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Veranstaltungsart Seminar/Hauptseminar Veranstaltungsnummer 3312133
Semester WiSe 2019/20 SWS 4
Rhythmus jedes 2. Semester Moodle-Link  
Veranstaltungsstatus Freigegeben für Vorlesungsverzeichnis  Freigegeben  Sprache englisch
Belegungsfrist - Eine Belegung ist online erforderlich
Veranstaltungsformat Präsenz


Gruppe 1
Tag Zeit Rhythmus Dauer Raum Raum-
Lehrperson Status Bemerkung fällt aus am Max. Teilnehmer
Mi. 09:00 bis 13:00 wöch 16.10.2019 bis 12.02.2020      findet statt

Friedrichstr. 191, Raum 4088

Gruppe 1:
Zur Zeit keine Belegung möglich

Zugeordnete Person
Zugeordnete Person Zuständigkeit
Krüger, Tobias, Professor verantwortlich
Abschluss Studiengang LP Semester
Master of Science  Global Change Geography Hauptfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2016 )   10  -  
Master of Arts  Urbane Geographien Hauptfach ( POVersion: 2013 )   10  -  
Master of Arts  Urbane Geographien Hauptfach ( Vertiefung: kein LA; POVersion: 2017 )     -  
Zuordnung zu Einrichtungen
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Geographisches Institut
Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, Geographisches Institut, Abteilung Physische Geographie, Landschaftsökologie und Biogeographie

Learning objectives

This is an interdisciplinary course relying on quantitative as well as qualitative methods. Each aspect will be taught as accessibly as possible so as to appeal to students from both backgrounds!

Basic knowledge of mathematics and statistics is recommended.

Students ...

  • ... have understood the nature and sources of uncertainty in science and policy,
  • ... have experienced and understood the key assumptions of Classic and Bayesian probability theory and the differences between the two,
  • ... have acquired the skills to apply these appropriately,
  • ... have an outlook on quantitative theories of uncertainty beyond probability theory,
  • ... have examined the various dimensions of uncertainty in the science-policy process and
  • ... have acquired the skills to reflect critically on the relationship between science and policy.


  • Conceptions of risk, uncertainty & ignorance
  • Sources of uncertainty & types of uncertainty analysis
  • Probability theory: classic & Bayesian
  • Limits of quantitative uncertainty theories
  • Conceptions of science-policy interrelations
  • Conceptions of expertise
  • Wicked problems & Post-Normal Science
  • Participation & transdisciplinarity
  • Instrumental vs. collaborative rationality
  • Adaptive management, public experiments & precaution


2 SWS seminar + 2 SWS practical

In the 1st part of the semester we will do exercises in probability theory using spreadsheets. This will be taught as accessibly as possible!

In the 2nd half of the semester we will study and discuss original literature on uncertainty in the science-policy process. This requires willingness to read!

There may be homework.

Students are required to prepare and give a presentation of a topic.

Final exam: essay, choosing between (a) quantitative study (e.g. write-up of exercise, case study applying method) and (b) argumentative study (e.g. critique of method, discussion of science-policy aspect).


Places are limited due to the size of the room. Places will be allocated based on AGNES registration. Due to the advanced nature of the course preference will be given to students from the 3rd semester onward. Remaining places may be allocated in the 1st class. Students not signing up via AGNES and not turning up to the 1st class have very little chance of admission.


Contemporary papers as well as excerpts from:

Bammer & Smithson 2008 (eds.). Uncertainty and risk. Earthscan

Gross 2010. Ignorance and surprise. MIT Press

Gross & McGoey 2015 (eds.). Rourledge international handbook of ignorance studies. Routledge

Hacking 2001. An introduction to probability and inductive logic. Cambridge University Press

Innes & Booher. 2010. Planning with complexity: an introduction to collaborative rationality for public policy. Routledge

Jaynes 2003. Probability theory: the logic of science. Cambridge University Press

Morgan & Henrion 1990. Uncertainty: a guide to dealing with uncertainty in quantitative risk and policy analysis. Cambridge University Press

Nowotny 2016. The cunning of uncertainty. Wiley

Pielke 2007. The honest broker. Cambridge University Press

Zinn 2008 (ed.). Social theories of risk and uncertainty. Blackwell


Final exam: essay, choosing between (a) quantitative study (e.g. write-up of exercise, case study applying method) and (b) argumentative study (e.g. critique of method, discussion of science-policy aspect).


Keine Einordnung ins Vorlesungsverzeichnis vorhanden. Veranstaltung ist aus dem Semester WiSe 2019/20. Aktuelles Semester: WiSe 2020/21.
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