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Seminar: 2.02.916 Diving Deep - Conceptual and Empirical perspectives on Social-ecological Transformations - Details
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Course name Seminar: 2.02.916 Diving Deep - Conceptual and Empirical perspectives on Social-ecological Transformations
Course number 2.02.916
Semester SoSe2018
Current number of participants 4
expected number of participants 20
Home institute Department of Business Administration, Economics and Law
participating institutes Department of Social Sciences, Institute for Biology and Environmental Sciences, Institute of Material Culture, Institute of Philosophy, School of Computing Science, Business Administration, Economics and Law
Courses type Seminar in category Teaching
First date Thu., 05.04.2018 08:00 - 10:00, Room: A05 1-159
Type/Form weekly
Learning organisation Structure of the sessions
The sessions are intended to give an introduction to the interdisciplinary transformation dis-course and enable in-depth debate of its essential and up-to-date scientific papers. Students are expected to prepare to the seminar by reading the respective paper that will be discussed in the session. For this purpose, students are grouped according to a set of criteria for ana-lyzing conceptions of social-ecological transformations: depth of change, breadth of change, timeframe of change, direction of change . Students then prepare the respective paper, par-ticularly focusing on the contribution of the paper to the assigned category. In the sessions, the contents of the paper are discussed along the lines of critical thinking. First, it is assured that the papers are well understood by the students, then critically discussed in further detail with focus on the SET criteria, where the students’ insights will be brought together and fur-ther developed.
Performance record Examination requirements: Portfolio: discussion contributions in all sessions (ungraded), Critical review of one paper in the form of an essay (max 5 pages)
Essay: For the essay, students have two options:
i. Students will chose one of the papers discussed in the seminar and write a critical review of the paper. This includes summarizing the main ideas of the paper, critically reflecting on the coherence and academic quality of the paper, its contribution and relevance to the trans-formation discourse, potential applications and raising future research questions that can be derived from the paper. Guidelines on how to review a paper will be provided in the semi-nar.
ii. Alternatively, students can chose to write an essay on one theoretically or practically rel-evant research question, taking one or several of the required reading papers as a basis. Stu-dents should consult with one of the lecturers regarding the selected question and approach.
Lehrsprache englisch
ECTS points 3

Course location / Course dates

A05 1-159 Thu.. 08:00 - 10:00 (13x)

Module assignments


Reading seminar for a deeper understanding of conceptual and empirical approaches to social-ecological transformation

Learning goals:
 Gain an overview of the main research approaches in the transformation discourse
 Reflect on contributions of current research for actively pursuing societal and eco-logical change (contributions, open questions, inconsistencies, …)
 Strengthen critical thinking and scientific paper reading skills
 Develop skills in interdisciplinary debates and scientific writing

Admission settings

The course is part of admission "Anmeldung gesperrt (global)".
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The following rules apply for the admission:
  • The admission is locked.