This course will consider waste as a topic that requires interdisciplinary approaches to understand waste as both a techno-scientific and socio-ethical issue. Various types of waste will be considered (municipal solid, industrial, bio-hazardous, food and agriculture, nuclear, clothing, electronic, mining, military, and so on), as well as various waste management practices (landfilling, incineration, bioremediation, repositories, and so on).
The course structure is seminar-based. Students will lead each seminar, and make active contributions to the learning process through various activities every week. Grades are earned on the basis of the quality of advance preparation, quality of in-class contribution, quality of written assignments, and a final examination (to take place during the regular exam period). The Instructor will lecture occasionally to provide background and content.