Digital Sustainability Transformation of, by and for the TUM
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
POL67000 is a year module in English language at Master’s level which is offered every semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of soft-skill courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|360 h||120 h||12 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
The module consists of two courses:
- The first course is a virtual lecture that examines the mutual opportunities and challenges of sustainability and digitization in the university context - i.e. in teaching, research, administration and third mission. In the summer term, the lecture will focus on a range of topics linked to sustainability and digitalization within the TUM. In other words, we will explore, among others, how sustainability matters for learning, working and living at the TUM, what initiatives are in progress to enhance issues related to sustainbility at the TUM. In doing so, we will also examine the question of sustainability & digitization within higher education and ask how sustainability and digitization can be thought together from theoretical perspective. In the winter term, the lecture will look at various issues and initiatives that address the mutual opportunities and challenges of sustainability and digitization at various levels. While a focus will be on projects in Munich and Bavaria, we will also discuss topics from a national, supranational and global perspective.
- The second course is a seminar which gives students the opportunity to apply their knowledge on topics related to sustainable digitization/digital sustainability in a project-based manner. Over the course of two semesters, students are asked to develop and implement their own projects. Concretely, the seminar envisages two tracks of potential projects: Track 1 is dedicated to sustainability governance at TUM where students will work in small groups on assessing individual components of a sustainability at the TUM and identify possible potential for action with regard to digitalization and sustainability. Track 2 focuses on developing concrete projects together with stakeholders and local actors, with the goal to work on solutions and applications.
The module closes with a conference where the student-led projects are presented to a broader audience and discussed with experts.
- to understand and to critically discuss key aspects linked to sustainable and digital transformations, particularly in the context of higher education;
- to put their knowledge into practice for their own (research) project, and to systematically plan and implement their own projects;
- to analyze how they can actively shape big transformations in their immidiate vicinity,
- to demonstrate the progress of their work and to enhance their conversational and presentational skills,
- to present their work/research in an adequate manner to a scientific and broader audience.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|SE||2||(POL67000) Digital Sustainability Transformation of, by and for the TUM (Projekt)||König, P. Siewert, M.||dates in groups||
|SE||2||(POL67000, POL67001) Digital Sustainability Transformation of, by and for the TUM||
Assistants: Wurster, S.
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Learning and Teaching Methods
- The lecture combines (pre-recorded) videos and online presentations, with podcasts and interviews. To facilitate active participation with the content of the lectures, Q&A sessions, online discussions and additional participartory methods will be used.
- The seminar draws on the ideas of service-learning and project-based learning. After a set of introductory sessions which provide input on the core topics but also project management, students will work on their projects in groups. Progress will be assessed through project presentations during the semester, continuous feedback from the instructors, as well as peer-to-peer feedback.
- Presentational skills will be further facilitated through the requirement to present ongoing and final results within the seminar and at a final conference.
Filho, W. L. & P. Pace 2016. Teaching Education for Sustainable Development at University Level. Cham: Springer International.
Filho, W. L. et al. (eds.). 2019. Universities as Living Labs for Sustainable Development. Cham: Springer International.
Heinrichs, H. et al. (eds.). 2016. Sustainability Science. An Introduction. Cham: Springer International.