737110 Multiple sustainability. Interpretations, analysis and politics of sustainable development

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Offered in
Wintersemester 2020/21
Languages of instruction


Sustainable development emerged as a guiding principle of international development policies in the 1990ies. The Sustainable Development Goals have underlined the necessity of respecting planetary boundaries while also reaching social and economic development goals. However, the concept of sustainable development is far from being without contradictions. Interpretations are ranging from so-called reformist approaches such as green economy, ecological modernization or the circular economy to discourses of socio-ecological transformation and radical and anti-capitalist discourses. These different discourses are also reflected in scientific and policy approaches. This lecture provides an overview of selected examples of different interpretations, analysis and politics of sustainable development

Previous knowledge expected

multidisciplinarly lecture, including a range of scientific approaches related to sustainability sciences. Knowledge of approaches advantageous, but no necessity

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Overview and critical reflexion of different approaches to analyse form of inerpretations, analysis, and politics related to sustainable development
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