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41829-01 - Vorlesung mit Übungen: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainability 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Rony Emmenegger (rony.emmenegger@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The lecture is offered within the scope of the "Transfaculty cross section program Sustainable Development" (Transfakultäres Querschnittsprogramm TQ NE). The program consists of 3 introductory lectures with practical courses (lecture A + B, respectively, offered in fall semesters, C offered in spring semesters) dedicated to conveying the foundations of sustainable development. An additional integration seminar (D, offered in spring semesters) engages with interdisciplinary work. The assignment and completion of D requires the successful completion of two lectures from A, B, C.

This lecture with practical courses (lecture B) deals with the analysis of sustainability problems and problem solving from different social science perspectives. It seeks to clarify the prerequisites and conditions, as well as the possibilities and limits of dealing with sustainability problems and fostering societal transformations toward sustainability.
Food as an integration focus for the entire TQ NE is analyzed as a social, cultural and political phenomenon in relation to sustainable development: What can social sciences contribute to a differentiated understanding of food-related sustainability problems and their solutions? (e.g., land use and conflicts, common property resources; food production, food consumption and waste; food distribution and security; food governance and governing a sustainable food system etc.).

The class includes a weekly lecture and topic-specific practical courses: The lecture deals with systematic overview knowledge and a set of specific social science concepts, approaches and theories. The practical courses focus on empirical case studies and involves active student participation.
Lernziele The lecture aims at the acquisition of the following competences:
- Professional competences: Students are familiar with selected social science perspectives (concepts, approaches and theories) relevant to the analysis of the link between sustainability and food. In addition, they have exemplary empirical knowledge on selected sustainability problems in the subject area of food and sustainability.
- Methodological competences: Students are able to develop and apply strategies and techniques for the research and structuring of information. They are also able to apply specific social science perspectives to the analysis of a sustainability problem and to reflect the knowledge gained thereby.
- Social and self-competences: Students can organize group work and organize and carry out results-oriented activities. They can argue their own positions in a small group and in front of a larger audience, defend against objections and reflect on the basis of critical objections by others.
Literatur Made available on the ADAM workspace.
Bemerkungen The kick-off event is organized together with lecture A (41828) on Thuesday, 21.09.21 from 14.15 to 18.00h: Biozentrum Neubau, Hörsaal U1.131

Practical course:
Each student has to attend 3 sessions of practical course (each 90 minutes) and 1 lesson with presentation in the course of the lecture taking place on pre-determined dates according to the announcement in the lecture itself.
The groups are organized together with the enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.
Venue: Vesalianum, Vesalgasse 1, 2nd floor, meeting room 02.03a (subject to modifications).

Extra certificate
Upon completion of the entire program (Transfaculty Cross Section Program Sustainable Development) and the enrolled degree program at the University of Basel students may order an additional certificate. For this purpose students send an email to coordination-msd@unibas.ch, attach their official final degree transcript (= list of all attended courses) and put their address. The certificate will be sent by postage.

MSD 2017
Students who have already attended a similar class are supposed to contact Prof. Dr. P. Burger and determine with him a substitute. Don’t forget to fix the learning agreement (see template on the website MSD/downloads MSD 2017). Also, students with an academic background in the fields of social sciences but without the focus area in social sciences are supposed to contact Prof. Burger.

This lecture is offered by the "Transfaculty cross section program Sustainable Development" (TQ NE) and MSD. Dr. Rony Emmenegger is staff member of the Sustainability Research Group, Department of Social Sciences.


Teilnahmebedingungen This class is open to students from the University of Basel who at least are studying in their third semester! Limited number of participants due to limitation of seats in the lecture hall.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Course enrollment on MOnA should be completed by the beginning of the teaching period (withdrawal possible until Monday of week five).
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 21.09.2021 – 11.01.2022
Zeit Dienstag, 16.15-18.00 Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131

Kick-off (together with lecture 41828): 21.09.21: 14.15- 17.45 pm: Biozentrum Neubau, Hörsaal U1.131

Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 21.09.2021 14.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 28.09.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 05.10.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 12.10.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.101
Dienstag 19.10.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 26.10.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 02.11.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 09.11.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 16.11.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 23.11.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 30.11.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 07.12.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 14.12.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 21.12.2021 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.131
Dienstag 11.01.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Biozentrum, Hörsaal U1.141
Montag 21.02.2022 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Komplementärer Basisbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Vertiefung Landschaft und Umwelt (Bachelor Studienfach Geographie)
Modul: Vertiefung Politikwissenschaft M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Leistungsnachweis
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Regular attendance of lecture and practical course is mandatory, oral presentation (practical course).
Final written examination (details acccording to information of R. Emmenegger): 11.01.22, during usual lecture time in the lecture hall U1.141 (in the new building of the Biozentrum). Exam lasts 60 minutes.
Repeat examination: 08.02.22, during usual lecture time (exam lasts 60 minutes); room: tba.
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