814053 "Corona and Climate Change - Multidisciplinary Challenges"

Lecture and seminar
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Weish, Peter , Kromp-Kolb, Helga
Offered in
Wintersemester 2021/22
Languages of instruction


Looking at how science and politics deal with the Corona pandemic and with climate change from different perspectives, and comparing the two case studies, will lead to a discussion of scientific methods und scientific schools of thought. On the one hand, specialised knowledge from different disciplines as well as interdisciplinary connections will be presented in order to enable students to ask pertinent questions and develop approaches to complex problems. The disciplinary topics include medicine and climate science, public health, statistics, psyche, law, economics, history, ecology and sustainability, political science, peace research, philosophy and ethics, etc., that all play a role in both crises. On the other hand, scientific thinking, methods and legitimacy will be discussed, based on divergent approaches.
Contributions by experts of approx. 30 to 60 minutes each will be made available in part by the lecturers at the various universities, in part they will be available on the internet (especially those by internationally renowned experts). They will form the basis for in-class discussions.

Previous knowledge expected

Openness to other opinions, willingness to engage in constructive critical discussion

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

- Familiarity with the diversity of qualified scientific viewpoints and controversies.
- Understanding for different perspectives and conflicting goals
- Improved understanding of scientific methodology and scientific thinking
- Ability to conduct dialogues between different positions and perspectives

The lecture does not qualify as an english lecture.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.