Predominantly Students in Environmental Change and Global Sustainability Master Programme, other interested students
Bachelor degree in relevant field
After the course the student
- has basic understanding what sustainability science is and knows its historical development
- learns to discern the theoretical frameworks and key concepts behind the sustainability science
- has basic understanding how human and natural (or complex adaptive) systems interact
- can describe social-ecological systems and knows the fundamental principles of systems thinking, including matter and energy flows in a global context
- gains understanding of inter- and transdisciplinary approaches and learns to communicate in interdisciplinary contexts
- is aware of planetary boundaries/opportunities to understand sustainability problems and suggest possible solutions through inter- and transdisciplinary thinking
- understands the institutional contexts and conditions of sustainability problems and their solutions
- gets an idea of the contents of the master's programme and can develop a personal study plan
The course introduces basic principles of sustainability science with special reference to its interdisciplinary and systemic dimensions. The theoretical and methodological orientation is clarified through addressing real world sustainability problems like food security, energy production, climate change, access to clean water and other complex or wicked problems.
42 h of lectures, 42 h of group work, 51 h of independent activities.
Lecture materials and a text book (e.g. Bert J.M. de Vries: Sustainability Science, Cambridge University Press, New York, 585 p).
Grading on the general scale 0-5.
The overall grade consists of:
25 % lecture-specific self-evaluation matrices
25 % final self-evaluation matrix
50 % group work peer-evaluation
Detailed course evaluation criteria will be available in the Moodle area.