Wahlpflicht Aktuelle Themen der nachhaltigen Dienstleistungswirtschaft Contributions of home economics towards a sustainable society

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Aktuelle Themen der nachhaltigen Dienstleistungswirtschaft

Contributions of home economics towards a sustainable society


150 h


Studien- Semester


Häufigkeit des Angebots


1 Semester

Seminar 4 SWS

60 h

90 h

Max 20 Personen

Learning outcomes


  • are aware of megatrends leading to societal change in the coming decade.

  • can identify the challenges megatrends induce for the profession of home economics .

  • are able to critically reflect on suggested solutions offered in science and society.

  • are able to relate their own work (seminar work, master thesis, praxis reports etc) in the light of possible future developments.


The challenges of organizing everyday living in an optimal and sustainable fashion for individuals, households and communities has been, for many decades, the core business of home economics. As a profession and an academic discipline, home economics brings together theory and practice, academic knowledge and everyday life skills – and takes an integrated and multi-dimensional approach to capacities, choices and priorities on the small-scale and associated impacts at all levels. This course reflects on state of the art knowledge of home economics but also elaborates on upcoming potentials in sustainable services from a household level, via the sharing economy and societal re-discovering of the commons to challenges developing from a degrowth perspective.

Teaching methods used in the course

  • Presentations

  • Students reading English texts and summarizing them for the group.

  • Group work/group discussions

  • Student presentations

  • Excursions/invited experts



Forms of examination

  • Essay on a self selected topic (agreed in a group process)

  • Presentation insights of the self selected topic)

Criteria for grading

  • Presentation on self selected topic to the group (40%)

  • Essay (40%)

  • Engagement in oral discussion during the course (20%)

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Modulbeauftragte/r und hauptamtlich Lehrende

Prof. Dr. Strassner; Lehrende Dr. Sylvia Lorek

Readings (examples)

  • Pendergast, D., McGregor S.,and K. Turkki (2012). Creating Home Economics Future. Bowen Hills, Australien Academic Press.

  • Shmelev, S.E. (2012). Ecological Economics – Sustainability in Practice. New York, Springer.

  • Urhammer, E., & Røpke, I. (2013). Macroeconomic narratives in a world of crises: An analysis of stories about solving the system crisis. Ecological Economics, 96, 62-70.

  • D’Alisa, G., Demaria, F. and Kallis, G. (eds) (2014). Degrowth: Vocabulary for a new era. New York, Routledge.

  • Lorek, S. (2016, in print) Sustainable Consumption. In: H. G. Brauch, Ú. Oswald Spring, J. Grin & J. Scheffran (Eds.) Handbook on Sustainability Transition and Sustainable Peace (STSP). Hexagon Series on Human and Environmental Security and Peace 10. Cham - Heidelberg – New York, Springer.

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