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Adrian Müller: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2018

Name Dr. Adrian Müller
Institut für Umweltentscheidungen
ETH Zürich, SOL E 4
Sonneggstrasse 33
8092 Zürich
DepartmentEnvironmental Systems Science

701-0658-00LSeminar for Bachelor Students: Anthroposphere
Change of semester: This course takes place in autumn semester beginning autumn semester 2018.
3 credits2SA. Müller, D. N. Bresch, A. Patt, M. Siegrist
AbstractAnalysis and presentation of research papers from the involved chairs, relating to topics from human-environment systems.
ObjectiveThe students learn to read, understand, summarize and present current research papers related to human-environment systems. Furthermore, students train the critical discussion of these papers. The students alse get to know a number of innovative approaches for such presentations.
ContentResearch in human-environment systems is characterised by a broad range of topics and methods. This is illustrated by the research papers that are discussed in this seminar. Students choose a paper from a list and present it to the seminar participants. Furthermore, they lead the discussion and train questions and answers related to such presentations. In the first three lessons, inputs to presentation techniques and innovative approaches to presentations are provided and discussed.
Lecture notesWill be provided in the seminar.
LiteratureWill be provided in the seminar.
Prerequisites / Noticenone
701-0661-00LEnvironmental Decision-Making Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2VA. Müller
AbstractEnvironmental decision-making is at the core of sustainability policies and management of human-environment systems. This lecture provides an introduction to the conceptual background for environmental decision-making and teaches the practicalities of environmental decision-making by means of exemplary real world cases.
ObjectiveAfter the course, the students are able to
- identify, describe and analyse the relevant aspects (drivers, actors, etc.) in concrete situations of environmental decision-making;
- evaluate policy instruments and other institutional solutions for improved environmental decision-making;
- modify and apply the approaches to deal with environmental decision-making as discussed in the case-studies to other cases.
ContentThe lecture starts with the introduction of basic topics related to environmental decision-making. It then switches to a flipped-classroom format with project work in small groups of 3-5 students. In this project work, the students work with existing governmental, academic, NGO, etc. reports on specific situations that involve environmental decision-making. This part of the lecture closes with a synthesis of the project work in the plenary. The second half of the semester focuses on a short individual project on a case of environmental decision-making chosen by each student, again organised in flipped-classroom format. In the course of this work, we will also establish linkages to aspects of environmental decision-making in the other core-lectures of the specialisation on human-environment systems. The lecture closes with plenary lessons where the group work and individual project work is located in a broader context of central aspects of environmental decision-making and where a synthesis is drawn on the topics addressed in this lecture.
Lecture notesWill be made available in the lecture.
LiteratureWill be indicated in the lecture.