Introduction to Pilot course in Girona

Girona pilot is one of the three 3 Pilot Courses (PCs), through which the project will bring together academics, other experts and students from the three partner countries. The objective of PCs is to develop and implement innovative learning and teaching methods, leading to increase professional competences and skills of future University graduates addressing the challenges of the low carbon society.

Topics and case studies

Low Carbon development is a cross-cutting and multisectoral issue (land use and spatial planning; energy supply; energy efficiency; buildings and construction; transports; industry; retail & services; food system; waste and water; Green infrastructure and natural hazards).

TowardsLCS PCs approach this broad challenge by developing site specific sectoral case studies,  yet from a integrated point of view. For the Pilot Case in Girona, two extreme destinations representing two of the main develoment drivers in the Region have been chosen.

On one hand, the city of Lloret de Mar (>30.000 inhab.), which is an exponent of mass tourism, the primary exporting sector in the Province. In Lloret de Mar target topics will be transports and accommodation facilities. In Vilademuls, target topics will be farming (including forests management) and tourism services.

On the other, the rural municipality of Vilademuls (<1.000 inhab.), as an example of Girona's agri-food sector dynamics, with agriculture and animal farming under intensification trends and strong exporting capacity. 

With the aim of exploring low carbon transitions for these two opposite realities, the Pilot Course will break students into two groups, send them to either destination for 10 days, and provide each group with a full training and fieldwork program. Students will explore and analyze from a low carbon society point of view current and future development trends for specific economic sectors.




Methodological  approach and content

Methodological emphasis is on the problem based learning and practical questions/cases arisen from the working life partners as well as associate partners linked to the topic.

Problem based learning (PBL)

  • a student-centered pedagogy in which students learn about a subject through the experience of solving an open-ended problem
  • a style of active learning
  • based on the constructivist theory of learning

Modes of learning

  • lectures, presentations, active thinking
  • workshops with stakeholdersfield excursions, project proposal
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