UMHV2UM05(ms) - Environmental studies - base course
In this course in environmental studies students work with concepts from environmental studies and use knowledge and discussion to connect to their micro-society. Simultaneously, students are trained in the work methods used in the teaching of this subject. Students work independently and together in groups where emphasis is placed on the student's responsibility for his/her own learning progress and the formation of a stand towards environmental issues. Categories of material dealt with in the course are: Earth, structure and circulations. The history of environmental studies. The ideology of sustainable evolution, the Rio conference and its results. Environmental ethics. Earth's energy sources, different choices. International cooperation in environmental issues such climate issues, biological diversity, and pollution Iceland's policy making in environmental issues. Consumer society and ecofriendly lifestyle.
UMHV3OA05(ms) - Energy and natural resources
Students work with concepts, knowledge and discussion from environmental studies that are connected to energy sources and exploitation of natural resources. Students become familiar with different energy sources, how they are utilised for energy production and what effect they have depending on their location in the world. Studied are the negative effects of non-renewable energy sources that have increased demand for the exploitation of renewable resources for energy production. The effects of technological advances on the utilisation potential of different energy sources and a vision for the future. Students work independently and together in groups where emphasis is placed on the student's responsibility for his/her own learning progress and the formation of a stand towards environmental issues.
UMHV3UH05(ms) - Environmental economics
Students work with concepts, knowledge and discussions from environmental economics. Students become familiar with different methods which are used in evaluating the value of nature and environmental quality. Are introduced to the main environmental control systems. Students study methods which are used to control exploitation of natural resources, for example in fishery or the control of tourist influx. Also how companies and institutions use methods to implement more environmentally friendly processes into their operations. Students learn about the environmental quality that fall outside traditional laws of marketing. Students work independently and together in groups where emphasis is placed on each student's responsibility for his/her learning process and a formation of a stand towards environment related issues.