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

Semester spring semester 2021
Course frequency Every spring sem.
Lecturers Jasmin Godemann (, Assessor)
Content The seminar is offered within the scope of the transfaculty cross section 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.

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 course blocs from 14.15 - 18.00h on:
05.03.21; 19.03.21; 26.03.21; 30.04.21; 07.05.21; 21.05.21 and 18.06.21 (incl. final presentations).

Extra certificate
Upon completion of the entire program (Transfaculty Cross Section Program Sustainable Development) 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 (= list of all attended courses) and put their address. The certificate will be sent by postage.

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


Admission requirements Special online course inscription requested for ALL students.

Participation requirements for students not studying the MSD/IJDSD:
Students have to study at least in the third semester (bachelor level) or higher, and have passed two of the following three lectures successfully:
- LV A: 41828: Perspectives of Natural Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2020 or earlier);
- LV B: 41829: Perspectives of Social Sciences on Sustainable Developemt (in fall 2020 or earlier);
- and/or LV C: 43700: Perspectives of Economics on Sustainable Developemt (in spring 2020 or earlier).
Course application Mandatory application for ALL: Link for application open from 18.01.21/noon - 07.02.21/midnight:
(Login on top row right hand side of ADAM website. The link is open as soon as the application form is online).

In case of vacancies the mandatory online application link remains open until the end of the second week of teaching.
Language of instruction English
Use of digital media Online course


Interval irregular
Date 05.03.2021 – 18.06.2021
Time See details

Online presence course, on the following dates from 14.15 - 18.00h:
05.03.21; 19.03.21; 26.03.21; 30.04.21; 07.05.21; 21.05.21 and 18.06.21 (incl. final presentations).

Date Time Room
Friday 05.03.2021 14.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 19.03.2021 14.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 26.03.2021 14.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 30.04.2021 14.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 07.05.2021 14.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 21.05.2021 14.15-18.00 - Online Präsenz -, --
Friday 18.06.2021 14.15-18.00 - 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 in classes. 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 (=21.05.21).
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 Departement Umweltwissenschaften