6093 Sustainable Economics and Business II: Unsustainable Inequalities: Achieving Social and Climate Justice
Xenia Miklin, BA, MSc (WU)
Contact details
Weekly hours
Language of instruction
02/09/23 to 02/26/23
Registration via LPIS
Notes to the course
Subject(s) Bachelor Programs
Day Date Time Room
Tuesday 03/14/23 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.07
Tuesday 03/28/23 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.07
Tuesday 04/11/23 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.07
Tuesday 04/25/23 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.06
Tuesday 05/09/23 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM D2.0.038
Tuesday 05/23/23 01:30 PM - 05:30 PM TC.3.07

In this course current social and environmental challenges will be critically discussed and analyzed from a political economy and distributional perspective. The first part will deal with sources of unsustainable development, economic inequality as component of unsustainability and trends and drivers of economic inequality. Part two will discuss the vicious circle of environmental and social inequalities, adressing issues of unequal access to environmental resources, unequal exposure to environmental risks as well as unequal responsibility for pollution. In part three, social, economic and environmental policy implications and concrete measures how to reduce inequalities in a finite world will be analyzed.

The course is interdisciplinary and will use concepts and literature related to Economics, Ecology, Sociology and Political Science. 

Learning outcomes

Participants of the course will learn to

  • analyze current social and environmental challenges from a political economy and distributional perspective
  • identify challenges for social, economic and environmental policy
  • critical discuss economic, social and ecological impacts of different climate policy options 
  • analyze socioeconomic disparities in environmental quality and disaster vulnerability from a climate and environmental justice perspective
Attendance requirements

80% compulsory attendance

one class can be missed without negatively affecting the grade

please inform the lecturer beforhand in case you cannot attend a class

Teaching/learning method(s)
  • Theoretical inputs given by lecturer
  • Group project
  • Group discussions
  • In-class group work
  • Discussion of videos, news articles, online material
  • Group project, presentation and policy brief (40%)
  • Feedback on other group’s presentation (15%)
  • Newsflash (15%)
  • Assignments and class participation (30%)


Additional details regarding the assessment will be discussed in the first class.

Prerequisites for participation and waiting lists

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.


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Last edited: 2023-03-13