ENVR E-153 Product Social Metrics for Industry
This course is meant to broaden students' knowledge and experience with regard to the impact assessment of the social component of sustainability. Key elements are the practicability, as well as the academic foundations of product social life cycle assessment. The course entails the theoretic background and context of social life cycle assessment (LCA), as well as practical assignments that together form a social LCA study. The Handbook for Product Social Impact Assessment, which is developed and tested by front running companies, serves as a basis for applying social LCA. Sharing experiences and participation in discussion sessions are an important part of the course as well. Students are divided into pods (small groups) that stay together in the course, in order to distill course concepts, engage in thought partnerships, and share insights. There are blog assignments, in which students reflect on how the learnings can be applied in their practices.