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The course is a production of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the FONA program for research on sustainable development, and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg.

Content of the course:

This course investigates the history, present and future of Germany’s energy transition, the Energiewende. It begins with a review of the main goals and history, followed by an overview of the specifics of the power sector and the three end-use sectors (buildings, industry, and transportation). Finally, the function and possibilities of scenarios will be explained: what are they? How are they made? And what do they look like for Germany in 2050? The goal is to learn what issues a country deals with when investigating a transition to renewable energy and efficiency.

Please download the Reading list and the overview over contents & learning objectives for more Information.


The course is open to students of all disciplines. The workload includes watching the videos, further research and production of own content.
The Videos could also be interesting for policymakers, journalists, campaigners, and the general public. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us

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The workload of the course is approximately 90 hours, which results in 3 credit points. The workload consists of the following 2 blocks:

Block I: Watching the learning videos (29 videos, average length 6-7 minutes) and further research. This accounts for 1/3 of the workload (approx. 30 hours).

Block II: 3 working packages on the learning platform of the Virtual Academy of Sustainability. In these working packages you are going to be asked to further engage with the theory and practical implications of the Energiewende. This includes essay-writing, designing a blogpost and many more.

Exam: The exam consists of the marks of all working packages on the learning-platform. Each working-package is marked individually and weighed similarly.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In September 2015, 17 Goals for Sustainability – the Sustainable Development Goals – have been passed by all European member-states in the course of the 2030 Agenda. This course deals with the following SDGs in particular: