Complementary course Sustainable Development

The Karlsruhe School of Sustainability’s new complementary course on Sustainable Development started in the summer term 2015. ITAS cooperates with the ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies to realize this course.

The complementary course is based on the conviction that a long-term socially and ecologically compatible coexistence in a globalized world will only be possible if knowledge on necessary transformations in science, economy, technology, and society as well as the respective competences are acquired and applied. The transdisciplinary complementary course provides various approaches to transformation knowledge and to the principles and fields of application of Sustainable Development. Also one of the aims is to perceive one’s own actions as student, researcher, and later decision maker in terms of sustainability. The core element of the study offer is a transdisciplinary project seminar.

By accompanying the specialist subject, the complementary course can provide additional qualification and can be mentioned in the diploma. The complementary course consists of four modules: Basic module, elective module, specialized module, and final exam. The elective module offers the opportunity to enhance one's own interests by choosing two of the following four subjects: Sustainable Urban Development, Sustainability Assessment of Technology, Subject and Sustainability, as well as Sustainability in Culture, Economy, and Society.

ITAS has significantly influenced the concept and focus of this complementary course, contributes lectures and provides – especially by realizing the transdisciplinary project seminar – the interface to Sustainability Research. The roots of this complementary course can be found in the work of the School of Sustainability which provided and established under the aegis of ITAS innovative forms of education for Sustainable Development at the KIT from 2009 to 2013.

This course that offers additional qualifications is funded by the Ministry of Science, Research, and the Arts Baden-Württemberg and is open to guest auditors as well as students and PhD candidates of all fields of study at the KIT and other universities in Karlsruhe. (15.05.2015)

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