Socio-Ecological Transformation

Lectures in Winter Semester 2022/23

Sustainable Consumption (BA-WP5b)

Managed by Dr. Maike Gossen.

When: Seminar / lecture: mondays, 2pm – 4pm in room MAR 0.015

            Tutorial: wednesdays, 12am – 2pm in room MAR 0.002

Content: In this module, basic skills and abilities in the field of "sustainable consumption" are acquired, which can be used as everyday skills in connection with consumption decisions. In addition, there is a classification and introduction to other areas of consumer education (finance, market events and consumer law; media and information; nutrition and health).


After successful completion of the module, students can

  • name and classify the content dimensions of consumer education as a whole;
  • assess their role as consumers in the social market economy in a realistic and self-confident way;
  • describe the model of sustainable consumption and explain to what extent currently prevailing consumption styles deviate from it;
  • name the economic, social and ecological consequences of consumption and specify them in different fields of demand;
  • assume social responsibility as "consumer citizens" within the framework of their possibilities of action as consumers.

The seminar is four hours long – with two hours of main seminar and two hours of tutorial every week. The credit points consist of active participation in the tutorial and a final performance test about the contents of the main seminar (test on 06.02.2023).

Further information about the course is available in Moses.

Advanced Economics Module: "Bits & Bäume" – Digitalisation & Sustainability (ALMA-WP3)

Managed by Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius.


  1. Participation in the conference "Bits & Bäume", from Friday 30.9.2022 evening to Sunday 2.10.2022 afternoon.
  2. One preparation appointment on Tuesday 27.9.2022 2-5 pm
  3. Two follow-up meetings on Tuesday, 4.10.2022, 2pm - 4pm, and Tuesday, 11.10.2022, 2pm - 5pm

Where: TU main building and TU maths building (location of the conference) as well as MAR 0.003 (for preparation and follow-up)

Content: The digitalisation of the economy - both on the production side ("Industry 4.0"; digital business models, start-ups, etc.) and on the consumption side (e-commerce, online shopping, sharing economy, etc.) is in full swing. What opportunities and risks does the digitalisation of the economy hold for ecological sustainability and social justice? Will digitalisation lead to a "smart green world" in which everyone benefits from technological progress and society at the same time uses scarce resources more sparingly? Or is the digital society heading towards a turbo-capitalism in which money and power are concentrated on fewer and fewer actors and the economy grows even further beyond its pla-netary limits?
Central to this seminar is the joint visit of all seminar participants to the large conference "Bits & Bäume. The Conference for Digitalisation and Sustainability". The first conference "Bits & Bäume" was initiated in 2018 by Tilman Santarius and organised with a broad alliance of organisations from the sustainability and tech communities. It was a great success with almost 2,000 participants and more than 120 workshops, panels, lectures and other formats (More information: A second conference "Bits & Bäume" will  take place from 30.09.2022 to 02.10.2022 at TU Berlin.

Course of the seminar: In the week before the conference (Tuesday, 27.09.2022, 2pm) we will meet for a preparatory seminar session in Marchstraße (room MAR 0.003) to get into the topic and to prepare the joint visit to the conference. Over the weekend 30.09.2022 to 02.10.2022 the students will take part in the two-day conference independently and prepare minutes of the events attended. We will then follow up the conference with two sessions: On Tuesday 04.10.2022 (2pm - 4pm) we will meet for a first joint evaluation of the conference. On Tuesday 11.10.2022 (2pm - 5pm) the students will present their individually prepared thematic evaluations of the events they attended in the seminar. This means that all written work must be completed between 02.10.2022 and 10.10.2022 and handed in promptly afterwards.

Work and Sustainability (BA-WP1a)

Managed by Prof. Dr. Tilman Santarius.

When: Seminar / lecture: Thursdays, 8am – 12am in room MAR 0.015

Content: In this module, students acquire deeper socio-ecological competences, particularly for understanding work in the context of different social and economic science concepts and in the context of sustainable development. The seminar introduces different concepts of work (gainful employment, reproductive work, subsistence work, civic engagement, etc.), discusses the relationship between work and environmental impacts, and finally explores the challenges of changing work models and forms within the socio-ecological transformation towards a “zero-emission society.”
After completing the module, students will be able to explain and critically reflect on the historically changing meanings and different concepts of “work”; explain different forms of work; classify work in the context of sustainable development; explain current socio-ecological challenges related to work and against the background of relevant developments (e.g. globalization and digitalization); and critically reflect on different approaches to address these challenges.
Students are required to develop a “vision” and a comprehensive design for sustainable work in a sustainable society. The module is scheduled for four hours but only two hours per week as a face-to-face seminar. Consequently the conceptual and empirical student projects require a significant amount of time (about 1.5 hours/week) and culminate in presentations at a “sustainability-oriented work exchange” at the end of the semester.

Further information about the course is available in Moses.