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17403-01 - Seminar: Governance, Sustainable Development and Democracy 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster Jedes Frühjahrsem.
Dozierende Rony Emmenegger (rony.emmenegger@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Against the backdrop of persistent problems of unsustainability, there is a lively debate both in politics and in science on how to govern societies towards more sustainable pathways. In conceptual terms this debate increasingly builds on the notion of 'governance' which highlights both theoretical limits to classical models of political steering and the empirical insight that governments are not the only relevant actors when it comes to the management of societal issues. Instead, at least within the context of modern democracies, the contested, interdependent and dynamic nature of contemporary policymaking has given rise to less hierarchical but more collaborative and polycentric forms of governance. Accordingly, for theoretical and empirical reasons, the governance of modern societies is more and more understood as a shared responsibility of the state, the market and the civil society.

This 'new governance complexity' is assumed to entail potentials and threats for sustainable development and democracy throwing up some fundamental questions regarding the relationship between all three concepts: How can societies be governed towards sustainable development in a democratic way? What are the normative and functional requirements of sustainability governance in democratic societies? What are the empirical conditions as well as prospects and barriers of democratic forms of governance for sustainable development within various political contexts? And, what are the implications of environmental change for the ways governance and democracy can be organized at and across spatial and temporal scales?

The seminar addresses the relationship between governance, sustainable development and democracy in theoretical and empirical respects. First, it will lay a theoretical fundament by introducing the concepts of governance, sustainable development and democracy. Second, specific approaches of governance for sustainable development will be critically discussed particularly with regard to their democratic implications. Third, a number of case studies of sustainability governance in different fields will provide an opportunity to analyze the democratic problem-solving capacity of different governance arrangements in various contexts. Finally, further theoretical and practical perspectives of democratic governance for sustainable development are sketched out.
Lernziele The participants
- are familiar with the concepts 'governance', 'sustainable development' and 'democracy', they understand the interrelations and tensions between them;
- have acquired basic theoretical, methodological and empirical knowledge and skills necessary to produce critically reflected scientific analyses of governance for sustainable development within various policy fields and political contexts.
Literatur Relevant literature tba during the seminar.
Bemerkungen Please note entry requirements and mandatory course application procedure (additional to registration on MOnA).

MSD 2017
Mandatory for students with focus area in natural sciences and in economics.
For students with focus area in social sciences this seminar is optional for the "Core Competences in Social Scienes" module. They may transfer the credit points to the "Focal Areas in Sustainability Research" module (learning agreement).

MSD 2010
Anrechnung gemäss Modulpublikationen oder für den Vertiefungsbereich Phil.-Hist. (learning contract).

The seminar is offered by MSD. Dr. Rony Emmenegger is a post doc staff member of the Sustainability Research Group at Unibas and holds a teaching assignment.


Teilnahmebedingungen Special course application required for ALL (for details see "course application" or "Anmeldung"). Limited number of participants (25), students of the MSD, IJDSD and the listed programs (see list of modules) have priority. If you study something different you must do a master's degree within the 'Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences' and may attend the seminar in case of vacancies.

Additional entry requirements for participants who do not study the MSD or IJDSD:
They must have passed succesfully one of the following lectures or a similar one (= credit points already acquired) during a former semester:
- 11513: Sustainability: A new Societal Paradigm?
- 11508: Grundkurs I: Kultur- und sozialwissenschaftliche Grundlagen der Nachhaltigkeit;
- 12882: Grundkurs III: Grundlagenreflexion der Nachhaltigkeitswissenschaft;
- 41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainability;
- or something similar to prove evidence of knowledge regarding sustainable development and/or democracy.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Mandatory application for ALL: Link for application open from 15.01.20/noon - 05.02.20/midnight:

(Login on top row right hand side of ADAM website. The link is open as soon as the application form is online).

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

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


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 26.02.2020 – 27.05.2020
Zeit Mittwoch, 12.15-14.00 Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01

First teaching day: 26.02.2020!

Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 26.02.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 04.03.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Mittwoch 11.03.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 18.03.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 25.03.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 01.04.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 08.04.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 15.04.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 22.04.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 29.04.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 06.05.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 13.05.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 20.05.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Mittwoch 27.05.2020 12.15-14.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Module Modul Aufbaubereich gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Fragen von Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2017))
Modul Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2017))
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Komplementärer Basisbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance, required reading, oral presentation, essay.
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