814.546 (18W) Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals: Systems analytical perspectives on strategies and trade-offs

Wintersemester 2018/19

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08.10.2018 17:30 - 19:00 , Schottenfeldgasse 29, SR 3a
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Lehrende/r
LV-Titel englisch
Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals: Systems analytical perspectives on strategies and trade-offs
LV-Art
Vorlesung
Semesterstunde/n
2.0
ECTS-Anrechungspunkte
4.0
Anmeldungen
46
Organisationseinheit
Unterrichtssprache
Englisch
LV-Beginn
08.10.2018
eLearning
zum Moodle-Kurs

LV-Beschreibung

Intendierte Lernergebnisse

The lecture series provides an introduction to systems analysis. After completing the course, students should have fundamental knowledge about a broad set of systems analytical theories and approaches, their usefulness in answering applied research questions and their limitations. Moreover, students will be able to critically evaluate the Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) as a high-level policy instrument, being able to identify their value vis a vis potential pitfalls.

This interdisciplinary course provides students with the ability to identify adequate systems analytical approaches for solving policy problems at different scales of governance. This is relevant not only in academia, but also for policy analysts in the public and private sectors. The focus on the SDGs provides an excellent framework to illustrate the complexity of current societal challenges.

Lehrmethodik

The course will be in the format of a lecture (VO). Presentation/lecture time will be about one hour, plus an additional half an hour time for questions and discussion.

Inhalt/e

This lecture series aims to introduce different systems analytical research addressing individual or multiple SDGs. Researchers across disciplines are rediscovering systems analytical approaches to address complex problems. In their broadest sense, they allow for an interdisciplinary integration of theories, concepts and methods, and serve particularly well to investigate the interactions between SDGs.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by the UN general assembly, constitute a new, coherent way of addressing the diverse societal problems of our time. The SDGs include issues such as poverty and hunger, education and innovation, as well as climate change and biodiversity. The initial value of SDGs lies in their global political support and visibility, and the potential to drive policy‐making, and academic research. However, the ultimate objective and biggest challenge is their implementation, which is interlinked, context‐dependent, and needs to happen at multiple scales of governance. Nilsson et al. (2016), introduce a seven‐point scale, illustrating the positive and negative interactions between SDGs from cancelling, where reaching one goal makes it impossible to reach another one, to indivisible, when the achievement of one goal is inextricably linked to another goal. The authors intend this framework as a starting point for building evidence on SDG interactions and enable policy learning.

In line with the diversity of SDGs, the speakers will report on diverse research areas, for example energy, ecosystems management, disaster risk, and food security, representing disciplinary and interdisciplinary work from backgrounds such as (social‐)ecology, mathematics, population studies, economics, sociology, and geography. The talks will be linked as they clearly highlight the systems analytical dimension of the respective research, and how the insights are relevant to the achievement of one or more SDGs.

Approaches:

Games

System Dynamics

Network Analysis

Agent Based Models

Indicator building

Integrated Assessment Modeling

Themes:

Migration

Water

Trade

Energy

Natural disasters

Sustainable consumption

Gender

Literatur

Background reading for each lecture will be provided online

Prüfungsinformationen

Prüfungsmethode/n

written exam (essay questions)

Prüfungsinhalt/e

  • Content: Content of lectures and reading material

Beurteilungskriterien/-maßstäbe


Written exam Schriftliche Prüfung, basierend auf einem Fragenkatalog, English/Deutsch

Beurteilungsschema

Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Masterstudium Sozial- und Humanökologie (SKZ: 919, Version: 14W.1)
    • Fach: GWF1 Gesellschaft und Umwelt (Wahlfach)
      • GWF1 Vertiefung ( 0.0h VO, SE, EX, KU, SX / 14.0 ECTS)
        • 814.546 Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals: Systems analytical perspectives on strategies and trade-offs (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Sozial- und Humanökologie (SKZ: 919, Version: 14W.1)
    • Fach: GWF2 Nachhaltige Ressourcennutzung (Wahlfach)
      • GWF2 Vertiefung ( 0.0h VO, SE, EX, KU, SX / 14.0 ECTS)
        • 814.546 Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals: Systems analytical perspectives on strategies and trade-offs (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Masterstudium Sozial- und Humanökologie (SKZ: 919, Version: 14W.1)
    • Fach: GWF8 Geschlechter- und Verteilungsgerechtigkeit im Kontext nachhaltiger Entwicklung, insbesondere Feministische Wissenschaft und Gender Studies (Wahlfach)
      • GWF8 Vertiefung ( 0.0h VO, SE, EX, KU, SX / 14.0 ECTS)
        • 814.546 Delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals: Systems analytical perspectives on strategies and trade-offs (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)

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