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Industry-induced Global Environmental Issues

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Course Unit Code546-0175/01
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated4 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Compulsory
Level of Course Unit *Second Cycle
Year of Study *First Year
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites There are no prerequisites or co-requisites for this course unit
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
KOD009Ing. Jana Kodymová, Ph.D.
The course deals with an overview of current global problems that are focused on the environment. This course will focus primarily on anthropogenic / industrial sources of pollution and the impacts of human activity on key ecosystems on a global scale. This course deals with the cross-section of individual industries and their impact on the environment on a local and global scale. The aim of the course is to introduce students to the issue of environmental damage, and also to acquaint them with the possibilities of solutions in the form of sustainable and so-called "clean" technologies in solving the impact of current industrial production on the environment.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The main goal of the course will be to acquaint students in a global way with the issue of the impact of human activities on the environment, and at the same time in what ways some problems can grow on a global scale. Completion of this course is mainly aimed at mastering the idea of ​​"thinking globally, but being able to act locally".
Course Contents
1. Introduction to the problems of globalization, the environment and new strategies for humans
2. Industrial activities and environmental impact, anthropogenic pollution
3. Society and landscape - space intrusion and habitat destruction (the landscape change, draining the landscape, expanding infrastructures)
4. Landscape ecology and disturbance of biodiversity
5. Eutrophication as a global problem, eutrophication of water, land eutrophication, eutrophication in the future
6. Impacts of industry on the Global Atmosphere - Climate Change and Ozone Depletion (effects of global warming climate changes and hydrology, energy systems and stratospheric ozone, carbon dioxide reduction, acid rain and radioactive fallout)
7. Industrial society and chemical pollution
8. Waste management on the planet, plastics and microplastics in food chains
9. Impacts of a damaged environment on human health (longevity of impacts, pollution chain and their impact on ecosystems, endocrine disruptors, interactions between pollutants)
10. Pollution of air, water and soil, and modern technologies for the management of drinking water and solid waste
11. Renewable resources, clean technology
12. Environmental economics and the value of the environment, economic policy tools, the importance of environmental tax in the EU
13. Behavior and the environment - environmental ethics and behavior, environmental education and public awareness, environmental philosophy and the importance of lifestyle)
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
RICHARD J.F. Hifh Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years To Solve Them. Basic Books, 2008.
LAPČÍK, V. Výrobní a environmentální technologie. Ostrava: VŠB – TU Ostrava, 2008
LAPČÍK, V. Průmyslové technologie a jejich vliv na životní prostředí. Ostrava: VŠB-TUO, 2009, II. doplněné vydání 2011. 362 s. ISBN 978-80-248-2015-6
REMTOVÁ, K. Preventivní přístupy v managementu životního prostředí. Praha: Centrum čistší produkce, 1998
BRANIŠ, M. Základy ekologie a ochrany životního prostředí. Informatorium, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7333-024-8
RICHARD, J. F. Hifh Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years To Solve Them. Basic Books, 2007. 256 s. ISBN 978-0-465-07010-7
Recommended Reading:
HITE K. A., SEITZ J.L. Global Issues: An Introduction, 5th Edition. WIley-Blackwell, 2016.
SMIL, V. Globální katastrofy a trendy. Kniha Zlín, 2017. 432 s. ISBN 978-80-747-3528-8
REMTOVÁ, K. Trvale udržitelný rozvoj a strategie ochrany životního prostředí. Praha: Ministerstvo životního prostředí ČR; Centrum pro otázky životního prostředí, 1996. 95 s. ISBN 80-85368-93-5
DLOUHÁ, J., J. DLOUHÝ a V. MEZŘICKÝ (eds.). Globalizace a globální problémy. Praha: Univerzita Karlova, Centrum pro otázky životního prostředí, 2006. 312 s. ISBN 80-87076-01-X
HITE, K. A. a J. L. SEITZ. Global Issues: An Introduction. WIley-Blackwell, 2016. 360 s. ISBN 978-1-118-96885-7
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Tutorials, Field trip
Assesment methods and criteria
Task TitleTask TypeMaximum Number of Points
(Act. for Subtasks)
Minimum Number of Points for Task Passing
Credit and ExaminationCredit and Examination100 (100)51
        CreditCredit33 17
        ExaminationExamination67 34