Teaching

Teaching in Environmental Sociology at Jena offers students a wider range of courses from different Sections (Arbeitsbereiche) in the focus area “Sustainability and Societal Transformations”.

At the core of the Master Level two alternating Courses in the respective Winter Semesters, one on “Contemporary Environmental Sociology” (even year) and the other on “Classical Sociology and the Environment” (uneven year) as well as contemporary topic courses each summer semester. In the past the latter have included courses on the Sociology of Failure, Animals in Society, Innovation, Science and Technology, Car Cultures, or the Sociology of Nothing – to name but a few. Whereas the courses in the winter semesters are more theory oriented, the summer semester courses are topic and problem oriented. Each semester several guest teachers and professors support the teaching focus in environmental sociology with classes on both the BA and the MA level. In the past few years these have included courses and lectures on urban nature, carbon capture and storage, socio-ecological transitions, theories of sustainability, or environmental conflict resolutions.

In addition, in the winter semester the Section is part of the BA level team taught introductory lecture series on “Key Problems of Sociology” (Ringvorlesung Schlüsselprobleme).

Details on the current courses can be found in "Friedolin"

Courses in the winter semester 2021/2022

Matthias Groß: Classical Sociology and the Environment (Master, in English)

Matthias Groß: Lecture Series Key Problems: Environmental Sociology (Bachelor)

Birgit Peuker: Pragmatism and Sociology of Practice: The Relationship between Environment and Society as Creative Design (Master)

Karl-Werner Brand: Sustainability and Transformation: Competing Approaches, Problems and Desiderata of Understanding Social-Ecological Transformations (Master)

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Lectures in the summer semester 2021

Matthias Groß: Nothing Matters: Introduction to the Sociology of Nothing (Master, in English)

Lisa Ruhrort: Socio-cultural significance of the automobile: dynamic stabilization or radical change in the socio-technical system of mobility? (Master)

Courses in the winter semester 2020/21

Matthias Groß: Contemporary Environmental Sociology (Master, in English)

Matthias Groß: Lecture Series Key Problems: Environmental Sociology (Bachelor)

Birgit Peuker: Global Agriculture (Master)

Karl-Werner Brand: Corona crisis and the transformation of sustainability (Master)

Courses in the summer semester 2020

Matthias Groß: Animals and Society (Master, in English)

Alena Bleicher: Participation in environmental design and technology development (Master)

Martin David: Technology Development, Environment and Society (Master)

Courses in the winter semester 2019/20

Matthias Groß: Classical Sociology and the Environment (Master, in English)

Matthias Groß: Lecture Series Key Problems: Environmental Sociology (Bachelor)

Lectures in the summer semester 2019

Matthias Groß: Knowing and Not Knowing (Master, in English)

Alena Bleicher and Nona Schulte-Römer: "You are what you eat" - Sustainable consumption under the microscope (Master)

Martin David: Decarbonization: a (controversial) social movement perspective (Master)

Courses in the winter semester 2018/19

Matthias Groß: Contemporary Environmental Sociology (Master, in English)

Matthias Groß: Lecture Series Key Problems: Environmental Sociology (Bachelor)

Lectures in the summer semester 2018

Alena Bleicher and Martin David: Environment, Technologies and Conflicts (Research Practice)

Karl-Werner Brand: The Social-Ecological Transformation of the World (Master)

Matthias Groß: Car Cultures (Master, in English)

Nona Schulte-Römer: Chemicals in the Environment (Master)

Courses in the winter semester 2017/18

Matthias Groß: Classical Sociology and the Environment (Master)

Matthias Groß: Lecture Series Key Problems: Environmental Sociology (Bachelor)

Alena Bleicher: Public participation in environmental design and technology developments (Master)

Martin David: A Sociology of Sustainability Transformation (Master)

Lectures in the summer semester 2017

Matthias Groß: The Sociology of Gardening (Master)

Martin David: Analyzing Environmental and Technological Controversies (Master)

Kerstin Krellenberg: Urban Sustainability Transformations: Goals, Strategies and Actors (Master)

Courses in the winter semester 2016/17

Matthias Groß: Lecture Series Key Problems: Environmental Sociology (Bachelor)

Matthias Groß: Contemporary Environmental Sociology (Master)

Karl Werner Brand: Social-ecological transformation: From theory to practice (e.g. consumption) (Master)

Martin David: Transformation and Sustainability: An Introduction to the Sociology of Norbert Elias (Master)

Claudia Foltyn: Ecofeminism (Bachelor)

Lectures in the summer semester 2016

Matthias Groß: Animals and Society (Master)

Karl-Werner Brand: Social-ecological transformation: Sociological perspectives (Master)

Annegret Haase and Dieter Rink: StadtNatur as an urban setting. Current trends in the use of open spaces (Master)

Conrad Kunze: Introduction to the theory of social relations to nature (Master)

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