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

Semester spring semester 2024
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Jasmin Godemann (, Assessor)
Content The seminar 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.

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.

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 during class.
Comments Special online course inscription requested for ALL students, for details see "Course application" ("Anmeldung").
Bloc course: 12.-16.02.2024: 09:15 am - 01:15 pm.
Final presentations (assessement): 01.03.2024: 2:15 - 06:15 pm. Online.

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 (Zeugnis) and put their address. The certificate will be sent by postage.

MSD 2017
Credit points may be transferred to the "Focal Areas of Sustainability Research" module (learning agreement), unless you have a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Business or you have attended a class with similar content earlier (then the CP of this lecture C cannot be recognized for the MSD curriculum).

This course is offered by the program "Pathways to Sustainablilty (formerly named as TQ NE) & MSD. For details see:
Prof. Dr. Jasmin Godemann holds a teaching assignment.


Admission requirements Special online course inscription requested for ALL students, for details see "Course application" ("Anmeldung").
Limited number of participants (25). Students of the MSD (incl. MSD preparation semester and JIDSD) have a first priority.

Participation requirements for students NOT studying the MSD/JIDSD:
Students have to study at least in the third semester (bachelor level) or higher, and have passed two of the following three lectures successfully (or all of them):
- LV A: 41828: Perspectives of Natural Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2023 or earlier);
- LV B: 41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2023 or earlier);
- and/or LV C: 43700: Perspectives of Economics on Sustainable Developemt (enrolled in spring 2024 or passed earlier).
Course application Please note entry requirements (for details see section "admission requirements".

Mandatory application for ALL! Link open from 17.01.24/noon-06.02.24/midnight:

Login and application only possible with open link. Link guides to the ADAM website. Login button on top row right hand side of ADAM website. First emails with confirmation of participation will be sent out at the end of the first deadline.

In case of vacancies the online application link remains open until 12.02.2024/02:00 pm.

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 Online course


Interval Weekday Time Room
Block See individual dates
Block See individual dates
Comments Bloc course: 12.-16.02.2024: 09:15 am - 01:15 pm. Final presentations (assessement): 01.03.2024: 2:15 - 06:15 pm. Online.


Date Time Room
Monday 12.02.2024 09.15-13.15 - Online Präsenz -, --
Tuesday 13.02.2024 09.15-13.15 - Online Präsenz -, --
Wednesday 14.02.2024 09.15-13.15 - Online Präsenz -, --
Thursday 15.02.2024 09.15-13.15 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 16.02.2024 09.15-13.15 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 01.03.2024 14.15-18.15 - Online Präsenz -, --
Modules Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
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 during teaching time (online presence!). As assessment, students will develop an approach to communicate issues on sustainable food culture and do oral presentation in classroom.
Final presentations on the last day of the course: 01.03.2024/2:15 - 06:15 pm. Online.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration, dereg: cancel course registration
Repeat examination no repeat examination
Scale 1-6 0,1
Repeated registration as often as necessary
Responsible faculty University of Basel
Offered by Departement Umweltwissenschaften