Search result: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2016
|Environmental Sciences Bachelor|
|Bachelor Studies (Programme Regulations 2011)|
|Basic Courses II|
|Examination Block 1|
|402-0063-00L||Physics II||O||5 credits||3V + 1U||A. Vaterlaus|
|Abstract||Introduction to the "way of thinking" and the methodology in Physics, with the help of demonstration experiments. The Chapters treated are Electromagnetism, Refraction and Diffraction of Waves, Elements of Quantum Mechanics with applications to Spectroscopy, Thermodynamics, Phase Transitions, Transport Phenomena. Whenever possible, examples relevant to the students' main field of study are given.|
|Objective||Introduction to the scientific methodology. The student should develop his/her capability to turn physical observations into mathematical models, and to solve the latter.|
|Content||Elektromagnetismus, Elektromagnetische Wellen, Wellenoptik, Strahlenoptik, Quantenoptik, Quantenmechanik, Thermische Eigenschaften, Transportphänomene, Wärmestrahlung|
|Lecture notes||Skript wird verteilt.|
Physik für Ingenieure und Naturwissenschaftler
Band 2 Elektrizität, Optik, Wellen
ISBN 3527411445, 9783527411443
Douglas C. Giancoli
3. erweiterte Auflage
Hans J. Paus
Physik in Experimenten und Beispielen
Carl Hanser Verlag, München, 2002, 1068 S.
Paul A. Tipler
Spektrum Akademischer Verlag, 1998, 1522 S., ca Fr. 120.-
David Halliday Robert Resnick Jearl Walker
Wiley-VCH, 2003, 1388 S., Fr. 87.- (bis 31.12.03)
dazu gratis Online Ressourcen (z.B. Simulationen): www.halliday.de
|701-0245-00L||Introduction to Evolutionary Biology||O||2 credits||2V||G. Velicer, S. Wielgoss|
|Abstract||This course introduces important questions about the evolutionary processes involved in the generation and maintenance of biological diversity across all domains of life and how evolutionary science investigates these questions.|
|Objective||This course introduces important questions about the evolutionary processes involved in the generation and maintenance of biological diversity across all domains of life and how evolutionary science investigates these questions. The topics covered range from different forms of selection, phylogenetic analysis, population genetics, life history theory, the evolution of sex, social evolution to human evolution. These topics are important for the understanding of a number of evolutionary problems in the basic and applied sciences.|
|Content||Topics likely to be covered in this course include research methods in evolutionary biology, adaptation, evolution of sex, evolutionary transitions, human evolution, infectious disease evolution, life history evolution, macroevolution, mechanisms of evolution, phylogenetic analysis, population dynamics, population genetics, social evolution, speciation and types of selection.|
Scott Freeman and Jon Herron
5th Edition, English.
|Prerequisites / Notice||The exam is based on lecture and textbook.|
|701-0255-00L||Biochemistry||O||2 credits||2V||H.‑P. Kohler|
|Abstract||Building on the biology courses in the 1st and 2nd semesters, this course covers basic biochemical knowledge in the areas of enzymology and metabolism. Those completing the course are able to describe and understand fundamental cellular metabolic processes.|
|Objective||Students are able to understand|
- the structure and function of biological macromolecules
- the kinetic bases of enzyme reactions
- thermodynamic and mechanistic basics of relevant metabolic processes
Students are able to describe the relevant metabolic reactions in detail
Introduction, basics, composition of cells, biochemical units, repetition of relevant organic chemistry
Structure and function of proteins
Lipids an biological membranes
Enzymes and enzyme kinetics
Metabolism: Basic concepts and design. Repetition of basic thermodynamics
The citric acid cycle
Fatty acid metabolism
|Lecture notes||Horton et al. (Pearson) serves as lecture notes.|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Basic knowledge in biology and chemistry is a precondition.|
|752-4001-00L||Microbiology||O||2 credits||2V||M. Schuppler, S. Schlegel, J. Vorholt-Zambelli|
|Abstract||Teaching of basic knowledge in microbiology with main focus on Microbial Cell Structure and Function, Molecular Genetics, Microbial Growth, Metabolic Diversity, Phylogeny and Taxonomy, Prokaryotic Diversity, Human-Microbe Interactions, Biotechnology.|
|Objective||Teaching of basic knowledge in microbiology.|
|Content||Der Schwerpunkt liegt auf den Themen: Bakterielle Zellbiologie, Molekulare Genetik, Wachstumsphysiologie, Biochemische Diversität, Phylogenie und Taxonomie, Prokaryotische Vielfalt, Interaktion zwischen Menschen und Mikroorganismen sowie Biotechnologie.|
|Lecture notes||Wird von den jeweiligen Dozenten ausgegeben.|
|Literature||Die Behandlung der Themen erfolgt auf der Basis des Lehrbuchs Brock, Biology of Microorganisms|
|Examination Block 2|
|701-0023-00L||Atmosphere||O||3 credits||2V||H. Wernli, E. M. Fischer, T. Peter|
|Abstract||Basic principles of the atmosphere, physical structure and chemical composition, trace gases, atmospheric cycles, circulation, stability, radiation, condensation, clouds, oxidation capacity and ozone layer.|
|Objective||Understanding of basic physical and chemical processes in the atmosphere. Understanding of mechanisms of and interactions between: weather - climate, atmosphere - ocean - continents, troposhere - stratosphere. Understanding of environmentally relevant structures and processes on vastly differing scales. Basis for the modelling of complex interrelations in the atmospehre.|
|Content||Basic principles of the atmosphere, physical structure and chemical composition, trace gases, atmospheric cycles, circulation, stability, radiation, condensation, clouds, oxidation capacity and ozone layer.|
|Lecture notes||Written information will be supplied.|
|Literature||- John H. Seinfeld and Spyros N. Pandis, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics: From Air Pollution to Climate Change, Wiley, New York, 1998.|
- Gösta H. Liljequist, Allgemeine Meteorologie, Vieweg, Braunschweig, 1974.
|701-0071-00L||Mathematics III: Systems Analysis||O||4 credits||2V + 1U||N. Gruber, D. Byrne|
|Abstract||The objective of the systems analysis course is to deepen and illustrate the mathematical concepts on the basis of a series of very concrete examples. Topics covered include: linear box models with one or several variables, non-linear box models with one or several variables, time-discrete models, and continuous models in time and space.|
|Objective||Learning and applying of concepts (models) and quantitative methods to address concrete problems of environmental relevance. Understanding and applying the systems-analytic approach, i.e., Recognizing the core of the problem - simplification - quantitative approach - prediction.|
|Lecture notes||Overhead slides will be made available through Ilias.|
|Literature||Imboden, D.S. and S. Pfenninger (2013) Introduction to Systems Analysis: Mathematically Modeling Natural Systems. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer Verlag.|
|701-0401-00L||Hydrosphere||O||3 credits||2V||R. Kipfer, C. Roques|
|Abstract||Qualitative and quantitative understanding of the physical processes that control the terrestrial water cycle. Energy and mass exchange, mixing and transport processes are described and the coupling of the hydrosphere with the atmosphere and the solid Earth are discussed.|
|Objective||Qualitative and quantitative understanding of the physical processes that control the terrestrial water cycle. Energy and mass exchange, mixing and transport processes are described and the coupling of the hydrosphere with the atmosphere and the solid Earth are discussed.|
|Content||Topics of the course.|
Physical properties of water (i.e. density and equation of state)
- global water resources
Exchange at boundaries
- energy (thermal & kinetic), gas exchange
Mixing and transport processes in open waters
- vertical stratification, large scale transport
- turbulence and mixing
- mixing and exchange processes in rivers
Groundwater and its dynamics
- ground water as part of the terrestrial water cycle
- ground water hydraulics, Darcy's law
- aquifers and their properties
- hydrochemistry and tracer
- ground water use
- 1. Water as resource, 2. Water and climate
|Lecture notes||In addition to the suggested literature handouts are distributed.|
a) Park, Ch., 2001, The Environment, Routledge, 2001
b) Price, M., 1996. Introducing groundwater. Chapman & Hall, London u.a.
|Prerequisites / Notice||The case studies and the analysis of the questions and problems are integral part of the course.|
|701-0501-00L||Pedosphere||O||3 credits||2V||R. Kretzschmar|
|Abstract||Introduction to the formation and properties of soils as a function of parent rock, landscape position, climate, and soil organisms. Complex relationships between soil forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biota, and ecological soil properties are explained and illustrated by numerous examples.|
|Objective||Introduction to the formation and properties of soils as a function of parent rock, landscape position, climate, and soil organisms. Complex relationships between soil forming processes, physical and chemical soil properties, soil biota, and ecological soil properties are explained and illustrated by numerous examples.|
|Content||Definition of the pedosphere, soil functions, rocks as parent materials, minerals and weathering, soil organisms, soil organic matter, physical soil properties and functions, chemical soil properties and functions, soil formation, principles of soil classification, global soil regions, soil fertility, land use and soil degradation.|
|Lecture notes||Lecture notes can be purchased during the first lecture (15.- SFr)|
|Literature||- Scheffer/Schachtschabel - Soil Science, Springer, Heidelberg, 2016.|
- Brady N.C. and Weil, R.R. The Nature and Properties of Soils. 14th ed. Prentice Hall, 2007.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Prerequisites: Basic knowledge in chemistry, biology and geology.|
|Additional Compulsory Courses|
|701-0033-00L||Laboratory Course in Physics for Students of Environmental Sciences||O||2 credits||4P||M. Münnich, A. Biland, N. Gruber|
|Abstract||The course provides an individual experience of physical phenomena and the basic principles of experiments. By carrying out simple physical experiments the students learn the proper use measuring instruments, the correct evaluation of report of the measured data and how to interpret the final results.|
|Objective||This laboratory course aims to provide basic knowledge of |
- the setup of a physics experiment,
- the use of measurement instruments,
- various measuring techniques,
- the analysis or measurement errors,
- and the interpretations of the measured quantities.
|Content||The students select 8 out of 20 experiments which they like to conduct. For each of these experiments the students will analyze the data they measure estimate the error of there measurements and compare these with the physical theory. Additionally each student will present one of their experiments in a seminar.|
|Lecture notes||Manuals for the experiments are provided online.|
|701-0035-00L||Integrated Practical Observation Networks||O||1.5 credits||4P||J. Henneberger, T. Tormann|
|Abstract||Observation networks - the combination of individual instruments - are the starting point of quantitative environmental studies. The structure and idiosyncrasies of existing observation networks are shown. When working in individual experiments on practical problems, various types of observation networks are dealt with; questions related to data quality and data availability are discussed.|
|Objective||Getting acquainted with existing networks. Insight into problems related to measuring and interpreting multi-dimensional fields of atmospheric physical, atmospheric chemical, and geophysical parameters.|
|Content||Observation networks for atmospheric physical, atmospheric chemical, geophysical, hydrological and climatological parameters on different scales (synoptic: 1000 km; mesoscale: 100 km, and microscale: 100 m). Combination of surface observation with remotely sensed data (satellite, radar). Solving interpolation problems in multi-dimensional fields of the observed variables. Assessing the representativity of local values, i.e., the directly observed variable in an observation network.|
|Lecture notes||The script is published anew every year. Apart from the description of the scientific problems to be worked on in individual experiments, it contains some theoretical chapters on observation networks, as well as guidelines for writing and publishing scientific papers. The script can be downloaded as pdf from the course webpage.|
|Literature||Literature is listed in the script.|
|Social Sciences and Humanities Module|
|363-0387-00L||Corporate Sustainability||O||3 credits||2G||V. Hoffmann|
|Abstract||The lectures addresses the assessment of corporate sustainability and its links to strategy, technology, and finance. Students learn why sustainability matters for managers and how businesses can act towards it. E-modules allow students to train critical thinking skills. In the 2nd half of the semester, sustainability challenges on water, energy, mobility, and food are explored in group projects.|
|Objective||Understand the limits and the potential of corporate sustainability for sustainable development|
Develop critical thinking skills (argumentation, communication, evaluative judgment) that are useful in the context of corporate sustainability using an innovative writing and peer review method.
Be able to recognize and realize opportunities for corporate sustainability in a business environment
|Content||Overview of the key concepts of corporate sustainability and topics related to Water, Energy, Mobility, and Food|
Business implications of sustainable development, in particular for the assessment of sustainability performance, strategic change towards sustainability, technological innovations and sustainability, and finance and corporate sustainability.
Critical thinking skills for corporate sustainability.
In-depth case studies of corporate sustainability challenges in the track phase: How to deal with environmental pressure groups? How to use the strengths of business to solve pressing sustainability problems? How to catalyze technological innovations for sustainability? How to invest money in a sustainable way?
|Lecture notes||Presentation slides will be made available on moodle prior to lectures.|
|Literature||Literature recommendations will be distributed during the lecture|
|751-1551-00L||Ressourcen- und Umweltökonomie||O||3 credits||2V||L. Bretschger, A. Müller|
|Abstract||Relationship between economy and environment, market failure, external effects and public goods, contingent valuation, internalisation of externalities; economics of non-renewable resources, economics of renewable resources, cost-benefit analysis, sustainability, and international aspects of resource and environmental economics.|
|Objective||Understanding of the basic issues and methods in resource and environmental economics; ability to solve typical problems in the field using the appropriate tools, which are concise verbal explanations, diagrams or mathematical expressions.|
Introduction to resource and environmental economics
Importance of resource and environmental economics
Main issues of resource and environmental economics
Fairness according to Rawls
Economic growth and environment
Externalities in the environmental sphere
Governmental internalisation of externalities
Private internalisation of externalities: the Coase theorem
Free rider problem and public goods
Types of public policy
Efficient level of pollution
Tax vs. permits
Command and Control Instruments
Empirical data on non-renewable natural resources
Optimal price development: the Hotelling-rule
Effects of exploration and Backstop-technology
Effects of different types of markets.
Biological growth function
Optimal depletion of renewable resources
Social inefficiency as result of over-use of open-access resources
Cost-benefit analysis and the environment
Measuring environmental benefit
Concept of sustainability
Conflicts sustainability / optimality
Indicators of sustainability
Problem of climate change
Cost and benefit of climate change
Climate change as international ecological externality
International climate policy: Kyoto protocol
Implementation of the Kyoto protocol in Switzerland
|Content||Economy and natural environment, welfare concepts and market failure, external effects and public goods, measuring externalities and contingent valuation, internalising external effects and environmental policy, economics of non-renewable resources, renewable resources, cost-benefit-analysis, sustainability issues, international aspects of resource and environmental problems, selected examples and case studies.|
|Lecture notes||The script and lecture material are provided at:|
|Literature||Perman, R., Ma, Y., McGilvray, J, Common, M.: "Natural Resource & Environmental Economics", 3d edition, Longman, Essex 2003.|
|701-0763-00L||Basic Concepts of Management||W||2 credits||2V||R. Schwarzenbach|
|Abstract||This course deals with fundamental and proven management concepts. The lecturers emphasize the pracitcal applicability of concepts. The course was designed in close cooperation with practitioneers; e.g. will Mr. S. Baldenweg, mechanical engineer ETH, MBA Insead, share his experience in several guest lectures.|
• will be familiar with basic general management concepts.
• learn about the fundamental concepts of strategy development with practical examples.
• will get to know the basic organisational issues and the essential types of organisations.
• get a rough overview on the concepts of financial management.
• will learn about the strategic positionining of small departments within larger organisations.
• will learn about the fundamental mechanisms for handling change, and will be able to recognise these situations.
• will learn the basic principles of project management and of successful self-management.
• will reflect on customer oriented information representation.
|Content||Management ist ein Massenberuf der durch klare Aufgaben und entsprechenden Werkzuge beschrieben werden kann. Die Positionierung einer Firma, oder eines Bereiches bedingt die Analyse des Umfeldes und die Befassung mit den zukünftigen Herausforderungen. Dazu werden verschiedene Ansätze gezeigt und die grundlegenden Denkmuster vermittelt. Für die Umsetzung einer Strategie muss die Zusammenarbeit von Menschen entsprechend organisiert werden. Dazu werden die wesentlichen Organisationsmodelle und die Dynamik von Organisationen vermittelt. |
Die finanzielle Abbildung von Organisationen und Projekten wird übersichtsweise dargestellt und die stufengerechte Darstellung von Informationen anhand von realen Beispielen besprochen.
Die Inhalte werden durchgängig mit Praxisbeispielen illustriert.
|Lecture notes||Skripten werden elektronisch zur Verfügung gestellt.|
|Literature||Empfohlen werden folgende Titel für die Vertiefung einzelner Themen:|
Drucker P. 1964: „Managing for Results”, Harper Collins Publishers“, 240 p.
Malik F. 2005: "Führen, Leisten, Leben. Wirksames Management für eine neue Zeit. ", Heyne, 408p.
Mintzberg H. et al. 2001: “Strategy Safari. The Complete guide through the wilds of strategic management: A Guided Tour Through the Wilds of Strategic Management”, Finanical Times, 416 p.
Osterwalder A., Pigneur Y. 2010: Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers, wiley, 278 p
|Prerequisites / Notice||Deutsch|
|151-0757-00L||Environmental Management||W||2 credits||2G||R. Züst|
|Abstract||An environmental management system has the objective to continuously improve the environmental performance of the activities, products and services of a company. The company has to introduce different management procedures. The goal of this lecture is to provide basics and specific procedure to implement the environmental dimension in the planning and decision making processes of an organisation.|
|Objective||Overview on environmental management and environmental management systems, general methods and principles.|
|Content||Introduction to environmental mangement / environmental |
management systems, energy and material flows; economical and
ecological problems in industry; charakterisation of an
enterprise (incl. management handbook); structur and contents of an
environmental management system; overview on the ISO 14001 ff. series; methodes for environmental evaluation and assessment; integrated management systems; planning methodology and life-cycle-design
design; planning exampl
|Lecture notes||Information about environmental management and environmental |
management systems will be provided by a CD or mail.
|Literature||a list with literatures and links will be provided|
|Prerequisites / Notice||Delivery of a case study, worked out in groups. Language: Teaching in English on request.|
Entry level course in management for BSc, MSc and PHD students at all levels not belonging to D-MTEC. This course can be complemented with Discovering Management (Excercises) 351-0778-01.
|W||3 credits||3G||B. Clarysse, M. Ambühl, S. Brusoni, E. Fleisch, G. Grote, V. Hoffmann, P. Schönsleben, G. von Krogh, F. von Wangenheim|
|Abstract||Discovering Management offers an introduction to the field of business management and entrepreneurship for engineers and natural scientists. The module provides an overview of the principles of management, teaches knowledge about management that is highly complementary to the students' technical knowledge, and provides a basis for advancing the knowledge of the various subjects offered at D-MTEC.|
|Objective||Discovering Management combines in an innovate format a set of lectures and an advanced business game. The learning model for Discovering Management involves 'learning by doing'. The objective is to introduce the students to the relevant topics of the management literature and give them a good introduction in entrepreneurship topics too. The course is a series of lectures on the topics of strategy, innovation, corporate finance, leadership, design thinking and corporate social responsibility. While the 14 different lectures provide the theoretical and conceptual foundations, the experiential learning outcomes result from the interactive business game. The purpose of the business game is to analyse the innovative needs of a large multinational company and develop a business case for the company to grow. This business case is as relevant to someone exploring innovation within an organisation as it is if you are planning to start your own business. By discovering the key aspects of entrepreneurial management, the purpose of the course is to advance students' understanding of factors driving innovation, entrepreneurship, and company success.|
|Content||Discovering Management aims to broaden the students' understanding of the principles of business management, emphasizing the interdependence of various topics in the development and management of a firm. The lectures introduce students not only to topics relevant for managing large corporations, but also touch upon the different aspects of starting up your own venture. The lectures will be presented by the respective area specialists at D-MTEC.|
The course broadens the view and understanding of technology by linking it with its commercial applications and with society. The lectures are designed to introduce students to topics related to strategy, corporate innovation, leadership, corporate and entrepreneurial finance, value chain analysis, corporate social responsibility, and business model innovation. Practical examples from industry experts will stimulate the students to critically assess these issues. Creative skills will be trained by the business game exercise, a participant-centered learning activity, which provides students with the opportunity to place themselves in the role of Chief Innovation Officer of a large multinational company. As they learn more about the specific case and identify the challenge they are faced with, the students will have to develop an innovative business case for this multinational corporation. Doing so, this exercise will provide an insight into the context of managerial problem-solving and corporate innovation, and enhance the students' appreciation for the complex tasks companies and managers deal with. The business game presents a realistic model of a company and provides a valuable learning platform to integrate the increasingly important development of the skills and competences required to identify entrepreneurial opportunities, analyse the future business environment and successfully respond to it by taking systematic decisions, e.g. critical assessment of technological possibilities.
|Prerequisites / Notice||Discovering Management is designed to suit the needs and expectations of Bachelor students at all levels as well as Master and PhD students not belonging to D-MTEC. By providing an overview of Business Management, this course is an ideal enrichment of the standard curriculum at ETH Zurich.|
No prior knowledge of business or economics is required to successfully complete this course.
|351-0778-01L||Discovering Management (Exercises)|
Complementary exercises for the module Discovering Managment.
Prerequisite: Participation and successful completion of the module Discovering Management (351-0778-00L) is mandatory.
|W||1 credit||1U||B. Clarysse, L. De Cuyper|
|Abstract||This course is offered complementary to the basis course 351-0778-00L, "Discovering Management". The course offers additional exercises and case studies.|
|Objective||This course is offered to complement the course 351-0778-00L. The course offers additional exercises and case studies.|
|Content||The course offers additional exercises and case studies concering:|
Strategic Management; Technology and Innovation Management; Operations and Supply Chain Management; Finance and Accounting; Marketing and Sales.
Please refer to the course website for further information on the content, credit conditions and schedule of the module: www.dm.ethz.ch
|363-0503-00L||Principles of Microeconomics||W||3 credits||2G||M. Filippini|
|Abstract||The course introduces basic principles, problems and approaches of microeconomics.|
|Objective||The learning objectives of the course are:|
(1) Students must be able to discuss basic principles, problems and approaches in microeconomics. (2) Students can analyse and explain simple economic principles in a market using supply and demand graphs. (3) Students can contrast different market structures and describe firm and consumer behaviour. (4) Students can identify market failures such as externalities related to market activities and illustrate how these affect the economy as a whole. (5) Students can apply simple mathematical treatment of some basic concepts and can solve utility maximization and cost minimization problems.
|Lecture notes||Lecture notes, exercises and reference material can be downloaded from Moodle.|
|Literature||N. Gregory Mankiw and Mark P. Taylor (2014), "Economics", 3rd edition, South-Western Cengage Learning.|
The book can also be used for the course 'Principles of Macroeconomics' (Sturm)
For students taking only the course 'Principles of Microeconomics' there is a shorter version of the same book:
N. Gregory Mankiw and Mark P. Taylor (2014), "Microeconomics", 3rd edition, South-Western Cengage Learning.
1. R. Pindyck and D. Rubinfeld (2012), "Microeconomics", 8th edition, Pearson Education.
2. Varian, H.R. (2014), "Intermediate Microeconomics", 9th edition, Norton & Company
|751-1101-00L||Finances and Accounting System||W||2 credits||2G||M. Dumondel|
|Abstract||To understand accounting as a component of the complex system of the enterprise|
|Objective||To understand accounting not as an isolated discipline, but as a part of the complex system of the enterprise|
|Content||Accounting system as a part of management economics.|
The different steps for scheduling and evaluation of the accountancy will be studied. The main part of the lecture is dedicated to the financial accounting – nevertheless the fundamentals of the internal cost-accounting will also be presented. The lecture will also include the clarification of concrete cases and the calculation of practical exercises.
|Lecture notes||Course documentation and specified educational books|
|Literature||In the lecture one indicates|
|851-0626-01L||International Aid and Development|
Does not take place this semester.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of economics
|W||2 credits||2V||I. Günther|
|Abstract||The course gives economic and empirical foundations for a sound understanding of the instruments, prospects and limitations of international development aid.|
|Objective||Students have a theoretically and empirically sound understanding of the prospects and limitations of international development aid. Students are able to critically discuss the various aid instruments of bi-and multilateral donors and NGOs.|
|Content||Introduction to the Determinants of Underdevelopment; History of Aid; Aid and Development: Theories and Empirics; Political Economy of Aid; Experience and Impact of Aid; New Instruments of Aid: e.g. Micro-Finance, Budget-Support; Fair-Trade.|
|Literature||Articles and book abstracts will be uploaded to a course website.|
|Module Political and Social Sciences|
|701-0747-00L||Environmental Policy of Switzerland I||O||3 credits||2V||E. Lieberherr|
|Abstract||This course presents the basics of policy analysis and the specific characteristics of Swiss environmental policy. Policy instruments, actors and processes are addressed both theoretically as well as by means of current Swiss environmental policy examples.|
|Objective||Beyond acquiring basic knowledge about policy analysis, this course teaches students how to analytically address current and concrete questions of environmental policy. Through exercises the students learn about political science concepts and frameworks as well as real-life political decision-making processes. The well-grounded examination of complex political conflict situations is an important precondition for the entry into the (environmental policy) workforce or a future research career.|
|Content||The processes of change, overuse or destruction of the natural environment through humans have historically placed high demands on social and political institutions. In the interplay between the environment, society and economy, the environmental policy field encompasses the sum of public measures that have the goal to eliminate, reduce or avoid environmental degradation. The course systematically presents the basics of environmental policy instruments, actors, programs and processes as well as their change over time. A key aspect is the distinction between politics and political science and specifically environmental policy.|
|Lecture notes||Instead of lecture notes different texts on policy analysis and Swiss environmental policy are made available to the students.|
|Literature||The lecture is based on the following book to be published in the summer of 2016:|
Ingold, K., Lieberherr, E., Schläpfer, I., Steinmann, K. und Zimmermann, W. Umweltpolitik der Schweiz: ein Lehrbuch. Zürich: Dike Verlag.
|Prerequisites / Notice||The detailed semester program (syllabus) is made available to the students at the beginning of the semester.|
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