Courses Master Display 2022-2023

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Course title Basic Modelling
Course code SSP4013
ECTS credits 1,0
Assessment Pass / Fail
Period
Period Start End Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
1 5-9-2022 14-10-2022
2 31-10-2022 9-12-2022
Level no level
Coordinator Astrid Offermans
For more information: a.offermans@maastrichtuniversity.nl
Language of instruction English
Goals
After studying the SA skills course the students are able to:
* Apply some widely-used methods/tools of sustainability assessment;
* Discuss the strengths, weaknesses, and pitfalls of these methods/tools;
* Reflect on the contribution of the methods/tools to a sustainability assessment.
Description
Sustainability Assessment (SA) can be defined as a structured process dealing with a sustainability issue, using knowledge from various scientific disciplines and/or stakeholders, such that integrated insights are made available to decision makers. Applying SA in practice requires specific skills. The aim of this skills course is that students learn to apply some widely-used methods/tools of SA, and become familiar with its rules of application, strengths, and pitfalls.

A multitude of complex modelling approaches is currently used to assist in solving societal problems. After a general introduction to Integrated Assessment (IA) models, students are introduced to qualitative system dynamics modelling applied to a sustainability case. Students will practice using quantitative models as well. In this way the students develop an insight into the basic components, mechanisms, limitations and assumptions of which several contemporary IA models consist. The systems analysis and problem structuring skills that are required to be able to build models are useful skills to implement in other IA methods as well.
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Evaluation in previous academic year For the complete evaluation of this course please click "here"
This course belongs to the following programmes / specialisations
Master Sustainability Science, Policy and Society Compulsory Skill(s)