Natural Resource Use in the 21st Century

Course Description: 

Continuing population growth, especially in developing countries is raising demand of such basic commodities as food, water, fuels, wood, etc. At the same time, new technologies and new discoveries are expanding our views on availability of certain resources, such as oil or natural gas. Opening up of new resource bases is often associated with development of new extraction and production practices with negative effects for the environment. Increasing production of electronic equipment raises demands for rare metals which are needed in increasing quantities. Therefore it is becoming critical to consider current and future prospects of consumption and availability of natural resources from environmental perspective.

Learning Outcomes: 

The course’s main aim is to provide students with an understanding of:

  • The role of varios resources for human well-being, and what alternatives  we can expect in this century,
  • Existing methods of evaluation and assessment of availability of different types of resources
  • Environmental consequences of usage of different types of resources
Assessment: 

Written assignment on one selected topic (80%) and presentation (20%)

Prerequisites: 

None