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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.

Attention! Since April 2020 no exams are conducted in this course. It´s just a voluntary learning offer.



BNE-Focus / Content of the course

This course investigates the history, present and future of Germany’s energy transition, the Energiewende.

The theoretical input is being transported via learning-videos. 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.

During this course you will also be able to view the Energiewende from different angles while using a variety of didactical methods. You will have room to integrate your own oppinion, as well as working with academical literature in order to justify relevant points of view concerning this topic.

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 includes watching the videos, further research, the completion of an electronic exam and production of own content.
The Videos could also be interesting for policymakers, journalists, campaigners, and the general public. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact us. Contact: Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein!

The workload of the course is approximately 90 hours, which results in 3 credit points. This includes:

  • Watching and commenting the learning videos in order to gain a foundational understanding of the Energiewende
  • Essay-writing
  • Design of a blogpost
  • Completion of electronic exam

Your grade is going to be the result of all the tasks combined. The electronic test is going to account for 1/3 of the final grade, the other tasks are going to combine for the remaining 2/3.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In September 2015, 17 Goals for Sustainability – the Sustainable Development Goals – have been passed by all European member-states in the course of the 2030 Agenda. This course deals with the following SDGs in particular:

E SDG goals 07

E SDG goals 09

E SDG goals 11

E SDG goals 13