Auxiliary courses

Auxiliary course 1:   Sustainability Reporting Process

From 17 March to 19 May 2016 - Thursdays from 17:00 to 19:30

GRI Certified Training Partner for Benelux countries, Mr Louis-Arnaud Iscla, offers this lecture to students from all degree programmes.

This programme teaches sustainability reporting knowledge and skills around the world. It helps report makers, users and readers to utilize the CSR reports more effectively with a critical approach.


  • Course Outline, Summer Semester 2015-16:

Session 1: INTRODUCTION. Corporate Social Responsibility, Reporting and legal context (EU directives & International initiatives about reporting) (17 March - room BC 3.06)

Session 2: Sustainability reporting development (24 March -room BC 3.06)

Session 3: Sustainability reporting framework  (7 April -room BC 3.06)

Session 4: Stakeholders inclusiveness  (14 April - room BC 3.06 )

Session 5: CSR report & materiality aspects  (21 April - room BC 0.12)

Session 6: Data collection & monitoring process (28 April - room BC 3.06)

Session 7: CSR report verification process & Audit (12 May - room BC 3.06)

Session 8: EVALUATION  (19 May - room BC 3.06) 


  • More information: 

ECTS: The course yields 4 ECTS for students.

Applications to enroll:  Please submit your CV and a letter of motivation to  before 11 March 2016. First come, first served.

Venue: Campus Limpertsberg, Thursdays from 17.00-19.30, Room BCE 3.06 or BCE 0.12

Trainer:  Mr Louis-Arnaud Iscla

Languages:  Lectures will be held in French and English

Costs:  The course is free of charge and dedicated only to registered students

Contact: Danielle Schwirtz-Lejeune, Administrative Assistant, Certificate in Sustainable Development and Social Innovation



Auxiliary course 2:  Global Environmental Change in the Anthropocene.

From 15 October to 17 December  - Thursdays from 15:45 to 19:15 

  • Course Description:

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The course “Global change in the anthropocene” (MAGEO-04-21) is part of the common Introductory module “ European Territorial Trends and Policies” in the Master of Geography and Spatial Planning.  The course is open to guest auditors and to students who registered for the UL Certificate in Sustainable Development and Social Innovation.
This course provides an overview on global environmental change, the role of human activities in this, in nine consecutive sessions focusing in turn the role of the biosphere in stabilizing environmental conditions on earth, land-use change with a focus on agriculture, changes in the atmosphere and the seas.  
The concluding session will take up recurring themes of challenges to making evidence-based policies and the role of science, and provides a platform for critical discussion of relevant overarching EU policies.

  • Course outline :

Session 1.    15.10.2015   Global change in the anthropocene: Overview 

Session 2.    22.10.2015   Characterising social-ecological systems: the challenges of critical interdisciplinarity

Session 3.    29.10.2015   Sea level, Hydrological hazards and geodetic monitoring (part 1)

Session 4.    12.11.2015   Sea level, Hydrological hazards and geodetic monitoring (part 2)

Session 5.    19.11.2015   Global warming and ocean acidification 

Session 6.    26.11.2015   Land-use change and implications for agricultural systems

Session 7.    03.12.2015   Impacts, and the use of ecosystem services as indicator for transition to more sustainable agriculture

Session 8.    10.12.2015   What can go wrong with quantitative data and mathematical methods? A tale of caution on the use of numbers in the face of uncertainty and complexity

Session 9.    17.12.2015   Anticipating challenges at the food water energy nexus


  • Learning outcomes

On completion of the module a student should be expected to be able to:
•    Understand the relation between human activities and natural processes determining the quality of the environment (incl. the political and management dimension).
•    Apply concepts of risk, vulnerability, adaptation and mitigation in analyzing policies relating to global environmental change.
•    Understand merits and limitations, and potential of abuse  of scientific observation and assessment and representation methods and associated uncertainties
•    Make judgments on the quality of science underlying evidence-based policies.
•    Apply the concept of ecosystem services for taking environmental change into account in spatial planning policies.
•    Evaluate EU and Luxembourg spatial planning and environmental policy recommendations.

  • Evaluation

•    10% participation,
•    30% assignments,
•    60% final report.

ECTS: The course yields 4 ECTS for students.

Applications to enroll:  Please submit your CV and a letter of motivation to 

Venue: Campus Belval, Maison du Savoir, Thursdays at 15.45 (room 4.170, except on 10 Dec., see schedule)

Languages:  Lectures will be held in English

Costs:  The course is free of charge for registered students

Contact: Danielle Schwirtz-Lejeune, Support to the Cell for Sustainable Development

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