Courses taught in English

This page provides a brief overview of courses offered by the Chair for Corporate Sustainability Management that are taught in English. If you require any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Seminar: Current Issues in Sustainability Management (Bachelor-level, 5 ECTS), winter term (depending on the current theme this course is sometimes taught in German instead. Please check the Modulhandbuch for more information)

Sustainability is a multi-faceted topic that undergoes continuous change in insights, challenges, and approaches. In order to better accommodate these ongoing shifts in the debate on sustainability management, we use this course to focus on one current aspect over the period of one semester. Accordingly, the respective topic changes every year. Possible topics might be climate change, the inclusion of minorities or the political role of a business firm.

Lecture: Sustainability Management: Issues, Concepts and Tools (Bachelor-level, 5 ECTS), winter term

The field of (corporate) sustainability management offers many concepts and tools to deal with the specific challenges of integrating economic, environmental, and social aspects into core business operations and strategy. In this lecture, we will thus provide insights on various sustainability management tools. Moreover, we will discuss their respective suitability to deal with sustainability objectives such as eco-efficiency, eco-effectiveness or social effectiveness. These concepts and tools may include carbon accounting, ecological footprint, incentive structures, and diversity management.


Seminar: Management and organization theories through the lens of mission-driven organizations (Master-level, 5 ECTS), summer term

This course takes a closer look at management and organization theories. In particular, we use the specificities of a social business i.e. a business that pursuits a social mission while generating profits, to gain insights into why organizations exit, how they function and how they interact with each other. We will address theories such as transaction cost theory, agency theory or theories of entrepreneurship.

Lecture: Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility (Master-level, 5 ECTS), summer term

This course combines the perspectives of ethics of markets, business ethics, and corporate social responsibility. First, we discuss the term sustainability and its origins. Following, we address the question of how social and environmental objectives are met at a macro-level. Here, we place particular emphasis on national and supranational governance structures. In a final step, we take on the perspective of the individual firm by raising the question as to if and to what extent firms need to incorporate moral issues into their value creation processes. Against this background, corporate social responsibility may serve as a means of implementing these moral issues.

Lecture: Advanced Sustainability Management & Corporate Functions (Master-level, 5 ECTS), winter term

This course offers a functional perspective on sustainability management. Throughout the course, we will focus on specific functions (e.g. marketing and supply chain) and identify how this function is influenced by sustainability issues and where it influences sustainability.