Critical Sustainability

Lucía Alvarez
Critical Sustainability

Interdisziplinäres Projektlabor, English, 3 SWS, 2 ECTS, 20 Plätze
Tuesdays, 13-16 h, weekly, starting 16.4.2024
TU Berlin, Hauptgebäude, H3006
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Through the Critical Sustainability course you can achieve the following learning goals:
Expanding the understanding of sustainability: participants expand their understanding of sustainability to include social aspects in particular by working on the following concepts in the course: social relations to nature, political ecology, reproduction/production work, global social justice, gender and diversity, among others.

Key competences in an education for sustainable development: participants acquire design competence (Gestaltungskompetenz) and the associated 12 sub-competences: perspective-taking; anticipation; interdisciplinary knowledge acquisition; dealing with incomplete and overly complex information; cooperation; coping with individual decision-making dilemmas; participation; motivation; reflection on guiding principles; moral action; independent action; supporting others.

TINS-D analysis: participants analyse the interrelationship between technology, individuals, nature, society and democracy (TINS-D) and develop approaches to further democratize these interdependencies.

Democracy: participants practice democratic decision-making directly with each other in the course. Among other things, the course uses exercises from the Betzavta democracy pedagogy developed in Israel.

Interdisciplinarity: participants acquire the skills to analyze social challenges from different (interdisciplinary) perspectives.

The course is meant for: Students and non-students who want to think about and act upon sustainability differently than before – especially by turning personal issues into public affairs and intervening in society.

Leistungsanforderungen: Regelmäßige und aktive Teilnahme.                                                   

Lucía Alvarez is an experienced educator with a strong background in language teaching, teacher's training, and digitalization of educational processes. She holds a degree in German Studies from the Federal University of Paraná and a master's degree in Education from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She has conceived and coordinated interdisciplinary projects with a focus on interculturality within the school context, consistently bridging formal educational settings with their surroundings and civil society. Currently pursuing her Ph.D. at the Technische Universität Berlin, Lucía's research focuses on education for sustainability in engineering careers.