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300262 VO Sustainable Development and political ecology (2021W)

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Fr 21.01. 08:00-10:00 Digital


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


Language: German

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Friday 01.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 08.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 15.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 22.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 29.10. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 05.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 12.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 19.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 26.11. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 03.12. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 10.12. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 17.12. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 07.01. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 14.01. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital
Friday 28.01. 08:00 - 10:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The lecture aims at providing an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of sustainable development. Drawing on an interdisciplinary focus, key-aspects of ecology, human ecology, ecological economics, risk sociology, social ecology and governance theory are presented in order to outline definitions, challenges and opportunities of environmentally and socially sound societal futures. Empirical cases serve to integrate theoretical conceptions and real world contexts. This year's focus will lie on the imminent climate crisis; the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic will also be addressed.

Assessment and permitted materials

oral exams: January 7 and 14, February 18, March 4, 10am-11am

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Understanding of sustainable development as a concept, including its historical roots and interdisciplinary aspects
Development of the ability to integrate and reflect upon the relevant disciplinary knowledge
Acquisition of the ability to draw on the concept of sustainable development regarding a specific societal problem situation as a means to analyse different options of action
Furthering inter- and transdisciplinary competences

Examination topics

lecture and discussion; further reading is provided

Reading list

provided during the course

Association in the course directory

MAN W3 , MAN 3, UF MA BU 01, UF MA BU 04,

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