Program & courses

ACADEMIC PROGRAM  (tuition fees are waived for students coming from summer program partner universities)


UTT will provide 2 courses taught in English:

1)    Sustainability, Life Cycle thinking and Industrial Ecology (51 hours - 3US credits)

2)    Europe and France – Institutions, history and civilization (45 hours - 3US credits)

Lectures are shared with students from other universities.

In addition, 10 hours of “Survival French” (about 3 level groups of French language) will be taught to students.

A transcript of records will be sent to the home university after the program.


Course 1: Sustainability, Life Cycle Thinking and Industrial Ecology

Summer Course at University of Technology of Troyes, France (51 hours, 6 ECTS credits)

Instructor:  Dr. Bertrand LARATTE and Dr. Junbeum KIM


Course objective and description

Sustainability is one the biggest principles which consider economic, human and environmental aspects in future development. Students who successfully complete this course will have a solid understanding of the emerging discipline of sustainability, life cycle thinking and industrial ecology. Students will also be able to solve several types of problems linked to estimating the human impact on global systems as well as how to reduce this impact. Finally, students will be able to contribute ideas toward solutions to some of society’s most pressing environmental problems by applying the principles of sustainability, a focus on environmental areas with the notion of life cycle thinking, and the principles and methods of industrial ecology.


Course structure and outline

1) Sustainability (5hours)

- Introduction to Sustainability.

- Sustainability or Collapsing?

- The Anthropocene.



The class will use a variety of materials, from journal articles to short videosincluding the following scientific sources:

World Commission on Environment & Development, Our Common Future, Oxford University Press 1987.

Paul Crutzen, A Geology of Mankind, Nature, Nature 415, 23 (3 January 2002).

Steffen, W., et al., Global Change and the Earth System: A Planet Under Pressure, The IGBP Series, Springer, 2004.

Diamond, J. Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Viking Press, 2005.



2 assignments (1 reading assignment; a 1-page scenario writing)



1 quiz


2) Life Cycle Thinking (23 hours)

- Eco-design

- Environmental Impact Assessment

- Life Cycle Assessment

- Environmental Communication

References: There in no textbook for this part. The class will use summaries of journal articles as well as summaries of books and manuals. Some of the books from which material has been taken include the following:

- Product design and environment: 90 examples of eco-design, French Agency for environment and energy management

- Design for sustainability: a sourcebook of integrated eco-logical solutions, Birkeland, Janis

- Life cycle design: a manual for small and medium-sized enterprises, Berlin New York : Springer


Homework: 1 report on a simplified environmental assessment of a product (10 pages maximum)

Exam: 1 oral presentation (15 to 20 minutes)


3) Industrial Ecology (23 hours)

- Symbiosis

- Resource management

- Material and Waste Flow Analysis


References: There is no textbook for this part. However, the class will use summaries of journal articles as well as summaries of books provided by the instructor. Some of the books from which material has been taken include the following:

- Industrial Ecology (2ND Edition), T.E. Graedel and Braden Allenby, Prentice Hall; 2 edition

- Industrial Ecology and Sustainable Engineering, T.E. Graedel and Braden Allenby, Prentice Hall; 1 edition

- Practical Handbook of Material Flow Analysis (Advanced Methods in Resource and Waste Management Series, Paul H. Brunner and Helmut Rechberger, CRC Press


Homework: 1 assignment consisting of a 2-page summary of a related journal paper (Journal of Industrial Ecology, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment etc.)

Exam: 1 exam on industrial ecology and material flow analysis



Class Participation    20%

Homework      40%

Final Exam     40%


Course 2: European institutions, French culture and language and French technology (45 hours)

Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will have acquired significant knowledge about France, Europe and intercultural management. They will be able to identify the key institutional, industrial and cultural features that characterize France and Europe. Furthermore, they will be given the analytical techniques and the tools to draw parallels between their homeland (and continent) and France (and Europe). 


Contents: European Union’s objectives, European institutions, the transferability of the EU model to South-East Asia, French culture and language, the main concepts of intercultural management, key cultural features of European and South-East Asian countries, specific intercultural issues related to industrial and product design.

Methods:  Lectures, group discussions


Assessment:  Final examination

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