The Energy, Water, Food, Nexus (EWF) represents a new way of thinking, analyzing, policymaking, and governing. As a crosscutting issue, EWF, has dynamic economic, biophysical, political, and analytical facets. In this class students will comprehensively explore the facets of the nexus issues at several levels. First, the theoretical concepts that underpin a nexus approach. Second, an empirical analytical approach to understanding the nexus. Third, a case study approach that frames the nexus as real-world problems and solutions.
In this class, particular emphasis is placed on teamwork skills and reflective thinking and experiential knowledge. Extensive feedback from both the course instructor and peers helps students to understand their shortcomings and to improve.
The course will be taught with a mix of in-class lectures, discussions and reflections on the readings, video lectures, interactive games, peer learning by teaching and use of databases. Use of laptops, tablets or smart phones will be required on certain days as noted in the syllabus.
After completing a ZuWi II course the students are aware of the social and environmental context of economic activities. They have a holistic perspective, seeing both the economy and society as embedded in biophysical systems. They understand the effects business has on these dimensions. Throughout the course, students learn to take into account the impact of their later actions on society and the natural environment, their social responsibility and their contribution to a long-termsustainable development. Students develop the ability to consider ethical, social and environmental issues implied in their decisions in both private and professional spheres. They acquire skills such as self-reflection, openness and sensitivity to diversity, and understanding of complexity. They learn to conduct team projects effectively, to listen attentively and to present their ideas in convincing ways. Having completed the course, they are able to process information, to understand ideas and problems, to develop solutions and to communicate them to both expert and non-expert audiences.