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

Semester fall semester 2023
Course frequency Every fall sem.
Lecturers Patricia Holm (, Assessor)
Content 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":
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.

The topic "Food and Sustainability" serves as an integration focus for the entire program 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.
Bibliography Will be provided in class.
Comments The kick-off event is organized together with lecture B (41829) on Tuesday, 19.09.23 from 14.15 to 17.30h: lecture room according to announcement in the course directory (see section "dates & rooms).

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, attach their official final degree transcript (= graduation transcript = Zeugnis) and provide the postal address.

This course is offered by the programs "Pathways to Sustainability" and MSD. Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm is member of the teaching committee MSD and head of the research group Man-Society-Environment (MSD= MGU), Dep. Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, and of "Pathways to Sustainability".


Admission requirements 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 Prof. Dr. P. Holm and determine with her a substitute; they also have to fix a learning agreement (template available on the website MSD/downloads MSD 2017).
Students with a first degree in natural sciences are not allowed to accredit this lecture for the MSD (no module allocation possible).
Course application Course enrollment on MOnA should be completed by the beginning of the teaching period (withdrawal possible until Monday of teaching week five).
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval Weekday Time Room
wöchentlich Tuesday 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Comments Kick-off: Tue 19. Sept. 23: 14.15- 17.30h. Lecture hall: AULA, 033, Kollegienhaus. Exam: 19. Dec. 23, during usual lecture time. Room tba.


Date Time Room
Tuesday 19.09.2023 14.15-17.30 Kollegienhaus, Aula 033
Tuesday 26.09.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 03.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 10.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 17.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 24.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 31.10.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 07.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 14.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 21.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 28.11.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 05.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 12.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Tuesday 19.12.2023 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Modules Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Module: Complementary Knowledge in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Module: Electives in Data Science (Master's Studies: Data Science)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format record of achievement
Assessment details Compulsory attendance in presence of lecture and practical course, submission of learning portfolio according to the announced requirements.

Final written examination (details acccording to information of P. Holm): 19. Dec. 23, during usual lecture time, Exam lasts 60 minutes. For details regarding room see online course directory/section "room and dates".

Repetition examination: 16. Jan. 24, during usual lecture time. Exam lasts 60 minutes, room: seminar room 02.02, Vesalianum, Vesalgasse 1/2nd floor.

Practical courses:
Each student has to submit a learning portfolio according to the announced requirements.
The group meetings are organized at the beginning of the semester and will take place later in the semester.

Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration, dereg: cancel course registration
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 Departement Umweltwissenschaften