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2020 E-Learning Award of the University of Kassel

Since the summer semester of 2020, 60 courses have been offered as part of the Climate Thinking teaching focus in FB02.

All courses

Climate Thinking takes up findings from research in teaching by examining the problem complex of the climate crisis from multiple perspectives. Our teaching approach is based on the concepts of inquiry-based learning and inquiry-oriented teaching. In this sense, scientific findings are not only discussed, but actively worked out with students. For example, students work on various questions in project groups, present their results for discussion in the form of poster presentations or podcasts, and write up their findings in innovative and sustainable examination formats, such as the Living Handbook. This creates concrete writing prompts and makes learning successes visible, which in turn arouses the students' self-interest and thus their motivation. In addition, we are in exchange with teachers at schools. The teaching approach enables the acquisition of research skills and trains techniques of scientific work.

Current events in the winter semester 2023/24

Past courses

English/American Studies

The End of the World as We Know It: Writing the Post-Anthropocene (Maria Weber)

German Studies

Introduction to Ecological Cultural Studies (Mateo Chacón-Pino)

Arguing on the topics of "climate" and "society" - writing prompts in digital writing environments (Daniela Rieß-Mork)

"Between Geolino and medizini. Journalistic texts for children and young people yesterday and today. (Nicole Kasper)


Ecofeminism (Prof. Dr. Dr. Kristian Köchy)

Philosophy of plants (Dr. Francesca Michelini)

Environment of animals: Jakob von Uexküll between philosophy and biology (Dr. Francesca Michelini)

Romance Studies

Buen vivir as a utopia of sustainability and postcolonialism (Annika Rink)

English/American Studies

20th and 21st Dystopias: Climate Change, Gender, Work (Prof. Dr. Susanne Bach)

Ecocritical Readings of Nature Poetry (Prof. Dr. Daniel Göske)

Modern Theatre and Climate Thinking (Dr. Lars Heiler)

Castaway Tales (Murat Sezi)

German Studies

"Climate Change - Kids' Stuff?" How is climate change talked about in journalistic texts for children and young people? (Nicole Kasper)

Climate Change in Literature since 2000 (Anna Meywirth)

Digital writing tasks for German lessons - profiling writing prompts on the topic of "climate" in a digital writing environment (Daniela Rieß-Mork)

Catholic Theology

Ethical education in the context of religious education (Dr. Daniel Bertram)


Science Studies - How Sciences Create Knowledge (Dr. Martin Böhnert)

Aesthetization of Nature (Dr. Carsten Kries)

The New Climate Regime. Perspectives from Bruno Latour (Dr. Francesca Michelini)

Romance Studies

Buen Vivir and Literature (Annika Rink)

English/American Studies

Nature Writing in Old and New England (Prof. Dr. Daniel Göske)

Literature and Science (Murat Sezi)

German Studies

"This is the story of our planet in flux." The Language of Documentary Film. (Dr. Felix Böhm)

(Language) History repeats itself? - Nuclear power discourse compared with public communication about the climate crisis (Dr. Paul Reszke).

Climate Change in Children's and Youth Literature (Jan Sinning)


Philosophy of the Organic. Texts of the 20th and 21st century (Dr. Francesca Michelini)

Feminist Perspectives on Globalization (Franziska Paulmann)

Environmental and Climate Ethics (Dr. Jens Schnitker-von Wedelstaedt)

English/American Studies

American Nature Writing (Prof. Dr. Daniel Göske)

Ecology and Feminism (Murat Sezi)

German Studies

Climate and Environment in Contemporary Literature (Prof. Dr. Stefan Greif)

Cultural Ecology Alexander von Humboldt's "Views of Nature" (Prof. Dr. Stefan Greif)

What is(s) the world? Documentary Perspectives on Climate Thinking (Prof. Dr. Stefanie Kreuzer)

"This is the story of our planet in transition." The Language of Documentary Film. (Dr. Felix Böhm)

Narrating the Wasteland. Literary and cinematic designs of (supposedly) inhospitable landscapes (Dr. Caroline Frank).

Climate Change and Public Relations. Linguistic approaches to a 'hot' topic. (Nicole Kasper)

Linguistics and Big Data: climate change, climate crisis, environmentalism.... (Dr. Sina Lautenschläger)

Climate Change on Stage (Dr. Nils Lehnert/ Anna Carina Meywirth)

Narrating Climate Change - A Narrative-Theoretical Consideration of Climate Fiction (Philippe Lorenz)

(When) do scientific facts speak for themselves? - The climate change discourse on YouTube between authenticity and staging (Dr. Paul Reszke)

Digital German Lessons - Stimulating Writing Prompts on the Topic & Field of Action "Climate" (Daniela Rieß-Mork)

Environmental dystopias in children's and youth literature (Jan Sinning)

Human-Nature-Relationships in Narratives around 1900 (Karin Terborg)


Positions of Environmental Ethics (Prof. Dr. Dr. Kristian Köchy)

"Perspectives of Critical Theory": Critical Theory of Nature (apl. Prof. Dr. Dirk Stederoth)

Social epistemology and collaborative knowledge production using the example of Wikipedia (Dr. Martin Böhnert)

Environmental Ethics (Dr. Andreas Heuer)

Animal Ethics. An Introduction (Dr. Francesca Michelini)

English/American Studies

Climate Change Fiction (Murat Sezi)

German Studies

#fridaysforfuture - Digital Discourses in German Lessons (Dr. Felix Böhm)

Do diesel drivers only read Bild and vegans only the taz? - An Analysis of the Reporting Profiles of German Leading Media Using the Example of Climate Change (Dr. Paul Reszke)

Of Beuys' trees and Bakargiev's strawberries - environmental activism in the documenta discourse from 1982-2017 (Dr. Paul Reszke)

"Quick to save the world" - A literary sociological consideration of climate change (Philippe Lorenz/ Jan Niklas Simon).

Climate and environmental movements in children's and youth literature (Jan Sinning)

Catholic Theology

There is no Planet B! - Ecological Theology from a Current Perspective (Mareike Schlehahn)

Creation, Animal, Human, Machine - Positions of Natural Ethics (Patrick Marek Smigiel)


Forms of Knowledge (Dr. Martin Böhnert)