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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
Course unit
ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
SUP4065274, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SUSTAINABLE TERRITORIAL DEVELOPMENT
IA2384, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
Website of the academic structure http://www.dissgea.unipd.it/
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge LAURA SECCO AGR/01

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SUP4065274 ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY IN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PROCESS LAURA SECCO SU2297

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/01 Rural economy and evaluation 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Fundamentals of geography and local economies.
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the module “Environmental and Social Responsibility in Local Development Processes” (6 ETCS), the student will be able to identify, understand and critically analyse the basic concepts, the main policies and the most effective and common instruments that are useful in adopting a responsible approach in local development. A particular attention will be devoted to the use and management of natural resources, as well as to the most challenging and modern social and environmental concerns in rural areas.
The student will acquire basic knowledge on the main market-based instruments (such as the third-party independent certification applied to natural resources) and the main regulatory-normative instruments (such as the international agreements on climate change and the policies and action plans of the European Union for improving law compliance in the forest sector, biodiversity protection and social dimensions in innovation within rural development processes).
Examination methods: The students will have to pass an oral examination based on open-ended questions and a discussion with the teacher on the topics discussed during the lessons.
A list of potential questions is provided at the end of each topic/sub-module, in a written form (i.e. included in the slides used during lessons that will be made available in Moodle).
Not attending students are invited to meet the teacher before the exam.
Assessment criteria: The student's performance at the final exam will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
1) Completeness - both with respect to each specific question and to the list of questions (to reply to less than 70% of questions is hardly enough to pass the exam, even if differences exist in the degree of complexity among questions and some are considered more relevant than others in terms of evaluation);
2) Technical correctness (both in the use of technical terms and in sentences formulation);
3) Clarity in formulation and logical sequence of concepts;
4) Capacity to link concepts presented in different modules of the course and to use relevant examples, eventually based on personal experience.
English correctness will also be considered, as far as eventual mistakes affect the concepts’ understanding.
Course unit contents: The module aims at strengthening knowledge skills and developing analytical and operational capabilities in relation to a local development planning process based on the adoption of social and environmental responsibility approaches and instruments.
Insights will be provided on: i) basic concepts of multi-functionality of natural resources and Natural Capital; ii) governance and good governance of natural resources, included instruments to analyse, assess and implement network governance in rural areas; iii) basic concepts, policies, programs and operational instruments related to the most important environmental and social concerns affecting rural areas, included: climate change, unsustainable and illegal logging, the (difficult) role of social dimensions in the innovation processes in rural development, and others. Different spatial/institutional/administrative scales will be considered, from the global to the regional and local ones.
At local level, some case studies will be used to better understand the general concepts, included some projects on forest certification, payments for ecosystem services (biodiversity and water), REDD+ (to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation) and social innovation in rural areas.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal lectures.
Collaborative learning seminars.
Role games.
Discussions.
Exercises.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Variuos types of studying material (included e.g. published scientific papers, reports, books, web sites, video) will be
suggested step by step, for each specific topic, by the teacher and provided on Moodle when possible.
However, two basic recommended documents are the following:

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, last update (chapters and full reports available at http://www.millenniumassessment.org/en/).

Biermann F., Siebenhüner B., Schreyögg A. (2009), International Organizations in Global Environmental Governance, London & New York, Routledge.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)