Current Courses

Berta Martín-López

Environmental Sciences - an Introduction


First part: key scientific background necessary to work in environmental sciences; second part: social-science components of environmental sciences, including value systems and governance.

Ziel: Despite disciplinary boundaries: introduction to environmental sciences including two different perspectives, the natural and the social sciences. In this introductory course we combine basic knowledge in environmental sciences with knowledge of relevance to application to major challenges of our time. This will prepare the way for making cross-cutting connections between the different modules of the environmental science major in later semesters of the bachelor degree.

Colloquium Social-ecological system research


Das Kolloquium wird inhaltlich verschiedene Methoden, Ansätze und Ergebnisse sozial-ökologischer Forschung behandeln und unterschiedliche Formate anbieten: Studierende präsentieren ihre Forschungsvorhaben und/ oder Ergebnisse, die dann mit den Betreuuenden und anderen Forschern diskutiert werden können

Ziel: Ziel der Veranstaltung ist ein Austausch zwischen den Forschenden und Promovierenden, aber auch eine Präsentation des Promotionsvorhabens und eine Reflexion über die Fortschritte der Promotion

Environmental Sciences - an Introduction. Humanities seminar A (for GESS)


The main content includes:

• Conceptualization of paradigms of value-systems with practical exercises

• Identification of relevant stakeholders and institutions for environmental decision-making

• The importance of social relationships in environmental governance

• Social conflicts and the role of deliberation

The knowledge in seminars is constructed through role-play teaching method that allows students to understand social-ecological dynamics and to assimilate the contents learned in lectures by facing realistic situations and environmental problems

Ziel: The seminar aims to get knowledge about social aspects that determine sustainability decisions, particularly value-systems, conflicts between social actors, and power relations.

Environmental Sciences - an Introduction. Humanities seminar. Group B (for UWI)


The main content includes:

• Conceptualization of paradigms of value-systems with practical exercises

• Identification of relevant stakeholders and institutions for environmental decision-making

• The importance of social relationships in environmental governance

• Social conflicts and the role of deliberation

The knowledge in seminars is constructed through role-play teaching method that allows students to understand social-ecological dynamics and to assimilate the contents learned in lectures by facing realistic situations and environmental problems

Ziel: The seminar aims to get knowledge about social aspects that determine sustainability decisions, particularly value-systems, conflicts between social actors, and power relations.

Ecological restoration for sustainability - final module (transdisciplinary project)


With the increasing human pressure on ecosystems and cultural landscapes, one of the main challenges is to design and develop ecological restoration that supports the preservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and livelihood security. A central theme here is to integrate the ecological dimension with the socio-cultural dimension in order to create sustainable landscapes and equitable societies. Therefore, restoration does not only focus on ecological functions and biodiversity, but also on human communities, their knowledge and values. Indeed, restoration requires of society as agents of sustainable transformations.

During the seminar in the second module we will examine how we can restore nature, how we can engage different social actors and how we can measure the impacts of restoration strategies on human wellbeing and biodiversity.

Ziel: The overall goal of this seminar module is to move on from the designing and implementing work performed in the previous semester to working directly on the transdisciplinary project you have chosen in the previous semester. An outcome will include an outreach project e.g. a film, presentation to the wider public or article.

Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Get knowledge about basic ecological and social methods for implementing restoration practices;

2. Get understanding about the complex interactions between social and ecological systems in restoration;

3. Ability to deal with complexity

4. Be familiar with the scientific literature regarding ecological restoration

Students will also get competencies on:

1. Ability to systematically research information

2. Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams

3. Ability to communicate in writing and oral formats.

4. Designing and implementing an transdisciplinary project (from start to "finish")

Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.

Current Courses

Dr. Aymara Victoria Llanque Zonta

Environmental Sciences - an Introduction. Humanities seminar C (for UWI and GESS)


The main content includes:

• Conceptualization of paradigms of value-systems with practical exercises

• Identification of relevant stakeholders and institutions for environmental decision-making

• The importance of social relationships in environmental governance

• Social conflicts and the role of deliberation

The knowledge in seminars is constructed through role-play teaching method that allows students to understand social-ecological dynamics and to assimilate the contents learned in lectures by facing realistic situations and environmental problems

Ziel: The seminar aims to get knowledge about social aspects that determine sustainability decisions, particularly value-systems, conflicts between social actors, and power relations.

Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.

Current Courses

M.Sc. Milena Groß

Ecological restoration for sustainability - second module


With the increasing human pressure on ecosystems and cultural landscapes, one of the main challenges is to design and develop ecological restoration that supports the preservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and livelihoods security. A central theme here is to integrate the ecological dimension with the socio-cultural dimension in order to create sustainable landscapes and equitable societies. Therefore, restoration does not only focus on ecological functions and biodiversity, but also on human communities, their knowledge and values. Indeed, restoration requires of society as agents of sustainable transformations.

During the seminar in the second module we will examine how we can restore nature, how we can engage different social actors and how we can measure the impacts of restoration strategies on human wellbeing and biodiversity.

Ziel: Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Get knowledge about basic ecological and social methods for implementing restoration practices;

2. Be familiar with the restoration project in a traditional orchard

3. Identify relevant research questions and design a methodological approach to answer them

Students will also get competencies on:

1. Ability to systematically research information

2. Ability to work in interdisciplinary teams

3. Ability to communicate in writing and oral formats.

Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.