701-1502-00L  Transdisciplinary Case Study

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. Stauffacher, P. Krütli
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 25.

Students have to apply for this course by sending a two-page motivation letter (why are you interested? what do you want to learn? what can you contribute?) to michael.stauffacher@usys.ethz.ch and pius.kruetli@usys.ethz.ch (latest by December 31, 2020).

Important: for students in Agricultural Sciences, the case study can replace the compulsory course 751-1000-00L Interdisciplinary Project Work!



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
701-1502-00 PTransdisciplinary Case Study Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers.
The course starts: Wed, 24th February 2021 at 08:15.

In addition to the weekly Wednesday slots (08h15-10h00 - online - and 16h15-19h00 - classroom -, plus approx. 2 hrs. homework per week), the course is organised as block course with the following compulsory elements:
- Two block days: Fri/Sat 16./17.4.2021 (preliminary)
- Three block weeks (after the semester end) in the Seychelles: Mon, 28th June to Fri, 16th July 2021

Note that there will be an online information event on the transdiciplinary case study 2021 Seychelles: Mon, 30th November 2020, 17:15
210s hrs
Wed08:00-10:00ON LI NE »
16:15-19:00HG E 41 »
16.04.08:15-17:00HG F 26.3 »
17.04.08:15-17:00HG F 26.3 »
21.04.14:15-19:00HG E 21 »
28.04.14:15-19:00HG E 42 »
05.05.14:15-19:00HG E 42 »
12.05.14:15-19:00HG E 42 »
19.05.14:15-19:00HG E 42 »
26.05.14:15-19:00HG E 42 »
02.06.14:15-19:00HG E 21 »
09.06.14:15-19:00HG E 41 »
14:15-19:00HG E 42 »
16.06.14:15-19:00HG F 26.1 »
14:15-19:00HG F 26.3 »
23.06.16:15-19:00HG E 41 »
16:15-19:00HG E 42 »
M. Stauffacher, P. Krütli

Catalogue data

AbstractThis course is a project-oriented and research based teaching activity organized in a real-world setting. Students work on societally relevant problems. Sustainability issues and collaboration between science and society are key.
In 2021, the case area are the Seychelles, a small developing island state (SIDS) in the Indian ocean.
ObjectiveStudents learn how to plan and implement their research work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams of students. This includes: structure ill defined problems; derive research questions; design research plans; apply qualitative and quantitative methods; work in interdisciplinary and inter-cultural teams; organise transdisciplinary collaboration between research and people from outside academia.
ContentThe Seychelles are a Small Island Developing State (SIDS) in the Indian Ocean comprising some 115 islands spread over a sea area of 1.4 million km2. SIDS share some common characteristics. They are: small in size and economy; are remote and isolated from international markets; are vulnerable against external disturbances and climate change effects. The Seychelles are highly dependent on intact nature. Tourism and fishery are major economic pillars. The Seychelles are in a transformation process from a developing to a developed country.

Between 2012-2015 ARUP, an international consulting company, developed the Strategy Plan Seychelles 2040. The Seychelles Planning Authority (SPA) is currently working on the implementation of the strategy plan. Land use planning is currently major activity.

The preparation of the case study happens in close collaboration with the SPA. SPA is major partner of the case study in order to secure that the research is relevant for the local context. TdLab and SPA agreed on Sustainable Land Use as umbrella theme. Topics to look at may include transport infrastructure, tourism, conservation, housing, agriculture, etc. all of them relevant for sustainable land use.

This is the third time that the transdisciplinary case study is organized in the Seychelles. In 2016 and 2018 we were working on solid waste management. See: https://tdlab.usys.ethz.ch/teaching/tdcs/former/cs2016.html
https://tdlab.usys.ethz.ch/teaching/tdcs/former/cs2018.html

There is a video which explains the core elements of the transdisciplinary case study. See: http://www.tdlab.usys.ethz.ch/teaching/tdcs.html
Prerequisites / NoticeThe case study 2020 had to be discontinued due to Corona and postponed to 2021.

The number of participants is limited. Students have to apply for this course by sending a two-page motivation letter. The letter should refer to: Why are you interested? What do you want to learn? What can you contribute to? The latter may include particular skills you have the case study could benefit from. Please send the letter to michael.stauffacher@usys.ethz.ch and pius.kruetli@usys.ethz.ch (latest by December 31, 2020).

Important: for students in Agricultural Sciences, the case study can replace the compulsory course 751-1000-00L Interdisciplinary Project Work!

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits7 credits
ExaminersM. Stauffacher, P. Krütli
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

Learning materials

 
Main linkWebpage of the transdisciplinary case study
Only public learning materials are listed.

Groups

No information on groups available.

Restrictions

General : Special students and auditors need a special permission from the lecturers
PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
Waiting listuntil 05.02.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 20.01.2021

Offered in

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Environmental Sciences MasterPolicy EngagementWInformation
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