February 19, 2017

Study Programme Sustainability Science, special focus: Sustainable Consumption (since 2013)

  • Lecturers: Team of lecturers, coordinator Daniel Fischer
  • Program: Leuphana Bachelor, Minor Sustainability Science
  • Duration: 2nd -5th semester, Language: German (seminar) and English (lectures)
  • Focus: understand consumption as a critical factor for sustainable development, embrace different theoretical perspectives on individual and collective consumption behaviours and its structural and contextual factors, learn to systematically analyse problems and develop and implement projects in small interdisciplinary teams.
  • Approach: The study programme comprises of 5 modules of 30 ECTS in total and is delivered in the course of 4 semesters. Students from different major programmes (e.g. economics, cultural studies) choose between different thematic strands. Each thematic strand accommodates for 25 students. Students engage with different theoretical perspectives on sustainable consumption and the question of how consumption practices can be qualified as sustainable or unsustainable. They learn about inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to study sustainable consumption phenomena and spend the last year of the programme developing an individual inter- and transdisciplinary research project. Throughout the course of the programme, students are challenged to develop and pursue their own academic research interests in the field of sustainable consumption. Teaching approaches include text readings, systematic literature analysis, case studies and project work.
  • Novel approach: the study program aims to enable students from different disciplinary background to work at the interface of different disciplines on sustainable consumption issues; it focuses on collaboration with people with varying professional expertise or who operate in a non-scientific context, and their associated ability to analyse problems from different perspectives.
  • Student evaluation: each module includes different forms of student evaluation ranging from presentations to written assignments and project reports.
  • Course evaluation: each module of the study programme is evaluated. Overall positive evaluations.
  • Funding: none

For more information, please visit the course website.

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