13706 - Justice and Diversity in Environmental Change Modulübersicht

Module Number: 13706
Module Title:Justice and Diversity in Environmental Change
  Gerechtigkeit und Diversität im Kontext von Umweltveränderungen
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 winter semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:Upon successful completion students overview sociological approaches, theories and research topics in the context of sustainable development. They have sound knowledge on various approaches of social-ecological transformation and are 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 exploring concepts such as Green Growth, Degrowth, Circular Economy or the Anthropocene. It explores the question how we can move to a society and economy in which human needs can be met within planetary boundaries
Recommended Prerequisites:none
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:
  • Kotzé, L.J., Kim, R.E., Burdon, P. et al. (2022), Planetary Integrity, In: Sénit, C.-A.; Biermann, F.; Hickmann, T. (eds.), The Political Impact of the Sustainable Development Goals: Transforming Governance Through Global Goals?, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 140–171
  • Brand, U., Muraca, B., Pineault, É., et al., 2021. From planetary to societal boundaries: an argument for collectively defined self-limitation. Sustainability: Science, Practice and Policy 17, 264–291.
  • 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 during class.
Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:
  • Reading assignments, 1.500-2.000 words (20%)
  • Reflections on sessions, 1.500-2.000 words (20%)
  • Pecha Kucha presentation, 8 Min (30%)
  • written test (multiple choice) (30%)
Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Betriebswirtschaftslehre / keine PO
  • Master (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2011
  • 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
Module Components:
  • Exercise Theoretical approaches to Justice and Diversity in Environmental Change 
  • Seminar Justice and Diversity research and methods in the context of Environmental Change
Components to be offered in the Current Semester:
  • no assignment