Students critically assess the economic, social, political, and environmental implications of extracting and using energy resources, metals, and bulk materials along the mineral resource cycle for society. They explore various decision-making tools that support policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resources, and gain insight into different perspectives from government, industry, and NGOs.
Students will be able to: - Explain basic concepts applied in resource economics, economic geology, extraction, processing and recycling technologies, environmental and health impact assessments, resource governance, and secondary materials. - Evaluate the policies and guidelines pertaining to mineral resource extraction. - Examine decision-making tools for mineral resource related projects. - Engage constructively with key actors from governmental organizations, mining and trading companies, and NGOs, dealing with issues along the mineral resource cycle.
Seven week course offered from February 23rd to April 14th. This course is prerequisite for the case study module course 860-0016-00 Supply and Responsible Use of Mineral Resources II. Bachelor of Science or Engineering, and enrolled in a Master's or PhD program at ETH Zurich.
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