731134 Basics of sustainable development

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Schön, Jana , Falkner, Katharina , Leonhardt, Heidrun Else
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


This course we
1) introduce basic terms, concepts, and trends related to sustainable development;
2) give an introduction to multi-perspective thinking, and present different perspectives on sustainability-relevant topics;
3) apply these different perspectives to selected sustainability-relevant topics.

The aim is to recognize that in sustainability-relevant issues there is often not "the one" "right" perspective, but multiple perspectives, conflicting goals, etc. In addition, we want to instruct multi-perspective ("critical") thinking and thus to be able to critically analyze different points of view in sustainability issues.

Exam information:
The exam will be a written presence exam. Students will be required to (based on the learning objectives):
1. explain basic terms, trends and controversies or fundamental concepts of sustainability (presented in the VO), and
2. describe, compare, and apply different perspectives on sustainability-related topics.

Assessed are 1) correct and complete reproduction of technical knowledge about the VO content, 2) extent of ability to apply this knowledge appropriately to different topics, and 3) extent of ability to draw own conclusions from the application of different perspectives.

Sehr gut: 100 - 87.51%
Gut: 87.5 - 75.01%
Befriedigend: 75 – 62.51%
Genügend: 62.5 - 50%
Nicht genügend: <50%


Previous knowledge expected

none; openness to question and critically reflect different perspectives and arguments on sustainability-related questions

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After successful completion of the course, the participants will be able to:

...describe and explain basic concepts, trends and controversies relevant to sustainability.

...explain the concepts relevant to sustainability discussed in the course and compare them where relevant.

...describe and contrast different perspectives on sustainability-related topics.

...analyze sustainability-relevant topics on the basis of different perspectives and derive possible solutions.

You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.