701-0702-00L  Fundamental Questions in Environmental Sciences

Semester Frühjahrssemester 2017
Dozierende J. Ghazoul, J. Jokela, J. Levine, A. Patt, L. Pellissier
Periodizität jährlich wiederkehrende Veranstaltung
Lehrsprache Englisch


Kurzbeschreibung The purpose of the course is to provide students with opportunities to research and reflect on fundamental questions that underpin central concepts relevant to environmental science. The issues raised by these fundamental questions, each of which transcend any particular field, are directly relevant to how society interacts with the environment, and hence our planet's future.
Lernziel - Analyse abstract and theoretical issues
- Identify and evaluate processes and ideas through critical evaluation of literature
- Acquire and organize scientific information from multiple sources within a coherent argument
- Develop scientific ideas through peer discussion and collaboration
- Integrate theory across disciplines
Inhalt Keywords: Ecology, Evolution, Society, Policy, Philosophy, Ethics
The purpose of the course is to provide opportunities to work with some of science's big questions. Students will tackle three such questions during the course of the semester. Some of these questions have an answer, but to reach it requires an understanding of multiple concepts and processes drawn from several environmental disciplines. In other cases there might be several possible answers, or sometimes no easy answer at all. Some questions are normative, and might require a more reflective and philosophical approach.
Students will work on selected questions to develop plausible answers based on evidence and information derived from literature analyses, and from ideas generated through peer-discussions within class sessions.