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Master Courses

Analysis and assessment of complex nutrition aspects (MP 65)

summer semester 2013 and summer semester 2014

Responsible: Prof. Dr. Michael Krawinkel
Lectures: scientific and technical assistants of the nutrition ecology working group
Course goals: Students will
  • Be able to analyse complex nutrition topics, to assess those in a nutrition ecological manner and to put them into a greater context.
  • Be able to transfer complex nutrition topics on tools for depicting complex systems.
  • Be capable of processing complex interrelation for scientific publications.
Course contents:
  • Complex systems and non-linear dynamics regarding nutrition
  • Application of tools for handling complexity in the field of nutrition
  • Research approaches to capture complex interrelations in the nutrition system
  • Transdisciplinary research and thinking approach to process complex nutrition problems
  • Development of strategies to solve multi-level nutrition problems
  • Transfer of knowledge from complexity research on multi-level nutrition topics or problems
Class format: Seminar (40 %), lecture (10 %), lab/exercises (50 %)
Basis for grading: oral presentation (50 %), project work (50 %)
Prerequisites: Completion of core courses in M.Sc. curriculum
Workload: Contact hours (60 hours), preparation and follow-up study (20 hours), independent study (30 hours), small group work (70 hours)
Recommended standing: 3th / 4th semester, WS

 

Nutrition Ecology in Research (MP 64)

summer semester

Responsible: Prof. Dr. Michael Krawinkel
Lecturers: scientific and technical assistants of the nutrition ecology working group
Course goals: Students will
  • have a profound understanding of multi-levelness, interrelatedness and dynamics etc. in the field of nutrition.
  • be capable of developing and demonstrating the multi-level effects of changes in the field of nutrition, e.g. based on scenarios, networks.
  • be able to work out sustainable/nutrition ecological methods of resolution.
  • know possibilities of implementing methods of resolution.
Course contents:
  • Dimensions of nutrition and their backgrounds.
  • Nutrition as a complex system
  • Models of the food and nutrition system
  • Sustainability debate regarding nutrition
  • Tools for assessing the effects of dietary habits on health, environment, society, and economy
  • Examples for integrative problem solving approaches in the nutrition system (scenarios, networks etc.)
  • Evaluation methods of the nutrition ecological methods of resolution
  • Backgrounds of philosophy of science concerning nutrition research
Class format: Seminar (60 %), lecture (30 %), field trip (10 %)
Basis for grading: Oral examination (50 %), oral presentations (50 %)
Prerequisites: Completion of core courses in M.Sc. curriculum
Workload: Contact hours (60 hours), follow-up study (60 hours), independent study (60 hours)
Recommended standing: 3th / 4th semester, SS