701-0985-00L  Social Intercourse with Current Environmental Risks

SemesterAutumn Semester 2019
LecturersB. Nowack, C. M. Som-Koller
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman


701-0985-00 VGesellschaftlicher Umgang mit aktuellen Umweltrisiken
Periodizität: 2-wöchentlich
1 hrs
Mon/2w17:15-19:00CHN E 46 »
23.09.17:15-19:00ML E 12 »
30.09.17:15-19:00ML E 12 »
B. Nowack, C. M. Som-Koller

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AbstractThe lecture treats the social intercourse with risks of technical systems. The notion of risk and the perception of risk are discussed by case studies (e.g. nanotechnology) and socio-political instruments for decision-making are presented. Methods are presented that can be applied to deal with environmental risks and how they can be used for sustainable innovation.
Objective- Getting acquainted to the extended risk concept
- Evaluation of the risks caused by technology within the societal context
- Knowledge about the mode science and society handle current environmental risks (examples gene- and nanotechnology)
- Knowledge about handling risks (e.g. precautionary principle, protection goal, damage definition, ethics)
Knowledge about possibilities for sustainable innovation
Content- Risks and technical systems (risk categories, risk perception, risk management)
- Illustration with case studies (nanotechnology)
- Implementation (politics, science, media, etc.)
- Decision making (technology assessment, cost/benefit analysis etc.)
- The role of the media
- prospects for future developments
Lecture notesCopies of slides and selected documents will be distributed
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture is held biweekly (for 2 hours). The dates are 3.9.; 30.9. (instead of 7.10); 21.10; 4.11.; 18.11.; 2.12.; 16.12.

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Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits1 credit
ExaminersB. Nowack, C. M. Som-Koller
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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