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50729-01 - Project: Training for Sustainability Research 6 CP

Semester spring semester 2021
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Paul Burger (, Assessor)
Marius Christen (
Patricia Holm (
Frank Christian Krysiak (
Content Participants will work in small, interdisciplinary groups on pre-selected topics of sustainability research. Typically, the topics will be linked to on-going research projects of the research groups supervising this course. The group work will mainly build on existing studies; the student groups will assess and link scientific literature from the different disciplines and combine these studies to a consistent interdisciplinary review on a given topic. The emphasis is thus on combining disciplinary approaches.

To this end, participants will get both a joint supervision focusing on how to combine disciplinary approaches and a group-specific supervision focusing on the topic set for the group.
Learning objectives Participants learn to work in an interdisciplinary group on a topic that is linked to sustainability research. They acquire practical knowledge regarding the interfaces between disciplines in sustainability research and methods for combining perspectives from different disciplines. In addition, participants expand their skills in team and project management.
Comments Mandatory for all students of MSD 2017.
plenary sessions on:
meeting 1: 11.03.21; 08.15-09.45h;
meeting 2: 08.04.21; 08.15-10.45h;
meeting 3: 20.05.21; 08.15-10.45h;
meeting 4: 03.06.21 (incl. final presentations): 08.15-11.45h.

Meetings in between with faculty representatives according to announcements.
This course is offered by MSD. Prof. P. Holm, Prof. Dr. P. Burger (lead) and Prof. Dr. F. Krysiak are head the MSD teaching committee. Dr. M. Christen holds a teaching assignment.


Admission requirements Only for MSD students (incl. preparation semester) and those of the IJDSD. No other students admitted.
Course application Please enrol as fast as possible,
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval irregular
Date 11.03.2021 – 03.06.2021
Time See details

Dates of plenary meetings 08.15-9.45h on: 11.03.21; 08.04.21; 20.05.21; and 03.06.21: 08.15-11.45h
Meetings in between with faculty members according to announcements.

Date Time Room
Thursday 11.03.2021 08.15-09.45 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 08.04.2021 08.15-10.45 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 20.05.2021 08.15-10.45 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 03.06.2021 08.15-11.45 - Online Präsenz -, --
Modules Module: Interdisciplinary Research in Sustainability (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details Groups hand in a joint essay; presentations of group work.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Departement Umweltwissenschaften