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

Semester Herbstsemester 2023
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Marius Christen (marius.christen@unibas.ch)
Adam Hearn (adam.hearn@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Sustainability is very often understood in terms of environmental protection („saving the planet“). Well-being or quality of life as well as justice 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“). There are, however, very good reasons to look upon them as being inextricably linked to 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 and having a look at empirical studies on how well-being might matter. We will then look at different conceptions and elementary questions of intergenerational justice and reflect how intergenerational justice and sustainability are being operationalized. A particular focus will be on the capability approach.

The seminar has the format of a research seminar. The paper Burger & Christen 2022 builds its reference point.
Lernziele The students
- will know different approaches to well-being & justice
- will know relations between well-being, justice and sustainability
- are able to critically discuss claims regarding well-being, justice in relation to sustainability
- are able to understand how well-being and justice research can be applied empirically in relation to sustainability.
Literatur Burger, P. and Christen, M., 2022. Sustainability, well-being and justice. In The Routledge Handbook of Democracy and Sustainability (pp. 135-149). Routledge.
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 Sciences" module.
Transfer of credit points to the FASR module (learning agreement, template available on website MSD/downloads MSD 2017) is possible for all students.

This seminar is offered by the MSD. Dr. A. Hearn and Dr. M. Christen hold teaching assignments.


Teilnahmebedingungen Special course application required for ALL (for details see 'course application' or 'Anmeldung').

Limited number of participants (20), 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 Department of Social Sciences/Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and may attend the seminar in case of vacancies. No other students admitted.

MSD 2017
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).
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please note entry requirements. For details see section "admission requirements".

Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 16. August 23/noon-06. September 23/midnight: https://adam.unibas.ch/goto_adam_crs_544052.html

Login and application only possible with open link. Link guides to the ADAM website, you still have to do the login.

First emails with confirmation of participation will be sent out at the end of the first deadline.
In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until 27. September 23/midnight.

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 wöchentlich
Datum 21.09.2023 – 21.12.2023
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 21.09.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 28.09.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 05.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 12.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 19.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 26.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 02.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 09.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 16.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 23.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 30.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 07.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 14.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 21.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Compulsory attendance in presence, required readings, oral presentations, essay. Details:
1) Oral presentation on one of the sub-topics: prepare questions for the plenary discussion – relate the topic critically to Burger & Christen 2022 (15’ max)
2) Oral presentation of a topic/idea for a written essay (5’ max)
3) Essay submission (short seminar paper); length: 15-20'000 characters blanks but not references included, with a minimum of using/discussing 5 scientific papers. Deadline for submission: 22.January 2024 (no postponing).
Further information and inputs given during the classes.

An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung