In addition to research, the focus of the Institute is on the (further-)development of teaching and courses related to sustainability. This institutionalized unity of research and teaching distinguishes the Kassel Institute from a large number of purely research-based sustainability institutes.
New courses at the Kassel Institute
Winter semester 2023/24
- Ecology and introduction to agricultural systems (Prof. Dr. Andreas Christian Braun)
- Sustainability-oriented environmental social science (Prof. Dr. Andreas Christian Braun)
- Witzenhausen and colonialism - 1898:2023 - From colonial past to today's responsibility? (Prof. Dr. Andreas Christian Braun)
- Climate change governance and one health (Dr. Ina M. Sieber)
- Critiques of sustainability law (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer-Lescano)
- Resistance to sustainability (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer-Lescano)
- Law against the right Law and racism (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer-Lescano)
- Conference Doctoral College of the Heinrich Böll, Rosa Luxemburg and Hans Böckler Foundation and JUST University of Kassel (Prof. Dr. Andreas Fischer-Lescano)
- Post-Carbon Democracy: The Law and Politics of Climate Transformation (Dr. Maxim Bönnemann)
- Introduction to Fundamental and Human Rights (Dr. Andreas Gutmann)
- Postcolonial Environmental Law (Dr. Andreas Gutmann)
Introduction of a new Bachelor's degree program in Sustainability
With the university-wide "Bachelor of Sustainability" (provisional name), a unique degree course with a strong interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary character will also be established. It takes equal account of the four research profiles of the University of Kassel - nature, culture, society and technology - and is designed with the involvement of all Faculties.
The course is aimed at students who are interested in concepts, practices, questions and further developments of sustainability. The course qualifies students to critically reflect on processes of ecological, social, cultural, technological and economic transformations and to help shape them with professional expertise.
Further development of existing degree programs with a sustainability focus
Integrated Sustainability Studies (iNaS) creates an interdisciplinary study profile that enables students to acquire dedicated sustainability expertise in addition to a regular Bachelor's degree or a combined Bachelor's degree with a major and minor subject such as business law, political science, electrical engineering, philosophy or sociology.
In addition to the basics of sustainability science, the focus is on interdisciplinary learning, exchange and interdisciplinary cooperation between students and a practice-oriented project. This enables students to integrate sustainability perspectives into their discipline in a well-founded manner and qualify them for relevant professional fields.