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49077-01 - Lecture with practical courses: Global Change Resources 3 CP

Semester fall semester 2017
Course frequency Every fall sem.
Lecturers Annette Affolter Kast (
Peter Huggenberger (, Assessor)
Content An overview over critical mineral and non-renewable fossil raw materials is given.
Rare metals are introduced using examples (e.g., gallium, lithium, etc.).
E.g. critical mineral resources in everyday products (iphones, cars, etc.)

The development of supply, geological and technological progress over the past decades will be outlined. Thereby the focus will be on the technological developments of extraction, related risks, interaction with and consumption of water accompanying fossil raw material exploitation.
Introduction to economic, social and regulatory aspects, geopolitical factors and life cycles.

Recovery of critical raw materials from products (for example electronic equipment) including case studies of indium and neodymium. Recycling of electronic waste, processing steps in the recycling chain.
Swiss pioneering industrial projects on recycling of mineral resources will be presented: Urban mining (recovery of critical mineral resources (worldwide, Europe, Switzerland)), i.e., the impact of VVEA (regulation on the recycling and disposal of waste in Switzerland, legal aspects (the new VVEA of Switzerland).

Ecological impacts of the extraction, production and disposal of critical raw materials (case studies), worldwide aspects. Examples include: Environmental impact of raw material exploitation in Switzerland (historical-current), Romania, Indonesia: cement, salt. CO2 production during cement production, CO2 storage, processes, case studies in Switzerland

(Excursions to the most modern recycling facilities (in CH) possible.)

Learning objectives Participants
- know the distribution and environmental relevance of critical mineral and non-renewable fossil raw materials;
- have an idea of the complexity of the steps from extraction to disposal of fossil raw materials, resource consumption such as water or additives in exploration and production as well as aspects of CO2 storage;
- acquire the knowledge and understanding to critically discuss examples of raw material exploration and recycling;
- understand the role of the global interest in, exploitation and trade of raw materials. They can explain the role of a globalized resource consumption and the arising environmental consequences using examples.
Bibliography Recommended texts:

Angerer, G. et al.: Rohstoffe für Zukunftstechnologien. Stuttgart, Deutschland:
Fraunhofer Verlag (2009).

Brown, T. J. et al.: World Mineral Production. Keyworth, Großbritannien: British
Geological Survey (2012).

Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe:

Graedel, T. E. et al.: Methodology of metal criticality determination. In: Environmental
Science and Technology, 46 (2012) 1063–1070.

Dieter Lohmann, Nadja Podbregar: Im Fokus: Bodenschätze.
Auf der Suche nach Rohstoffen, Berlin / Heidelberg 2012

Rhodia develops innovative process for the recycling of rare earths. Internet:

Schüler, D. et al.: Study on Rare Earths and Their Recycling. Öko-Institut e.V. (2011) Final Report for the Greens/EFA Group in the European Parliament, 1–140.

SCRREEN EU - Solutions for CRitical Raw materials - a European Expert Network

Terre des hommes: Glück auf? Die Auswirkungen des Bergbaus auf Kinder, Osnabrück September 2011.

Weltweiter Verteilungskampf um Ressourcen – Rohstoffe, Wasser, Energie, DBG Bildungswerk, DGB Bildungswerk BUND, Nord ¦ Süd-Netz, 2013
Comments Note: Special course inscription and entry requirements!

MSD 2017
MSD-Students who have chosen the focus area of Social Sciences or Economics may attend the seminar on condition that they formerly have completed the module “Complementary knowledge in Natural Sciences” (learning agreement). Credits may then be transferred to the module "Focal areas in sustainability research" (learning agreement).

Mandatory for MSD-Students who have chosen the focus area of Natural Sciences. No credit transfer possible to any different module than published.

This lecture is offered by MSD, the lecturer will hold a teaching assignment.


Admission requirements Special course inscription required for ALL (for details see 'course application' or 'Anmeldung'). Course inscriptions in a different way then explained ARE NOT taken into account.

Limited number of participants (25), Students of the MSD and those of the mentioned fields of study (see list of modules) have priority. If you study something different you must do a master degree within the 'Faculty of Sciences' and may attend the seminar in case of vacancies and former inscription as explained.
MSD-Students who have chosen the focus area of Social Sciences or Economics must have completed the module “Complementary knowledge in Natural Sciences”.

Course application Mandatory course inscription for ALL (additional to registration on MOnA): Link open from 22.08.17/noon - 06.09.17/midnight
LINK to workspace with list of registration forms:

In case of vacancies the online inscription link remains open until the second date of teaching + 2 days.

NOTE: Be aware of special entry requirements. Course registration via MOnA remains mandatory for all participants.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 26.09.2017 – 19.12.2017
Time Tuesday, 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Date Time Room
Tuesday 26.09.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 03.10.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 10.10.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 17.10.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 24.10.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 31.10.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 07.11.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 14.11.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 21.11.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 28.11.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 05.12.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 12.12.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Tuesday 19.12.2017 12.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Modules Module: Core Competences in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Assessment format proof of course participation
Assessment details Written examination on 17.01.2018: 16.15 - 18h (Seminarraum 02.02; Vesalgasse 1, Vesalianum)
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 Archäologie / Humangeographie / MSD