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

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Basil Bornemann (basil.bornemann@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The course is offered within the scope of the program "Pathways to Sustainability" (formerly known as "Transfaculty Cross Section Program Sustainable Development/Transfakultäres Querschnittsprogramm TQNE": https://msd.unibas.ch/en/study-programs/pathways-to-sustainability-tqne/).
The program consists of 3 introductory lectures with practical courses (lecture A and B are offered in fall semesters, C is 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 the above mentioned lectures A, B and 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 program 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 Will be provided through ADAM.
Bemerkungen The kick-off event is organized together with lecture A (41828) on Thuesday, 19.09.23 from 14.15 to 17.30h: room according to information in online course directory (see section "dates & rooms).

Practical course:
The groups are organized together with the enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.
Venue: Vesalianum, Vesalgasse 1, 2nd floor, room tba (subject to modifications).

Extra certificate
Upon completion of the entire program “Pathways to Sustainability” 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 (= graduation transcript = Zeugnis) and provide the postal address.

This lecture is offered by the programs "Pathways to Sustainability" and MSD. PD Dr. B. Bornemann is member of the Sustainability Research Group, Department of Social Sciences/Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.


Teilnahmebedingungen This course is open to students of the University of Basel and EUCOR sustainability program who are at least in their third bachelor semester, or who are studying at Master or PhD level.

MSD 2017
Students who have already attended a similar class are supposed to contact PD. Dr. Basil Bornemann and determine a substitute.
Students with a first degree in social sciences are not allowed to accredit this lecture for the MSD (no module allocation possible).
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Course enrollment on MOnA should be completed by the beginning of the teaching period (withdrawal possible until Monday of teaching week five).
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall Wochentag Zeit Raum
wöchentlich Dienstag 16.15-18.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Bemerkungen Kick-off: Tue 19. Sept. 23: 14.15- 17.30h. Lecture hall: AULA, 033, Kollegienhaus. Exam: 09. Jan. 24, during usual lecture time. Room tba.


Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 19.09.2023 14.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 26.09.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 03.10.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 10.10.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 17.10.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 24.10.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 31.10.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 07.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 14.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 21.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 28.11.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 05.12.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 12.12.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 19.12.2023 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 09.01.2024 16.15-18.00 Uhr Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Dienstag 23.01.2024 16.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Modul: Electives in Data Science (Masterstudium: Data Science)
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 Compulsory attendance in presence of lecture and practical course, oral presentation (practical course).

Final written examination (details acccording to information of lecturer): 09. January 24, during usual lecture time. For details regarding room see in the online course directory/section "room and dates". Exam lasts 60 minutes.
Repeat examination: 30. January 24, during usual lecture time (exam lasts 60 minutes); room: seminar room 02.02, Vesalianum, Vesalgasse1/2nd floor.

Practical course:
Each student has to attend 3 sessions of a 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.

An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung eine Wiederholung, bester Versuch zählt
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Departement Umweltwissenschaften