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Course module: B-MBISO
Biology and Society
Course infoSchedule
Course codeB-MBISO
ECTS Credits4
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Graduate School of Life Sciences;
Contact persondr. J.H. Appelman
Contactperson for the course
dr. J.H. Appelman
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
4  (23/04/2019 to 05/07/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Enrolment periodfrom 28/01/2019 up to and including 24/02/2019
Course application processCourse coordinator
Additional informationCourse coordinator
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 01/04/2019 up to and including 02/04/2019
Waiting listYes
Course goals
At the end of the course, students should have a profound understanding of:
-      New bio-inspired approaches to sustainability
-      The role(-s) science and technology do play and could play concerning a transition to a circular society
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
-     critically review and supplement nascent design and sustainability approaches that share a biological foundation or inspiration
-     be able to explain how we can work towards constructive approaches that regenerate already lost bio-resources and eco-services
Description of content:
A quote attributed to Einstein reflects the main thrust of this course. It runs like this, “the significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.” The quote implies that we can’t solve the problems we are facing today with the science, values and tools we currently employ. Can we find together ways of thinking that support a transition to a nature-embedded society? What role will/must/could Biology play? How can it inform other disciplines? And, not unimportantly, what can biology learn from other disciplines? What would a new paradigm look like, how much do you know already? And how simple can it be, would 3 p’s be enough if we learn to use them consistently and equitably?
1.     Ecology: Thomas, C.D., 2017, Inheritors of the Earth: How Nature Is Thriving in an Age of Extinction Hardcover
2.     Philosophy & Society: Parallax of Growth: The Philosophy of Ecology and Economy,Ole Bjerg, Polity
3.     Economy: Raworth, K. , 2017, Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st-century economist
Entry requirements
Prerequisite knowledge
Bio-inspired Value Creation or being admitted as a master student Bio Inspired Innovation
Required materials
Instructional formats
Group work

General remarks
Group work: Critical discussion in small groups of a new and growing body of Bio-inspired literature


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Lecture to frame the different contributions


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Joint presentations

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade-

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