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55407-01 - Seminar: Risk Society, Science and Nature 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Rony Emmenegger (rony.emmenegger@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The publication of Ulrich Beck's (1986) book titled "Risk Society: On the Road to a Different Modernity" has since shaped the debate about risks in modern times. According to Beck (1986, 1992), modernity means individualization and dissolution of traditions, but also the creation of unprecedented risks that jeopardize human existence. The social science analysis of such a 'risk society' therefore focuses on the distribution of risks which characterize this society and are tackled as central challenges in this society. With his thesis of the 'risk society', Ulrich Beck also laid the foundation for a deeper examination of the complex relationship between social developments and environmental problems.

This seminar provides insights into the complexity of human-environment relations that characterizes a 'risk society' and works towards a research agenda for the analysis of environmental problems and risks. The following questions are at the center of this seminar – to be discussed theoretically and through specific examples (waste disposal, invasive species, draught, fluvial hazard and gravitational hazard etc.):
- What is the ‘nature’ of risk and how can it be conceptually captured within human-environment relations?
- How can humans adopt to risks and how can human-environment relations be reconfigured?
- What means sustainable development for a 'risk society' and how can it be achieved?
Lernziele Student are
- familiar with ‘risk’-related concepts and debates in social science and environmental humanities;
- able to conceptualize ‘risk’ within human-environment relations;
- able to conduct a conceptually-inspired risk analysis through an engagement with empirical examples;
- able to reflect on the meaning of ‘sustainable development’ for an advancing ‘risk society’.
Literatur Tba in class.
Bemerkungen Please note entry requirements and course application process.

MSD 2010
Studienvariante Phil.-Hist: Das Seminar ist für den Vertiefungsbereich anrechenbar (learning contract).

MSD 2017
For students with focus area in social sciences the seminar is optional for the "Core Competences in Social Scienes" module.
All students may transfer the credit points to the FASR module (learning agreement).

This seminar is offered by MSD. Dr. Rony Emmenegger is a staff member of the Sustainability Research Group, Dep. of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Teilnahmebedingungen Limited number of participants (25), MSD-Students and those of the IJDSD have priority. Others are only accepted if they study a master's degree within the "Phil.-Hist."-Faculty and have passed sucessfully e.g. the lectures "11513-01: Sustainability: A new Societal Paradigm?" or "41829: Social Science Perspectives on Sustainability". Special course inscription required for ALL (for details see "Anmeldung").

MSD 2017
Students who have chosen the focus area in natural sciences or in economics must have completed the 'Complementary Knowledge in Social Sciences' module.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 14.08.19y/noon - 04.09.19/midnight:


Login and application possible from 14.08.19/noon on. (Login button on top row right hand side of ADAM website)

NOTE: Be aware of special entry requirements. Course inscription via MOnA remains mandatory for all participants..

In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until the second week of teaching + 2 days.
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.09.2019 – 18.12.2019
Zeit Mittwoch, 16.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 18.09.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 25.09.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 02.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 09.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 16.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 23.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 30.10.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 06.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 13.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 20.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 27.11.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 04.12.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 11.12.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 18.12.2019 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Modul Wahlbereich Wasser (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2017))
Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An-/Abmelden: Belegen resp. Stornieren der Belegung via MOnA
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung