Code: 22071
Departament: Department of Sciences and Technology
Field of Study: Environmental Science and Technology
    Sustainable Development
    Case studies
Sandra Caeiro
Área Científica: Environmental Sciences.

Ana Paula Martinho
Field of Study: Environmental Sciences.

Course Description:
The overall aim of this Open course is the dialogue and knowledge building among European students on topics in comprehensive area of sustainable development. Specific aims depend on the selected case study.
In this edition of the Masters, the Open Course is 'European Seminar on Sustainable Development', offered by Virtual Campus for a Sustainable Europe and coordinated by the Open University of the Netherlands (more information at The Open curricular unit is in the scientific field of science and environmental technology and is taught in English.

It is expected that the student by completing this course is able to: 1. Recognize the main themes related to sustainable development; 2. List the different issues in an inclusive and transversal vision.

Examples of case studies are the following:
- Climate change in coastal regions (University of Oldenburg, Germany);
  - Implementation of the European Directive on Urban Waste (Portuguese Distance Learning University, Portugal);
- Innovation in the European policy of nature conservation (Open Universiteit, Netherlands)
- Bioenergy and Sustainability (University of Oldenburg, Germany);
- Communicating sustainability: strategies to communicate the concept of sustainable development (University of Lüneburg, Germany);
- Geoconservation - the Geopark in Hateg (University of Bucharest, Romania);
- The Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Poland (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands);
- Quality of life versus environmental pressures in Europe (Charles University, Czech Republic);
- Sustainable Tourism and Regional Development (University of Graz, Austria).

All the material will be available on line, for each case study.

Workload (hours): 156
Contact Hours: 26

Evaluation is made on individual basis and it involves the coexistence of two modes: continuous assessment (60%) and final evaluation (40%). Further information is detailed in the Learning Agreement of the course unit.

This course is lectured in English.

Language(s) of Instruction: Portuguese.

Contact for virtual mobility students: Communication and International Relations Office –