Sustainable Economics and Corporate Responsibility

Sustainable economic activity aims to establish ecological, economic and social standards for present and future generations that are in line with nature’s natural boundaries.

This course provides insights into sustainable economics and how companies can contribute to the sustainability of the economy. During the course we will explore the question of growth vs. the sustainability paradigm, the effects of governmental instruments and programmes, and a methodology to evaluate sustainability within a specific economy.

Corporate social responsibility considers the role of businesses within sustainable development. As outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs), we can only achieve these goals if politicians, citizens and economic actors work together to make improvements. We will look at companies and their impacts; namely their negative and positive impact on the fields of ecology and society. As every discussion of corporate responsibility must consider ecological and social impacts throughout the entire value chain, we will also learn about and discuss sustainable sourcing and compare national views on the topic.

  • Date:  July 12 – July 23, 2021
  • Course content:
    – Sustainable Economics
    – The role of sustainable sourcing as a material topic within CSR-reporting of a firm
  • Course delivery:
    Synchronous lecture classes, Mon-Fri, Group work and self-study
    – Interactive virtual class room discussions with the lecturer and fellow students (25%)
    – Recorded lectures, assignments, self-study and group work (75%)

    Time: 1 – 3 pm Berlin-time (Time converter)
    Berlin, Germany, Mo, 12. Jul 2021 at 1:00 pm CEST   
    Mexico City, Mexico, Mo, 12. Jul 2021 at 6:00 am CDT    
    New York, USA, Mo, 12. Jul 2021 at 7:00 am EDT    
    Pune, India, Mo, 12. Jul 2021 at 4:30 pm IST    
    Singapore, Singapore, Mo, 12. Jul 2021 at 7:00 pm SGT    
    Sydney, Australia, Mo, 12. Jul 2021 at 9:00 pm AEST
  • Course language: English
    Proof of English proficiency (TOEFL ibt 90 or equivalent) is required.
  • Target group:
    Upper undergraduate and graduate students of business and economics, international relations, and related fields.
  • Number of participants: approx. 20
  • Registration deadline: May 15, 2021
    Application starts 1 March 2021


4-5 ECTS credits