Current Semester

​Course Announcement IGS North-South

Autumn Semester 2019

Seminar: Advances in Infection Biology, Epidemiology and Global Public Health

Time
16 September, Mondays
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Jürg Utzinger
Content

​his seminar series is centered on research topics in the field of infection biology and epidemiology and allows MSc and PhD students of Swiss TPH or of associated institutions to present their ongoing work. Besides presenting the state of research, the seminar allows for discussions on conceptual and operational (design, analysis, interpretation) questions surrounding scientific work.
Please note that you cannot register IN THE SAME SEMESTER for “Advances in Infection Biology, Epidemiology and Global Health” and “Current Topics in Epidemiology and Public Health”
Master students in Infection Biology and Epidemiology cannot register for “Current Topics in Epidemiology and Public Health”.
If you register for “Current Topics in Epidemiology” (where it is requested to write a small essay to get the 2 CP) please send an e-mail to Mrs Anja Schreier anja.schreier@swisstph.ch to get invited by Jürg Utzinger for a short meeting where essay procedures and deadlines are discussed.

Place
Swiss TPH
Contact
christine.mensch@unibas.ch
Registration
via Mobility

Thinking cities (cours donné en anglais) et Villes et développement

Time
16 September Mondays 16:15-18:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
5
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
M. Müller, R. Véron
Content

​The course traces the different approaches through which scholars throughout the world have analysed urban processes and urban planning, and the different models and visions that have guided city building. In a first part entitled 'thinking cities', we discuss the major theories of cities and urban processes, with a particular focus on recent theories. This includes theories on: cities and capital; cities and postmodernism; cities and the world; cities from elsewhere; cities and difference; cities as assemblage. The second part, entitled 'building cities', focuses first on prescriptive theories, which aim to develop approaches for planners and interrogate the role of planners: rational planning; advocacy planning; communicative/collaborative planning; pragmatic planning; adaptive planning and non-planning. Second we will discuss earlier and contemporary normative planning models, which develop physical pictures of an ideal city or advocate specific planning principles such as Modernism and contemporary normative models such as the sustainable city, the smart city etc. / Plus de 50% de la population mondiale vit dans les villes et le monde continue de devenir de plus en plus urbain. Les taux de croissance urbaine sont particulièrement élevés dans les pays du Sud (notamment en Afrique et en Asie) et les villes dans les pays en voie de développement et émergeants doivent faire face à une rapide expansion. Cela a motivé un intérêt renouvelé pour la problématique des villes du Sud de la part de la pratique et de la théorie du développement. Les villes sont vues comme les sites (et même les moteurs) du développement économique mais elles sont également confrontées à des grands défis sociaux et économiques tel que le manque de logements adéquats, de services urbains, d'opportunités d'emplois dignes, etc.  Ce cours examine des différentes perspectives de l'urbanisation et du développement urbain dans les pays du Sud et des problématiques sociales et économiques qui y sont reliées. Le cours introduit plusieurs conceptualisations du processus de l'urbanisation ainsi que des approches du développement urbain. De plus, des problèmes urbains particuliers comme le logement, la pauvreté et le sous-emploi seront discutés. Les étudiant(e)s analyseront ces problèmes et réfléchiront à des possibles solutions dans les cas des villes choisies.

Place
Géopolis 1628
Contact
R. Véron, rene.veron@unil.ch
Registration
To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Research colloquium Human Geography

Time
16 September; Tuesdays 16:00-17:00 - exact dates tba
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Content

​In this forum we discuss ongoing research in Human Geography

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Norman Backhaus
Registration
Please register through Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)

Introduction to One Health

Time
17 September, Tuesdays 08.15-10.00
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Esther Schelling, Jakob Zinsstag
Content

​Environmental effects on the risk of infectious diseases are not new. Micro- and macro parasites share many fundamental properties with humans and animals. Hence, an ecological perspective is appropriate for understanding and controlling infectious diseases. Ecological thinking recognises the importance of fundamental physical, chemical and biological processes that affect the survival and reproduction of all living organisms. These include evolutionary, social, economic and political processes. Theoretical concepts move from “One Health”, which emphasises close cooperation of human and animal health interventions, to broader considerations of health in social-ecological systems.
Theoretical lectures and group work are combined with presentations from ongoing research projects on avian influenza, rabies, bovine tuberculosis, brucellosis and anthrax of the human and animal health research group at Swiss TPH. In this year, individual students are invited to contribute to a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on One Health.

Place
Swiss TPH, Socinstrasse 57, room Lhotse
Contact
esther.schelling@unibas.ch jakob.Zinsstag@unibas.ch
Registration
via Mobility

Gestion de ressources, agriculture et conservation

Time
17 September Tuesdays 13:15-16:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
5
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
V. Boisvert et G. Walters
Content

​L'objet de ce cours est de présenter les principaux modèles et cadres analytiques mobilisables pour l'étude des régimes de gestion des ressources naturelles et des régimes de production agricoles et alimentaires. Les perspectives privilégiées sont celles de l'étude des commons (institutions et formes d'appropriation et de gestion collective des ressources) et celle de l'écologie politique. L'approche retenue est appliquée et interdisciplinaire. Une fois les principaux cadres d'analyse présentés (séances 1 et 2), avec quelques illustrations à l'appui, ils seront appliqués aux thématiques les plus actuelles de la gestion des ressources naturelles et des politiques agraires : services écosystémiques et rémunérations/compensations associées (séance 3), résilience et adaptation des socio-systèmes (séance 4), évolutions des filières agro-alimentaires internationales et de leur rapport à l'espace (séances 5 à 7).

Place
Géopolis 2238
Contact
V. Boisvert, valerie.boisvert@unil.ch
Registration
To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Research colloquium Political Geography

Time
17 September; Tuesdays 11:00-12:00 - exact dates tba
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Content

​In this forum we discuss ongoing research in Political Geography

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Timothy Raeymaekers (timothy.raeymaekers@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
Please register through Timothy Raeymaekers (timothy.raeymaekers@geo.uzh.ch), with cc to Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)

Conflict and international organizations in the Global South

Time
18 September, Wednesdays 12.15-13.45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Jamie Pring
Content

​Since the end of the Cold War, international intergovernmental organizations have been at the forefront of international conflict management. These international organizations have established their own peacebuilding units and mandate peacemaking and peacekeeping missions. Second to the United Nations (UN), most of the activities are initiated by regional organizations in the Global South, for example, the African Union (AU) in Africa, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Southeast Asia, and Mercosur in South America. This seminar examines international organizations’ activities in conflict management to analyze why and how they form, develop, and engage in peace and security issues. Furthermore, the seminar’s focus on organizations in the Global South sheds light to dimensions of international community-building beyond the dominant Europe-based explanations. The seminar first discusses the main International Relations theories regarding the formation of international organizations. It then examines the different conflict management tools and the varying ways by which these international organizations employ them. Lastly, the seminar provides an overview of international organizations’ interaction with the UN in the maintenance of peace and security.

Place
Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

War in Africa making or breaking states

Time
18 September, Wednesday 16.00-18.00
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Sibel Gürler, Martina Santschi
Content

​Violent conflict and civil wars in Africa have frequently been seen as either the cause or the consequence of state fragility. According to this way of thinking, many post-colonial states in Africa have ‘failed’ to hold on to their monopoly over the use of violence and thereby ‘proven’ the limits of their capacity to exercise power over society, as the upsurge in civil wars across the continent in the immediate post-Cold War era would indicate. In this seminar, we engage critically with such perspectives and ask instead how states in Africa, as elsewhere throughout the world, are (also) the product of (internal and inter-state) warfare. Civil wars, it will be argued, while being the cause of immense suffering on the part of civilian populations, do not simply destroy political orders, but also contribute to shaping and producing them.

Place
Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Understanding Peace Processes the case of Syria

Time
18 September, Tuesdays 12.15-13.45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Sara Hellmüller
Content

​Described as the worst humanitarian catastrophe of the twenty-first century, the armed conflict in Syria is one of the biggest peacebuilding challenges of our times. It has led observers to question the use of existing approaches and tools to respond to conflicts and engendered reflections about their appropriateness in today’s wars. Scholars and policy-makers particularly point to three trends in contemporary armed conflicts: highly fragmented conflict parties, the rise of extremist groups, and increased dynamics of regionalization and internationalization of conflicts. The seminar examines these developments as well as the role of current international peacebuilding in responding to these challenges. It introduces the main theoretical debates on peace processes and reviews theories on conflict causes, ripeness of conflicts, mediation styles and effectiveness, as well as on broader peacebuilding approaches. It uses the Syria case to illustrate these theoretical insights while at the same time critically reflecting on their relevance and thinking about new research avenues that would be needed to better understand contemporary conflicts.

Place
Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Politik zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis Beispiele aus dem Nord-Süd- Bereich

Time
18 September, Wednesdays 14.15-15.45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Laurent Goetschel, Dana Landau
Content

​Wissenschaftliche Politikberatung ist eine Form des Austausches zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis: Politische Entscheidungsträger werden von Expertinnen und Experten mit Wissen versorgt. Ziel ist es, damit einen positiven Einfluss auf die Entscheidfindung auszuüben. Die Qualität der Politik soll verbessert werden. Welche Formen der Politikberatung gibt es? Welche Faktoren wirken sich positiv oder negativ auf die Politikberatung aus? Inwiefern spielen unterschiedliche Wissenskategorien und verschiedene Politikfelder eine Rolle? Wie wirkt sich Politikberatung auf das Selbstverständnis der Wissenschaft aus? Wie wirken sich die Interaktionen zwischen Wissenschaft und Praxis in ausgewählten Bereichen der Agenda 2030 aus?

Place
Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

International Conflicts and Peacebuilding

Time
18 September, Thursdays 10.15-11.45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Laurent Goetschel
Content

​This seminar provides an introduction to the concepts and approaches of peace and confict research. It looks at different understandings of peacebuilding and security and at the causes of conflicts. Further themes include the prevention of conflicts and early warning as well as the challenges posed by terrorism and nuclear arms. Finally, the link of migration to conflict and peacebuilding is critically reviewed.

Place
Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Contact
Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

New Research in Peace, Conflict and Development Studies

Time
18 September , Wendsdays 10.15-11.45
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
swisspeace, University of Basel
Lecturer
Laurent Goetschel, Joschka Philipps
Content

​Participants discuss research methods and new research perspectives in the field of peace, conflict, and development studies. Presentations and discussions are based on state of the art publications and on the participants ongoing or planned research projects at MA or PhD level.

Place
Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Contact
dana.landau@swisspeace.ch
Registration
Register through University of Basel, if this is not possible, contact Dana Landau (dana.landau@swisspeace.ch)

Théories et historie du développement

Time
19 September Thursdays 10:15-12:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
R. Véron
Content

​Ce cours est une introduction aux Etudes du développement dans une perspective géographique ainsi qu'un aperçu des théories du développement depuis la période d'après-guerre jusqu'au présent. Les Etudes du développement constituent un champ académique appliqué et interdisciplinaire qui examine les processus, stratégies, programmes et projets de développement dans le pays du Sud avec le but d'évaluer et d'améliorer les politiques et les projets visant à bénéficier les populations pauvres. Après une brève introduction au concept du développement, le cours examine dans une première partie les 'grandes théories' du développement des années 1950, 1960 et 1970. Ces théories et leurs résultats réels forment une base de la compréhension de l'essor du courant dominant néolibéral actuel. Dans une deuxième partie, cette approche néolibérale, ses révisions et ses critiques sont discutées. Ces théories récentes ont aussi influencé les approches de la coopération internationale et elles déterminent les préoccupations contemporaines dont nous discutons quelques-unes. Le cours met l'accent sur des approches généralisées et macro, mais des études de cas accompagneront les analyses critiques.

Place
Géopolis 2879
Contact
R. Véron, rene.veron@unil.ch
Registration
To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Cycle de project: politique, conception, mise-en-œuvre, suivi

Time
19 September Thursdays 14:15-16.00
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
G. Walters
Content

​Ce cours donnera les outils nécessaires pour développer un projet de développement ou de la conservation de la nature.  Le cours, en 11 séquences articulé autour du « cycle du projet », focalisera sur les thèmes suivants : les politiques des projets, les besoins des acteurs, les demandes des bailleurs, la conception d’une idée de projet avec des acteurs, la théorie de changement, le cadre logique, la mise-en-œuvre, l’évaluation des projets selon les normes de sauvegardes environnementales et sociales, le suivi-évaluation et la phase de bilan (« learning ») pour informer futurs projets. Les étudient.e.s vont développer des projets utilisant un canevas d’un bailleur.

Place
Géopolis 2238
Contact
G. Walters, gretchen.walters@unil.ch
Registration
To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Seminar: Qualitative and mixed methods

Time
20 September takes place week 1-7
Module
DTM
ECTS
2
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Leah Franziska Bohle, Sonja Merten
Content

​Description: Qualitative and mixed methods are gaining in importance in public health. In this lecture students will learn about the principles of these methods and study designs. By means of lectures and accompanying practical examples, different steps in using qualitative and mixed methods will be presented, including data collection, data management and analyses as well as presentation of findings.

Content:
Introduction to the basics of qualitative and mixed methods
Interrelationships and complementarity of qualitative and quantitative methods
Study design
Research methods
Data management and analysis
Use of software for managing qualitative data
Ethics

Place
Swiss TPH
Contact
Leah Franziska Bohle (leah.bohle@unibas.ch)
Registration
via Mobility

Current Ecological and Health Issues in Africa

Time
20 September, Fridays 14.15-16.00
Module
DTM
ECTS
2
Institution
Swiss TPH, University of Basel
Lecturer
Jürg Utzinger, Günther Fink
Content

​Every session consists of a student s report on a selected topic, preferably supported by a power-point presentation, followed by a detailed discussion. The report must be briefly summarized and distributed as a handout. The seminar is designed for arts and science students at MSc level.

Schedule
1) Introduction, outline the framework for the course, and nomination of speakers and their topics


2) Selection of topics covered (will be discussed in the first meeting):
Dams, irrigation and schistosomiasis; Climate change and vector-borne diseases; Contamination of human breast milk with pesticides; sources and mitigation measures; Integration of neglected tropical disease control programmes; Malaria and malaria control; Urban health; The Okavango insecticide spraying campaign; nothing learnt from former lessons?; Pesticide use in developing countries; environmental and human health risks; Does the improvement of cattle health cause the disruption of key ecological processes?
Economic crisis, food crises and health
Genetically-modified crops -- to do or not to do

Place
Swiss TPH, Socinstrasse 57, room Matterhorn
Contact
juerg.utzinger@unibas.ch guenther.fink@swisstph.ch
Registration
via Mobility

Zurich Lectures cum Graduate Seminar in Development Geography

Time
1 October, 5 & 26 November 2019 ; Workshops - 27 November 2019
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Content

​We invite an internationally renowned scholar for a public talk, a one-day workshop and for individual talks with PhD students. In the fall semester 2019, Gabriela Valdivia, Nicola Ansell and Cheryl McEwan will

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Norman Backhaus
Registration
Please register through Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch). Please include also a brief description of your research topic and affiliation.

Zurich Colloquium in Human Geography

Time
1 October, 5 & 26 November 2019 ; 16:00-17:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
1
Institution
DSGZ, University of Zurich
Lecturer
Gabriela Valdivia, Nicola Ansell, Cheryl McEwan
Content

​For the colloquium we invite internationally renowned scholars for a public talk. In fall semester 2019, the following guests will visit us: 01.10.Gabriela Valdivia, 05.11. Nicola Ansell and 26.11. Cheryl McEwan.

Place
Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich
Contact
Karin Schwiter (karin.schwiter@geo.uzh.ch)
Registration
no registration required

Governance in the Anthropocene

Time
8 October - 10 October
Module
DTM
ECTS
1.5
Institution
CDE, University of Bern
Lecturer
Graziano Ceddia, Stephan Rist, Carla Inguaggiato
Content

​The increasing interference human activities have on a number of planetary processes have led scientists to put forward the concept of Anthropocene. It is now abundantly clear that human activities over the past 200 years are pushing the Earth system into dangerous territory. Anthropogenic climate change and global loss of biodiversity are only two prominent examples. Urgent action is therefore required in order to govern human activities in order to prevent rapid societal collapse. However, understanding is a prerequisite for action.
The purpose of this course is therefore to: a) grasp the relationship between economic processes (namely economic growth/accumulation and its prerequisite, namely the “freeing” of labour from the means of production) and environmental degradation; b) develop a critical understanding of the issue of sustainability accounting for the tensions and contradictions posed by private or state-based forms of capitalist organization of current societies; c) discuss the role of governance and institutional arrangements in shaping the interaction between the economy and the biosphere; d) address the issue of governance from an environmental justice and emancipatory perspective.

Learning outcomes:

• To attain a critical understanding of the role of economic processes (growth/accumulation) in the global environmental degradation
• To develop a critical understanding of the issue of sustainability
• To discuss the role of governance and institutional arrangements in shaping the interaction between the economy and the biosphere
• To address the issue of governance from an environmental justice perspective
• To attain a practical understanding of the use of social network analysis (SNA) for the study of governance problems of sustainable development
• To develop an in-depth knowledge of a particular case study

Place
UniS, Schanzeneckstrasse 1, Room A-124
Contact
Graziano Ceddia (graziano.ceddia@cde.unibe.ch)
Registration
Register by e-mail to igs-north-south@cde.unibe.ch

Environmental impact and risk assessments (cours donné en anglais)

Time
22 October - 1 November 2019; 12:15-16:00
Module
DTM
ECTS
3
Institution
IGD, University of Lausanne
Lecturer
G. Walters
Content

​"This course focuses on techniques and tools to evaluate large, medium and small conservation and development projects, from oil palm plantations and mining company projects to biodiversity conservation projects. Over 8, half days, the course will expose students to the issues and risks around project implementation from both environmental and social concerns, discuss environmental impact assessments (including strategic environmental impact assessments), High Conservation Value and High Carbon Stock approaches, the mitigation hierarchy, environmental and social safeguards, Free Prior Informed Consent, environmental defenders, and engagement with local communities. 

Group projects will be conducted whereby students learn how to apply the Environmental and Social Management System (focusing on biodiversity, invasive species, cultural heritage, indigenous peoples and resettlement) used by organisations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to assess conservation projects. Real-world projects will be assessed, using those developed for donors such as the Global Environmental Facility and the Green Climate Fund.

Current issues and debates will be explored (e.g. oil palm industry, project scandals by major conservation NGOs) and the class will visit IUCN Headquarters (Gland, Switzerland) to hear from specialists in the sector. A second field trip to an UNIL building work site is also planned.  In class talks will be given by experts."

Place
Géopolis 2879
Contact
G. Walters, gretchen.walters@unil.ch
Registration
To register to the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513


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