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290182 PS Global Development in the Age of Climate Change (2018W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 20 participants
Language: German



FR 16.11.2018 13.00-18.00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG C0528
SA 17.11.2018 09.00-14.00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG

FR 14.12.2018 15.00-20.00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
SA 15.12.2018 09.00-14.00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG

FR 25.01.2019 13.00-18.00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG
SA 26.01.2019 09.00-14.00 Seminarraum Geographie NIG 5.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

Climate change has become one of the most important aspects of development research and policy in recent years. Both topics are linked in complex ways: the effects of climate change threaten to undermine global and national development goals; at the same time, it is becoming increasingly important how "development" can function without increasing or even with decreasing emissions. While the main victims of climate change are primarily poorer people in developing countries, the main responsibility for emissions still lies with the industrialised countries. At the global level, therefore, issues of global responsibility and "climate justice" are becoming increasingly important in view of the already observed and yet expected effects of climate change.
After the seminar, the participants should be able:
- to understand and critically assess the links between climate change and development, in particular the major impacts of climate change on development, but also of development on climate change;
- to independently access, understand and evaluate relevant information (literature, data, statistics) on the subject;
- better understand, critically review and evaluate social, political and economic processes as well as policies and their impact on climate change and development;
- further develop their understanding of these relationships in relation to specific topics in which they are particularly interested.

In the seminar we will deal with four major topics:
- Conceptual foundations to describe and understand the relationship between climate change and development (climate change - evidence, dimensions, projections; and development - indicators, livelihoods, human rights, vulnerability and resilience, etc.);
- Key challenges arising from climate change for development (e.g. food security, agriculture, economic growth, health, urbanisation, disaster risk, etc.);
- National and global policy mechanisms that already exist or are emerging (SGDs, UNFCCC process/Paris Agreement, NAPs, Green Climate Fund, etc.)
- Global interdependencies and critical perspectives: of economy, goods, growth;, and responsibility, justice and (neo)colonial remnants.

Working forms are the joint analysis and discussion of relevant literature and documents on the topic, the independent research of sources and materials, the presentation of work results in the form of presentations and panel discussions as well as their written elaboration in seminar papers. The seminar focuses increasingly on cooperative working techniques.

Assessment and permitted materials

The following achievements are required for the successful completion of the seminar:

- regular and active participation in the event (at least 80% of the sessions),
- own research work,
- presentation/ panel discussion with handout/thesis paper (to be submitted one week before the presentation),
- Maintaining a learning portfolio with weekly reflections based on required reading, to be submitted weekly on Moodle
- Writing a scientific paper (10 pages), submission until 31.03.2019

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance in at least 80 percent of seminar sessions. In the case of illnesses which can be proved with a certificate, additional absences can be compensated by additional written tasks.

The grading of the presentation or the panel discussion as well as the written final thesis each count 50 percent in the overall grade. Both partial benefits are to be passed independently of each other for a positive final assessment. The achievements are passed, if they were rated at least with the grade 4.

Furthermore, a positive final assessment can only be made if all learning portfolio entries have been submitted for the last meeting.

Grading scale:
100 - 86 % - Grade 1
85 - 71 % - Grade 2
70 - 56 % - Grade 3
55 - 41 % - Grade 4
40 - 0 % - Grade 5

An evaluation scale for the written homework can be viewed on Moodle and will be explained separately in the seminar.

Examination topics

The subject matter of the marking includes the joint analysis and discussion of relevant literature and documents on the subject, the independent research of sources and materials, the presentation of these results in presentation form and their written elaboration.

Reading list

All required reading texts can be downloaded from Moodle or copied from the handset in the institute's library.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S4-PI.f) (MG-S6-PI.f) (MG-W5-PI) (L2-b-zLV) (MA UF GW 02)

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