Educating experts for sustainable development : the master's degree in sustainable development at the University of Basel

Burger, P. and Burkhardt-Holm, P. and Krysiak, F. C.. (2011) Educating experts for sustainable development : the master's degree in sustainable development at the University of Basel. In: Au Miroir des Disciplines : Réflexions sur les pratiques d’enseignement et de recherche inter- et transdisciplinaires = Im Spiegel der Disziplinen : Gedanken über inter- und transdisziplinäre Forschungs- und Lehrpraktiken. Bern, pp. 133-153.

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There is a growing demand for scientifically trained experts in Sustainable Development(SD). However, it is far from clear what skills and knowledge an SD-curriculum has to offerSD-students. SD-science is not considered to be a true scientific discipline. There areno common theories, no commonly accepted methodologies and standards, and the rangeof scientific contributions spans a variety of different disciplines encompassing the naturalsciences, the social sciences, and economics. Against this background, we argue thata curriculum for an SD-Master’s program has to address three types of learning objective(“systems knowledge”, “transformation knowledge”, and the theoretical foundations ofthe different SD-approaches) and is challenged to integrate three complex features: therelation (i) between disciplinary and interdisciplinary competences, (ii) between theoreticalknowledge and practical skills, and between (iii) normative and non-normativeelements in SD. This paper presents how these challenges are solved for the Basel’s Masterin SD and how the program has been developed since it started in 2005.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung > Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Burger)
05 Faculty of Science > Departement Umweltwissenschaften > Integrative Biologie > Aquatische Ökologie (Holm)
UniBasel Contributors:Burger, Paul and Holm, Patricia and Krysiak, Frank Christian
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
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