ENVS1139 Nexus of Water, Food and Energy (5 cr)

Study level:
Advanced studies
Grading scale:
Responsible organisation:
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The course gives an overview of the field of environmental studies; particularly how to reach sustainable development goals and global challenges, covering the central themes of Water and Sanitation (SDG 6), Food (SDG 2) and Energy (SDG7). These areas (SDG goals) are highly intervened with each other or with the 14 other SDGs, both North but particularly in the South. During the course, the alternative pathways and the challenges are going to be introduced by giving an opportunity to familiarize the student with practical examples and innovative solutions of the circular economy. Accordingly, a knowledge of outrage factors affects the success of sustainability strategies, especially among an uninformed public.

The following areas will be covered during the course:
- Towards sustainability in the area of safe and sustainable water supply and sanitation, circulation of the water, organic matter and nutrients to the agriculture and energy production without compromising health and environmental carrying capacity.
- Water, sanitation, food, and energy all have associated risks (especially health risks).
- Outrage and risk attitudes affect the choices we make, especially when risks are involved.

Learning outcomes

Apply the skill learned in the analysis of social, environmental, and economic aspects of water, food and energy Nexus.
Apply the skills learned to be the agents of change at the personal level and in the society to achieve long-term sustainability in the water, sanitation, food and energy Nexus.
Collaborate with students and other course participants with varied experiences and perceptions and from different socio–economic, geopolitical and climatic zones through assignments and group works.

Description of prerequisites

Prior knowledge and skills required from students: At least a B.Sc student in Environmental or Natural Sciences, Environmental or Civil Engineering, Educational, Health or Social Sciences. A course ENVS1130 Environmental Risk perception and Communication is recommended.

Study materials

Moodle learning environment is used to provide learning materials (lectures and reading materials). The material is divided into several modules and offered annually by JyU and the consortium of universities.

Completion methods

Method 1

Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Independent study (5 cr)

Independent study
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Moodle learning environment is used to provide learning materials (lectures and reading materials), discussion, group works, quizzes, learning diary, assignments and platform of for informal collaboration.