Content and Idea
A distinctive feature of the Sustainability Sciences programme is its balance between sustainable natural sciences and sustainable humanities. Our goal is to look at social-ecological systems in an academically grounded and interdisciplinary manner.
We will examine the processes which form the material and energetic basis for environmental sustainability problems as well as potential practical solutions from the perspective of sustainable natural sciences.
In complex social-ecological systems, these material processes are closely interconnected with economic, juridical, political, and cultural contexts as well as with strategies and practices of important social actors. These immaterial prerequisites and conditions of environmental sustainability problems and the way these problems are addressed are the subject of sustainable humanities.
The programme begins with an introduction which is themed to the disciplines of environmental and sustainability sciences. Common foundations of natural and human sciences are provided in the first semester’s introductory modules. In the following semesters, you can select two modules to further specialise in individual disciplines of environmental and sustainability sciences.
In compliance with the profile of Leuphana University Lüneburg and, in particular, of the Faculty of Sustainability, the disciplinary course offerings of the programme’s area of integration are extended to include a transdisciplinary and problem-focused perspective: the two areas of specialisation are combined into interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary modules in the form of project studies.
The course offerings are complemented by a cross-disciplinary Complementary Studies program, in which you will learn about general academic foundations reflecting on science, as well as by the area of Master's Forum & Research Perspectives.
During one module per semester, the Master's Forum & Research Perspectives area prepares you for your own independent research work and provides you with fundamental methodological knowledge in sustainability sciences. Based on this intensive preparation phase, you complete your studies in the fourth semester by writing your Master's dissertation.