
Prepration of Midterm Exams/Midterm Jury 1 22 22
Prepration of Final Exams/Final Jury 1 35 35
Total Workload 125