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Course module: 202100154
The Sustainability Game
Course info
Course module202100154
Credits (ECTS)2
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A. Votsis
dr. D. Babushkina
Contactperson for the course
dr. A. Votsis
dr. A. Votsis
Academic year2022
Starting block
RemarksLocation: Leeuwarden
Application procedure-
Registration using OSIRISYes
By the end of the course, the students are able to:
  • Describe and negotiate spatial sustainability challenges by using computational and complex systems thinking and terminology.
  • Analyse and evaluate challenges and intended solutions by applying an interdisciplinary co-creation process with serious gaming.
  • Use a pool of computational tools for examining challenges and illustrating envisioned solutions via a responsible futuring angle.

The course aims to develop—in a collaborative, interactive context and by using simulation-based serious gaming—the ability to simultaneously apply research, design, and organizational-consultancy skills in addressing spatial sustainability challenges. The challenges-to-be-addressed stem from at least one of the three M-EEM domains (water, energy, environment) with a distinctive r-urban nexus angle. In terms of analytical methods, the objective is to engage in a serious simulation game by exposing the students to a pool of computational and systems thinking approaches. Exposure to these approaches aims not only to practice skills, but also to experience and understand the pros and cons of the tool(s) in use.

Additional information:
  • We focus on the following methods: spatial statistics (cluster and hot-spot analysis) and artificial intelligence (cellular automata, agent-based models, fuzzy cognitive maps) approaches.
  • The sustainability game follows DesignLab’s principles of responsible futuring, interdisciplinarity, and co-creation / citizen science. Tne framework of Geodesign is applied as the overarching collaborative mode, implemented in a digitally aided serious gaming setting with computer simulations being the central activity.

Assumed previous knowledge
It is not necessary to have prior exposure to basic statistics and data analysis. The course offers a practical introduction to computational analysis tools in conjunction with learning the required free and open-source software. Advanced methods will be made available as well, to cater to experienced users.
Participating study
Master Environmental and Energy Management
Required materials
Course material
Articles, videos, and lecture slides will be made available on Canvas as links or PDFs.
Recommended materials
Geodesign by Integrating Design and Geospatial Sciences. ISBN: 978-3-319-08299-8 (e-book accessible via the UT library)
Instructional modes
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Project supervised
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Self study with assistance
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