Content Hotkeys
International Office of the Faculty
International Office of the Faculty
Courses offered in English Language
Course name   Economy and Society - focusing on social change
Lecturer, Professorship   Julia Breßler,
Professorship for Innovation Research and Sustainable Resource Management
Term   Summer
Course level   Undergraduate (Bachelor) and graduate (Master)
CP (ECTS)   6
Course description  

We want to take a closer look into the development of the industrial and societal world of different countries. We will learn more about mining, textile industry, mechanical and automotive engineering as well as social changes within the city. Using different theoretical approaches, we will afterwards examine sustainable and innovative aspects. Thereby the main question is: How can we characterize social change and which ef-fects are implied? Within this seminar you will answer these questions using models of economic and social structures as basis for sustainable and innovative actions. Therefore, we will take perspectives from different theoretical backgrounds. Only by knowing how societies, industries and organizations work one can discuss the options of social change. The aim of the seminar is to provide its participants the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the structural context of change and sustainability.

This seminar aims to impart knowledge about different aspects of sustainability and to strengthen basic scientific skills. We want you practice how to analyze and apply different theories in empirical studies, to critically reflect your own and other person’s thoughts, as well as to present your conceptualizations clear and stringent in oral and written form.

Prerequisites   -
Further information on the course   Literature on the course:
Alexander, Peter; Sinwell, Luke; Lekgowa, Thapelo; Mmope, Botsang; Xezwi, Bongani (2013): Marikana: A View from the Mountain and a Case to Answer. London: Bookmarks Publications.
Holzer, Boris (2007): Framing the Corporation. Royal Dutch/Shell and Human Rights Woes in Nigeria. In: Journal of Consumer Policy, Jg. 30, H. 3, S. 281–301.
Margolis, Joshua D.; Walsh, James P. (2003): Misery Loves Companies. Rethinking Social Initiatives by Business. In: Administrative science quarterly, Jg. 48, H. 2, S. 268–305.
Sign-up procedure  

Write an email to the lecturer.

The deadline for application ends on 4th April 2017. There is a deadline for late registration until 21st April 2017. The opening session will take place on 5th April 2017.

Press Articles