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Environmental Crisis and Societal Change

  • Teacher(s):   G.Palazzo   B.Vejdovsky  
  • Course given in: English
  • ECTS Credits: 3 credits
  • Schedule: Spring Semester 2022-2023, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
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This is a transdisciplinary course taught by professors from three faulties of the universities of Lausanne (HEC, FGSE, Lettres) in cooperation with colleagues from Lancaster University. The current ecological crises can only be understood through transdisciplinary cooperation. From basic knowledge about climate change and other planetary boundaries to questions of sustainable marketing and accounting to crafting new narratives for the ecological transition to a critical debate on growth - the course will engage students in multiple dimensions of the current debate on sustainability and enable them to look beyond the narrow frame of their respective faculties. Master students from 3 different faculties can take the course (HEC, FGSE, Lettres).


You can find the syllabus with the information on the course and the different sessions on the moodle.




First attempt

Without exam (cf. terms)  

The 2-hour course is worth 3 credits ECTS. To validate the course, you are required to write three essays, two during and one after the course.

Base of evaluation:

During the course, you will have to write two essays/reflection paper of 1200 words (+/-10%). You will be assigned to two different professors and topics for your essays. Each of these essays will be graded. Please upload your assignment on the moodle before the deadlines specified for each assignment. Each essay contributes 25% to the final grade.

After the course, you have to write a final essay of 2.200 words (+/-10%) in which you either go broad and synthesize what you have learned during the course or you go deep and provide a more detailed analysis of one aspect of the course. The final essay contributes 50% to the final grade.


Without exam (cf. terms)  

“In case of failure with the final grade below 4.0, the parts of the validation that have been graded below 4.0 (be it one or more of the short essays or the final essay) have to be repeated.

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