Sustainable Development Goals

A scientific approach to 17 Goals for the 21st Century


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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Carmen Leicht-Scholten

Research Unit for Gender and Diversity in Engineering Sciences, RWTH University Aachen

Univ.-Prof. Dr. sc. pol. Oliver Lorz

Research Unit for International Economic Relations, RWTH University Aachen

Contact Person





Monday, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


Digital (Zoom)


„The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. They address the global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The Goals interconnect and in order to leave no one behind, it is important that we achieve each Goal and target by 2030.“

(United Nations,

With the adoption of Agenda 2030, a further milestone was set in 2015 in the global sustainability debate for sustainable development. The Agenda sets out 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that address the five core messages of people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership.

In this interdisciplinary course, various SDGs are addressed by experts from different fields. In WS21/22, the focus is particularly on the topics of inequality and justice.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be familiar with the SDGs and understand their role as political objectives and models for a worldwide development process. They should be able to differentiate between the Millennium Development Goals and the SDGs and understand the relevance of the SDGs, especially for Western nations.

The students should be able to evaluate issues from their respective studies under the paradigm of sustainability. They should identify how the work in their subject areas contributes to solving the problems identified in the SDGs. In addition, students should learn to evaluate different career paths in terms of global sustainability.


To be announced. The following sessions are already planned:



Opening Session

Prof. Dr. Carmen-Leicht Scholten, Prof. Dr. Oliver Lorz

RWTH Aachen University


Goal 3:  Good Health and Wellbeing

Prof. Sebastian Vollmer

Universität Göttingen


Goal 17:  Partnerships for the Goals

Fredrik Björk

Universität Malmö


Goal 1 & 8:  No Poverty & Decent Work and Economic Growth

International Federation for the Economy for the Common Good e.V.


Goal 1 & 10: No Poverty & Reduced Inequalities

Prof. Dr. Andreas Koch

Universität Salzburg


Sustainability at the RWTH Aachen University

Prof. Ulrich Rüdiger & Stabsstelle für Nachhaltigkeit

RWTH Aachen University


Goal 11 & 12: Sustainable Cities and Communities & Responsible Consumption and Production

Prof. Dr. Heba Aziz

German University of Technology, Oman


Titel der Veranstaltung



Procedure/Work method

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


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

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