Making Resource Policy Work

The Political Challenges of Material Sustainability

Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-phil. Dipl.-Ing. Stefan Böschen

Chair of Technology and Society
HumTec, RWTH Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Elisabeth Clausen

Chair of Advanced Mining Technologies
RWTH Aachen

Contact Person





Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


Lecture hall H05 | C.A.R.L. 
Claßenstraße 11
52072 Aachen


On the one hand, dealing with raw materials is a matter of  commonplace, but on the other hand, the sustainable extraction and use of raw materials poses a challenge that is difficult to solve. Contemporary societies have become widely ramified and highly dependent on raw materials. The secure supply of raw materials as well as secure access to raw materials are therefore not without reason regarded as a global challenge. In the course of this lecture series, central concepts for understanding this complex of problems are prepared in an interdisciplinary manner and discussed on the basis of central challenges of raw materials policy. In addition, selected actors and their strategies or policies in the context of a sustainable supply of raw materials will give a lecture and share their perspective.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, students are able to…

  • describe the importance of sustainable raw material extraction and explain the role of domestic mining against the background of a secure supply of raw materials.
  • describe different types of raw material extraction and distinguish them from each other based on their respective requirements and framework conditions.
  • to develop the social embedding of raw material extraction as a relevant issue in a subject-specific way.
  • to discuss the background and elements of a raw materials strategy and to put the raw materials strategy of the Federal Government into context.
  • to know and describe the interdependencies of different factors (economic, ecological, social) and to be able to apply them to concrete examples.
  • be able to explain the complex issues of resource dependency of transformation processes using the example of the energy transition.
  • be able to give constructive feedback.



Introductory lecture

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen

Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

RWTH Aachen



Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen

Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

RWTH Aachen


Perspective: Companies

Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

Dr. Peter Buchholz (DERA)


Perspective: State

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen

Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

Dr. Gudrun Franken (BGR)


Perspective: Civil society

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen

Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

Constantin Bittner (Misereor)


Panel discussion (Online) with the three lecturers

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen
Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen
All three external lecturers


Closing event

Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Clausen

Prof. Dr. Stefan Böschen

17. Juni 2020

Energiegewinnung im Spannungsfeld von Politik und Technik aus Sicht eines Energieversorgers

Dr. Markus Kosma

RWE Power AG

Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.


Certificate of Participation (0 CP, not graded)
Protocol with critical analysis  (2 CP, not graded)
Term paper (10-15 pages, 3 CP)
Term paper (15-20 pages, 4 CP)

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