Critical Sustainability // Kritische Nachhaltigkeit

Dr.-Ing. André Baier
Critical Sustainability // Kritische Nachhaltigkeit

E-Projektlabor, English, 4 SWS, 2 ECTS Studium Generale, 2 ECTS für Wahlpflichtbereich möglich
30 Plätze, 2 x wöchentlich, Dienstags und Donnerstags, 14-16 Uhr, ab 13.04. bis 09.06.2021, 16 Meetings
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Registration: not necessary - just showing up in the first and/or second meeting

Which learning outcomes? - Democratization and Social-Ecological Transformation
The participants analyze and evaluate in a democratic process the present reciprocal relations of technology, individuals, nature, society and democracy. Based on this analysis and evaluation, they learn to democratize these reciprocal relations. The participants expand their understanding of sustainability, especially with regard to social aspects such as power relations as well as society-nature relations and political ecology. The participants work on societal challenges from different (interdisciplinary) perspectives and contribute to a socio-ecological transformation of society through individual and collective action. This is done through a joint intervention research project. In addition, the participants deal with artistic positions and practice artistic actions, for example through performances, and integrate these practices in their intervention research project.

How is it taught? - High engagement and interaction between the participants - including artistic practices. The course promotes exchange and joint actions in digital as well as real life. This is why all participants are actively involved in the course again and again. Unlike many digital courses, this course lives from interactivity - dare to show yourself and contribute to the conduction of the entire course through individual, small and large group work as well as group-dynamic activities - only few lectures will be given. In order to achieve this high degree of interactivity, all meetings are intensely prepared and followed up with exercises by the participants. The single meetings build strongly up on each other so that the reciprocal relations are continuously unveiled over the entire course.

Requirements for the ungraded Studium Generale credits: To participate in the course you must attend the first meeting and/or the second meeting. After the second meeting registration is closed and no newcomers will be accepted. The course is based on the interaction of the participants and the mutual learning from each other which includes preparations and follow-up activities as well as an intervention research project conducted in small groups. As the single meetings build strongly up on each other, only two meetings can be missed. Please write an email beforehand.

André Baier ist Philosoph und Demokratiepädagoge. Er arbeitet als PostDoc an der TU Berlin und setzt sich für die Demokratisierung der Universität, insbesondere der Lehre ein. Er ist stellv. Vorsitzender des Nachhaltigkeitsrats der TU Berlin und verantwortlich für das “Nachhaltigkeitszertifikat für Studierende” sowie für das Studienreformprojekt “Blue Engineering - Ingenieurinnen und Ingenieure mit sozialer und ökologischer Verantwortung”. Er ist Lehrefellow des Stifterverbands für die Deutsche Wissenschaft und wurde mit dem SEFI Francesco Maffioli Award of Excellence for Developing Learning and Teaching in Engineering Education ausgezeichnet. Im Jahr 2017 war er Fellow der Akademie Schloss Solitude. Seit 2018 ko-kuratiert er die Ausstellung RAD AB -SCHRAUBE LOCKER - Werkzeugkasten zur Demontage von Technik und Gesellschaft. In den Jahren 2019 und 2020 organisierte er die DAAD finanzierte Summer School ArTechS - Merging Arts and Technology for a Sustainable Now.              

André Baier is a philosopher and democracy educator. He works as a postdoc at TU Berlin and is committed to the democratization of the university, especially in teaching. He is deputy chairperson of the Sustainability Council of TU Berlin and is responsible for the "Sustainability Certificate for Students" and for the study reform project "Blue Engineering - Engineers with Social and Ecological Responsibility". He is a teaching fellow of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and was awarded the SEFI Francesco Maffioli Award of Excellence for Developing Learning and Teaching in Engineering Education. In 2017 he was a Fellow of the Akademie Schloss Solitude. Since 2018 he has been co-curating the exhibition RAD AB -SCHRAUBE LOCKER // SCREW LOOSE - SHORT FUSE - Toolbox for the Dismantling of Technology and Society. In 2019 and 2020 he organized the DAAD-funded summer school ArTechS - Merging Arts and Technology for a Sustainable Now.