Sustainability Science minor

The minor in Sustainability Science focuses on issues pertaining to the future of sustainable development. Students pursuing this minor will analyse the consequences of global change and develop sustainable solutions to real social problems that arise from unsustainable practices.

Studying Sustainability Science minor

The minor in Sustainability Science provides a comprehensive exploration of the issue of sustainable development and integrates social, cultural, ecological/environmental and economic perspectives through project-based work. It includes inter- and transdisciplinary collaboration with representatives of various research and practice fields.

Course content

In the Sustainability Science minor, you look into issues of the future, analysing the consequences of non-sustainable ways of acting, describing the complex systems involved in this and working on sustainable solutions – depending on the range of courses, e.g. with a more natural-sciences-orientedor human-sciences-orientedfocus.

In this, a specially selected problem field will act as an object of investigation, the interrelationships of which you describe and investigate from the perspectives of different subjects. Over the course of study, you will transfer this problem to a concrete space, in order to also be able to assess and apply your findings in regional contexts.

In addition, you will try out control and solution methods for sustainable development, by implementing your own projects in the region and thus establishing the bridge between theory and practice.

Special Features

Fundamental to the Sustainability Science minor is the autonomous and largely self-organised development of your knowledge base and of practice-relevant solutions. Cooperation with partners in the social sciences complements the trans-disciplinary approach of study.

You will systematically analyse problems within a selected case area, and in the fourth and fifth semesters you will develop and implement projects, thereby contributing to sustainable development solutions. Work will be in small, interdisciplinary teams including students of other majors, giving you the opportunity to bring your respective expertise to the creative design.

Course Structure

The Sustainability Science minor is embedded in the interdisciplinary College study model with Leuphana Semester, Major and Complementary Studies. You start your Bachelor studies with the Leuphana semester. The first semester at Leuphana College gives you the opportunity to deal fundamentally with science. The Minor deepens or supplements your Major with another subject area. In Complementary Studies you have the freedom to pursue your thirst for knowledge individually by immersing yourself in a different field of knowledge each semester.

Compulsory modules

Leuphana Semester

  • Responsibility and Sustainability
  • Humanities
  • Methods I
  • Methods II: Disciplinary Methods
  • Introduction to the discipline

Second semester

  • Basics of Sustainable Development
  • 4 major modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies modules

Third semester

  • Basics of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research
  • 1 Complementary Studies modules

Forth semester

  • Transforming Complex Systems: Interdisciplinary Project Design
  • Transforming Complex Systems: Transdisciplinary Cooperation
  • 3 major modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Fifth semester

  • Shaping the Future: Transdisciplinary Project
  • 3 major modules
  • 1 Complementary Studies module

Sixth semester

  • Bachelor dissertation
  • 1 major module
  • 2 Complementary Studies modules

Please note

You can study the minor entirely in English: both of the introductory modules in the second and third semesters as well as all modules within the natural-sciences-oriented strand "Ecological Restoration" and the human-sciences-oriented strand"Governance" are offered in English.

Study regulations / Subject-Specific Schedule

Possible combinations of majors (main subjects)

The Sustainability Science minor can be studied in combination with one of the following Major:

Language of instruction

ENG English-language major: no German required
GER German-language major: German required

Study objective and target group

The minor in Sustainability Science introduces you to the concept of sustainable development, taking into account social, ecological, cultural and economic perspectives.

In this way you will acquire, in addition to specialist knowledge, especially interdisciplinary knowledge and competencies, such as thinking in complex contexts, the capability for interdisciplinary cooperation with representatives of different subjects and constructive dialogue with actors from social action fields of sustainable development. By means of group processes and a problem-oriented approach you will also acquire a range of soft skills, such as, for example, the ability to chair and present and to perform project management.

Through the minor in Sustainability Science, you will acquire both sustainability expertise and professional qualifications. Acquired skills include, for example, methodological competence, the ability to analyse complex relationships, the ability to work in groups, as well as skills in facilitation, teamwork and project management.

Prerequisites for successful participation include a willingness to look at the bigger picture and to engage in an intensive exchange.

Profession and Career

The minor in Sustainability Science complements the skills acquired in your major, providing you with broad, practical expertise in such areas as business, public administration, politics and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

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, will enable you to work at the interface of different disciplines.

As a result, you will be qualified to undertake tasks that focus on issues such as sustainable development, corporate social responsibility and/or sustainable planning.

At a galnce

  • final degree: Sustainability Science minor can only be studied in combination with a major
  • standard course length: 4 semesters (2 years)
  • admission restrictions: yes
  • deadline for applications: 15 July of each year
  • beginning of the course: April of each year (summer semester)
  • number of student places: 59
  • teaching and examination language: German / English*

*German-language minor can also be taken in English.

Sustainability research

In the field of sustainability research, the Leuphana University of Lüneburg has an established and strong research profile in different areas and disciplines. Research profile

Contact persons

Programme Director

  • Prof. Dr. Berta Martín-López

Initial Information

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Fr 9 - 12 h

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Entry / Residence / Accommodation

International Office
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