|PD Dr. Nils Guettler
|History of science and environmental history
Professur für Wissenschaftsforsch.
ETH Zürich, RZ G 9.1
|Humanities, Social and Political Sciences
|Ecology and Plant Sciences
Only for Landscape Architecture MSc.
|T. Galí-Izard, N. Guettler, A. Guggisberg, J. Hille Ris Lambers, M. Lévesque, A. Rudow
|This course introduces ecology and plant sciences. Through lectures, exercises and excursions, students will gain a broad vision of the cutting edge topics that are being researched and studied at the Department of Environmental Systems Science at ETH. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.
|Students acquire basic knowledge in ecology and plant sciences focusing in its application in the field of landscape architecture. Temporal and physical scale, research methods, units of measurement, lexicon, modes of representation and critical literature form the framework for the joint discourse.
|The fundamental course “Ecology and Plant Sciences” is an introduction to the field of living systems, starting with the history of ecology, followed by an introduction to plant systematics, taxonomy and physiology. The course will also introduce students to the specifics of grassland systems and forests. Lastly, the course will focus on the specifics of tree structure and function.
|Course material will be provided.
|The course material includes a reading list.
|Prerequisites / Notice
|The fundamental course is organized with the Fundamental Studio I as a joint two-week module. The weekly schedule is provided with the course documents.
Module 4 "Ecology and Plant Sciences", 10.10.–21.10.2022
The course is held in English or German.
|Sapiens: A Reading Course
|Yuval Noah Harari's "Sapiens" is the most successful historical book of recent years. The seminar examines the text from a history of science perspective: What kind of sources does it rely on? What type of history is being written here? And in what tradition does "Sapiens" represent a popular non-fiction book?
|In the course of the seminar, the students develop the competence to deal with the original text and the research literature on the history of anthropology, science and technology in a critical and historically thoughtful way. In doing so, they practise navigating independently through historical literature by means of smaller research tasks.
|The aim of the seminar is to introduce students to the history of science in anthropology, prehistory and popular science literature on the history of mankind by reading "Sapiens". In addition to studying and critically discussing the original text, the students explore significant scientific and historical contexts of the book in small groups and present them in the seminar. In this way, they develop an understanding of the underlying narratives and popular science genres that inform "Sapiens".