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Master's module Climate Change and Sustainable Transformation

Understanding climate change and its social consequences




from the University of Graz

ECTS credit points


Module begins

summer semester

Language of instruction

German and English

Module duration

2 semesters

Added value

practice, network, skills

The first step to a job with social responsibility!

Switching to cycling or public transport, saving electricity, avoiding waste, shopping more consciously and much more – climate protection starts in the private sphere and affects every one of us all around the globe! In view of the looming climate crisis, sustainable and future-proof solutions are more in demand than ever – and for this, more than ever, many clever minds are needed!

The module “Climate change and sustainable transformation” offers you a scientifically based additional training that prepares you for a green job, no matter in which field – economic, legal, financial, social or creative.

General Information

3 Reasons for choosing this master’s module

Innovative topic

in an industry with responsibility

Dedicated team

of students and teachers

High work and professional relevance

a job for the future

„The climate crisis is the greatest challenge of our generation and we must work together to find the necessary political solutions. The Master’s Plus gives you the tools to do that and to help shape the future!“

Katharina Rogenhofer, climate activist

[Translate to English:] Fotoquelle: Jake Tazreiter

Module curriculum

No matter what subject you are studying, in this module you will gain a basic understanding of the uncertainties, risks and opportunities associated with climate change: possible approaches to sustainable transformation will be developed here, with particular emphasis on connectivity with the content of your own field of study. Finally, it is also about combining different approaches and strategies in an inter- and transdisciplinary way and therefore initiating an interdisciplinary dialogue, as well as a mutual learning process between science and society

Submodules Skills: after completing the submodule, students will be able to
  • understand and explain the physical basis of the climate system and climate change;
  • describe and explain cycles and feedback mechanisms of the climate system; 
  • describe and explain the causes and mechanisms of past and possible future climate change;
  • deal competently with the structures, regulatory mechanisms and processes of the anthroposphere in the “age of sustainable development”;
  • know and be able to classify the dimensions of the pressure, challenges and design of the integration of the anthroposphere in the bio- and geosphere;
  • recognise and classify the essential challenges of humanity with regard to sustainable development and to work out possible solutions.
  • understand and apply the basic concepts and methods for studying climate change in mountain systems; 
  • identify and explain the drivers and impacts of climate change in mountain systems and communicate why these are important;
  • look at the climate change problem from ethical and justice-theoretical perspectives as well as from the point of view of behavioural economics and climate psychology;
  • consider ethical, normative, psychological and behavioural economic aspects in the analysis of climate change measures;
  • assess the behaviour of individuals and collective actors with regard to climate-relevant actions and climate measures in a multi-criteria manner;
  • classify and evaluate the development and meanderings of international and national climate and energy policy.
Inter- and transdisciplinary case study
  • look at climate change measures and corresponding challenges from an inter- and transdisciplinary perspective and work on them with suitable methods; 
  • present approaches to solutions/results that have been developed; 
  • be able to understand and classify other disciplinary approaches and perspectives; 
  • critically question ideas and models, evaluate them and develop new ones; 
  • independently design the ongoing learning process; 
  • analyse climate and sustainability-related problems with a holistic mindset.
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No, all students interested in climate issues are welcome in this module!

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