This course ventures beyond traditional disciplinary limits to explore a broad array of sustainability concepts, practices, and principles. Integrating essential knowledge from sustainability science with practical insights, students will engage with key areas including Regional and Urban Development, Energy Transition, Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM), Circular Economy (CE), and Bioeconomy. The curriculum draws upon diverse models such as bioregional-, community- and ecosystem-based approaches, providing students with a multidimensional understanding of how to drive systemic change for sustainability across various sectors.

Focusing on both global challenges and local solutions, the course weaves together contemporary academic theories with real-world case studies, emphasizing the critical roles of innovation, social equity, and participatory governance in fostering sustainable development. Through interactive discussions and hands-on projects, students will learn to apply sustainability principles in multifaceted contexts, preparing them to become informed and active participants in the global sustainability dialogue.

The course addresses questions that are relevant to the agribusiness sector, but also allow a broader view of the world’s economy as a whole.


Please note:

The script and the slides are a summary of the contents discussed, structuring the lecture. The essential content of the course is taught and explained in the lecture as well as in the case discussions.

The contents relevant for the exam result
1. from the cases discussed in lecture, for which detailed solutions and sample exams are discussed during the course, and
2. from the topics and solutions discussed in each lecture.

The assignments in the exam will be closely based on the cases and review statements discussed. If you follow the lecture and take notes on the cases discussed, you can do well on the exam.



The course "Academic Methods and Principles" will be offered as concurrent course for the study programs AB, BE, and SAg.

For participation in the module, please enrol in the moodle course BE 4392! All information and course documents will be provided via this moodle course only.