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Industrial Ecology (Nankai) DUMF5123

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course will provide students with a thorough and comprehensive grounding in industrial ecology theory and practice. It will examine the major theoretical approaches to the study of green development of industry. Particular attention will be paid to key historical, methodological and practices that have shaped this area of study.


16 * 2 hour sessions

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Nankai JGS Environmental Science programme.

Excluded Courses





Coursework in the form of an essay 3,000 words in length (30% of grade)

A written exam to be convened in class (50% of grade)

Report in the form of presentation by group (20% of grade)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

- To provide an introduction to the emergence, development and research frontiers of the industrial ecology.
- To engage the key debates regarding the purpose of
 industrial ecology theory;

- To explore the basic techniques and methods of the industrial ecology, such as life cycle assessment, material flow analysis, energy flow analysis, industrial metabolism, industrial symbolism, industrial efficiency, resource production, the design for environment, product oriented environment policy;

- To enable students to practice the knowledge of these methods of industrial ecology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

- Explain and discuss theories of industrial ecology in substantive, methodological terms;

- Analyse these theories in terms of their core normative problems, units of analysis, and assumptions;

- Apply industrial ecology theories to current environmental science and engineering issues.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.