Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Environmental Management, innovation and Ethics

Overall Course Objectives

The course aims at giving the students an understanding of the basic principles and tools of environmental management and regulation, with emphasis on innovation, uncertainty, regulation and the ethical challenges associated with environmental dilemmas and foresight. The approach is interdisciplinary and is intended to broaden the students’ vision of society’s environmental challenges, such as the increased use of technologies, resource extraction, mitigation and adaptation to climate change.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe several basic ethical theories and applied environmental ethical principles
  • Discuss different approaches to environmental management, regulation and decision support
  • Differentiate between the ethical and environmental ethical theories and management approaches
  • Reflect on environmental issues from the perspective of different ethical theories
  • Demonstrate how regulation can be designed so that both helps protect the environment as well as sparks innovation
  • Debate the social and ethical implications of different regulatory measures
  • Analyse uncertainties and risks in complex environmental issues
  • Formulate a regulation and policy strategy for coping with the environmental issues
  • Write a cover and political memo on an environmental issue with relevant facts, analysis of problems and solutions and policy recommendations

Course Content

Basic principles of environmental management approaches: Command and control, consensus, economic tools, CSR and ethics. Basic theory about regulation and innovation: Porter’s hypothesis, technological lock-ins.Basic theory of ethics, emphasis on environmental ethics. Introduction to Backcasting, Impact Assessment (i.e. environmental economics), DPSIR analysis, Stakeholder analysis and Technology Assessment. Analysis of regulatory options when it comes to wicked environmental problems. The role of ethics, philosophy, science and engineering in society. Determinism, uncertainty, ignorance and indeterminacy. Technical and chemical risk management. Environmental principles. The precautionary principle.. The role of engineers as a specialist when it comes to social, environmental and ethical dilemmas. Interpretation of sustainability, moral community and the common versus opportunistic individual needs. How to write a cover and a political memo. Developing policy recommendations.

Recommended prerequisites

As many environmental courses as possible, including environmental management courses.

Teaching Method

Lectures, exercises, Cover and political memo and recommendations developed in groups


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3 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12240
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 1
Semester end Week 35
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK