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57243-01 - Seminar: Quality of Life and Sustainability: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Paul Burger (paul.burger@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Quality of Life and Sustainability: Theoretical and Empirical Approaches
Sustainability is very often understood in terms of environmental protection („saving the planet“). Well-being or quality of life and the like are also very often conceived of as either something different from sustainability or even the opposite of sustainable development („we do not want to go back to the cave“) – at least in countries of the Global North. There are, however, very good reasons to deal with them as being inextricably linked with each other. The seminar will go along this line. We will first look at different theoretical approaches to well-being (or quality of life) following the hedonic (life satisfaction, happiness) and the eudaemonic (e.g. capabilities) tradition. Second, we will gain insights from ongoing empirical research on well-being that especially takes relations to consumption into account. Against that backdrop, we will consider literature related to change of consumption patterns („sustainable consumption“) to gain a better understanding on the relationship as well as on interesting research questions in that field.
Lernziele Students
- will know different theoretical and empirical approaches to well-being
- will know relations between well-being and sustainability (by looking at the debate on sustainable consumption)
- are able to critically discuss claims regarding well-being and sustainability
Literatur tba in class
Bemerkungen Please note entry requirements and mandatory course application procedure (additional to registration on MOnA).

MSD 2017
For students with focus area in social sciences the seminar is optional for the "Core Competences in Social Scienes" module.
Students who have chosen the focus area in natural sciences or in economics must have completed the 'Complementary Knowledge in Social Sciences' module (at least 8 CP).
Transfer of credit points to the "Focal Areas in Sustainability Research" module (learning agreement) is possible for all students.

MSD 2010
Dieses Seminar ist für den Kernbereich Phil.-Hist. publiziert und kann für den Vertiefungsbereich Phil.-Hist. angerechnet werden (learning contract).

This seminar is offered by MSD. Prof. Dr. Paul Burger is a member of the teaching committee MSD and head of the Sustainability Research Group, Dep. of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


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.

MSD 2017
MSD students who have chosen the focus area in natural sciences or in economics must have completed the “Complementary knowledge in Social Sciences” module (at least 8 CP).

MSD 2010
Nur für Studierende mit Studienvariante Phil.-Hist.
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 25.02.2020 – 26.05.2020
Zeit Dienstag, 14.15-16.00
Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 25.02.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 03.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Dienstag 10.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 17.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 24.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 31.03.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 07.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 14.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 21.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 28.04.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 05.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 12.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 19.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Dienstag 26.05.2020 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaftliche Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (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
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