Syllabus

Title
2249 Research Seminar: Concepts and Theories in Eco-political Research
Instructors
Univ.Prof. Dr. Ingolfur Blühdorn
  • Type
    PI
  • Weekly hours
    2
  • Language of instruction
    Englisch
Registration
09/16/16 to 09/30/16
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
This class is only offered in winter semesters.
Subject(s) Doctoral/PhD Programs
Dates
Day Date Time Room
Wednesday 10/19/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033
Wednesday 11/02/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033
Wednesday 11/09/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033
Wednesday 11/16/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033
Wednesday 11/23/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033
Wednesday 11/30/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033
Wednesday 12/07/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033
Wednesday 12/14/16 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM D5.3.033

Contents


This research seminar aims to raise awareness, that all sustainability research is necessarily (and must be) based on a range of theoretical assumptions – which in many cases, however, remain unreflected and implicit. The explicit and strategic application of theoretical concepts and approaches will be practised.

50% of the time will be devoted to the detailled study of two Major Substantive Topics (a) competing framings of "the ecological issue", and (b) 'ecological modernization theory'.

The remaining 50% of the time will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of the participants' Research Projects.

Learning outcomes

Participants acquire detailed knowledge about

•    the differences between a range of ways in which “the ecological issue” is / has been framed by particular political actors;

•    “ecological modernisation theory” which underpins most eco-political policy approaches adopted today by subnational, national and   international actors;

•    how to develop a research proposal in the field of socio-scientific sustainability research;

•    how to present a research project in the field of socio-scientific sustainability research;

•    how to critically engage with academic material presented in written or oral ways.


Teaching/learning method(s)

The Seminar consists in equal parts of inputs by the Professor and by the Seminar participants. The detailed discussion of methodical articles, drafts manuscripts, published articles, and the presentation and defence of the participants’ own work will familiarize the seminar participants with modes of academic work at an advanced level.

Assessment

Successful completion of this research seminar requires:

•    Regular seminar attendance (monitored) (20%)

•    Presentation and defence of the own research project (50%)

•    Formal review and assessment of a research project or academic article that has been submitted for publication to a journal (30%)


Last edited: 2016-07-04



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