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Two semesters in Oldenburg

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Short description of the modules

In the first year in Oldenburg you have to join mandatory modules and can choose from elective modules.

For further information, please have a look at the Module directory.

wcm110 – Case Study

The students shall carry out a case study independently, dealing with scientific questions regarding Coastal Zone Management.

Planning

lök320 – Sustainable Spatial Development in Europe

Presentation and critical reflection of central requirements of sustainable spatial development in selected fields of action, taking into account different spatial categories and their different functions. Comparative use of suitable case studies in the European context. Getting to know central governing instruments of spatially relevant policy areas, especially structural, regional and agricultural policy at national and EU level. Classification of the specific requirements of spatial development in the context of the political and social processes of Europeanisation.

Possibility to choose between different seminars.

  • Space and Society (3CP)
  • Sustainable tourism (3CP)
  • Renewable energy planning headache (3CP)
  • Excursion (3CP)

wcm140 - Planning and Management of Coastal Zones and Sea Basins

The students gain a differentiated understanding of the challenges of Coastal Zone Management in a national and European context; the questions implied therein, the stakeholders and substantial political and legal implications. At the same time, they will get a first insight of selected national and international project examples while getting to know a part of their possible future field of action.

Includes two seminars:

  • Marine Spatial Planning (3CP)
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management (3CP)

wcm150 - Selected Topics in River and Coastal Development

This module includes a visit of sites representative for good practice in River and Water Management and interactions and discussions with local researchers and practitioners. The participants shall gain a differentiated understanding of the planning challenges of Water and River Management using selected national and international examples. While so, they will be granted insight to actual planning tasks and the implemented conflicts and get into contact with concerned stakeholders.

This module is a field trip (e.g. to Stockholm or Copenhagen)

wcm310 - GIS for WCM

The module provides basic and advanced skills in working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

wir880 - Marine and Maritime Law

Students acquire knowledge of maritime (civil) and maritime (public) maritime law and their intertwining at the legal levels and with continental water law. They will be able to analyse maritime law issues and work on them in a solution-oriented manner.  Furthermore, the participants will develop and work on research questions in an interdisciplinary way.

Science

lök210 - Practice of Nature Conservation

This module focuses on nature conservation issues, methods and results. After successful completion, students will have general and exemplary in-depth knowledge of central approaches and instruments of nature conservation in Germany and Europe. In particular the implementation of large-scale protected areas (NSG, biosphere reserve, national park etc.), projects and measures of maintenance/management as well as approaches to their inclusion in integrated strategies of nature conservation and regional development (via agriculture, tourism etc.) in cooperation with protected area administrations and other relevant actors. In addition, the module provides basic knowledge of the development of biotope network systems (e.g. dragonflies) and the design and implementation of ecological planning approaches in and outside protected areas.

wir905 - Environmental Sciences

The introduction to processes and systems of the dynamic Earth constituting the foundation for sustainable management is given to students to provide them with knowledge about processes and systems relevant for sustainable management. They will use knowledge and methodologies from all science disciplines in an integrated way. The students will also be given skills in elaborating on complex tasks of environmental management using an interdisciplinary science-based approach and to present related findings to non-expert audiences.

wcm190 - Selected Topics in Environmental Sciences and Management

In-depth knowledge about processes and systems relevant for sustainable management using knowledge and methodologies from all science disciplines in an integrated way. Familiarity with approaches to problem-driven, transdisciplinary research and management. Ability to present and evaluate different concepts of environmental science for sustainable management. Skills in elaborating on complex tasks of environmental management using an interdisciplinary science-based approach and to present related findings to non-expert audiences.

Module can include e.g.:

  • Seminar: Protected areas and regional development
  • Field-trip (e.g. Pfälzerwald-Nordvogesen, Gebietsschutz-Schaalsee)

Socioeconomics

wir902 - International Sustainability Management

This module imparts knowledge on the basic concepts and strategies of sustainability management related to corporate practice. The following topics are covered: Sustainability (Basic concepts and strategies), domestic and international challenges for business, Business case for sustainable development, integrative concepts of sustainable corporations, sustainable strategies and management instruments. These topics will be discussed with students from different scientific disciplines. The participants learn to present and evaluate different concepts and instruments of international sustainability management.

wir906 - Resource and Energy Economics

The students will increase their understanding of (normative) problems of resource use, rationales and instruments for policy intervention into (energy) markets and command of analytical methods (incl. role of analytical and numerical models in policy analysis). They will gain the ability to judge energy policy issues based on sound economic analysis (theory) and the ability to quantify the relevance of arguments (empirics).

wir919 - Topics in Sustainability Economics and Management I

Topics include sustainability, economics and management in different scientific contexts.

Possibility to choose between different seminars.

  • Diving Deep - Conceptual and Empirical perspectives on Social-ecological Transformations (3CP)
  • Ecological Economics (3CP)
  • Qualitative Methods in Sustainability (3CP)
  • Prosperity without Economic Growth? (3CP)
  • International Environmental Governance (3CP)
  • Sustainability of Renewable Energy (3CP)

The seminars can change according to what is offered in the respective semester.

wir939 - Topics in Sustainability Economics and Management II

Topics include sustainability, economics and management in different scientific contexts.

Possibility to choose between different seminars.

  • Corporate Carbon Performance Trajectories (3CP)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment Using Life Cycle Analysis (3CP)
  • Gründungsberatung / Startup Consulting (6CP)
  • The promise of (New) Commons concepts, discussions and examples of a living property utopia headache (6CP)

The seminars can change according to what is offered in the respective semester.

wir876 - Topics in Economic Research

Possibility to choose between different seminars.

  • Inequality and Environmental Policy (6CP)
  • Spatial Econometrics (6CP)
  • Empirical Methods (6CP)
  • Computational Economics (6CP)
  • Topics in Economic Research: Growth and Distribution (6CP)
  • Applied Econometrics Using GIS Techniques (6CP)

The seminars can change according to what is offered in the respective semester.

wir878 - Public Economics

The students will be able to understand sources of market failures and government failures and to analyse their implications for the design of public policies. They will understand taxing and spending activities of governments and to analyse their implications for the economy. The distinction between normative and positive perspectives in the evaluation of government policy will be taught. The participants will be able to engage in an economic discourse about government policies and will be able to apply economic methods to current issues in public economics.

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