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66008-01 - Seminar: Urban Climate Change 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2022
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Johannes Schubert (jon.schubert@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt This course introduces students to current debates on climate risk and urban adaptation. We investigate the various ways in which climate risk is produced, and manifests unequally in the lived realities of urban dwellers across a broad variety of socio-political contexts. We also examine the ways in which different disciplines have sought to apprehend social and infrastructural responses to climate change to develop critical perspectives on dominant, oftentimes reductionist discourses about ‘climate change and cities in the global South’.

Drawing from readings in anthropology, political geography, political ecology, history, political science, and urban studies, this course explores different empirical contexts to introduce students to key ideas and explore the different factors driving experiences of, and adaptation to, urban climate risk. Students will learn to identify, understand, compare and contrast various conceptual approaches, and apply these to different realities. Students should come out with a firm knowledge of the interrelations between urban and global development, capitalism, infrastructure, and climate justice.

The course will be run as weekly, two-hour meetings. Each session includes a brief introduction by the instructor, and then extensive group discussions based on readings and reading notes prepared by the students. All but the first session will also include student presentations on selected topics/case studies.

This is a discussion seminar, and your learning success depends on commitment and involvement of all participants. This only works if you arrive well-prepared, and actively participate in the discussions and listen to your peers.

The reading list includes core readings per session that all students are expected to read and prepare for discussion — these are normally two journal articles or book chapters, though in some sessions we will rely on shorter, alternative forms of conveying analytical insights to academic and non-academic audiences (online resources, shorter posts, etc.). In addition, students in teams of two will lead the discussion based on a selection of suggested readings. I will allocate these topics/ sessions prior to our meetings — you may e-mail me a preference by the end of September, though depending on sign-up and interests, I cannot guarantee you will be allocated the topic of your choice. Finally, the syllabus also includes additional readings for those wishing to explore a certain topic in greater depth (for their essay, for example).

Bemerkungen This course is capped and 30 students will be the maximum with a priority Critical Urbanisms Master students on timely registration.


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 26.09.2022 – 19.12.2022
Zeit Montag, 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 26.09.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Montag 03.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
Montag 10.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 17.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 24.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Mehrzweckraum 035
Montag 31.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 07.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 14.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 21.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 28.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 05.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 12.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Montag 19.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 117
Module Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: The Urban across Disciplines (Master Studiengang Critical Urbanisms)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Pass/fail
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Urban Studies