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28. 07. 2021 / 09:29

Our Aurora partners at the Canadian Studies Centre of the University of Innsbruck, together with Universität Duisburg-Essen invite you to participate in an innovative transatlantic teaching project. 

The Aurora Lecture Series ‘Environment and Care: Canadian Perspectives’ is looking for a diverse range of lectures on the Canadian perspective on Environment and Care from various disciplines, combining the Aurora Pilot Domains of Culture: Diversity & Identity and Sustainability & Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

If you are interested, send in your proposals for research-led teaching units (à 90 minutes) now!  including an abstract of 250 words at most which make reference to the following:

Please also indicate when (see “Sketch and rough time table” below) the contribution could be made.

The proposals should be forwarded to the Canadian Studies Centre of the University of Innsbruck (canada.centre@uibk.ac.at) by September 10, 2021.


The full pdf-version of the call can be found here.


Sketch and rough time table

Working title of the course

Environment and Care: Canadian Perspectives

Type of course unit

Optional (Interdisciplinary Competences)

Level of course

Bachelor (EQF 6)

Prerequisites (for students)


Referring Pilot Domain

Culture: Diversity & Identity

Sustainability & Climate Change

Referring SDG(s)

4, 5, 10, 11, 13, 16

Year of study


Semester of delivery

Summer Semester 2022

Number of ECTS credits allocated 

3 credits

Type of course

Lecture series (Ringvorlesung)

Course director



Other speakers/contributers 

Doris G. Eibl & Ursula Moser (University of Innsbruck)

Barbara Buchenau & Florian Freitag (University Duisburg-Essen)


Learning outcomes of the course:

Students can demonstrate a deeper insight into an environment and care sensitive understanding of Canada. They have become acquainted with exemplary research areas and are able to classify these in terms of the Sustainable Development Goals. Besides, this course aims at developing all forms of critical thinking, in particular with regard to the following competencies: System Thinking Competency, Anticipatory Competency, Collaboration Competency and Integrated Problem Solving Competency.


Course content:

The course, which is intended as an introduction to Canadian Studies, aims to present and discuss a number of recent developments in Canada through the lens of Environment and Care, which we see as key concepts for a future-oriented and sustainable understanding of different facets of the country. While the term “environment” refers not only to air, water, and land in or on which people or animals and plants exist, but also to circumstances, objects or conditions by which people or animals and plants are surrounded, the term “care” implies “everything we do to maintain, continue, and repair our ‘world’ so we can live in it as well as possible. That world includes our bodies, ourselves, and our environment, all of which we seek to interweave in a complex, life-sustaining way.” (Tronto/Fisher 1990, 40)

Along the focal points

·         Histories and Politics

·         Indigenous Contexts

·         Intersectional Issues

·         Literatures and Media

·         Mountain and Glacier Studies

·         Multiculturalism and Federalism

·         Urban Visions and Realities


Mode of delivery


Suitability for short term mobility

no (lecture series)

Planned topics

The course is planned as a lecture series from week 17 to 25 (an overview concerning the academic calendars can be found under Question 17 in the FAQ of Aurora Office Innsbruck):



Knowledge query based on questions concerning the single sessions

Passed (>60%) / failed (tbd)

Language of instruction


Registration procedure for non institutional Aurora-students and

See landing page Aurora Innsbruck

number of places available

No limitation

Criteria for the allocation of places (e.g. “first come first served”)

Not applicable
(no limitation of participants)


Students are asked to clarify the creditability of this course for their studies before registering! At Universität Innsbruck, the course is to be offered as a curricular course within the framework of Interdisciplinary Competences (elective module).