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43701-01 - Seminar: Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainability 3 CP

Semester spring semester 2019
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Jasmin Godemann (, Assessor)
Content The seminar is offered within the scope of the trans-faculty program "Sustainable
Development (TQ NE)". The program consists of 3 introductory lectures with practical courses
(lecture A + B, offered in fall semesters; lecture C offered in spring semesters) dedicated to
conveying the foundations of sustainable development. This additional integrative seminar (= course D)
engages with interdisciplinary work.
With a broad understanding of food being not just physiological necessity but rather a 'social total phenomenon' interrelated with all aspects of life this seminar will propose, consider and analyze the different relationships between communication and food and how these relationships negotiate our identities, cultures and environments. We discuss the concepts of inter- and transdisciplinarity which offer a lens through which to view sustainable food culture and its complexity. We understand how mediated communication about food shape and reflect our food culture and we analyze the role of visual communication in relation to sustainable food.
A range of classroom exercises will provide hands-on experience in developing strategies and approaches in dealing with complexity and sustainable food communication. Furthermore, a visit of a company or institution in the field of sustainability communication will be organized.

Learning objectives - Understand the symbolic importance of food in the communicative practices of our society.
- Awareness of the complexity of the relationships between food and sustainability and be familiar with the research principles inter- and transdisciplinary.
Bibliography Tba
Comments Schedule for spring semester 2019:
11.02.19: 08.15 am to 06 pm;
29.03.19: 09.15 am to 05.45 pm;
30.03.19: 09.15 am to 02.00 pm.

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 (final diploma incl. Transcript of Records must be available). Please send an email to,
with details of first and last name, student number, postal address.

This course is offered by the trans-faculty program "Sustainable Development" (TQ NE) & MSD. Prof. Dr. Jasmin Godemann holds a teaching assignment.


Admission requirements SPECIAL entry requirements and course application procedure (additional to MONA, for details see "Anmeldung" or "registration") for students, not studying the MSD or IJDSD:

You have successfully passed two of the following lectures:
- LV A: 41828: Perspectives of Natural Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2018 or earlier);
- LV B: 41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2010 or earlier);
- and/or LV C: 43700: Perspectives of Economics on Sustainable Developemt (in spring 2019 or earlier).

Special online course inscription requested. For details see "course application".
Course application Mandatory course inscription for ALL (additional to registration on MOnA): Link open from
16.01.19/noon - 06.02.19/midnight:
(Login on top row right hand side of ADAM website; list of forms available from 16.01.19/noon on)

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

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


Interval irregular
Date 11.02.2019 – 30.03.2019
Time See details

Meeting1: 11.02.19: 08.15 am to 06 pm; meeting 2: 29.03.19: 09.15 am to 05.45 pm;
meeting 3: 30.03.19: 09.15 am to 02.00 pm.

Date Time Room
Monday 11.02.2019 08.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Friday 29.03.2019 09.15-18.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Saturday 30.03.2019 09.15-14.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Modules Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Modul Kompetenzen für interdisziplinäre Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development (Start of studies before 01.08.2017))
Module: Resources and Sustainability (Master's degree program Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format continuous assessment
Assessment details Regular attendance and active participation in classes. As assessment, students will develop an approach to communicate issues of sustainable food culture and do oral presentation in classroom.
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