Socio-Ecological Transformation

Summer Semester 2023 Courses

Advanced Economics Module: Sustainable Corporate Management

Managed by Dr Maike Gossen

When: Mondays from 14-16 h

Where: MAR 0.015

Content: Man-made climate change and increasing environmental degradation show unmistakably: An economy that does not respect its natural limits is not sustainable. For this reason, the sustainable transformation of the economy and of companies is becoming increasingly important. More and more companies are taking responsibility for their actions and contributing to making consumer demand more sustainable with sustainable products and services. In addition to the voluntary introduction of sustainable management systems and tools, legislative projects such as the CSR Directive Implementation Act are also making the transparency of social and environmental issues legally binding for larger companies. At the same time, corporate concepts are increasingly emerging in niches that fundamentally question the growth orientation of business and experiment with alternative forms of enterprise. The relevance and practicability of these alternative types of enterprises will also be addressed in the seminar.
The seminar aims to cover established concepts and instruments of sustainable corporate governance (CSR, sustainability reporting) as well as to discuss more radical forms of corporate responsibility (sufficiency-oriented business models, post-growth enterprises). The students will learn about relevant management systems, standards, concepts as well as illustrative practical examples. In short presentations, they develop contributions that complement the seminar content. For full credit, the produce a term paper in which they present ideas for starting a sustainable student company. After completing the seminar, the students will be able to competently evaluate entrepreneurial approaches for the social, economic and economic restructuring of the economy and to take a differentiated look at the alternative proposals for entrepreneurial action beyond the growth-oriented economy.

Work and Sustainability (BA-WP1a)


  • Monday, 17.4.23 from 10am-12pm in room MAR 0.015
  • Friday, 21.4.23 from 2pm-6pm in room MAR 0.017
  • Saturday, 22.4.23 from 8am-6pm in room MAR 0.002
  • Saturday, 6.5.2023 from 8am-6pm in room MAR 0.002
  • Saturday, 1.7.2023 from 8am-6pm in room MAR 0.002


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.