The complexity of the term sustainability is analyzed and existing assumptions are questioned. Conflicts of value and goals are found individually and create the basis for a contribution to social-ecological transformation. Sustainability in the curriculum of engineering students is either ignored or solely focuses on technological solutions. As the UN Rio+20 debate and its focus on Green Economy shows, there is a strong demand for technological innovations as a remedy for ecological destruction and as pathway to poverty eradication. Consequently, the predominant belief in technological progress is held up through technicians as well as a society wishing for easy technological solutions for complex ecological and social problems.
Lecturer: André Baier
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