Course detail

Environmental Studies and Civil Engineering

FAST-CZ51Acad. year: 2020/2021

Ecology and environmental studies, nowadays situation of nature, environmental risks, environmental law, environmental economy, environmental ethics and ethic conceptions, anthropocentrism, biocentrism, deep ecology, sustainable development, ecology and technology, solutions of ecologic crisis, ecological life-style, transgresion, cognitive disonancy, psychological aspects of solution of crisis, ecology of the countryside, ecological house, nature & culture and civil engineering, ecological healthy living, EIA - evaluation of the influence of buildings on the environment.


Institute of Social Sciences (SPV)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Connections between environmental problems with technology and civil engineering. Application of environmentally orientated principles, ideas and opinions into relation 'ecology - technology - culture - civil engineering'.


Basic knowledge of ecological terminology (in level of the secondary school), ecosystems, ecology, elementar imagines about relation of human being and natural world, transcendental suggestions to influence of civil engineering to ecology of the countryside, defending and creating of environment, imagines about possibilities of ecological civil engineering and ecological living, knowledge of principles of sustainable development, general knowledge of ecological risks in world.


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Recommended optional programme components

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Recommended or required reading

LIBROVÁ, Hana: Pestří a zelení. Brno: Veronica, 1994. ISBN 80-85368-18-8.
NAGY, Eugen: Nízkoenergetický ekologický dům. Bratislava: STU, 2002. ISBN 80-88905-74-5.
LIBROVÁ, Hana: Vlažní a váhaví. Brno: Veronica, 2003. ISBN 80-7239-149-6.
MEADOWS, Donella. H., MEADOWS, Dennis. L.: The Limits to Growth. New York: Univerze Books, 1972.
DIRNER, Václav: Přehled environmentálních rizik. Ostrava: VŠB, 1992. ISBN 80-85380-38-5.
CEPEK, Václav: Ekologické stavitelství. Ostrava: VŠB-TU, 1996. ISBN 80-7078-220-X.
PYTLÍK, Petr: Ekologie ve stavebnictví. Praha: Spv, 1997. ISBN 80-85380-38-2.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

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Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

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Language of instruction


Work placements

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Course curriculum

1. Introduction to environmental studies. Environmental studies and ecology, agreements and differences. Importance of environmental studies.
2. Philosophical, social and economic continuities in environmental issues. Understanding of the sence of ecologic crisis.
3. Summary of environmental risks. Global warming, natural resources, waste, renewable resources etc.
4. Environmental law and the economy - does it even exist? Fundamentals, analysis and solutions.
5. Environmental ethics. Importance of environmental ehics to thinking about the nature. Anthropocentrism. Ethics of respect for life. Biocentrism. Ecocentrism. Deep ecology. Substance, importance, examples.
6. Sustainable development, healthy life-style. Principles, importance. The idea of the relationship 'economically + ecologically = for all time'. Why do you have to reach sustainable development?
7. Nature, culture and civil engineering. Differences between the natural world and human civilization. EIA - evaluation of the influence of buildings on the environment.
8. Approaches of value systems to environmental problems and crisises. Traditionalism, conservativism and liberalism. Ecological dictatorship. Environmental economy and law.
9. The ecological building - fiction or future reality? Buildings without ecological load? Civil engineering as a factor influencing environmental change.
10. Social and technological problems of ecologic crisis. Aspects of environmental protection and health. Cities and the countryside later and nowadays.
11. Ways to environmental civil engineering. Ecology of the countryside, settlements, urbanism and buildings. Housing and healthy living. Environmental and non-environmental civil engineering.
12. Modern and postmodern perspectives on the nature/culture duality. Technological solutions of crisis (traffic, sustainable production and consumption, you and economy).
13. The crisis of modernity and the new period in our relationship with nature. Globalization and its consequences.


Specification of imagines about the relationship 'nature - human being - culture'. Principles of modern thinking about technology and natural world vith view to sustainable development. Understanding of ecological view to world, importance of ecological ethics, law, economy, culture and global life-style in relation to modern technological increase. Trying to indicating ways for future, perspectives of environmental life-style and environmental civil engineering.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

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