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Please find additional information on current courses in the university's course directory. The directory includes an archive of courses from previous terms.
Course material is provided on ADAM, the University of Basel’s official learning platform.
The faculty's external lecturer directory can be found here.
10160-01 - Lecture: Environmental and Resource Economics | Bachelor | 6 KP
After taking this course you will know how to analyse environmental policy using the tools of economics. You will know economic concepts for understanding the causes of environmental degradation and for setting the objectives of environmental policy. You will be able to apply microeconomic theory to analyze the mechanisms via which different policy instruments influence the environmental behavior of firms. At the example of exhaustible and renewable resources, you will have learned how to analyze cases where present actions have long-lasting environmental consequences. Course directory
53713-01 - Seminars: Environmental and Energy Economics | Master | 6 KP
The course will cover current topics in environmental and energy economics, ranging from water pollution, climate change, promotion of renewables to new designs for electricity markets.
Students will choose their individual topic from a supplied list and work individually on their seminar thesis. However, they will be required to connect their work to the general topical clusters of the seminar and to discuss the work of other students.
During the first weeks, some training on presentation skills and on providing constructive feedback will be given. Course Directory
50399-01 - Colloquium: Introduction to Ongoing MSD Master's Thesis | Master | 1 KP
Within the study program of MSD, students have to register 3 times in a 'master's thesis colloquium'. This colloquium 50339 on "ongoing master's thesis" is the first one to be attended (= colloquium A). The participants learn to understand the presented research designs, pose questions, and learn to give feedback. Course Directory
30162-01 - Colloquium: Präsentation und Diskussion von MSD-Masterarbeiten | Master |1 KP
In diesem Kolloquium stellen die Studierenden ihre Masterarbeiten den Kommiliton/innen und Professuren aus dem MSD sowie ihren Gutachter/innen vor und zur Diskussion. Im Vordergrund steht die Relevanz der Masterarbeit in Bezug auf die Nachhaltigkeit. Die Studierenden erläutern ihr Researchdesign (Vortrag 1) sowie ihre Ergebnispräsentation nach Vollendung der Masterarbeit (Vortrag 2). Course Directory
52317-01 - Colloquium: Presentation of Concepts of MSD Master's Thesis | Master | 1 KP
Within the study program of MSD, students have to register 3 times in a 'master's thesis colloquium'. This colloquium is the second one (= colloquium B). The participants present the research questions and the research design used in their master's theses. They prepare their presentations in a way that is accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, focus on the relation of their research questions to sustainable development and the fit between these questions and the research design. Course Directory
53982-01 - Colloquium: Presentation of Results of MSD Master's Thesis | Master | 1 KP
Within the study program of MSD, students have to register 3 times in a 'master's thesis colloquium'. This colloquium is the third and last one (= Colloquium C). The participants present the results of their master's theses. They prepare their presentations in a way that is accessible to an interdisciplinary audience, focus on the relation of their research questions to sustainable development and the fit between these questions and the results of their theses. Course Directory
49078-01 - Course: Research Design Master’s Thesis | Master | 3 KP
Writing a master's thesis on a sustainability relevant topic is the masterpiece of the MSD study program. Students are expected to use productively their acquired knowledge (in terms of methods and sustainability related content) for analyzing a specific topic. However, developing a research design that copes with scientific scrutiny and accuracy is by far not an easy endeavour. More
50729-01 - Project: Training for Sustainabilty Research | Master | 6 KP
Participants will work in small, interdisciplinary groups on pre-selected topics of sustainability research. Typically, the topics will be linked to on-going research projects of the research groups supervising this course. The group work will mainly build on existing studies; the student groups will assess and link scientific literature from the different disciplines and combine these studies to a consistent interdisciplinary review on a given topic. The emphasis is thus on combining disciplinary approaches. To this end, participants will get both a joint supervision focusing on how to combine disciplinary approaches and a group-specific supervision focusing on the topic set for the group. Course Directory
56945-01 - Lecture: Dynamic Optimization in Environmental Economics | Master | 3 KP
The course will provide an overview over important topics in environmental economics connecting economic growth, the environment and natural resources use. It will cover dynamics optimization methods that are required to design optimal solutions for a sustainable economy. In addition, necessary tools to understand current research papers on optimal natural resource use, energy transition, environmental pollution, etc., will be studied. Course Directory
14255-01 - Vorlesung: Advanced Environmental Economics | Master | 3 KP
This course addresses topics from current research in environmental economics. The focus is on designing environmental policy with most applications stemming from climate and energy policy. The course will cover three important elements of designing environmental policy:
1) The ability to cope with complications in the short run, such as missing information about costs and benefits, market power or imperfect compliance;
2) The influence of policy on technological change in the long run;
3) The evaluation of policy targets: How to set policy targets under uncertainty about costs and benefits.
41684-01 - Kolloquium: Modeling in Environmental and Energy Economics | Master | 3 KP
This course focuses on model building in environmental and energy economics. We discuss the purpose of economic models, types of models, approaches for setting up theoretical and numerical models, solving those models, and interpreting their results. During the course, groups of students will together build a simple model and use it to answer an assigned research question. The course consists of online material and supervised group work. Course directory
48953-01 - Kernvorlesung: Sustainable Development: Introduction into Topics and Approaches | Master | 3 KP
In this introductory course (core lecture), participants are familiarized with the topic of sustainability from scientific perspectives. In this lecture, a first insight into the background, the history, and the important concepts of SD will be provided. An overview on the important current topics in sustainable development and their peculiarities will be given. As well, the political and the societal meaning and the scientific approaches towards SD will be discussed. Course directory
28953-01 - Vorlesung: Resource Economics | Master | 3 KP
This course introduces models and methods from resource economics at the example of water management. It covers the theory of exhaustible and renewable resources, analysis of dynamic systems, optimal control theory, aquifer management, river basin management, and management of complex resource systems. More