Studying B.Sc. Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies

Bachelor programme at Leuphana College

Studying at Leuphana College means much more than just gaining a Bachelor degree. You should also be someone who wants to understand different ways of thinking, take different perspectives and consistently subject your personal point of view to critical questioning. With its variety of possible major/minor combinations, the Leuphana Bachelor allows you to integrate different areas of interest and challenges you to actively configure your degree.

Course content: Sustainability Studies

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Studying Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies at Leuphana College: Course Content

Course structure: BSc Global Environmental and Sustainbality Studies

The Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies major is embedded in the Leuphana Bachelor with Leuphana Semester, minor and Complementary Studies.

The Leuphana Semester is the chance for an in-depth and fundamental engagement with science and academic methods. You hone your critical thinking skills so that you are able to question the familiar, learning how to select the right approach for systematic investigation and knowledge acquisition, and how to deal responsibly with scientific and academic findings. The course also provides an introduction to International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship: you will learn about the basics of natural and social sciences. Exploring the principles of academic analysis, writing and research in general and the introduction to the major are the basis of the interdisciplinary International Business Administration and Entrepreneurship Bachelor programme.

The minor supplements the Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies major. The choice is yours. With the Minor in Spatial Sciences you complete your environmental science knowledge. Other minors enable you to obtain an interdisciplinary qualification. The choice is yours.

Complementary Studies is your chance to satisfy your thirst for knowledge by discovering a new field each semester, for example business psychology, gender roles and spatial structures, Islamic law and design thinking. By moving beyond the boundaries of your own discipline and engaging with others, you develop an understanding of the diversity of academic and scientific cultures and acquire interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary skills.

Possible minor combinations

Business Administration (GER)
Business Law (GER)
Business Psychology (GER)
Comparative Economic Law (ENG)
Digital Business (GER)
Digital Media / Information Technology & Culture (GER)
Economics (GER / ENG)
Educational Sciences (GER)
Engineering (Fundamentals) (GER)
Museum Studies (EN)
Philosophy (GER / ENG)
Political Science (GER / ENG)
Psychology and Society (ENG)
Social Media and Information Systems (GER)
Spatial Sciences (GER / ENG)

The Leuphana Bachelor enables the combination of different interests through major and minor. With the minor choice you can move within traditional disciplines or give your Bachelor an individual profile. You can also choose a minor that is not listed in the overview.

Language of instruction

ENG Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge sub­ject: no Ger­man re­qui­red
GER Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject: Ger­man re­qui­red
GER / ENG Ger­man-lan­gua­ge sub­ject can also be ta­ken in Eng­lish

Course content: BSc Global Environmental and Sustainbality Studies

The Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge Ba­che­lor pro­gram­me Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustaina­bi­li­ty Stu­dies has an in­ter­na­tio­nal and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry fo­cus.

Fol­lo­wing the Leu­pha­na Se­mes­ter the se­cond and third se­mes­ter are cen­te­red around ac­qui­ring a general knowledge basis of the sub­ject and methodological approaches of the natural and social sciences; such as mathematics, statistics, ecology, environmental chemistry, sustainability communication as well as sustainability management and sustainability governance.

Af­ter the core cur­ri­cu­lum you can build individual focus areas and develop your personal profile by selec­ting a total of 3 modules from a broad spec­trum of elec­tives in the fourth and fifth semester - from both the so­ci­al and/or the na­tu­ral sci­en­ces. Ad­di­tio­nal­ly, the choice of your mi­nor will enable you to fur­ther spe­cia­li­ze your per­so­nal pro­fi­le.

Sustaina­bi­li­ty re­se­arch pro­jects in the fourth semester form a core part of the cur­ri­cu­lum. In the­se inter- and transdisciplinary projects you will work with international partners in the field and with students from partner universities to develop concepts for real social concerns surrounding sustainable development in an intercultural setting.

In the fifth se­mes­ter you will be in­tro­du­ced to the ethi­cal gui­de­li­nes of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces. In the sixth se­mes­ter you will dis­cuss a con­cre­te interdisciplinary re­se­arch ques­ti­on from the field of en­vi­ron­men­tal and sustaina­bi­li­ty sci­en­ces and write your Bachelor dissertation.

Your Eng­lish-lan­gua­ge Ba­che­lor dis­ser­ta­ti­on a to­pic of your choo­sing is the fi­nal cor­ners­to­ne of your de­gree. The time al­lo­ca­ted for the wri­ting of your Ba­che­lor dis­ser­ta­ti­on is 9 weeks.

With the com­ple­ti­on of your de­gree Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustaina­bi­li­ty Stu­dies you are awar­ded a Ba­che­lor of Sci­ence (B.Sc.).

Wi­t­hin the frame­work of the de­gree Glo­bal En­vi­ron­men­tal and Sustaina­bi­li­ty Stu­dies an in­ternship is not mandatory, but stron­gly en­cou­ra­ged and very va­luable.

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Compulsory modules

In the Leuphana Bachelor with Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies major you take the following compulsory modules:

Leuphana Semester

  • Responsibility and Sustainability, 10 Credit Points, CP
  • Humanities, 5 CP
  • Methods I, 5 CP
  • Methods II: Environmental Sciences, 5 CP
  • Introduction to the discipline: Environmental Siences, 5 CP

2 semester

  • Basic Concepts of Inorganic Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry, 5 CP
  • Basic Concepts of Ecology, 5 CP
  • Basic Concepts of Mathematics and Statistics,5 CP
  • Communication and Behavior Change for Sustainability, 5 CP
  • 1 minor module, 5 CP
  • 1 Complementary Studies module, 5 CP

3 semester

  • Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Concepts, 5 CP
  • Basic Concepts of Organic Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry, 5 CP
  • Global Sustainability Governance, 5 CP
  • Fundamentals of Sustainability Management, 5 CP
  • 1 minor module, 5 CP
  • 1 Complementary Studies module, 5 CP

4 semester

  • Research Project in Sustainability Science, 10 CP
  • Elective Module I*, 5 CP
  • 2 minor modules, 5 CP per module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module, 5 CP

5 semester

  • Sustainability and Ethics, 5 CP
  • Elective Module II*, 5 CP
  • Elective Module III*, 5 CP
  • 2 minor modules, 5 CP per module
  • 1 Complementary Studies module, 5 CP

6 semester

  • Bachelor dissertation, 15 CP
  • Interdisciplinary Sustainability Studies, 5 CP
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules, 5 CP per module

* Elective modules

In the fourth and fifth semester, you choose 3 elective modules to build your individual focus areas and develop your personal profile.

Core Ideas of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Biodiversity
  • Transport of Matters in the Environment

Practices of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Biological Species Knowledge*
  • Geosciences, Mineral and Organic Ressources, Earth and Air
  • Environmental and Sustainable Chemistry Laboratory Training*
  • Climate and Environmental Physics- Practical Aspects

Fundamentals of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Ecosystems and Biocoenosis*
  • Distribution, Degradation and Effects of Chemicals in the Environment

Cross-cutting Concepts of Natural Sustainability Science

  • Water Resources
  • Ecosystems – Functions and Performance

Concepts of Social Sustainability Science

  • Environmental and Sustainability policy and law*
  • Sustainability Economics
  • Education, Participation and Communication

Current Trends in Social Sustainability Science

  • Areas of Research in Sustainability Communication
  • Planning Theory*
  • Sustainability Entrepreneurship

Methods of Social Sustainability Science

  • Concepts, Methods and Instruments of Environmental Planning*
  • Symbols, Language and Action*
  • Methods of Sustainability Management
  • Environment, Sustainability,Politics: Case Studies*

* teaching and examination language German

Study regulations / Subject-Specific Schedule

At a glance: BSc Global Environmental and Sustainability Studies

  • Degree awarded: Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Extent: 180 ECTS
  • Study places: 70
  • Language: English (no German required)
  • Fees: no tuition fees
  • Semester contribution: approx. EUR 318,15
  • Semester abroad: possible
  • Start date: Beginning of October
  • Application period: from mid may to 15 July
  • Requirements: university entrance qualification and English skills
  • Restricted admission: yes
  • Admission: own procedere at Leuphana College

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Applications and admissions

Leuphana College accepts new students each winter term. If you wish to be considered for a Bachelor degree programme, your application must be received by July 15.

For applicants from EU and EEA countries the University operates a special admissions procedure for the award of places. It considers not only applicants' grades, but also special skills, experience and non-academic achievements such as periods spent studying abroad, and volunteering work.

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