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49077-01 - Vorlesung mit Übungen: Global Change Resources 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2020
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Inhalt From sand to solar, from molybdenum to mobile phones, from cobalt to computers: mineral resources form the basis of practically every aspect of our modern society. Never before in the history of our global community have we extracted, produced and consumed more of these valuable resources.

This course aims to:
- identify key mineral and fossil resources;
- understand their distribution, extraction and transport pathways;
- highlight environmental risks, legal frameworks and societal impacts;
- discuss alternative concepts, learn about the circular economy and the 3R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle).

With a mixture of lectures, case studies, exercises and excursions, you will learn about the complexity of extracting rare earth minerals, which are critical for our electronic and digital economy. Because Switzerland has no oil and gas resources, but plenty of salt, sand and silt, these valuable resources will be emphasized in a local context. Furthermore, we will investigate the history of how the extraction of mineral resources has evolved over the last hundred years. We will explore the question of ‘Who owns the mineral resources under your house? And the mineral resources on the seabed.’ We will also track the carbon footprint of the cement industry and how to eliminate the CO2 by-product of the production process. Switzerland is a champion in the waste management department and is also advanced in the recycling of mineral resources and urban mining. A firsthand view of such a recycling plant will be integrated into the course as a scheduled excursion.
Lernziele - Knowledge of key mineral and fossil resources, their occurrence and distribution.
- Understanding of extraction and transport pathways of key mineral and fossil resources.
- Basis understanding of environmental risks, legal frameworks and societal impacts.
- Basic understanding of CO2 in the production of i.e. cement and complexity of carbon capture and storage.
- Knowledge of processes and challenges in waste management and urban mining.
Literatur Tba
Bemerkungen Note: Special course inscription and entry requirements!

Mandatory for students of the MSD who have chosen the focus area of natural sciences. No credit transfer possible to any different module than published.

Students who have chosen the focus area of social sciences or economics may transfer the credit points to the 'FASR' module (learning agreement).

This lecture is offered by MSD, the lecturer Dr. Miriam Andres 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, MSD preparation semester or IJDSD have a first priority; those of the mentioned fields of study (see list of modules) have a second priority.

If you study something different you must do at least a master's degree within the Departement of Enviromental Sciences (Faculty of Sciences) and may attend the course in case of vacancies.

Students of the MSD who have chosen the focus area in social sciences or in economics must have completed the 'Complementary Knowledge in Natural Sciences' module (or at least earned 8 CP).

Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 19.08.20/noon:

Login and application possible from 19.08.20/noon on. Login button on top row right hand side of ADAM website. First emails with confirmation of participation will be sent out at the end of week 36.
In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until the end of the second week of teaching.

NOTE: Be aware of special entry requirements. Course inscription via MOnA remains mandatory for all participants..
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 17.09.2020 – 17.12.2020
Zeit Donnerstag, 16.15-18.00 Vesalianum
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 17.09.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 24.09.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 01.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 08.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 15.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 22.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 29.10.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 05.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 12.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 19.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 26.11.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 03.12.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 10.12.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 17.12.2020 16.15-18.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Environmental Geosciences and Biogeochemistry (Masterstudium: Geowissenschaften)
Modul: Kernbereich Naturwissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Written examination. Further information tba announced.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung An-/Abmelden: Belegen resp. Stornieren der Belegung via MOnA
Wiederholungsprüfung eine Wiederholung, bester Versuch zählt
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Departement Umweltwissenschaften