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The course is a production of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) with support from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the FONA program for research on sustainable development, and the Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the State of Brandenburg.

Content of the course:

This course investigates the history, present and future of Germany’s energy transition, the Energiewende. It begins with a review of the main goals and history, followed by an overview of the specifics of the power sector and the three end-use sectors (buildings, industry, and transportation). Finally, the function and possibilities of scenarios will be explained: what are they? How are they made? And what do they look like for Germany in 2050? The goal is to learn what issues a country deals with when investigating a transition to renewable energy and efficiency.

Please download the Reading list and the overview over contents & learning objectives for more Information.


The course is open to students of all disciplines. The workload is approximately 90 hours. This workload includes the videos, charts, reading list, and tests.
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The workload of the course is approximately 90 hours, which results in 3 credit points. The workload consists of the following 2 blocks:

• Block I: Tasks in the DoIt!-section, which can be accessed via the learning-plattform, account for 2/3 of the workload (60 hours). This requires conducting further research, engaging with literature, as well as writing a thematically related essay. Further information can be accessed directly in the DoIt!-section.

• Block II: The videos account for 1/3 of the workload (30 hours). This includes watching and working through the videos (29 videos, average length 6-7 minutes), preparation for the test and independent work on further literature.

Exam: The first part of the exam achievement are the tasks in the DoIt!-section. As soon as thess tasks have been fulfilled, it is possible to take a 20-minute electronic test at one of our partner univerities. The electronic test is going to account for 1/3 of the final mark, the tasks in the DoIt!-section are equivalent to 2/3 of the result. However, both parts of the exam have to be passed individually with at least 50 %.

Please register on our learning platform to participate in this course: Instructions for registration