Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 202100152
Sustainability & Justice
Course info
Course module202100152
Credits (ECTS)2
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact personprof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
Contactperson for the course
prof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
prof.dr. M.A. Heldeweg
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksLocation: Leeuwarden
Application procedure-
Registration using OSIRISYes
To obtain knowledge about and be able to actively reflect upon core notions of justice as applied to sustainability, combining environmental, climate change, energy, and water viewpoints.
This course is about the importance of normative reflection on securing sustainable development in various areas: to provide guidance in making, implementing and evaluating decisions and designing decision-making systems. Justice has become an important concept in the studies of sustainability, especially in environmental, climate change, energy and water governance, policy, and law. Currently, this is especially the case in view of the disruptive transitions that are deemed necessary to make major and urgent changes in socio-technical and socio-ecological systems to secure Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The concept of a just transition, about how to move from the present unsustainable to a future (more) sustainable development, involves all tenets of justice (i.e., recognition, procedural, substantive/distributive, cosmopolitan justice); one that not only looks at desired/just end-states, but also on how to get there in a just way. “Leaving nobody behind” (i.e., being inclusive, especially to vulnerable groups and in addressing energy poverty) is an important aspiration combining recognition, procedure and substantive concerns, as is “giving each person his or her due”.  Of course, SDGs and principles of social justice, are never far away, and justice concerns also touch upon social, economic and ecological (including spatial) rivalries.
An important element of the course will be, not only to understand the discourse on sustainability and justice, and the leading definitions of concepts, but also to connect justice to frameworks and institutional settings for decision-making in relevant setting, such as of environmental, water en energy governance and justice.
Assumed previous knowledge
Basics of MEEM quartile 1 courses
Participating study
Master Environmental and Energy Management
Required materials
Course material
Mostly articles and papers, mostly provided (with URL-link) in Canvas
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes


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