BUP Courses and Education Materials
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The Area Studies courses are undergraduate courses that treat the Baltic Sea region and its societies under eight headings: history, culture, languages, democracy, multiculturality, social conditions, economics, and security. The courses deal mostly with the conditions in the region after the systems change in 1989-91. Regional development is in focus with emphasis on democracy, human rights and economics.
The full course, The Baltic Sea Region (15 ECTS), consists of two parts: Peoples of the Baltic (7.5 ECTS) and Regional Development and the Baltic Sea Region (7.5 ECTS). The individual parts can be studied as separate courses. All three courses use the same textbook: The Baltic Sea Region Cultures, Politics, Societies.
Aim of the course
The aim of the courses is to get to know the Baltic Sea region, its countries, peoples, and history, and give the students a tool for dealing with problems of peaceful coexistence and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region, as well as a general understanding of the problems of regional development.
Recommended Student Background
The courses are directed to students with an interest in the Baltic Sea region and in understanding and analysing problems related to peaceful coexistence and sustainable development in the Baltic Sea region.The Area Studies courses may fit both in the first and later part of the university studies. English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.
Prof. Witold Maciejewski
Adam Mickiewicz University
Dept. of Scandinavian Studies
Al. Niepodleglosci 4, 61-874 Poznan, Poland
T: +48-61-829 35 89 F:+48-61-853 73 24
The introduction of environmental management approaches in industry and other organizations are of great importance for developing a good environment in the Baltic Sea region. However, well functioning possibilities for learning and training environmental management is lacking at many universities and equivalent institutions in particular in the former socialist countries in the region. With this course package Baltic University wants to introduce such a possibility.
The full course, Environmental Management (30 ECTS), consists of four parts:
- Policy Instruments for Environmental Management (7.5 ECTS)
- Cleaner Production and Technologies (7.5 ECTS)
- Product Design and Life Cycle Assessment (7.5 ECTS)
- Environmental Management Systems and certification (7.5 ECTS)
This set of four courses on environmental management have been developed to fill this gap. The courses are on master level. They address management in all kinds of organizations, but they are of particular relevance for the industrial sector. They are well adapted for competence development for professionals.
Environmental management is seen a general approach encompassing a long series of issues such as management tools, economic and legal policy instruments, industry related tools such as cleaner production and waste minimization, but also more traditional tools as Environmental Impact Assessment, as well as eco-design, Life Cycle Assessment, certification and green labelling.
In the industry sector technologies for removing pollutants from effluents and flue gases are today enforced by increasing fines and taxes for pollution, and solid waste deposition on landfills, but in the long run this approach has limitations. A simple fact is that too much waste is produced. Technical approaches, which address this fundamental fact, include eco-design and cleaner production. The management tools include the systems of ISO 14001 and EMAS introduced to an ever larger extent.
University-industry contacts should be used to allow visits on a regular basis to specified industries as part of the studies, and in general stimulate university-industry cooperation.
Aim of the course
The courses intend to give comprehensive knowledge of environment management and how to apply management principles and tools in different organizations. A number of best practice cases from the countries in the Baltic Sea region are provided to illustrate how this is done. The four courses together treat how the environmental management is conducted by all stakeholders in a society; by authorities through legal and economic tools, inspection and control in using environmental audits and formal systems such as ISO 14001 and EMAS. The goal is to give the students an understanding of how to reduce environmental impact and make production more economic.
The full course Environmental Management provides a platform for professional work in environmental management in all parts of society, such as industry, authorities, municipalities et., or further studies in the area.
Recommended Student Background
The students may have backgrounds in either technologies and engineering studies, (especially courses EM2 and EM3) in natural sciences studies, in economics/management or social/political sciences (especially EM1 and EM4). Secondary school science is, however, recommended as a minimum level in all courses.
The environmental management courses are normally best placed in the latter part of the university studies. English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.
Assoc. Prof. Linas Kliucininkas
Kaunas University of Technology
Dept. of Environmental Engineering
Radvilenu str. 19
LT-502 54 Kaunas, Lithuania
ph: +370 - 37 35 10 08
The Environmental Science courses are undergraduate courses treating the environment in the Baltic Sea region. They give multidisciplinary overviews of the situation of the environment in the Baltic Sea region and on how to manage and protect it.
The Environmental Science courses provide an excellent background for studying both the Baltic University undergraduate and graduate courses on sustainable development.
The full course, Environmental Science (15 ECTS), consists of two parts: The Baltic Sea Environment (7.5 ECTS) and Basic Environmental Science (7.5 ECTS). The individual parts can be studied as separate courses. All three courses use the same textbook: Environmental Science. The courses consist of lectures, seminars, excursions, and case studies.
The courses are supported by the Baltic University Programme through teacher conferences, student conferences, and possibilities to arrange audio-, video- and computer conferences using information and communication technologies. Study groups are encouraged to organize at least one conference with students in another country.
A web site Environmental Science contains information and materials for the courses. Here you will also find a quiz to each chapter in the book.
In addition, a course in English for Environmental Science is available. This course provides the students in the Baltic Sea region with an opportunity to improve their professional command of the English language, based on texts in the Environmental Science textbook.
The courses intend to give comprehensive knowledge of our environment and how to manage and protect it, using cases from the countries in the Baltic Sea region. It is a basic level holistic treatment of environmental science, covering all aspects of the subject, from the sciences (biology, geology, chemistry, engineering etc.) social sciences (economics, law, political sciences, international relations, etc.) as well as management.
The full course of Environmental Science provides a platform for professional work in environmental management in all parts of society, such as industry, authorities, municipalities etc., or further studies in the area.
SAIL is an international Baltic University Programme (BUP) course on sustainable development. Social, cultural, economical and environmental aspects of sustainability will be in focus for 38 students and teachers from universities around the Baltic Sea. Participants will come from different faculties and disciplines at universities. The 7.5 ECTS credits course is officially registered at Uppsala University for the autumn semester 2012.
A part of the course will take place on board the sailing ship STS Fryderyk Chopin between 10 - 27 September 2012. The cruise will start in Gdynia, Poland, sail to different ports in the Baltic Sea and end in Swinoujscie, Poland.
The course consists of three parts. Before, during and after the cruise with the sailing ship Chopin. Before the cruise the students have to read specified papers on sustainable development selected by an international teachers team. During the cruise lectures will be held on board by the teachers and group works carried out by the students. After the cruise each student has to write a term paper on a subject chosen together with a teacher on board the ship.
Note that all students will be taught sailing skills in the beginning of the sail in order to act as part of the crew on board.
A programme for the course will be made available in the beginning of April.
Applications to the SAIL 2012 course is now open. The students should apply directly through the website www.antagning.se.The deadline for applications is 15th April 2012.
The official prerequisites for the course are that: 1) you have participated in and passed a BUP course, 2) you are a student at an university that is a member of the BUP network (it is recommended that you include a certificate from the BUP Swedish National Centre confirming that you are a student of a BUP University).
See also the following link: www.bth.se/BUPSweden
For further information contact Agata Kosno coordinator at the Baltic University Programme Swedish National Centre.
See also BUP international website for information about the SAIL course.
The Sustainable Community Development and Urban Planning (CD) course is a Baltic University Programme master level, post-graduate, course.
The course is intended for students with previous courses in relevant fields, such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography, or environmental science during three years of university studies. The course has been given 10 Nordic credits, or 15 ECTS credits, which correspond to approximately ten weeks of full time studies.
The course focuses on sustainable community development, and urban planning with special emphasis on the conditions in the Baltic Sea region. The course will cover both social science, architectural and cultural aspects of community development and intends to convey practical knowledge.
The course has three parts:
- The City (4.5 ECTS credits)
This part describes the urbanization of the Baltic Sea region and the basic functions of a city. City administrative cultures are described and discussed. the focus is on the concepts of sustainability and development
- Building sustainable communities (4.5 ECTS)
This part describes how to build sustainable cities from the building blocks to the neighborhood. Focus is on sustainable architecture, social space, and principles of urban planning. The rebuilding of cities is treated with reference to former industrial, residential, and military areas.
- Sustainable urban management (6 ECTS credits)
This part describes the totality of urban management with reference to land, buildings, and inhabitants. The sustainability indicators in the environmental, economic, and social fields are included. Economic, cultural, and social development of a city is treated with several examples. International aspects including the Habitat principles and Agenda 21 concludes the course.
Aim of the courses
The courses intend to give students an understanding of the requirements for s sustainable community development, and how to introduce strategies for sustainable development in urban management.
The courses also aim to introduce the thinking and working developed by the United Nations Habitat conferences, as well as the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro 1992, and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg 2002.
The courses intend to promote good examples on how new models of sustainable management are developed and the course material has a multitude of examples on such cases from the Baltic Sea region.
Recommended Student Background
The course is directed to students with previous knowledge in relevant fields, such as architecture, landscape architecture, geography or environmental sciences during three years of university studies.
A working knowledge of English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.
Assoc. Prof. Per G. Berg
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Dept. of landscape Planning, Ultuna
P.O. Box 7012
SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
ph: +46 - 18 67 25 13
The course A Sustainable Baltic Region (7.5 ECTS) deals with sustainable use and management of natural resources, the long-term protection of our environment and the sustainable organizations of human societies from the level of households to those of municipalities, cities and countries. The course has been organized as ten "packages". There is an introductory part explaining the fundamental notions of sustainability and its historical background. Then follow four themes of more technical and natural science character. The second part consists of four themes of social science character and the course is finished by a topic of implementation and Agenda 21. Important issues are energy, material flows, economy and ethics, as well as industry, agriculture, transport, community development and Agenda 21 practices.
The course material consists of, ten 50 pages booklets, the TV series Mission Possible with over 80 individual reports and a database useful for student work. A computer conferencing system, First Class, is used for direct interaction between the students in different countries and locations throughout the region. The TV series of ten 45 min programs called Mission Possible was produced by a consortium of 17 public TV companies in ten countries in the region. The TV-production consists mostly of reports on cases of good practice. It shows how new models for sustainable management is developed in cities, at farms, in factories etc. in the countries in the region.
The TV series was broadcast to the universities over satellite during spring 1997. Whole or part of the productions have also been broadcast to the
The course intends to give an understanding of the reguirements for a sustainable developent. The course also shows examples on how new models of sustainable mangement are developed in households, farms, factories and cities.
Recommended Student Background
The course is directed to students with an interest in sustainable development in general and the Agenda21 process and practices in particular. English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars.
Prof. Ireneusz Zbicinski
Technical University of Lodz
Faculty of Process and Environmental Engineering
ul. Wolczanska 213/215, 90-924 Lodz, Poland
ph: +48 - 42 631 37 73
The Sustainable Water Management (SWM) courses are courses on the master level which focus on questions of sustainable use of water and water resources in the Baltic Sea region. They could be studied either as three separate courses or as one larger course. The full course, Sustainable Water Management (15 ECTS), consists of three parts: The Baltic Waterscape (4.5 ECTS), Water Use and Management (4.5 ECTS) and River Basin Management (6 ECTS). The individual parts can be studied as separate courses. The courses consist of lectures, seminars, excursions, and case studies, all accompanied by a series of three textbooks.
The courses are organized as an international cooperative program among universities in the Baltic Sea region. Since 2000 the courses are offered as campus courses by the participating universities. However, since 2003, there is also as an internet based distance learning course at Uppsala University. The latter course is open to all students anywhere in the world.
The last application date for the 2012 SWM distance course is 15th December 2011.
The courses intend to give a professional knowledge on the state of the water resources in the Baltic region, their present use and management, and the challenge of creating sustainable water use practices in the different countries in the Baltic Sea catchment area. With the use of video-, audio- and data conference systems the participating students engage in common seminars.
Recommended student background
Students should preferably have a background in e.g., hydrology, geology, physical geography, agronomy, soil science, forestry or environmental engineering; other study areas e.g. biology, law with specialization on water issues etc., may also be relevant. The Water Management courses are best placed in the final part of the studies. Students are recommended to have studied the previous Baltic University Programme courses, in particular The Baltic Sea Environment. English is a prerequisite for students participating in common seminars and for distance learning students.
Prof. Lars-Christer Lundin
Dept. of Earth Sciences, Air and Water Science
Villavägen 16, SE-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden
T: +46-18-471 22 64
The Summer Course on Sustainability and Waste Management is being organized by the German offices of the Baltic University Programme in Hamburg and Zittau. The course will take place on 11-15 September 2012 in Goerlitz, Germany.
Students from all subjects registered at universities of the Baltic Sea Region and beyond are welcome to attend the summer course.
Details on the programme of the Summer Course as well as about the registration can be seen at: http://ag-umwelt.hszg.de/index.php?id=3896.
The organisers are unable to pay for any travel costs, but may be able to help with local accommodation and food. Please note that registration
is necessary and that the number of participants is limited.
The deadline for registration is the 15th June 2011, but please note that the number of participants is limited
Please see the EURENSSA 2011 web site for more information and application form.