Resource Policy

On the complexity of society's use of resources


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Academic Responsibility

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

Chair of Technology and Society,

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

Chair of Advanced Mining Technologies

Contact Person





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




On the one hand, dealing with raw materials is a matter of course and 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 multilayeredly 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. Within the framework of the module, firstly, central concepts for understanding this complex of problems are prepared in an interdisciplinary manner, secondly, the various forms of raw material extraction are examined and finally, challenges of a sustainable raw material strategy are systematically dealt with on the basis of a central transformation: the energy transition. The field of the energy transition is important because the transformation of an infrastructure is aimed at here and at the same time different sectors, in particular energy and mobility, are coupled. Therefore, important actors and their strategies and policies in this field of transformation will have their say in the course.

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.



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)
Termpaper (10-15 pages, 3 CP)
Termpaper (15-20 pages, 4 CP)

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