|Semester||spring semester 2019|
|Course frequency||Every spring sem.|
|Lecturers||Vera Calenbuhr (email@example.com, Assessor)|
|Content||The lecture is offered within the scope of the trans-faculty program "Sustainable
Development (TQNE)". The program consists of 3 introductory lectures with practical course
(lecture A and B offered in fall semesters; this lecture is C and alwasy offered in spring semesters) dedicated to
conveying the foundations of sustainable development. An additional integrative 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 lecture builds on the 10 basic rules of economics (following the text book of Mankiw & Tayler) as well as models and scenarios of societal development, i.e.: Malthus; the relation between soil, income and food; the limits to growth. Moreover, the lecture covers the economic perspective of sustainable development (e.g. the 3-pillar-model, the concepts of efficiency, consistency and sufficiency. Finally, it presents challenges on the path towards sustainable development.
Numerous case studies help to provide an understanding of key issues and trade-offs:
- Industrial countries: increase of productivity through intensive agriculture vs. decrease of biodiversity and increased pressure on the environment;
-Threshold countries: the links between economic growth, increased income, - increased protein consumption (in particular increased meat consumption), increased pressure on the environment (in particular increased emission of greenhouse gases);
- Developing countries: agricultural vs. technological development paths?
- Global: who profits from fairtrade-products?
- Global: do modern financial sector products lead to more hunger?
- Global: what is the impact of foreign land acquisition (aka land grabbing) on the economic situation of the indigenous population?
- Global: what are the costs of providing clean water? Are consumers paying an appropriate price for water? Discussion of water management systems. Is there a commoditisation of the ressource water?
The lecture content also includes national and international political initiatives and scenarios conceived for facing food system challenges in the coming 20-30 years.
On top of the economic perspective, the lecture will take a systems perspective investigating the roles of system boundaries, relevant time scales, as well as the interaction of subsystems. This approach helps to better understand the basic assumptions underlying economic models.
|Learning objectives||The scientific field of economics analyses the allocation of resources in a society. The objectives of the course are to
a) provide the basic knowledge for understanding the food system, and
b) to discuss what a sustainable food system means,
from an economic perspective. This includes discussing the question whether ending hunger is equivalent to achieving a sustainable food system.
|Bibliography||The lecture uses many online resources and original scientific literature. Hence, there is no need to acquire a text book.
Nonetheless, interesting books on the related subjects include the following:
. "Introduction to Ecological Economics". CRC Press (2014) (the book introduces the new perspective towards ecological economics)
N. Gregory Mankiw und Mark P. Taylor. "Economics" Cengage Learning, 2014 (3rd Edition) (economics text book)
|Comments||Exceptionally, the lecture starts on Saturday, 23.02.19 and takes place from 09.15 - 13.00h (!!!) (this first week the class on Friday does NOT take place. Instead, four hours are taught on Saturday).
Regularly, the lecture takes place on:
01.03. & 02.03.19; 22.03. & 23.03.19; 05.04. & 06.04.19; 26.04. & 27.04.19; 10.05. & 11.05.19; 24.05. & 25.05.19 (= exam day).
Friday classes always from 14.15 - 16.00h; Saturday classes from 11.15 - 13.00h (exception on 23.02.19, details see above).
Each student has to attend four sessions of a practical course (each 90 minutes; dates
according to the announcement). The groups are organized together with the enrolled students at the beginning of the teaching period.
Location: Vesalianum, Vesalgasse 1, 2nd floor, meeting room 02.03a (modifications will be
Students who successfully complete all four classes of the TQ NE can apply for an additional
certificate at the end of their studies (your final diploma incl. Transcript of Records must be available). Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with details of fullname, student number, postal address.
Credit points may be transferred to the "Focal Areas of Sustainability Research" module (Learning Agreement), unless you have a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Business (CP of this lecture C cannot be recognized for the MSD curriculum).
This course is offered by the trans-faculty program "Sustainable Development" (TQ NE) & MSD,
Dr. Vera Calenbuhr holds a teaching assignment.
|Admission requirements||Students are supposed to study at least in their 3. semester (of Bachelor) or higher.|
|Language of instruction||English|
|Use of digital media||No specific media used|
|Date||23.02.2019 – 25.05.2019|
Starts on Sa 23.02.19: 09.15 - 13.00h; further information regarding timetable see "comments".
|Saturday 23.02.2019||09.15-13.00||Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium|
|Friday 01.03.2019||14.15-16.00||Bernoullistrasse 30/32, kleiner Hörsaal 120|
|Saturday 02.03.2019||11.15-13.00||Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium|
|Friday 22.03.2019||14.15-16.00||Bernoullistrasse 30/32, kleiner Hörsaal 120|
|Saturday 23.03.2019||11.15-13.00||Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium|
|Friday 05.04.2019||14.15-16.00||Bernoullistrasse 30/32, kleiner Hörsaal 120|
|Saturday 06.04.2019||11.15-13.00||Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium|
|Friday 26.04.2019||14.15-16.00||Bernoullistrasse 30/32, kleiner Hörsaal 120|
|Saturday 27.04.2019||11.15-13.00||Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium|
|Friday 10.05.2019||14.15-16.00||Bernoullistrasse 30/32, kleiner Hörsaal 120|
|Saturday 11.05.2019||11.15-13.00||Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium|
|Saturday 11.05.2019||13.15-15.00||Juristische Fakultät, Seminarraum S5 HG.54|
|Friday 24.05.2019||14.15-16.00||Bernoullistrasse 30/32, kleiner Hörsaal 120|
|Saturday 25.05.2019||11.15-13.00||Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Auditorium|
Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
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: Saturday, 25.05.19 (location and schedule as usual).|
|Assessment registration/deregistration||Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA|
|Repeat examination||no repeat examination|
|Repeated registration||as often as necessary|
|Responsible faculty||University of Basel|
|Offered by||Archäologie / Humangeographie / MSD|