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A university’s effect on society is dictated mainly by what it teaches. WU’s students need to be made aware of the social and ecological context of business activities.

Sustainability-Related Courses

List of Sustainability-Related Courses 

Click the links below for lists of all WU’s courses that have something to do with the topic of sustainability. Sustainability plays a role in all the courses listed, and the instructors of these classes have agreed to include their course in the list.

The lists were compiled by the team of the Competence Center for Sustainability with the support of students Manuela Bigler, Teresa Havlicek, and Tobias Kirchhoff and the office of the Vice-Rector for Academic Programs and Student Affairs. In compiling the list, courses were initially identified using a catalog of sustainability-related key words. Then each course was reviewed in detail to make sure the “sustainability” label was justified and plausible. In a final step, instructors were asked to approve their courses’ inclusion on the list.

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    Sustainable Economics and Business (Zukunftsfähiges Wirtschaften)

    One of the highlights in the catalog is without a doubt the course “Sustainable Economics and Business” (ZuWi). In this class, WU students learn about the social and ecological context of business activities, to help them think and act in a sustainable manner.

    “Sustainable Economics and Business” is based on a broad, socio-ecological sustainability concept integrating ecological, social, and economic dimensions. Biophysical limits are discussed and inter and intra-generational fairness are expressed as goals to be achieved.

    Dimensions of sustainability, their interactions, and their potentially conflicting goals are dealt with in detail. The course takes a holistic, socioeconomic approach based on the integration of business activities in social systems and the integration of business and society in biophysical contexts.
    For more details, please click here.

    “Sustainable Economics and Business” was granted the 2014 Sustainability Award by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management.

    Sustainable Human Resource Management as part of the Specialization in Human Resource Management (SBWL Personalmanagement)

    The bachelor-level Specialization in Human Resource Management included Sustainable Human Resource Management in its curriculum in 2011. Objectives include encouraging sustainability and future-oriented activities in and through personnel management.

    The Sustainable Human Resource Management module is part of the compulsory introductory phase of the Specialization program (Course I), and other key aspects of personnel management like training and personnel development are looked at from a sustainability-related perspective in other parts of the program (Courses II and III).

    In Course V, students focus on a specific topic in the area of sustainable human resource management and write a paper on their selected topic (e.g. employee well-being, work-life balance, diversity management, human rights, business ethics).
    For more details, please click here.

    Sustainability Challenge

    The Sustainability Challenge, an interdisciplinary cycle of courses taught at all four of Vienna’s major universities, promotes deeper understanding of social, ecological, and economic development. By focusing on concrete solutions for real-world problems, participants and stakeholders make a valuable and sustainable contribution to society, the environment, and the economy.  
    For more details, please click here.


    The Summer University program Green.Building.Solutions. deals with key ecological, economic, technical, and social aspects of sustainable and energy efficient planning, construction, and living, giving its students a unique opportunity to gain profound theoretical and practical insights into this field from an interdisciplinary perspective.
    For more details, please click here.

    Sustainability-Related Degree Programs 

    MSc "Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy

    The MSc program "Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy" (SEEP) provides students with the opportunity to learn about socioeconomic analysis tools and methods and how to apply them. The program focuses on ecological, economic, and social crises, on the major challenges of the 21st century, and on the connections between them. The program takes an interdisciplinary, international approach based on three main supporting pillars: theory, methodology, and application.

    For more details, please click here.

    Other programs like the MSc in Supply Chain Management or the MSc in Socioeconomics also explicitly address sustainability-related issues.