1938 Sustainable Economics and Business II: Inequality and the Environment
Mag. Katarzyna Gruszka, Ph.D.
  • LV-Typ
  • Semesterstunden
  • Unterrichtssprache
12.09.2019 bis 29.09.2019
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Hinweise zur LV
Planpunkt(e) Bachelor
Wochentag Datum Uhrzeit Raum
Montag 14.10.2019 09:00 - 12:00 D4.0.019
Montag 21.10.2019 09:00 - 12:00 D4.0.019
Montag 28.10.2019 09:00 - 12:00 D4.0.019
Montag 04.11.2019 09:00 - 12:00 D3.0.222
Montag 11.11.2019 09:00 - 12:00 D4.0.019
Montag 02.12.2019 09:00 - 12:00 D4.0.019
Montag 09.12.2019 09:00 - 12:00 EA.5.030
Montag 16.12.2019 09:00 - 12:00 D4.0.127

Inhalte der LV

The interconnected ecological, economic and social issues – also referred to as multiple crises – have been intensifying within the last decades, and reached a state of emergency particularly with regards to climate change. Populations all over the world have been subject to more or less severe effects of the warming up of the climate system, exposing the close relation between inequality and environmental degradation. The by now overwhelming body of data and climate science research point to the anthropogenic activities as the core drivers of the destabilization of the climate system, thus placing us, humans, and the make-up of our economies as the clear contributors, or even creators of this destabilization. A large part of younger generations have been loudly shouting out their concerns about the future of them and the generations to come on school strikes initiated by Greta Thunberg and spreading globally. Yet, despite this reality, with the average temperatures rising, a wave of skeptics and so-called climate deniers has also been on the rise. In this course, we explore the intricate relationship between the economy and the environment, and look particularly into the global climate change and various inequalities pertinent to it. The students are invited to critically and actively reflect on the socio-political context and institutional landscape of the current environmental & climatic changes.


The course includes eight block sessions:

Session 1 - October 14th: Introduction & Movie Screening

Session 2 - October 21st: The Economy, Environment, and Climate Change·

Session 3 – October 28th: Consequences of Economic Inequality

Session 4 - November 4th: Environmental Inequality (1): Exposure inequality and disaster vulnerability 

Session 5 - November 11th: Environmental Inequality (2): Movie screening

Session 6 - December 2nd: Inequality in the age of digitalization·

Session 7 - December 9th: Environmental and Climate Justice

Session 8 - December 16th: Exploring the EJ Atlas & Reflection 

Lernergebnisse (Learning Outcomes)

After completion of the course, students will have acquired knowledge about the social and ecological context of economic activitiy. They will acquire a comprehensive perspective and understand how the economy is embedded in social context. Students will realise that their actions in their later professional life will have implications on society and environment, that they carry social responsibility and that they can contribute to longterm sustainable development. They will acquire transferable skills and competences such as self-reflection, sensibility for diversity and understanding of complex relationships that are the economy. They will be able to engage with and critically analyse information, understand problems, think about solutions for them and communicate those effectively.

Regelung zur Anwesenheit

Examination-immanent courses (PI) have compulsory attendance.
In case of absence the lecturer is to be informed in advance if possible.
More detailed regulations on absenteeism will be explained in the first unit.


  • Lectures
  • Student Presentations
  • Class Discussions

Leistung(en) für eine Beurteilung

  • Active in-class participation 30%
  • Presentation & handout 40%:
  • Reflection paper 30%

    Teilnahmevoraussetzung(en) und Vergabe von Wartelistenplätzen

    Course enrollment is on the basis of "first-come, first-served” principle. If you have registered but cannot participate in the course, please de-register via LPIS during the registration period so that your course is available to students on the waiting list.


    If there is a waiting list for enrollment in the course, students at the waiting list will be notified after the end of the enrollment period, and will be allocated to available places. Students will be ranked by their study progress not by their rank on the waiting list.


    This procedure, however, is not to be understood as a place guarantee!

    Zuletzt bearbeitet: 02.10.2019