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 IGS Courses

Spring Semester 2022

Peace Interventions and the Politics of Dealing with the Past

  • Time
    21 February Mondays 12.00 - 14.00
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    3
  • Institution
    swisspeace, University of Basel
  • Lecturer
    Adam Kochanski
  • Content

    ​This course offers an introduction to the political, legal, and ethical dimensions of humanitarian intervention, peacebuilding, and dealing with the past (DwP) in ongoing armed conflicts and post-conflict transitions. It probes key decisions and dilemmas facing countries experiencing large-scale hostilities or transitioning from war to peace. The first part of the course explores the development of peace interventions over time and space. Students will learn about (1) how peacekeeping is distinct from peacemaking and peacebuilding, and (2) key doctrines, such as the protection of civilians and the Responsibility to Protect. The second part shifts to the delicate post-conflict stage through an in-depth examination of the four pillars of DwP: the right to justice, the right to know, the right to reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence. Students will be exposed to the main instruments in the DwP “toolkit”, namely trials, truth commissions, reparations, and institutional reforms, and learn about how they fit within the larger peacebuilding framework. The third and last part of the course surveys cross-cutting themes, such as gender, the role of civil society, civilian identity and agency, and the “local turns” in peacebuilding and DwP research and practice. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think critically about both the prospects and limitations of “international intervention” – whether as an aspiration, or as a set of concrete practices – in these two distinct but overlapping fields. To animate these concepts, theories, and practices, the course will draw on case studies from Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.


    The principal learning objective of this seminar is to provide students with a solid understanding of humanitarian intervention, peacebuilding, and dealing with the past in war-affected settings. These three domains of conflict and post-conflict response are inherently intertwined and interdisciplinary fields of research and practice. Students will be challenged to connect the dots across disciplinary boundaries through a critical analysis of the prospects and limitations of peacebuilding and dealing with the past interventions in such contexts. Students will learn about the conceptual and historical underpinnings of peacebuilding and dealing with the past – as distinct but closely related fields of practice and scholarly inquiry – and obtain rich insights from practical case studies. As a result of the course, students will sharpen their academic writing skills, oral presentation and communication skills, capacity for critical analysis and research, and grasp of relevant scholarly literatures.

  • Place
    Rosshofgasse (Schnitz), Seminarraum S 01
  • Contact

    ​Adam Kochanski (adam.kochanski@unibas.ch)

  • Registration

    https://www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/My-Studies/Course-Registration.html

    for students outside of the University of Basel please contact Metka Herzog (metka.herzog@swisspeace.ch)

Seminar: Current Topics in Epidemiology and Public Health

  • Time
    21 February further information see link in description
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    2
  • Institution
    Swiss TPH, University of Basel
  • Lecturer
    Stefanie Knopp, Jürg Utzinger
  • Content

    The seminar will offer the possibility to write your own seminar paper and receive constructive feedback from one of your peers and lecturers.
    At the beginning of the term, the lecturers will provide you with a brief guidance on their expectations for the essay topic and structure. Subsequently, you are supposed to write your own seminar paper choosing your own topic related to Public/Global Health. Students will pair-up for a peer-to-peer review process and provide input to their peer’s essay, before each essay is submitted to the lecturers. Finally, the lecturers will review and carefully evaluate your seminar paper and provide general and specific feedback.

    https://vorlesungsverzeichnis.unibas.ch/de/home?id=263856


  • Place
    tbd
  • Contact

    ​Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

  • Registration

    https://www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/Mobility/Mobility-Switzerland.html​​


    please also contact: anja.schreier@swisstph.ch


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

  • Time
    21 February Mondays 17.15 - 18.00
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    1
  • Institution
    Swiss TPH, University of Basel
  • Lecturer
    Jürg Utzinger
  • Content

    https://vorlesungsverzeichnis.unibas.ch/de/home?id=264062

  • Place
    Zoom
  • Contact

    ​Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

  • Registration

    ​https://www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/Mobility/Mobility-Switzerland.html​

Environnements urbains : politique, gouvernance, infrastructures

  • Time
    21 February Mondays & Wednesdays 10:00-12:00 - from the week of 21 Feb to the week of 4 April (last course on Wed 6 April); One-day excursion on Thursday 7 April.
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    5
  • Institution
    IGD, University of Lausanne
  • Lecturer
    René Véron
  • Content

    ​Les villes représentent des hybrides socio-écologiques, des « secondes natures » transformées par des technologies et le métabolisme urbain. Ce cours introduit aux processus biophysiques ainsi qu’aux technologies d’approvisionnement en ressources dans le contexte des villes du Sud. L’accent est mis sur les dimensions politico-économiques, sur les processus, structures et acteurs qui influencent la reproduction des inégalités et des vulnérabilités de différents groupes sociaux par rapport à leur accès à des biens et maux environnementaux. Cette problématique est discutée à travers différentes ressources naturelles en ville (les terrains, les espaces verts, l’eau, l’assainissement, etc.) et différentes « externalités » environnementales (déchets solides ménagers et pollution de l’air). Elle est abordée dans la perspective théorique de la « urban political ecology » qui regarde la ville comme une « seconde nature » créée par les rapports dialectiques entre la société et l’environnement biophysique. Comme fil rouge servent les résultats d’un projet FNS sur la gouvernance environnementale des petites et moyennes villes en Inde autour des parcs, des étangs et de la gestion des déchets.


    Learning outcomes:

    À la fin du cours, vous devriez être capables de:
    1. décrire le métabolisme – les flux et cycles de matière et d’énergie – des villes du Sud.
    2. évaluer les interventions infrastructurelles et d’ingénierie dans l’environnement naturel et bâti des villes du Sud.
    3. analyser les déterminants politico-économiques de l’inégalité d’accès aux ressources « naturelles » urbaines et d’exposition aux maux environnementaux ;
    4. appliquer l’approche de l’ « urban political ecology » à différentes thématiques environnementales dans des situations urbaines diverses ;
    - rédiger un rapport de type « consultant du développement » et communiquer ces résultats visuellement et oralement​


  • Place
    Lausanne (UNIL/ Geopolis 2238)
  • Contact

    ​René Véron (rene.veron@unil.ch)

  • Registration

    ​To register for the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot   marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513

Environmental management and livelihoods

  • Time
    21 February Mondays, 16:15-18:00
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    5
  • Institution
    IGD, University of Lausanne
  • Lecturer
    Christian Kull
  • Content

    ​This course/seminar focuses on theoretical and empirical debates related to reciprocal effects between environmental management practices and lives and livelihoods of "marginal" populations (from rural areas, from developing countries or among minorities). It will draw on classical and current research in sustainable livelihoods, in "political ecology", in development studies and other related disciplines. 


    Learning outcomes:

    1. Assess and contribute to classical and current debates related to reciprocal effects between environmental management practices and lives and livelihoods of "marginal" populations (from rural areas, from Third World countries or among minorities). 
    2. Develop theoretical and conceptual knowledge in "political ecology", development studies and other related disciplines.
    3. Develop and discuss empirical and theoretical arguments in the field of environmental management and livelihoods.                          4. Read and communicate in English with a relevant terminology borrowed from development studies, geography, "political ecology" and environmental sciences. 


  • Place
    Lausanne (UNIL/Geopolis 2238)
  • Contact

    ​Christian Kull (christian.kull@unil.ch

  • Registration

    ​To register for the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot 

    marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513



Théories et pratiques du développement - Seminaire

  • Time
    21 February Mondays, 14:15-16:00
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    4
  • Institution
    IGD, University of Lausanne
  • Lecturer
    to be confirmed
  • Content

    ​Ce séminaire approfondit les théories et approches du développement introduites dans le cours du même titre offerte en automne précédent à travers des questionnements et débats et cas actuels. Les thématiques abordées peuvent inclure des sujets divers comme la mondialisation, la pauvreté, des enjeux des grands projets agricoles ou minières, la micro-finance, la technologie, la gouvernance, les droits humains, l'aide au développement, etc. Ces thématiques sont principalement développées et débattu par les participants du séminaire.


    Learning outcome: 

    1. Approfondissement des connaissances théoriques et conceptuelles en Etudes du développement ;
    2. Introduction à des débats et cas actuels liés aux questions du développement ;
    3. Capacité à relier des débats et cas actuels à des théories et concepts clé du développement ;
    4. Compétence en communication orale et écrite.​



  • Place
    Lausanne (UNIL/Geopolis/2238)
  • Contact

    ​Christian Kull (christian.kull@unil.ch)

  • Registration

    ​To register for the course (as an external student), please contact Marie-Christelle Pierlot 

    marie-christelle.pierlot@unil.ch or +41216923513



Environment, Climate and Conflict

Methods in Peace and Conflict Research

Lecture with practical courses: Introduction to R for epidemiological data analysis

  • Time
    24 February and 25 February 2022
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    1
  • Institution
    Swiss TPH, University of Basel
  • Lecturer
    Jan Hattendorf
  • Content

    This course is an introduction to R, a free open-source software environment for statistical computing. The software is very popular but hard to use at first. R is characterized by an enormous flexibility that enables the user to perform sophisticated statistical procedures or simulations but is less intuitive compared to other statistical software. The course will use mainly data and analysis techniques related to epidemiology and biomedical science.


    By the end of the course, students will be able to use R for basic statistical analysis and graphical representation. They will be aware of common mistakes and will know the strengths and limitations of the software.


  • Place
    Swiss TPH Allschwil
  • Contact

    ​Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

  • Registration

    ​https://www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/Mobility/Mobility-Switzerland.html​

Writing for an Academic Audience: The rules of scientific articles

  • Time
    24 February; Thursdays (9:00-12:30, Swiss time) 24 February, 10 March, 24 March, 7 April 2022
  • Module
    CPM
  • ECTS
    3
  • Institution
    CDE, University of Bern
  • Lecturer
    Sarah-Lan Mathez
  • Content

    Writing articles for peer-reviewed journals is a must for researchers, as this is the prime means of communicating exciting new results to the scientific community; moreover, an academic career is often evaluated on the basis of the number of peer-reviewed articles one has been able to publish in journals (if possible journals with high impact factors). It is therefore worth learning the rules of writing such articles at an early stage. This webinar is designed to introduce researchers to the rules and context of writing scientific articles and to provide researchers with opportunities to advance and improve their own writing. Four modules will lead participants through the essential rules, tools, and context of scientific writing, and provide time for questions and answers. Students will also have an opportunity to practice their skills in individual exercises, work on their scientific texts, and act as peers in group assignments. In addition, individual coaching sessions will be offered in April-June 2022. Topics will include understanding who one's audience is, choosing an appropriate journal, working on key messages, structuring an article (IMRAD), doing the different parts of an article efficiently, writing concisely and precisely, using paragraph structure and other language tricks, how to refer to relevant literature, doing tables and figures, and submitting an article and suggesting reviewers.

    Eligibility requirements: Max. 10 participants. Full members of the IGS North-South will be given priority. But international associate members are also encouraged to participate in this course.

    Completion of assignments is compulsory to pass the course. Students may miss no more than one webinar. Please consider that participating students need approx. 1 day for preparatory work between the sessions.

    It is important that you have good internet access during the sessions. A headset is recommended to participate in the webinars.

    Learning objectives:

    Participants have structured knowledge of, and the necessary skills for, planning scientific articles and writing them effectively; in particular, they know how to:

    • Identify their audience and tailor their key messages accordingly;
    • Structure a scientific paper according to acknowledged rules (“IMRAD");
    • Write and revise their work for clarity and effectiveness;
    • Find help and tools when they work on their theses and prepare their articles for publication in reputed scientific journals.
  • Place
    online
  • Contact

    ​Sarah-Lan Mathez sarah-lan.mathez@unibe.ch

  • Registration

    Please register by e-Mail (igsnorthsouth.cde@unibe.ch) by Monday 14 February 2022 at the latest. If you do not have a Swiss Campus Account, please inform us by 7 February 2022 so that we can apply for a temporary University account for you.

Zurich Lectures cum Graduate Seminar in Development Geography

  • Time
    1 March 2 March, 31 May, 1 June and further dates to be defined
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    1
  • Institution
    DSGZ, University of Zurich
  • Lecturer
    Sanjay Srivastava (lecture 1.3.; workshop 2.3.); Sarah Holloway (lecture tbd.); Sarah Smith (lecture 31.05; workshop 01.06.)
  • Content

    We invite an internationally renowned scholar for a public talk, a one-day workshop and for individual talks with PhD students.​​

    ZHGK_Flyer_FS22_preliminary.pdf

  • Place
    Dept. of Geography, Winterthurerstr. 190, 8057 Zurich (public lecture) and place tba (for workshop and individual talks)
  • Contact

    ​Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)​

  • Registration

    ​Please register through Norman Backhaus (norman.backhaus@geo.uzh.ch)). Please include also a brief description of your research topic and affiliation. 

    In order to get the ECTS, you need to a) participate in one of the public lectures and write a summary about the talk (1-2 A4 pages) and b) participate in one workshop.


MOOC - Partnering for Change: Link Research to Societal Challenges. Discover the methods and tools of transdisciplinary research

  • Time
    14 March; 6 Weeks. From the date of the course start, you have 8 weeks free access to the course.
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    1.5
  • Institution
    CDE, University of Bern
  • Lecturer
    Cornelia Hett
  • Content

    In today's world, we face many complex societal challenges. Research projects addressing these challenges often involve actors and stakeholders from different fields and disciplines bringing together their own perspectives or knowledge on a topic. Accordingly, collaborative transdisciplinary approaches are crucial for the success of a project.

    On this course, you'll explore how to meet the challenges of conducting effective transdisciplinary research. You'll gain insights into a variety of case studies from different fields as you learn from the experiences of peers and experts. As the course is open for participants all over the world (not only IGS students), you will have the chance to exchange and learn with many other students, researchers, and practitioners.

    The MOOC is divided into 6 weeks. Each week is dedicated to particular learning themes. These contain various activities (videos, articles, discussions, quiz) that you should complete within the week through self- study and exchange with other learners. You are free to choose the day and time where you go through the learning material. In addition, you will write an essay to apply the learnings to your PhD project.


    By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

    • Develop your research skills as you investigate how to co-produce knowledge for society and academia.
    • Reflect transdisciplinarity – its principles, its research processes and the context in which it is promising.
    • Apply transdisciplinary approaches to societally relevant questions.
    • Identify guiding questions, phases and steps of transdisciplinary project.
    • Apply the principles and steps of transdisciplinary research to examples in order to reflect the implication for your own projects.
    • Reflect the role of scientists and stakeholders in society and consider the ethical implications of co-producing processes





  • Place
    online
  • Contact

    Cornelia Hett (cornelia.hett@unibe.ch​)

  • Registration

    ​Register at igsnorthsouth.cde@unibe.ch until 22 February 2021.

    Submission of Essay: latest 17 May 2022 to cornelia.hett@unibe.ch 

Lecture with exercises: Advanced One Health Methods

  • Time
    23 March Wednesdays 16.15 - 18.00
  • Module
    DTM
  • ECTS
    2
  • Institution
    Swiss TPH, University of Basel
  • Lecturer
    Jakob Zinsstag
  • Content

    ​Description: This seminar extends the lecture “Introduction to One Health” and responds to the demand of students to provide deeper insight and practical work on “One Health” Methods. It is provided by a veterinary epidemiologist and a mathematician. The audience are advanced students and PhD candidates in the fields of epidemiology, biology, veterinary and human medicine. The Seminar is composed of lectures, self-study, discussions and practical seminar work on:

    • Theoretical foundations of “One health”
    • One health study design
    • Ecology of the animal-human interface
    • Antimicrobial resistance surveillance
    • Material flow analysis (Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder, HERUS, EPFL, tbc)
    • Dynamics and economics of cross-species disease transmission (The students will work through a practical example of an animal-human transmission model and a cross-sector economic analysis of an intervention).
    For 2019 the following topics are proposed
    o Combined material flow analysis – quantitative microbial risk assessment (MFA-QMRA) of resistant enterobacteria
    o Animal-Human Transmission dynamics of Taenia solium

    The course integrates the MOOC on Transdicsiplinarity https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/partnering-for-change


  • Place
    Swiss TPH Allschwil
  • Contact

    ​Christine Mensch (christine.mensch@swisstph.ch)

  • Registration

    ​https://www.unibas.ch/en/Studies/Mobility/Mobility-Switzerland.html​

  

Further Courses of the Graduate School of Social Sciences (G3S)

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