Responsibility in Times of (Climate) Change (Lecture Series Environment) ()

Lecturer (assistant)
  • Lukas Dörringer
  • Barbara Kopp-Gebauer
  • Franziska Recknagel
  • Alfred Slanitz
  • Lennart Trentmann
Duration1.5 SWS
TermSommersemester 2022
Language of instructionEnglish
Position within curriculaSee TUMonline

Admission information


After successful participation in this module course, students are able to understand lectures at a high scientific level and to summarize central statements in a report. Students will be able to comprehend analyses of sustainable development and critically discuss related problems using in-depth literature. In addition, students are familiar with formulating their own positions and justifying them argumentatively in discussions. Furthermore, they know where they can explore the topic of sustainability in more detail on campus, whether in the form of course offerings, internships, projects or thesis.


With great power comes great responsibility. Responsibility to care. Responsibility to provide. Responsibility to change. The importance of responsibility is even more evident in times of global change, as it has long crossed the threshold of affecting masses of people globally. Many innovative ideas exist to tackle the climate crisis: divestment, carbon certificate trading, sufficiency, circular and welfare economics. But who has the power - and the responsibility - to make these ideas come true? Should it be the ones who have the money to do so? The ones who first caused the problems? The ones who are aggravating it today? The answer to the question: “Who should take responsibility?” is more intricate than it may seem at first. Especially given that humanity is faced with highly complex issues in the face of global warming in an interconnected world. The lecture series aims to dive into each party’s role, ranging all the way from the United Nations and the EU down to individuals and their contributions towards meaningful climate action. We will bring together international speakers from different disciplines to obtain a holistic perspective on societies, particularly their political and economic systems. This also implies taking a look at sometimes neglected but highly important topics such as climate justice, neocolonialism, and agricultural transformation. Are you eager to expand your horizon on climate topics and discuss them with lecturers and fellow students? Then we invite you to join the discussion with experienced professionals at the Environmental Lecture Series, organized by the Environmental Department of the Student Representation – informative, critical, and interdisciplinary.

Teaching and learning methods

The lectures will take place via Zoom and last 60 minutes. Each lecture will be followed by a Q and A with the lecturers. The lectures will be streamed to a lecture room at the campus in the city center and in Garching. Depending on the rules due to the corona pandemic, you will have to register via moodle to hear them in presence.


CLA11317/CLA11200 (1 Credit): Short PowerPoint presentation at the end of the semester (ungraded). Furthermore it is necessary to earn 9 academic points. Participation in a Q and A earns 1 academic point. Apart from that, we will offer additional events which earn 2 or 3 academic points. CLA31900 (3 Credits): Poster session in groups of 2-3 people (graded). Furthermore it is necessary to earn 16 academic points via participation in a Q and A, discussion or other additional events.