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What you will learn

  • learn about the challenges related to metals production and usage

  • learn about the potential solutions that exist to act on these challenges

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Approx. 41 hours to complete
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

2 hours to complete

Introduction

2 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 19 min), 6 readings
4 videos
How to succeed in your online class?2m
Introduction to SDGs: Dr. Janez Potočnik2m
Introduction to UNEP International Resource Panel: Dr. Patrice Christmann4m
6 readings
Meet the Instructor & the Team5m
Leiden University: Facts & Figures10m
Community Guidelines 5m
What is your learning path?5m
The World Bank: The 2017 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals30m
The Lazy Person's Guide to Saving the World20m
4 hours to complete

Metals in Society

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 34 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
The Periodic Table of Elements3m
Insights from the Life-Cycle of Metals by Prof. dr. Thomas E. Graedel5m
Life-Cycles of Selected Metals (Part 1)5m
Life-Cycles of Selected Metals (Part 2)7m
Metals in the 20th Century9m
Summary of Metals in Society59s
2 readings
Life-Cycle Impact of Rare Earth Elements30m
Suggested Readings and Materials1h 30m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge30m
Week
2

Week 2

8 hours to complete

Metals Challenge

8 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 103 min), 4 readings, 1 quiz
12 videos
Future Demand and Supply9m
Scarcity and Depletion2m
Impacts of Metal Use11m
Criticality of Metals24m
Summary of Metals Challenge53s
Energy for Metals3m
Metals for Energy7m
Criticality of Metals by Thomas E. Graedel (Part 1)8m
Criticality of Metals by Thomas E. Graedel (Part 2)12m
Criticality of Metals by Thomas E. Graedel (Part 3)11m
Future Demand and Supply (Additional Material)7m
4 readings
Environmental Risks and Challenges of Anthropogenic Metals Flows and Cycles: International Resource Panel's Report1h
Criticality of Metals40m
Environmental Impacts of Rare Earth Mining and Separation Based on Eudialyte: A New European Way30m
Suggested Readings and Materials2h 30m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge30m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

Dynamics of Metal Systems

5 hours to complete
5 videos (Total 25 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
5 videos
Stocks of Metal in Society by Thomas E. Graedel3m
Distinguishing between Stocks and Flows by Thomas E. Graedel3m
Stock Dynamics and Modelling13m
Summary of Dynamics of Metal Systems1m
3 readings
Metal Stocks in Society: The International Resource Panel's Report1h
Urban Mines of Copper: Size and Potential for Recycling in the EU30m
Suggested Readings and Materials1h 40m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge30m
Week
4

Week 4

7 hours to complete

Solutions to the Metals Challenge

7 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 85 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
11 videos
Possible Solutions5m
Recycling Rates for Metals by Thomas E. Graedel9m
Materials Design for Recycling by Erik Offerman (Part 1)10m
Materials Design for Recycling by Erik Offerman (Part 2)12m
Product Design by Conny Bakker5m
Remanufacturing15m
Summary of Solutions to the Metals Challenge1m
Product-centric Recycling to Increase Recycling Rates by Markus Reuter (Part 1)10m
Product-centric Recycling to Increase Recycling Rates by Markus Reuter (Part 2)13m
Elements, materials, products, elements. Animation by Ruben Huele20s
3 readings
Recycling Rates of Metals: The International Resource Panel's Report1h
Metal Recycling: The International Resource Panel's Report1h
Suggested Readings and Materials2h 30m
1 practice exercise
Test your knowledge30m

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