SLM 8003 Circular Economy and New Opportunities

SLM 8003 Circular Economy and New Opportunities

Course code: 
SLM 8003
Law and Governance
Course coordinator: 
Caroline Dale Ditlev-Simonsen
Course name in Norwegian: 
Sirkulærøkonomi og nye muligheter
Product category: 
Executive - Short Learning Modules
2023 Spring
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One semester

The circular economy concept challenges us to think about material streams in addition to finance in economic activities. Waste reduction, increased re-use and reduced pressure on non-renewable resources are all important for building a sustainable future. This course presents the rationale for circular solutions and give examples of such solutions that have already been implemented. Platforms – often digital – are a crucial part of the practical implementation of a circular economy.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

The candidate

  • has basic knowledge of the concept of circular economy and how it has developed over time
  • has knowledge of possible areas of application for circular economy business models
  • has knowledge of how actors from both the private and public sectors meet the challenge of better resource utilizatio
Learning outcomes - Skills

The candidate ...

  • can identify circular opportunities in different economic sectors
  • can discuss barriers and how these can be overcome
  • can evaluate potential for change of business model in different sectors
General Competence

The candidate ...

  • has a basic understanding of the need to focus on material flows in the assessment of economic activity as part of the work towards a sustainable society
  • knows the history of and can participate in debates about the development towards increased circularity
Course content
  • What does circular economy mean, and which challenges does it address?
  • How to go from linear production to service provision?
  • Presentation of various platform solutions for circular business models
Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of real-time lectures, digital teaching material (e.g., podcasts, videos, interactive tools/quizzes), group work, student presentations, and plenary discussions.

Reading list  for the course BIK 3134 Bærekraft i daglig drift, is to be found here. See also the reading plan in the learning portal and additional information.

In all BI Executive courses and programs, there is a mutual requirement  for the student and the course responsible regarding the involvement of the student's experience in the planning and implementation of courses, modules and programmes. This means that the student has the right and duty to get involved with their own knowledge and practice relevance, through the active sharing of their relevant experience and knowledge. (Mandatory text at the end of this paragraph)

Software tools
No specified computer-based tools are required.
Additional information

The course is part of the SLM course series, Sustainability in Daily Operation, which consists of the SLM courses SLM 8001 Sustainability Basics, SLM 8002 Sustainability and Shared Value Creation, and SLM 8003 Circular Economy and New Opportunities. The courses are based on the course BIK 3134 Sustainability In daily operation, 7.5 ECTS. If you have completed three courses from the same SLM course series, and meet the admission requirements for taking the exam at BI, you can take an exam within that course series, which gives a total of 7.5 credits.

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