Lehre

Current Courses

Prof. Dr. Jens Newig

Basics of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity - lecture


Overview of systemic and governance-related structure of sustainability problems.

Qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative methods for knowledge integration and identifying, framing and solving (sustainability) problems:

Actor and system analysis, future studies, assessment approaches, integrative approaches of problem transformation and solving, methods for designig and implementating collaborative processes (both transdisciplinary research approaches and approaches for supporting societal negotiation processes).

Ziel: The students acquire knowledge, skills and capabilities for purposefully engaging with sustainability problems in a project oriented way by: (i) understanding conceptual fundamentals of sustainability and respective problems, (ii) being able to apply a set of methods meaningfully to a given problem, (iii) being capable of identifying and discussing potentials and limitations of respective methods and the relevance of knowledge integration and achieving collaborative/participatory processes between science and society.

Basics of Inter- and Transdisciplinarity - Seminar 1 (for GESS)


In the Seminar we excercise and discuss the contents of the related lecture. We will have literature work, excercises, group discussions and presentations.

Overview of systemic and governance-related structure of sustainability problems.

Qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative methods for knowledge integration and identifying, framing and solving (sustainability) problems:

Actor and system analysis, future studies, assessment approaches, integrative approaches of problem transformation and solving, methods for designig and implementating collaborative processes (both transdisciplinary research approaches and approaches for supporting societal negotiation processes.

Ziel: The students acquire knowledge, skills and capabilities for purposefully engaging with sustainability problems in a project oriented way by: (i) understanding conceptual fundamentals of sustainability and respective problems, (ii) being able to apply a set of methods meaningfully to a given problem, (iii) being capable of identifying and discussing potentials and limitations of respective methods and the relevance of knowledge integration and achieving collaborative/participatory processes between science and society.

Inter- und Transdisziplinäre Grundlagen - Seminar 2 Uwi


In the Seminar we excercise and discuss the contents of the related lecture. We will have literature work, excercises, group discussions and presentations.

Overview of systemic and governance-related structure of sustainability problems.

Qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative methods for knowledge integration and identifying, framing and solving (sustainability) problems:

Actor and system analysis, future studies, assessment approaches, integrative approaches of problem transformation and solving, methods for designig and implementating collaborative processes (both transdisciplinary research approaches and approaches for supporting societal negotiation processes.

Ziel: The students acquire knowledge, skills and capabilities for purposefully engaging with sustainability problems in a project oriented way by: (i) understanding conceptual fundamentals of sustainability and respective problems, (ii) being able to apply a set of methods meaningfully to a given problem, (iii) being capable of identifying and discussing potentials and limitations of respective methods and the relevance of knowledge integration and achieving collaborative/participatory processes between science and society.

Inter- und Transdisziplinäre Grundlagen - Seminar 3 Uwi


In the Seminar we excercise and discuss the contents of the related lecture. We will have literature work, excercises, group discussions and presentations.

Overview of systemic and governance-related structure of sustainability problems.

Qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative methods for knowledge integration and identifying, framing and solving (sustainability) problems:

Actor and system analysis, future studies, assessment approaches, integrative approaches of problem transformation and solving, methods for designig and implementating collaborative processes (both transdisciplinary research approaches and approaches for supporting societal negotiation processes.

Ziel: The students acquire knowledge, skills and capabilities for purposefully engaging with sustainability problems in a project oriented way by: (i) understanding conceptual fundamentals of sustainability and respective problems, (ii) being able to apply a set of methods meaningfully to a given problem, (iii) being capable of identifying and discussing potentials and limitations of respective methods and the relevance of knowledge integration and achieving collaborative/participatory processes between science and society.

Inter- und Transdisziplinäre Grundlagen - Seminar 4 Uwi


In the Seminar we excercise and discuss the contents of the related lecture. We will have literature work, excercises, group discussions and presentations.

Overview of systemic and governance-related structure of sustainability problems.

Qualitative, semi-quantitative and quantitative methods for knowledge integration and identifying, framing and solving (sustainability) problems:

Actor and system analysis, future studies, assessment approaches, integrative approaches of problem transformation and solving, methods for designig and implementating collaborative processes (both transdisciplinary research approaches and approaches for supporting societal negotiation processes.

Ziel: The students acquire knowledge, skills and capabilities for purposefully engaging with sustainability problems in a project oriented way by: (i) understanding conceptual fundamentals of sustainability and respective problems, (ii) being able to apply a set of methods meaningfully to a given problem, (iii) being capable of identifying and discussing potentials and limitations of respective methods and the relevance of knowledge integration and achieving collaborative/participatory processes between science and society.

Dr. phil. Martin David

Sustainability transitions governance: contrasting approaches


This course deals with transitions to sustainability - fundamental societal or socio-technical changes towards more sustainable economies. We discuss cutting-edge academic literature and investigate promising (and failed) examples of sustainability transition. We deeply engage with current research on the theoretical foundations and practical conditions for transitions towards sustainability. 'Sustainability transitions' is a comparatively young field of research that studies how fundamental societal or socio-technical change occurs and how such change for sustainability can be instigated and maintained.

The course will be structured as follows:

- Session 1 introduces into the course topic and structure, and explains what is expected from course participants.

- Sessions 2 and 3 will comprise intensive lectures, discussions and exercises on the core aspects of sustainability transitions. We will revisit the Multi-level perspective (MLP), its origins, criticism, and current developments; discuss the role of agency and values in sustainability transitions; and current approaches to institage, govern and manage sustainability transitions.

- In the subsequent sessions (approx. 4 to 9), we will discuss particular current strands, debates and iconic cases in sustainability transitions, covering topics such as grassroots innovations; the role of citizens and civil society in transitions; transitions of particular sectors (e.g. water, energy, agriculture); the role of public participation in transition governance; the role of the state; or transition attempts in different parts of the globe. This will largely be based on the thorough discussion of current academic texts. (1) During these sessions, every student will present the essentials of and some personal reflection on one key text as a basis for discussion in the group. In order to allow for a high level of class discussion, all participants are asked to read the respective texts for each session. (2) The latter part of the course will be devoted to a role play in groups. Over this whole course phase, every student will prepare for a role play with little group assignments in moodle related to the presented texts.

This presence-course deals with transitions to sustainability - fundamental societal or socio-technical changes towards more sustainable economies. We discuss cutting-edge academic literature and investigate promising (and failed) examples of sustainability transition. We deeply engage with current research on the theoretical foundations and practical conditions for transitions towards sustainability. 'Sustainability transitions' is a comparatively young field of research that studies how fundamental societal or socio-technical change occurs and how such change for sustainability can be instigated and maintained.

Ziel: The main goal of this seminar is to gain a broad overview of current concepts in sustainability transitions and governance in a variety of contexts; to engage critically and in depth with key academic texts; and to link conceptual insights to empirical case studies (such as the German Energy transition, but also smaller and other initiatives). Participants will have the opportunity to deepen conceptual, presentation and research skills.

Another goal of this online seminar is to provide cooperative options to engage with eachother as much as possible during this COVID19-pandemic.

Further information about courses you will find in our academic portal myStudy.