13705 - Sociology of Sustainable Development Modulübersicht

Module Number: 13705
Module Title:Sociology of Sustainable Development
  Soziologie der nachhaltigen Entwicklung
Department: Faculty 5 - Business, Law and Social Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. phil. Jaeger-Erben, Melanie
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every summer semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:Students overview sociological approaches, theories and research topics in the context of sustainable development. After completing the module, they will have a sound knowledge on various approaches of social-ecological transformation and will be able to critically discuss current concepts such as the Anthropocene, Green Growth or Circular Economy. They have expertise in the reception and presentation of scientific texts.
Contents:Sustainable development promises to meet human needs of present and future generations while maintaining the integrity and stability of natural systems. However, this concept has been criticised on various grounds. Some argue that more fundamental changes are required to solve the multiple, accelerating crises of our times. Under the umbrella term ‘socio-ecological transformation’, scholars discuss various political, socio-economic, socio-technical and cultural changes aimed at responding appropriately to the socio-ecological crisis. This module critically engages with current sustainability debates from a sociological perspective, thereby discussing concepts such as Green Growth, Degrowth, Circular Economy or the Anthropocene. It explores how we can move to a society and economy in which human needs are met within planetary boundaries.
Recommended Prerequisites:41421: Introduction to Environmental and Resource Management II
Mandatory Prerequisites:None
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Exercise / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar / 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Self organised studies / 120 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:
  • Eisenmenger et al. (2020). The Sustainable Development Goals prioritize economic growth over sustainable resource use: a citrical refection onthe SDGs from a socio-ecological perspective. Sustainability Science, 15:1101-1110.
  • Haberl, H. et al. (2011). A Socio-metabolic Transition towards Sustainability? Challenges for Another Great Transformation. Sustainable Development 19, 1-14
  • Gough, I., 2017. Recomposing consumption: defining necessities for sustainable and equitable well-being. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A. 375, 20160379.
  • Hickel, J., Kallis, G., 2020. Is Green Growth Possible? New Political Economy 25, 469–486.
  • Malm, A., Hornborg, A., 2014. The geology of mankind? A critique of the Anthropocene narrative. The Anthropocene Review 1, 62–69.
Further literature will be announced in the module.
Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:
  • Reading assignments, 1.500-2000 words (20%)
  • Reflections on sessions, 1.500-2000 words (20%)
  • Pecha Kucha presentation, (7 Min.) oder Podcast (20Min.) (30%)
  • Written Test (multiple choice, 30 Min.) (30%)
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Architektur / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Betriebswirtschaftslehre / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2011 - 2. SÄ 2017
  • Master (research-oriented) - Double Degree / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2021
  • Master (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2021
  • Master (research-oriented) / Kultur und Technik / PO 2017
  • Master (research-oriented) / Stadt- und Regionalplanung / PO 2023
  • Master (research-oriented) / Transformation Studies / PO 2024
 This module has been approved for the general studies.
Module Components:
  • Exercise: Research and methods of a Sociology of Sustainability - 2 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Seminar: Theories of Social-Ecological Transformation - 2 Hours per Week per Semester
Components to be offered in the Current Semester:
  • no assignment