Course details


Anthropogenic Climate Change from an Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Perspective

WS 2020 Dr. phil. habil. Annette Hohenberger
M.Sc modules:
CC-MP-SP - Study Project
CS-MP-SP - Study Project
KOGW-MPM-SP - Study project
Wed: 8-12

In this study project we will address the complex societal problem of Anthropogenic Climate Change (ACC) in an interdisciplinary and cross-modal perspective. Interdisciplinary in the sense that not only the natural, life and economical sciences but also the social and humanistic sciences can contribute to a better understanding and handling of ACC; cross-modal in the sense that various approaches – through conceptual, empirical, experimental, modeling, enactive and aesthetic projects – can help appropriate the multi-faceted problem in a more comprehensive way. If the course will be conducted together with a colleague from an affiliated study program its content will be adapted accordingly. In the first semester (WS 2020/2021), we will lay the scientific foundations for understanding ACC as a complex dynamical system from various scientific perspectives. Literature surveys, presentations, and guided discussions will alternate. Experts from various disciplines might be invited and relevant lectures or activities outside the study project might be attended. The cognitive perspective on ACC will be reflected throughout the time course of the entire project. At the end of the first semester, we will identify project themes and form groups, respectively. In the second semester (SoSe 2021), the study project groups will work on their themes more independently, alternating with plenary meetings of the whole course. In these plenary meetings, the progress of the projects will be tracked and their further development will be steered. At the end of the course the projects will present their results or products in a jointly agreed upon format. The course will be offered as a "study project" and also as an "interdisciplinary course" within the Cognitive Science program at the Institute of Cognitive Science. If conducted together with an external colleague of an affiliated program, the course may also be offered in that study program, respectively.