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

Semester fall semester 2019
Course frequency Every fall sem.
Lecturers Patricia Holm (, Assessor)
Content The course is offered within the scope of the "Transfaculty Cross Section Program Sustainable Development" (Transfakultäres Querschnittsprogramm TQNE: The program consists of 3 introductory lectures with practical course (lecture A and B, respectively, offered in fall semesters, C 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 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 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.

Comments The kick-off event is organized together with lecture B (41829) on Thuesday, 17.09.19 from 14.15 to 18.00h. Content: What is sustainability? Role of science in sustainability; How can I develop a sound judgment on a topic of the sustainability without risking a one-sided assessment?

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 in the first week of December.

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 (the final degree diploma must be ready and at hand). Please send an email to, with details of first and last name, student number, postal address.

MSD 2017
Students who have already attended a similar class are supposed to contact Prof. Dr. P. Holm and determine with her a substitute. Don’t forget to fix the learning agreement (see template on the website MSD/downloads MSD 2017). Also, students with an academic background in the fields of natural sciences but without the focus area in natural sciences are supposed to contact Prof. Holm.

This course is offered by the "Transfaculty cross section program Sustainable Development" (TQ NE), Prof. Dr. Patricia Holm is member of the teaching committee MSD and head of the reseach group Men-Society-Environment, Dep. Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Sciences as well as of the TQNE.


Admission requirements This lecture is open to students from the University of Basel who at least are studying in their third semester!
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 17.09.2019 – 17.12.2019
Time Tuesday, 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114

Kick-off: 17.09.19: 14.15 - 18.00h (together with lecture 41829).

Date Time Room
Tuesday 17.09.2019 14.15-18.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 24.09.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 01.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 08.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 15.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 22.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 29.10.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 05.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 12.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 19.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 26.11.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 03.12.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 10.12.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 114
Tuesday 17.12.2019 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 115
Modules Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Modul Grundlagenbereich Naturwissenschaften (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development (Start of studies before 01.08.2017))
Module: Complementary Knowledge in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
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 (submission of learning portfolio according to the anounced requirements). Final written examination: 17.12.19: 14.15 - 15.15h (60 minutes); lecture hall 114, Kollegienhaus.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg./dereg.: course registr./cancel registr. via MOnA
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