Course content Environment, Science & Society

In this course you will:
  • watch a video on knowledge conflicts relating to Wadden Sea policy;
  • watch a video recording of a lecture by Prof. Susan Owens on the changing role of science in policy and society;
  • analyse a video recording of a debate between various environmental professionals on the authority of science and the role of science in environmental policy;
  • read chapter 1 of the course book Environmental Problems: crossing boundaries between science policy and society.

Learning Goals

After completing this course you will be able to:

  • mention three challenges when dealing with complex environmental problems: dealing with uncertainty, dealing with plurality, integration of different types of knowledge;
  • describe the distinction between structured and unstructured problems and explain why environmental problems often are unstructured problems.

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