The Circular Economy fosters business innovation and sustainable well-being. It involves shifting from our take-make-waste linear economy to a circular one with closed loops that maximize the use and value of raw materials and products and employ renewable energy sources. A “strong” Circular Economy capable of operating within ecological limits embraces a service-based model of consumption – sharing, renting and recycling, instead of owning. Materials are not destroyed at end-of-life, but are used to make new products over and over again. In this course, students learn the principles and practices of a Circular Economy drawing from leading innovators in BC and around the world. Students undertake an individual consumption challenge and follow a step-by-step process to develop a Circular Business Strategy. Guest speakers share insights about the challenges and opportunities to advance circularity in their businesses and organizations.
- No prerequisites are required for this course.
Below is one offering of BSUS 5220 for the Fall 2022 term.
Mon Sep 12 - Mon Dec 05 (12 weeks)
- 12 weeks
- CRN 48202
Class meeting times
|Sep 12 - Dec 05||Mon||19:30 - 21:20||Online|
|Sep 12 - Dec 05||N/A||N/A||Online|
Course outline TBD — see Learning Outcomes in the interim.
- Internet delivery format.
- Departmental approval needed
Departmental approval needed. Reserved for Sustainable Business Leadership (SBL) and BBA students. SBL students are pre-approved to register. BBA students please email email@example.com with your student ID for departmental approval. Course includes a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning each week. If the course is full, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student ID to be added to the waitlist. No class on October 10th.
Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:
- Explain and promote the principles of a strong circular economy (i.e. principles that align with planetary boundaries).
- Describe how ecological economic theory informs the circular economy in practice.
- Apply ecological economic theory to examples of the circular economy in action.
- Explain and evaluate circular economy practices and articulate their differences from business-as-usual.
- Explain and value the role individual/household consumption in a genuinely sustainable circular economy.
- Analyze and identify the constraints and opportunities for implementing circular economy practices in varied contexts.
- Develop and defend recommendations to foster transformative change at varied scales, ranging from the broader economy to specific consumer and business practices.
Effective as of Fall 2020
Circular Economy (BSUS 5220) is offered as a part of the following programs:
School of Business + Media
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