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Course WIW-SMG-SM-K-7

Sustainability Mindset (2V, 3.0 LP)

Course Type

SWS Type Course Form CP (Effort) Presence-Time / Self-Study
2 V Lecture 3.0 CP 30 h 60 h
(2V) 3.0 CP 30 h 60 h


CP, Effort 3.0 CP = 90 h
Position of the semester 1 Sem. in WiSe
Level [7] Master (Advanced)
Language [DE] German
Area of study [WIW-SMG] Sustainability Management
Livecycle-State [NORM] Active

Possible Study achievement

  • Verification of study performance: essay


Many sustainability problems arise from certain individual and collective beliefs, values, assumptions and social norms. In order to achieve the 17 goals of sustainable development, these mindsets must often be changed. This is exactly where the “Sustainability Mindset” event comes in.

The sustainability mindset is a way of thinking and a way of life. This includes a broad understanding of our ecosystem, social problems and our personal values ​​and is expressed in sustainable actions.

The focus of the course is the reflection of one's own values ​​and beliefs and cultural and world views on the one hand and the development of a sustainable way of thinking and living on the other.

In the event, students deal with the 12 sustainability mindset principles, which the lecturer combines with examples from the business world and sustainability management. The 12 principles can be broken down into 4 fields:

  • Ecological worldview

1. Eco-competence

2. My contribution

  • Systemic thinking

3. Long-term thinking

4. Thinking as well

5. Circular thinking

6. Connectedness

  • Emotional intelligence

7. Creativity and innovation

8. Reflection

9. Self-awareness

  • Spiritual intelligence

10. Sense

11. Being one with nature

12. Mindfulness

Competencies / intended learning achievements

Students will learn
  • to reflect on their own values ​​and beliefs, as well as their cultural and world views that contribute to global sustainability problems.
  • to know the 12 sustainability mindset principles using practical examples.
  • to apply the 12 sustainability mindset Principles to your own thoughts and actions.
  • to analyze and evaluate different contexts based on the 12 sustainability mindset principles.
  • a way of thinking and living that promotes sustainable development goals.


Rimanoczy, I. (2013). Big Bang Being: Developing the Sustainabilty Mindset. Greenleaf Publishing.

Requirements for attendance (informal)


Requirements for attendance (formal)

Proper enrollment in the relevant degree program.

References to Course [WIW-SMG-SM-K-7]

Module Name Context
[WIW-SMG-BWL2-M-7] Sustainability Management for Business Economists 2 P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP
[WIW-SMG-WI-M-7] Sustainability Management for Industrial Engineers P: Obligatory 2V, 3.0 LP