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240066 SE VM2 / VM6 - Circular Economy and Zero Waste (2021S)

Paths for Moving Beyond Imperial Lifestyles?

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

We'll start online, and add meeting in person when Covid regulations permit.

Tuesday 09.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 16.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 23.03. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 13.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 20.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 27.04. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 04.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 11.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 18.05. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Tuesday 01.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Tuesday 08.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Tuesday 15.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Tuesday 22.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Tuesday 29.06. 15:00 - 16:30 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00


Aims, contents and method of the course

Imperial Modes of Living are deeply entrenched in Europe. The development towards social and ecological responsibility, which is necessary from a global perspective, touches upon many interwoven levels: economic system, social institutions, law, everyday practices and cultural orientations.

“Circular economy” and “ZeroWaste” are two concepts negotiating possible new practices is that respect: in areas ranging from the new EU Action Plan to business models and modes of production, to personal lifestlyes. What do these conepts entail? Which actors and strategies have the potential of really contributing to a social-ecological transformation?

We’ll study the various aspects of circular economy and ZeroWaste in this seminar. Students will get detailed tasks and materials online each week, and be grouped in teams of 3 throughout the term, so as to have more of a personal support structure. Ongoing tasks during term will take about 6 hours of work each week. In addition, a written paper of at least 40.000 characters will have to be produced at the end of the seminar.

Assessment and permitted materials

hand in the tasks giving throughout the term; and the term paper at the end.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

hand in the tasks giving throughout the term (50%); and the term paper at the end (50%)

Examination topics

The topic of the term paper can be chosen by the students, in agreement with the lecturer; the tasks during term-time will be presented by the lecturer.

Reading list

some will be provided by the lecturer, some (especially for the term paper) will be researched independently by the students.

Association in the course directory

VM2; VM6

Last modified: Fr 16.04.2021 13:28