Christine Bratrich: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018
|Name||Dr. Christine Bratrich|
ETH Zürich, STE K 32
|Telephone||+41 44 632 02 51|
|Department||Environmental Systems Science|
|701-0901-00L||ETH Week 2018: Energy Matters |
All ETH Bachelor`s, Master`s and exchange students can take part in the ETH week. No prior knowledge is required
|1 credit||3S||R. Knutti, C. Bratrich, S. Brusoni, A. Cabello Llamas, V. Hoffmann, G. Hug, M. Mazzotti, A. Schlüter, T. Schmidt, A. Vaterlaus|
|Abstract||ETH Week is an innovative one-week course designed to foster critical thinking and creative learning. Students from all departments as well as professors and external experts will work together in interdisciplinary teams. They will develop interventions that could play a role in solving some of our most pressing global challenges. In 2018, ETH Week will focus on the topic of energy.|
|Objective||- Domain specific knowledge: Students have immersed knowledge about a certain complex, societal topic which will be selected every year. They understand the complex system context of the current topic, by comprehending its scientific, technical, political, social, ecological and economic perspectives.|
- Analytical skills: The ETH Week participants are able to structure complex problems systematically using selected methods. They are able to acquire further knowledge and to critically analyse the knowledge in interdisciplinary groups and with experts and the help of team tutors.
- Design skills: The students are able to use their knowledge and skills to develop concrete approaches for problem solving and decision making to a selected problem statement, critically reflect these approaches, assess their feasibility, to transfer them into a concrete form (physical model, prototypes, strategy paper, etc.) and to present this work in a creative way (role-plays, videos, exhibitions, etc.).
- Self-competence: The students are able to plan their work effectively, efficiently and autonomously. By considering approaches from different disciplines they are able to make a judgment and form a personal opinion. In exchange with non-academic partners from business, politics, administration, nongovernmental organisations and media they are able to communicate appropriately, present their results professionally and creatively and convince a critical audience.
- Social competence: The students are able to work in multidisciplinary teams, i.e. they can reflect critically their own discipline, debate with students from other disciplines and experts in a critical-constructive and respectful way and can relate their own positions to different intellectual approaches. They can assess how far they are able to actively make a contribution to society by using their personal and professional talents and skills and as "Change Agents".
|Content||The week is mainly about problem solving and design thinking applied to the complex world of energy. During ETH Week students will have the opportunity to work in small interdisciplinary groups, allowing them to critically analyse both their own approaches and those of other disciplines, and to integrate these into their work. |
While deepening their knowledge about energy production, distribution and storage, students will be introduced to various methods and tools for generating creative ideas and understand how different people are affected by each part of the system. In addition to lectures and literature, students will acquire knowledge via excursions into the real world, empirical observations, and conversations with researchers and experts.
A key attribute of the ETH Week is that students are expected to find their own problem, rather than just solve the problem that has been handed to them.
Therefore, the first three days of the week will concentrate on identifying a problem the individual teams will work on, while the last two days are focused on generating solutions and communicating the team's ideas.
|Prerequisites / Notice||No prerequisites. Program is open to Bachelor and Masters from all ETH Departments. All students must apply through a competitive application process at www.ethz.ch/ethweek. Participation is subject to successful selection through this competitive process.|
|701-1504-00L||Winter School "Perspectives on Daylight for the Environment, Health and Architecture"||1 credit||2G||C. Bratrich, B. Wehrli|
|Abstract||The ETH Winter Schools provide young researchers with the opportunity to work on current and sustainability-related topics in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams. Focus is given not only to teaching theoretical knowledge but also to solving specific case studies.|
|Objective||Within the ETH Zurich's new Critical Thinking Initiative (CTI), students are being guided to become critical and independently thinking individuals. During the course of their studies, they will acquire the following key skills and qualifications: the capability to analyse and reflect critically, to form an independent opinion and develop a point of view, as well as to communicate, argue and act in a responsible manner.|
Based on this concept, the ETH Sustainability Winter School is providing its students with the following qualifications and learning outcomes:
- Improved scientific competence: Students gain basic knowledge in different scientific disciplines that goes beyond their selected study discipline.
- Methodological competence: Students gain basic knowledge in different scientific methods that goes beyond of their selected study discipline.
- Reflection competence: Students will learn how to work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams to critically reflect their own way of thinking, their own research approaches, and how the academic world influences society.
- Implementation skills: Students will apply creative technologies in solution finding processes to gain knowledge and prototyping-skills to increase hands on experience by applying knowledge in concrete cases.
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|Prerequisites / Notice||The Winter School 2019 by ETH Sustainability will invite 30 Bachelor, Master and PhD students from a wide range of nationalities and disciplines. The course aims to ensure a well-balanced mixture between science and technology.|
Candidates will be selected from all relevant disciplines (e.g. Architecture, Environmental Engineering, Science, Environmental and Social Science, Business, Communication). Applicants will be evaluated on their academic strength, creativity, technical-related expertise, and their dedication to solving humanity's grand challenges.
The call for applications will be launched in autumn 2018.