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41828-01 - Lecture with practical courses: Perspectives of Natural Sciences on Sustainability 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2018
Course frequency Every fall sem.
Lecturers Philipp Hirsch (, Assessor)
Content The course is offered within the scope of the "Transfaculty Cross Section Program Sustainable Development" (Transfakultäres Querschnittsprogramm TQNE: The program consists of 3 introductory lectures with practical course (lecture A and 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.

The topic "Food and Sustainability" serves as an integration focus for the entire TQ NE and, thus, also for this lecture. The course includes a lecture and topic-specific practical course. While the lecture deals with systematic overview knowledge, the practical course focus' on empirical case studies.

Learning objectives The students
- know current challenges of Sustainable Development (SD) and are able to present them from a natural science perspective;
- have a basic understanding of how different perspectives shape the idea of SD;
- know which issues different natural sciences disciplines raise and know their expected contribution to the analysis of SD;
- can formulate reasonable expectations towards different disciplines of natural sciences.

Students are expected to
- understand basic scientific methods in natural sciences;
- have fundamental knowledge in natural sciences, which allow a critical appraisal of environmental issues and SD;
- are aware of interrelations within the environment and between human and nature;
- practice goal-oriented group work.

Comments The kick-off event is organized together with lecture B (41829) on Thuesday, 18.09.18 from 14.15 until 18.00h. Content: What is sustainability? Role of science in sustainability; How can I develop a sound judgment on a topic of the sustainability without risking a one-sided assessment?

Practical course
Each student has to attend several sessions of practical course (each 90 minutes; 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 (exceptions will be communicated).

Extra certificate
Students who successfully complete all four classes of the TQ NE can apply for an additional certificate at the end of their studies (the final degree diploma must be available). Please send an email to, with details of first and last name, student number, postal address.

MSD 2017
MSD students who already have attended a similar class are supposed to contact Prof. Dr. P. Holm and determine with her a substitute. Don’t forget to inform C. Chebbi by email about your agreement.

This course is offered by the "Transfaculty cross section program Sustainable Development" (TQ NE), Dr. P. Hirsch is staff member of Men-Society-Environment, Dep. Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences.


Admission requirements This lecture is open to students from the university who at least are studying in their third semester.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 18.09.2018 – 18.12.2018
Time Tuesday, 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201

Kick-off: 18.09.18 from 14.15 until 18.00; Alte Universität, Seminarraum 201 (together with 41828).
Regular lecture: Tuesday 14.15 until 16.00h.

Date Time Room
Tuesday 18.09.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 25.09.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 02.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 09.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 16.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 23.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 30.10.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 06.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 13.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 20.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 27.11.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 04.12.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 11.12.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Tuesday 18.12.2018 14.15-16.00 Alte Universität, Seminarraum -201
Modules Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Modul Grundlagenbereich Naturwissenschaften (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development (Start of studies before 01.08.2017))
Module: Complementary Knowledge in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Module: Core Competences in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format proof of course participation
Assessment details Regular attendance of lecture and practical course, written examination tba, 14.15-16h.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
Repeat examination one repetition, best attempt counts
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Archäologie / Humangeographie / MSD