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240073 VO Climate Change through the Lens of an Inter- and Transdisciplinary Project: "Climate Walk" (2021S)


Participation at first session is obligatory!

The lecturer can invite students to a grade-relevant discussion about partial achievements. Partial achievements that are obtained by fraud or plagiarized result in the non-evaluation of the course (entry 'X' in certificate). The plagiarism software 'Turnitin' will be used for courses with continuous assessment.


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

The course will be held on Zoom, the sessions will be recorded.

  • Thursday 11.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
  • Thursday 18.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
  • Thursday 25.03. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
  • Thursday 15.04. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
  • Thursday 22.04. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
  • Thursday 06.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
  • Thursday 20.05. 16:45 - 20:00 Digital
  • Thursday 17.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

Form and design of the lecture:
This lecture is an inter- and transdisciplinary lecture series with invited academic researchers as well as practitioners from various universities around Europe. The main goal is to learn about issues related to climate change from different perspectives. The lectures will be held online and will be broadcasted for affiliated European universities.

Aims, contents and method of the course:

The purpose of this lecture-series is twofold. First, the aim of the series is to discuss under which assumptions and conditions climate research (with a special focus on social sciences) can be opened up to the general public and thus be transformed into a transdisciplinary research agenda. Second, the lecture series will account for the usefulness and conceptual foundations of an interdisciplinary participatory approach to studying climate change at the example of the combined research, education and media-art project "Climate Walk" (https://www.climatewalk.eu/). For accomplishing these two goals, representatives from civil society are brought together with academic experts. Both groups speak of current trends within climate research and climate activism and refer to the Climate Walk’s project design as one possible reference frame for future climate change research.
Students attending the lecture series have learning outcomes on two levels. First, they become acquainted with recent trends in interdisciplinary climate change and climate action research. Second, students gain insights into the "Climate Walk" project for which they are encouraged to participate as volunteers and co-researchers. Thus, it is a stated goal of the lecture series to introduce students to research on the social, cultural and political implications of "Climate Change" and "Changing Climates" throughout Europe.
The lecture series consists of seven three-hour sessions from March to May 2021. Whereas the first 90 minutes of the session is devoted to academic experts and their stance on the different branches of climate research (represented in the project). The second part uses examples and civil society practitioner’s experiences to illustrate the theoretical and methodological considerations of the first part.

For our preliminary lecture poster click here: https://sprint.climatewalk.eu/cwlectureinfo

Assessment and permitted materials

Take-Home-Exam in Essay Format:
For completing the course and getting 3 ECTS: submission of a seven-page paper at one of the four exam dates (24.6., 9.9., 18.11. or 27.1.22) through a separate Moodle exam page (submission window: 8.00-23.59). Please be aware that you need to register via u.space for one of the four exam dates! The exam moodle course is ONLY accessible (!) for those of you who have registered via u.space.
Final assignment paper has to include a title page, and a bibliography, and has to be written either in Times New Roman or Arial 12 pt. (with 1,5 spacing). Word count: minimum 1800, maximum 2500 words (excl. title page and bibliography)

Content of the seminar paper:
Choose three thematic sessions/classes (from class 1-7) and critically discuss the insights from these sessions against the background of all six mandatory articles (see Moodle for articles) OR
Choose one topic related to climate change and discuss your chosen topic including all six mandatory articles. In any case, you have to read all six mandatory articles (that is usually one per class; for class 1 and 3 you are free to choose one of the two articles provided!)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students can earn a maximum of 50 points on the essay depending on the quality of their answers concerning reflectiveness, clarity and stringency. Beyond, students have to show in their essays that they are able to connect the literature to the presented theoretical and methodological approaches and to critically reflect the presented transdisciplinary approaches of studying, communicating and combating climate change.

Out of the 50 points, max. 10 points are given for the right format, length and scientific rigor of the paper (stringent quotation system, bibliography etc.), max. 20 points are given for meaningfully connecting the mandatory articles with the content of the lectures or with a chosen climate-change-related topic, and further max. 20 points are given for the quality of the argumentation within the essay concerning reflectiveness, clarity, stringency and originality.

50-45 points = 1 ("Sehr Gut")
44-38 points = 2 ("Gut")
37-32 points = 3 ("Befriedigend")
31-25 points = 4 ("Genügend")
under 25 points = 5 ("Nicht Genügend"/not-passed)

Examination topics

The examination will consist of writing one final paper, which includes a critical discussion of all mandatory articles including a connection to the content of the lectures or to a freely chosen climate change related topic. The final paper will assess the students’ thorough and critical understanding of the readings and lectures and has to be uploaded on Moodle at one of four exam dates. (For detailed information see: "Minimum requirements and assessment criteria" and the information on the Moodle page)

Reading list

Armstrong, A. K., Krasny, M., and Schuldt, J. (2018): Communicating Climate Change. A Guide for Educators. Cornell University Press: Ithaca/London.
Burch, S., Shaw, A., Dale, A, and Robinson, J. (2014): Triggering transformative change: a development path approach to climate change response in communities. In: Climate Policy, 14 (4): 467-487.
Moreno, C., Chassé Speich, D., and Fuhr, Lili (2015): Carbon Metrics. Global abstractions and epistemological epistemicide. Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Publication Series Ecology Volume 42.
Gabrys, J., Yusoff, Kathryn (2012): Arts, Sciences and Climate Change: Practices and Politics at the Threshold. In: Science as Culture 21 (1): 1-24.
Ingold, T., and Vergunst, J. L. (2008): Introduction. In: Ingold, T., and Vergunst, J. L.: Ways of Walking: Ethnography and Practice on Foot. Routledge: London.
IPCC (2019): Climate Change and Land. An IPCC Special Report on climate change, desertification, land degradation, sustainable land management, food security, and greenhouse gas fluxes in terrestrial ecosystems. Summary for Policy Makers. Last access, 01.11.2020:https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/SPM_Updated-Jan20.pdf
Lee, J./Ingold, T. (2006): Fieldwork on Foot: Perceiving, Routing, Socializing. In: Peter C., and Coleman S. (ed.): Locating the Field: Space, Place and Context in Anthropology. Oxford: Berg Publishers: 67-85.
Marcus, G.E. (1995). Ethnography in/of the World System: The Emergence of Multi-Sited Ethnography. Annual Review of Anthropology, 24, 95-117.
Nightingale, A. (2016): Adaptive scholarship and situated knowledges? Hybrid methodologies and plural epistemologies in climate change and adaptation research. In: Area 48 (1): 41-47.
Seligmann, L.J./Estes, B.P. (2020): Innovations in Ethnographic Methods. American Behavioral Scientist, Vol. 64 (2): 176197. Online available at https://doi.org/10.1177/0002764219859640

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