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English
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Intermediate Level
Approx. 23 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Introduction

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 3 min), 8 readings
8 readings
Welcome learners!10m
Course organization10m
Grading and logistics10m
Acknowledgement10m
FAQ - General topics10m
FAQ- Time management10m
FAQ - Quizzes and assignment10m
FAQ - Certificate10m
3 hours to complete

Module 1. Introducing the basic concepts

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 118 min)
9 videos
The challenges faced in nexus analysis17m
Examples of “different” analyses of the nexus14m
Basic concepts of metabolic analysis12m
The bio-phsyical roots of metabolic patterns9m
Too rich to be green12m
The “intolerable” dependence on fossil fuel imports10m
Circular economy, Bioeconomy and Zero-emissions14m
Jevon’s paradox and the myth of resource efficiency as a solution for sustainability9m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 150m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

Module 2. Acknowledging the poor quality of existing quantitative analyses

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 123 min)
9 videos
The fragility of numbers10m
Handling the issue of scale15m
Narratives vs. Storytelling12m
The identity in Complex Systems11m
The Concept of Holon16m
Grammars: how to keep quantitative analysis semantically open10m
Mosaic Effect: integrating quantitative analysis across different hierarchical levels17m
The Sudoku Effect – how to handle impredicativity in quantitative analysis11m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 230m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Module 3. The challenge of food accounting

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 137 min)
9 videos
An example of an integrated quantitative analysis of food metabolism: Ecuador13m
What are qualities of the produced food that cannot be considered in qualitative analysis?18m
Pre-industrial metabolic pattern18m
Technological lock-in of agriculture11m
The post harvest sector16m
Feeding the cities12m
The mission impossible of agriculture in modern times16m
Multifunctional agriculture15m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 330m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Module 4. The challenge of energy accounting

3 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 123 min)
9 videos
Exosomatic Metabolism11m
EROI a critical appraisal14m
Energy grammar13m
Functional and structural components12m
Quality of PES13m
Energy efficiency for policy targets12m
The problem with agro-biofuels13m
Energiewende and the problem of intermittents9m
1 practice exercise
Quiz 430m

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