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Module WIW-INT-NGW-M-1

Sustainability in society and business (M, 6.0 LP, AUSL)

Module Identification

Module Number Module Name CP (Effort)
WIW-INT-NGW-M-1 Sustainability in society and business 6.0 CP (180 h)


CP, Effort 6.0 CP = 180 h
Position of the semester 2 Sem. from WiSe/SuSe
Level [1] Bachelor (General)
Language [DE] German
Module Manager
Area of study [WIW-SMG] Sustainability Management
Reference course of study [WIW-82.21-SG#2009] B.Sc. Business Studies (2009) [2009]
Livecycle-State [AUSL] Phase-out period


Type/SWS Course Number Title Choice in
Presence-Time /
SL SL is
required for exa.
PL CP Sem.
Social Responsibility in Business
P 60 h 120 h - - PL1 6.0 WiSe
Open Online Course „Sustainable Development“ (KLOOC)
P 0 h 90 h - - no 3.0 *
  • About [WIW-BWL-WGV-K-1]: Title: "Social Responsibility in Business"; Presence-Time: 60 h; Self-Study: 120 h
  • About [WIW-INT-KLOOC-K-1]: Title: "Open Online Course „Sustainable Development“ (KLOOC)"; Self-Study: 90 h

Examination achievement PL1

  • Form of examination: written exam (Klausur) (90 Min.)

Evaluation of grades

The grade of the module examination is also the module grade.


The examination consists of a 90-minute exam. Prerequisite for participation in the exam is the processing of three unevaluated multiple-choice question blocks

during the semester.


Processing and submission of weekly exercises and quiz questions for separate prior registration (ungraded certificate).


Economic and especially entrepreneurial activities take place in a social context. This gives rise to a responsibility on the part of

the actors involved, be it citizens, consumers, companies, governments or non-profit organisations. This event will examine

how "doing business in a socially responsible manner" is possible. It aims to interest students in questions of social

responsibility and to enable them to take a meta-perspective of their individual actions and the relationship between ethics

and economics.


Chapter 1: Global trends and prerequisites for responsible action

Chapter 2: Economic view: Development of Sustainability and Sustainable Development Goals

Chapter 3: The Role of the Individual - Ethics, Responsibility, Images of Humanity

Chapter 4: Economic systems and economic subjects

Chapter 5: Sustainability in firms in times of digital transformation

Chapter 6: Strategy and sustainability management

Chapter 7: Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Citizenship

Chapter 8: Measuring and reporting sustainability and social responsibility

Chapter 9: Individual fields of action in the economic context

This course is an Open Online Course in cooperation with the DISC of the TU Kaiserslautern, which takes place completely virtually (KLOOC). In the respective weeks duties are compulsory.
  • Introduction to the background and design of the concept of sustainable development from different disciplines.
  • The following topics will be dealt with in depth in video lectures and tasks:
  • Challenges of sustainable development (Department Wiwi/ Prof. Dr. von Hauff)
  • Planning Cultures and Sustainability (Department of Spatial and Environmental Planning/ Prof. Dr.


  • Home cybernetics / timber construction (Department of Architecture / Prof. Dr. Graf, Jun.-Prof. Dr. Krötsch

and Jun.Prof. Dr. Tersluisen )

  • Sustainable Energy Supply and Mobility (Department of Electrical Engineering and Information

Technology/Prof. Dr. Wellßow and Jun.-Prof. Dr. Görges)

  • Circuit Production/Sustainable Product Development (Department of Mechanical Engineering and Process

Engineering/Prof. Dr. Eigner)

  • Sustainability management in companies (Deptartement Wiwi/ Prof. Dr. Spraul)
  • Sustainability from the Perspective of Strategic Management (Department Wiwi/ Prof. Dr. Müller-Seitz)
  • Education for Sustainable Development: Educational Challenge of a Social Transformation for

Sustainability (Department Sowi/ Dr. Heyck und Dr. Prescher)

Competencies / intended learning achievements

With the successful completion of the module, the students will be able,
  • to know the sustainable development goal and their indicators for measuring sustainable development.
  • to critically discuss the role of ethics, responsibility and concepts of humanity in economic systems and subjects.
  • to develop a personal attitude towards the topic of social responsibility.
  • to highlight instruments of social responsibility within and outside the core business.
  • to summarize measures for measuring and reporting sustainability and social responsibility.
  • Reconstruct examples of corporate social responsibility.
  • to argue the importance of economies and the cooperation of sectors for the implementation of sustainability.
  • to formulate interdisciplinary measures for global, sustainable value creation.
  • to reflect on their own role in the economic system as consumers, employees and founders.
  • to combine sustainability content from different disciplines (architecture, social sciences, engineering sciences,



  • Dyllick, T. & Hockerts, K. (2002). Beyond the Business Case for Corporate Sustainability. Business Strategy and the Environment, 11, 130–141. doi: 10.1002/bse.323.
  • Gesang, B. (2016). Wirtschaftsethik und Menschenrechte: Ein Kompass zur Orientierung im ökonomischen Denken und im unternehmerischen Handeln. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.
  • Moon, J. (2014). Corporate social responsibility: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Requirements for attendance of the module (informal)


Requirements for attendance of the module (formal)


References to Module / Module Number [WIW-INT-NGW-M-1]