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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 2020-2021, 2.0h. course (weekly average)
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This is a transdisciplinary course taught by professors from the universities of Lausanne and Lancaster. It aims at making disciplines and institutional practices meet and dialogue, as it is the organizers’ belief that the current economic and ecological crises and all its human dimensions can only be apprehended by a refounding of our sense of community. The aim of the course is to introduce students to transdisciplinary studies; it requires from them to get out of their disciplinary comfort zone to confront new forms of discourse, understand the effects of their own discipline on the world and on others, and reflect together with others on new solutions to our impending problems.Master students from 4 different faculties can take the course (HEC, Géoscience,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 students are required to 1) attend the classes, 2) prepare each session with a short written essay.

For each session (except session 1 and 13) participants have to write a short essay/reflection paper of 300 (+/-10%) words on the readings proposed by the professors in charge of the session.

Overall, there are 11 reflection papers to be written. Each of these reflections will be graded. Please upload your assignment on the moodle before the deadlines specified for each session. The reference point for the essays will be the required readings for the respective sessions and the guiding questions of the professors.


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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