320.530 (20S) Circular Economy (BW 13)

Sommersemester 2020

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23.03.2020 14:00 - 19:00 , HS 7
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LV-Titel englisch
Circular Economy (BW 13)
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Intendierte Lernergebnisse

At the end of the course, students will be able to

        Understand circular economy and the shift from linear model into resource management and regional development,

        Apply theories based on circular economy approach to conceive more sustainable everyday habits, implement managerial practices, design sustainable products and services,

        Apply theories how to integrate sharing economy in a society,

        Recognize the most significant environmental impacts of products and processes and their importance in terms of business,

        Explain the complex interdependencies of both local and global environmental problems,

        Adopt and innovate new technical solutions to develop the environmental sector.

        Analytical and critical analysis skills, methodological knowledge for future studies and applied research.


Course introduction

The existing economic system is based on the take-make-and-dispose approach powered mostly by fossil fuels. The assumption is that increasing economic growth produces so much surplus that arising adverse environmental impacts could be dealt with. However contemporary global society is no more sustainable and climate change, resource scarcity, loss of biodiversity are the concrete proof of the irreversible process where humankind are addressing their future.

The circular economy offers an alternative. It aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value while minimizing waste, emissions and energy use by slowing down, closing and narrowing material and energy loops. It aims to decouple economic growth from the consumption of finite resources by closing the loop of product life cycles. The system powered by renewable energy systems.

During the course students will explore how businesses can create value by reusing and recycling products, how entrepreneurs can come up with clever solutions, how local governments can implement successful waste management practices and how every citizen can contribute to make the Circular Economy happen. Students will be stimulated to think in a critical way about the consumerism economic system and understand how new business and social models based on Circular Economy can be implemented into everyday life to support regional development, acting locally and contributing globally. 


Behrens A., 2016, Time to connect the dots: what is the link between climate change policy and the circular economy?, CEPS Policy Briefs n. 337, Center for European Policy Research, Bruxelles.

Haas W., Krausmann F., Wiedenhofer D., Heinz M., 2015, How circular is the global economy? An assessment of material flows, waste production and recycling in the EU and in the world in 2005”, Journal of Industrial Ecology, 19, 5, 765-777. 

Kirchherr J., Piscicelli L., Bour R., Kostense-Smit E.,Muller J., Huibrechtse-Truijens A., Hekkert M., 2018, Barriers to the Circular Economy: Evidence from the EU”, Ecological Economics, 150, 264-272. 

Kirchherr J., Reike D., Hekkert M., 2017, Conceptualizing the circular economy: An analysis of114 definitions”, Resources, Conservation &Recycling, 127, 221-232. 

Kreiß C., 2014, Geplanter Verschleiß: wie die Industrie uns zu immer mehr und immer schnellerem Konsum antreibt – und wie wir uns dagegen wehren können, Europa Verlag, Berlin.

Kurian M., 2017, The Water-Energy-Food Nexus- Trade-offs, Thresholds and Transdisciplinary Approaches to Sustainable Development, Journal and Environmental Science and Policy, 68,97-106

Parker J., 2018, Can a waste plant become Copenhagens biggest tourism attraction?,https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-22/can-a-waste-plant-become-copenhagen-s-biggest-tourism-attraction 

Webster K., 2016, The circular economy. The wealth of flows, Ellen McArthur Foundation Publishing, Cowes, Isle ofWight, UK 

Wijkman A., Skånberg K., 2016, The Circular Economy and Benefits for Society Jobs and Climate Clear Winners in an Economy Based on Renewable Energy and Resource Efficiency, Report for the Club of Rome,https://www.clubofrome.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/The-Circular-Economy-and-Benefits-for-Society.pdf



Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Besonderer Studienbereich Nachhaltigkeit (SKZ: 999, Version: 12W.1)
    • Fach: LV-Pool (Wahlfach)
      • Nachhaltigkeit ( 4.0h SE / 8.0 ECTS)
        • 320.530 Circular Economy (BW 13) (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Bachelorstudium Geographie (SKZ: 655, Version: 17W.1)
    • Fach: BW13 Volkswirtschaft (Wahlfach)
      • Weitere Lehrveranstaltungen ( 0.0h XX / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 320.530 Circular Economy (BW 13) (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
          Absolvierung im 3., 4., 5., 6. Semester empfohlen
  • Bachelorstudium Geographie (SKZ: 655, Version: 12W.2)
    • Fach: Volkswirtschaft (Wahlfach)
      • Weitere Lehrveranstaltungen ( 0.0h XX / 4.0 ECTS)
        • 320.530 Circular Economy (BW 13) (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)
  • Erweiterungscurriculum Nachhaltigkeit (Version: 15W.1)
    • Fach: Nachhaltigkeit (Pflichtfach)
      • Vertiefung Nachhaltige Entwicklung, disziplinärer Schwerpunkt ( 0.0h XX / 8.0 ECTS)
        • 320.530 Circular Economy (BW 13) (2.0h VO / 4.0 ECTS)

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