Nils Guettler: Catalogue data in Autumn Semester 2020

Award: The Golden Owl
Name PD Dr. Nils Guettler
FieldHistory of science and environmental history
Professur für Wissenschaftsforsch.
ETH Zürich, RZ G 9.1
Clausiusstrasse 59
8092 Zürich
DepartmentHumanities, Social and Political Sciences

061-0103-00LEcology and Plant Sciences Information Restricted registration - show details
Only for Landscape Architecture MSc.
Course languages are English and German.
2 credits3GT. Galí-Izard, N. Buchmann, C. Buser Moser, A. Gessler, N. Guettler, A. Guggisberg, F. Kienast, M. Lévesque, A. Rudow, B. Wehrli
AbstractThis 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, Eawag, WSL and others. This will be the base for a future dialog between the field of landscape architecture and the field of sciences.
ObjectiveStudents 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. Students will develop a graphic language in order to integrate this knowledge into design.
ContentThe 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 general terrestrial ecology, plant systematics, taxonomy, evolutionary biology, and basic notions of landscape ecology. A more specific approach to Swiss ecologies will follow with a concentration on grassland systems, aquatic systems and forests. Finally, the course focus on the specifics tree structure and function, and plant physiology.
Lecture notesCourse material will be provided.
LiteratureThe course material includes a reading list.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe 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 systems", 5.10.-16.10.20

The course is held in English or German.
851-0091-00LScience and Activism Restricted registration - show details 3 credits2SN. Guettler
AbstractHow political may or must science be? In view of the climate crisis and COVID-19, the relationship between politics and science is once again the topic of an intensiv public debate. The seminar offers a historical view on the current situation. The focus is on the 1970s and 1980s, when many of today's problems were already announced and negotiated.
ObjectiveThe seminar focuses on the joint reading and discussion of original sources and secondary texts on the history of the relationship between politics, activism and science. The central working tool is the newly developed source collection "cache" ( With this collection, students become acquainted with important stages of the "counter-knowledge" of the 1970s and 1980s, such as the establishment of alternative research institutes, communication platforms or international political networks. Through research on individual thematic complexes, but also on specific sources and actors, students develop the competence to work critically with original texts and research literature on the history of political activism. In doing so, they expand their knowledge both independently and in groups. In the second half of the seminar, the focus is on applying the knowledge gained in the seminar: The students write small (initially fictitious) blog posts and discuss them with each other. Selected contributions are published on and/or the blog of "cache".
LiteratureStadler, Max, Nils Güttler, Niki Rhyner, et. al. Gegen|Wissen. Zürich: intercom, 2020.