Social Responsibility, Sustainability and Resilience



Social responsibility, sustainability and resilience are prevalent concepts in contemporary societal discourse, research and development. To be able to adapt these concepts in your future studies and work as engineers, you have to gain a fundamental understanding beyond the mere application in practice.
We will read texts from different disciplines to gain in-depth knowledge about the central concepts social responsibility, sustainability and resilience, and most importantly to deconstruct and re-think them. You are encouraged to critically reflect upon the concepts during in-class and group discussions. In the second half of the semester, you will work on real-life cases and apply what you have learned in practice. Along with deepening your understanding, you will also learn how to do scientific research, how to build an argument and how to carve out a suitable research question.
The course builds on textwork, which means you are expected to read and thoroughly prepare scientific texts for each session. Attendance is mandatory! To pass, you will have to write a paper as a group and present your results at the end of term.

Language of instruction: English
Type: Seminar


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals  10, 11, 13 and 16 Copyright: UN

Social responsibility, sustainability and resilience are closely linked to the guiding princinple of sustainable development as represented by the Sustainable Development Goals. By gaining a deeper understanding of these concepts, students are enabled to apply and reflect them on the contents of their studies and their work as engineers.

Explore all teaching and research activities at GDI concerning these goals:

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 13: Climate Action

SDG 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions