Environment, Technology and Society

Catalogue des cours de Institut Mines-Télécom Business School






1ère Année Management,Bachelor 1ère année,1ère Année Télécom





Crédits ECTS


Heures programmées


Charge de travail




  • Langues et Sciences Humaines

Equipe pédagogique


This course involves a review of the key issues facing contemporary society with a focus on environmental challenges and an analysis of the impact of technology on social relations.

Acquis d'apprentissage

Students can expect to learn: to evaluate complex issues independently and give their opinions; add to their knowledge of environmental and technological concerns and solutions; formulate opinions on and evaluate arguments related to these issues; appreciate the ethical and transformational impact of technological innovation.
Additionally students should be able to:
• Produce effective written texts in terms of structure, content and language use
• Exercise judgement and flexibility in expressing complex ideas
• Deliver an effective academic presentations (based on guidelines to be established)
• Interact effectively in an online ‘classroom’ and webinar setting
• Produce an English CV for an international application


To present an opportunity for students to explore the interrelated issues of environment and technology on our society. We will focus on the current state of affairs, potential solutions and expectations for future evolution, paying particular attention to: Energy, Communication Media, life in cities and the diverse habitats to be found on Earth. We will examine the key components required for a Green Energy Transition and the future of Nuclear Energy. The functioning and implementation of Smart Green Cities will also be a topic of study. Students will have a choice of different topics that they may study on their own and present during the class both orally and in writing.

Attentes du cours

Students are expected to be open to new ideas and to be capable of assimilating them as part of an ongoing process to improve their writing and presentation skills in English. There will be a minimum of three (3) written activities and two (2) oral reports. The level of interaction is similar to that encountered in professional life.
Students should be prepared for a high degree of interaction: in pairs, groups and in writing. Discussion and written exercises will be the norm and will serve as the basis for the participation grade.


General requirements and expected student behaviour:

Students should arrive to class ready to participate with the necessary equipment. In addition to the regular classroom materials, this includes a computer equipped with a webcam, microphone, and active high-speed internet connection for the duration of each session.

The participation grade will be based on the following criteria:
• Punctuality: on-time and ready to work
• Motivation: Only speaking English in Class, using a dictionary is encouraged.
• Professional: Appropriate setting, actions and interaction for professional context.
• Engagement: Participating appropriately in all class activities
• Focus / Responsiveness: Remaining focused during teacher/classmate input and on class tasks. Responds appropriately when asked.
• Committed to Course assignments: All tasks delivered on time and to the best of your ability.
• Positive: Contributing to positive class atmosphere (non-disruptive behaviour)

General rules for ‘live’ sessions:
Think ‘COPP’: Camera On (Mic. off unless contributing), Professional, Positive.
Attendance will be taken at the beginning, end, and at random intervals during the class. If a student arrives late, or experiences technical problems, it is the student’s responsibility to inform the teacher immediately, and contact the Helpdesk if necessary.
Absences and lateness, as with any lack of participation, will affect the final grade. Severe lateness will be treated as absence.

Approches pédagogiques

Students will analyse a range of supports from different media sources:
Texts: Students will be supplied with texts from differing sources and of differing lengths. Students will be asked to analyse, deconstruct, and/or reconstruct according to the objective at hand. Students will be asked to produce texts conforming to the genre studied.
While studying texts, students should make notes / highlight unknown words, phrases and rhetorical devices during reading to ask questions during the class
New Media: Short videos or digital media will be presented in class with associated questions / tasks based on the input. Students should take notes on content during all presentation unless otherwise instructed.
Interactive: Any interactive material will require autonomous participation from the student. However, the student must signal problems and/or questions to the teacher at the earliest opportunity.
Collaborative: Group projects will be conducted regularly, and students are required to respect diversity and group dynamics. All members should contribute equally to the group effort.
Vocabulary journaling / revision: Students should keep a vocabulary log and self-test on learned vocabulary throughout the semester.


Programme grande école,Programme Ingénieur,Programme Bachelor

Plan du cours

1. Business and Social Problems – Challenges and Opportunities
2. Key Problems facing Modern Cities
3. The Green Industrial Revolution – GIR
4. Smart Green Cities
5. Social media: Proprietary algorithms
6. The future of Nuclear Energy
7. Social media: Big Data
8. Our Planet: Oceans, Jungles and Deserts
9. Group Project: Environmental and/or Technological
10. Our Planet: Natural Disasters
*Topics may change due to various factors

Fiche mise à jour le 28/07/2020