Sustainability around the World - Let's Learn from Others! (Environmentally Lecture Series - Garching) ()

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Alfred Slanitz
  • Alexander Kohles
  • Franziska Recknagel
  • Nicole Schermer
Duration1.5 SWS
TermSommersemester 2021
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline


Admission information


After successful participation in this module course, students are able to understand lectures at a high scientific level and to summarize central statements in a report. Students will be able to comprehend analyses of sustainable development and critically discuss related problems using in-depth literature. In addition, students are familiar with formulating their own positions and justifying them argumentatively in discussions. Furthermore, they know where they can explore the topic of sustainability in more detail on campus, whether in the form of course offerings, internships, projects or thesis.


The climate crisis is widely accepted, both scientifically and politically and has more impact on individuals each year. Climate change has varying strong effects on different regions of the world, due to crop failure, extreme weather conditions, and the rise in sea levels. While this leads to significant conflict potential, it also inspires creativity. Across the globe, innovative solutions are being created on a local and global scale. We want to learn from these innovations and let them inspire us. Therefore, with the lecture series, we strive to think outside the box, change our perspectives and widen our horizon. We want to give people the chance to learn about prevalent issues concerning climate change, and their potential solutions from various international speakers that have first-hand knowledge on these topics. The pandemic has given us a chance to hear from people all across the globe, without having to get on a plane. We invite you to learn about creative strategies in dealing with the environment and the climate crisis from international experts and to discuss interesting topics with them – informative, critical, and interdisciplinary. Therefore, the Environmental Department of the Student Representation at TUM has organised this lecture series about environment - completely online again this Semester.

Teaching and learning methods

Online event: We will record a total of 10 events, each with a 60-minute lecture, and post them online. This will be followed by either a Q&A with the presenter or a discussion session, both via Moodle. At the end of the semester, an exam is to be taken in the form of a written exam (90 minutes, single choice, graded).


1) Pass/fail credit requirement: Question for Q&A or discussion contributions via Moodle (ungraded). 2) Examination requirement: 90-minute written exam (single choice). The overall grade of the module results only from the grade of the written exam (3 ECTS). In order to pass the module, academic achievement and examination must be passed.