150+1: Perspectives on Mobility in Transition


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All students can register for one module. You can specify two preferences. Please use the priorities “low” and “high”. If you have not been assigned a place in the project after the end of the assignment and are still interested in participating, please contact sibel.yildirim[@]ipw.rwth-aachen.de directly.

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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Paul Thomes


Teaching and research area Economic, Social and Technology History

Contact Person





Monday, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.




Our mobility has changed frequently over time. Reasons for this include changing needs or new technologies. The various influencing factors often interact with each other. Drastic events (like the Corona pandemic) can also initiate a realignment of mobility. Which adjustments are necessary today? Which of them will persist in the long run? Does innovation take place only in technical isolation or holistically, looking at factors such as social acceptance, economic viability or environmental compatibility? Ultimately, we argue that mobility must be understood and developed as a dynamic socio-technical system. To answer these questions, a historical perspective is helpful, because the present is a product of the past; those who understand the latter can shape the future.

The module will critically examine mobility and its development. Different actors from and outside the RWTH as well a regional experty will discuss transformations of mobility with us. The focus will be on changes in the context of external impulses, such as the corona pandemic, the oil crises or the climate crisis. We look forward to discussions with you!

Learning Outcomes

The module content enables students to interpret mobility and its actors historically and systematically and to critically evaluate research and teaching. Recommendations for the definition of sustainable mobility research and concepts will be drafted independently.

Accordingly, the module emphasizes communication between students and lecturers. All sessions will provide a 45-minute discussion component. Guiding information material will be available in advance in the learning room.


April 26th, 2021


Prof. Paul Thomes (Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Technologiegeschichte)

Claus Bonerz, M. Sc. (Profile Area Mobility & Transport Engineering)

May 3rd, 2021

Sustainable Mobility – Facts lead the way

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Martin Streichfuss

Roland Berger GmbH

May 10th, 2021

Discussion about the student season ticket

Question time about the Certificates


May 17th, 2021

Students shape the future on the road

Sonnenwagen Aachen e.V.

May 31st, 2021

Students shape the future on the rail

Aachener Rail Shuttle, Institut für Schienenfahrzeuge

June 07th, 2021

Students shape the future in the air

Flugwissenschaftliche Vereinigung Aachen (1920) e.V.

June 14th, 2021

Presentations of students

Participants of the course

June 21st, 2021

Future mobility (made) in Aachen

Marcel Philipp

General manager at e.Mobility.Hub GmbH

June 28th, 2021

Final session

Prof. Paul Thomes

Lehr- und Forschungsgebiet Wirtschafts-, Sozial- und Technologiegeschichte

Procedure/Working method​

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


0 CP: Certificate of Participation (active participation)
2 CP: Protocol with critical analysis
3 CP: Presentation (2-4 people, 10min per person)
3 CP: Term paper (10 pages)
4 CP: Term paper (15 pages)

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