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70816-01 - Seminar: Sustainability Governance in International Value Chains 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2024
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Janina Grabs (janina.grabs@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Child labor, deforestation, environmental pollution, human rights abuses - there are many sustainability issues in international value chains that need to be solved. This interdisciplinary seminar gives an overview of governance tools that governments, NGOs and private actors have developed to improve the economic, social and environmental sustainability of international production and consumption. From international trade agreements to local fisheries councils, from Fair Trade certifications to public-private partnerships, we will study the accomplishments and shortcomings of many real-world mechanisms on different levels of the global-local and public-private spectrums. The literature covered will include approaches from political science, international law, business ethics and economics that critically examine questions of legitimacy, effectiveness, and representativeness of existing approaches. We will also incorporate many current issues into our discussions.
Lernziele On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the justification for the involvement of public and private actors in governing sustainability in international value chains (WHY should sustainability be governed?)
- Examine the advantages and drawbacks of public vs. private and global vs. local approaches at governing sustainability (WHO should govern sustainability?)
- Critically evaluate the appropriateness and success of different governance mechanisms, employing concepts such as legitimacy, effectiveness, deliberative capacity, and representativeness (HOW should sustainability be governed?)
- Summarize and critically discuss the main arguments of an academic article
- And write a well-structured, in-depth essay examining a clearly stated research question, using clear and compelling arguments grounded in governance, business ethics and/or sustainability theory.
Literatur A detailed list will be provided in class.
For a general overview see titles listed below:
- Auld, G., Bernstein, S., & Cashore, B. (2008). The new corporate social responsibility. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 33, 413-435.
- Burchell, J., & Cook, J. (2013). Sleeping with the enemy? Strategic transformations in business–NGO relationships through stakeholder dialogue. Journal of Business Ethics, 113(3), 505-518.
- Lambin, E. F., & Thorlakson, T. (2018). Sustainability Standards: Interactions Between Private Actors, Civil Society, and Governments. Annual Review of Environment and Resources, 43(1), 369–393. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-environ-102017-025931
Bemerkungen Please note entry requirements and mandatory course application procedure (additional to registration on MOnA).

Schedule bloc seminar:
- week 24: Monday, 10. June Thursday, 13. June; and Friday, 14. June 24. Always from 2.15 - 06:00 pm. Break(s) according to information of lecturer.
- week 25: Monday, 17. June to Thursday, 20. June 24. Always from 2.15 - 06:00 pm. Break(s) according to information of lecturer.

MSD 2017
For students with focus area in social sciences the seminar is optional for the "Core Competences in Social Scienes" module.
The recognition of credit points to the "Focal Areas in Sustainability Research" module (learning agreement) is possible for all MSD students.

This seminar is offered by the MSD. Prof. Dr. Janina Grabs is the new head of the Sustainability Research Group, Dep. of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (from 01. June 24 on).


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

Limited number of participants (25). Students of the MSD (incl. preparation semester and IJDSD) have a first priority.
Students of the listed programs (see list of modules) have a second priority.
If you study something different you must do at least 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 (these applications have the priority level three). No other students admitted.

Content related participation REQUIREMENTS for NON-MSD/IJDSD-students: They must have passed succesfully one of the following lectures (= credit points already acquired) during a former semester:
- 11513: Sustainability: A new Societal Paradigm?
- 41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainability.

MSD 2017
MSD students who have chosen the focus area in natural sciences or in economics must have completed (or earned at least 8 CP) the “Complementary Knowledge in Social Sciences” module.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Please note entry requirements (for details see section "admission requirements".

Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 17.01.24/noon-06.02.24/midnight:

Login and application only possible with open link. Link guides to the ADAM website. 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 the first deadline.

In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until 24.03.24/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 Wochentag Zeit Raum
Block Siehe Einzeltermine
Bemerkungen For details see section "comments" (Bemerkungen) or "dates and room" (Zeit und Ort).


Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 10.06.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 13.06.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Freitag 14.06.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Montag 17.06.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Dienstag 18.06.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Mittwoch 19.06.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Donnerstag 20.06.2024 14.15-18.00 Uhr Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach: Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang: African Studies)
Modul: Kernbereich Gesellschaftswissenschaften (Masterstudium: Sustainable Development)
Modul: Resources and Sustainability (Master Studiengang: Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Handel und Unternehmen in der Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Compulsary attendance in presence, required reading, oral presentation, written essay. Details according to information of lecturer.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anm.: Belegen Lehrveranstaltung; Abm.: stornieren
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Universität Basel
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung