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

Semester fall semester 2022
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 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 A, B, C.

The topic "Food and Sustainability" serves as an integration focus for the entire program 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.

Bibliography Will be provided in class.
Comments The kick-off event is organized together with lecture B (41829) on Thuesday, 20.09.22 from 14.15 to 18.00h: lecture room according to announcement in the course directory (see section "dates & rooms).

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 later in the semester.

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 (= graduation transcript = Zeugnis) and provide the 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; they also have to fix a learning agreement (see template on the website MSD/downloads MSD 2017).
Students with a first degree in natural sciences are not allowed to accredit this lecture for the MSD (no module allocation possible).

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


Admission requirements This course is open to students of the University of Basel who are at least in their third bachelor semester, at Master or PhD level.
Course application 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 No specific media used


Interval weekly
Date 20.09.2022 – 31.01.2023
Time Tuesday, 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116

Kick-off event: Tuesday, 20.09.22: 14.15 to 18h (together with lecture 41829). Regular teaching on Tuesdays, 14.15-16h.

Date Time Room
Tuesday 20.09.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 27.09.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 04.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 11.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 18.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 25.10.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 01.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 08.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 15.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 22.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 29.11.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 06.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 13.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 20.12.2022 14.15-16.00 Kollegienhaus, Hörsaal 116
Tuesday 03.01.2023 14.15-16.00 Vesalianum Seiteneingang, Grosser Hörsaal (EO.16)
Tuesday 31.01.2023 14.15-16.00 Vesalianum, Seminarraum (O2.02)
Modules Grundkurse (Transfakultäre Querschnittsprogramme im freien Kreditpunkte-Bereich)
Module: Complementary Knowledge in Natural Sciences (Master's Studies: Sustainable Development)
Module: Electives in Data Science (Master's Studies: Data Science)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Umwelt und Nachhaltigkeit (Master's Studies: European Global Studies)
Assessment format record of achievement
Assessment details Compulsory attendance in presence of lecture and practical course, submission of learning portfolio according to the announced requirements.

Final written examination (details acccording to information of P. Holm): on 03. January 2023, during usual lecture time, Exam lasts 60 minutes. Room: See online course dirctionary/section "dates and rooms".
Repetition exam: on 31. January 2023, during usual lecture time. Exam lasts 60 minutes, room: seminar room 02.02, Vesalianum, Vesalgasse 1/2nd floor.
Assessment registration/deregistration Reg.: course registration, dereg: cancel course registration
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