TU Delft
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NEDERLANDSENGLISH
Organization
2018/2019 Technology, Policy and Management Master Complex Systems Engineering and Management
SEN1151
Law and Institutions
ECTS: 5
Module Manager
Name E-mail
Mr. J.M. Kooijman    J.M.Kooijman-1@tudelft.nl
Instructor
Name E-mail
Dr. A.F. Correlje    A.F.Correlje@tudelft.nl
Mr. J.M. Kooijman    J.M.Kooijman-1@tudelft.nl
Responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Mr. J.M. Kooijman    J.M.Kooijman-1@tudelft.nl
Co-responsible for assignments
Name E-mail
Dr. A.F. Correlje    A.F.Correlje@tudelft.nl
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
0/0/x/0
Education Period
3
Start Education
3
Exam Period
3
4
Course Language
English
Course Contents
Suppose we want to switch to a hydrogen based economy in which fuel cell cars are used as power plants. Or suppose we want a fully automated inland terminal. And what about the construction of multifunctional dikes? You cannot ‘just’ realize that but you have to be aware of the relevant legal and institutional framework. That framework will enable you to make things happen, but it can also contain constraints.

This course focuses on the legal and institutional framework to take into account with that kind of projects. Are there for instance legal instruments to force people to switch to fuel cell cars? And to what institutional layer do those instruments belong? Are they easy to change? Or: can the government subsidize the transition to a fully automated inland terminal? What are the constraints? And can we work around those constraints? Or: what exactly has to be studied for the environmental impact assessment regarding the dike? Does an environmental impact assessment have to be conducted at all?

Students are requested to form groups and randomly pick a case description. Then, the group will present its case in an elevator pitch to all the students and make an initial outline for the legal and institutional aspects of the case. On the basis of those pitches, we will dive into the world of law in order to see what defines the design space for those projects, what areas of law are relevant, whether the law forms a barrier or not and how the law can be used to realize those projects. Next to these group assignments there will be an individual exam.
Study Goals
At the end of the course, students are able to:
- Relate legal instruments to the institutional framework
- Work with the law as a system
- Relate the legal instruments to the institutional framework
- Identify the legal borders of the design space regarding a socio technical system
- Identify relevant law for a socio technical system
- Apply relevant law to a socio technical system and identify barriers and opportunities
- Deal with legal language
Education Method
Interactive lectures.
Assessment
In order to pass the course, the students (per group) will have to do an elevator pitch (5%), a peer review session (15%) and write a group paper (40%) all based on the institutional and legal framework, the legal barriers and the legal opportunities regarding a case that will be handed out during the course. Next to the group assignments there will be an individual exam (40%).