Offered Modules

Within the BUP Module Pool these are modules offered by various lecturers from different universities around the Baltic Sea Region. Below you can find the modules which are currently part of the Module Pool. More information on enrolment and how the modules can be credited for your studies can be found under Registration and Crediting.

Democracy, Ethics and Religion in Higher Learning

Democracy, Ethics and Religion in Higher Learning

Short description Religion itself is a multidimensional phenomenon that deals with individual faith, religious practice and a specific understanding of group identity and belonging. Within European democracies, the definition of religion and faith differs widely and the right to believe is partly restricted to the majority religion, primary Christianity. The interlinking between politics and religion is visible in certain European countries and leads often to the question related to the compatibility of faith and secularity, resp. secularization, whereas it seems to be absent in others.

This block seminar discusses the ethical, political, religious and societal dimensions of religion and belief systems within Europe. With the help of selected examples of governmental and societal understandings, requirements and restrictions related to religion, the need of a mutual European approach towards religious rights and the individual freedom to believe will be examined as one of various approaches towards the development of a differentiated reflection about the concepts of democracy, religion and ethics in higher education and beyond.
   
Names of Universities University of Rostock University of Tartu  
Names of Lecturers Dr. Nina Käsehage Heidi Maiberg, M.A.
 
Responsible Contact Persons Dr. Nina Käsehage
nina.kaesehage@uni-rostock.de
Heidi Maiberg
heidi.maiberg@ut.ee
 
Credit points 6 SWS 2
Attendance (h) 34 Self-study (h) xx
Summer / Winter Semester Winter Semester Registration until 04.10.2021
Start date 31.01.2022 End date 04.02.2022
Content and goals of qualification Written homework (25-30 pages, approx. 11000 words) related to a seminar content that shows the student's ability to reflect on the challenges and needs of these concepts within higher learning, in view of their future professions as well as in view of a cohabitation within Europe.    
Preconditions for participation Lecture of the seminar texts and active participation at the seminar's discussions; Willingness to collaborate with other students with respect to a collective presentation related to one seminar topic.    
Teaching Methods and Formate Online block seminar, online meetings    
Assessment method Presentation    
Environmental and Energy Law & Policies

Environmental and Energy Law & Policies

Short description This module covers environmental and nature conservation law, environmental impact assessments, classes of hazardous materials and their management. The module is offered regularly at the at IHI/TU Dresden
(M_BAÖ 4.1, M_ESS 2.8).
 
Name of University Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences    
Name(s) of Lecturer(s) Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Bernd Delakowitz    
Responsible Contact Person Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Bernd Delakowitz
b.delakowitz@hszg.de
Markus Will
m.will@hszg.de
 
Credit Points 5 SWS 5
Attendance (h) 75 Self-study (h) 75
Summer / Winter Semester Winter Semester Registration until 20.09.2021
Start date 04.10.2021 End date 28.01.2022
Content and goals of qualification Students will learn the basics of civil law and will be able to apply the relevant legal regulations. They will understand the fundamental legal principles of environmental law (precautionary, polluter pays, burden sharing, cooperation, subsidiarity principles) and become familiar with legal sources and standardisation levels (international environmental law, EU law, environmental law at the federal, state and local levels).

Students will be familiar with international agreements relating to biodiversity. They will be able to apply the impact regulation and compensation under nature conservation law. They will also know about main activities required where plans are subject to approval or there is an obligation to perform an environmental impact assessment (EIA). They will be able to independently carry out or contribute to the approval and EIA procedure.

Students will possess knowledge of the legally compliant
handling of hazardous substances and the European chemical policy REACh; students can use these as a basis for creating registers of hazardous substances and for carrying out workplace safety analyses (in accordance with German hazardous materials regulations).
Students will be able to formulate and evaluate operational instructions, lead disposal concepts and document waste disposal as well as be capable of making decisions on environmental issues.
   
Preconditions for participation None    
Teaching Methods and Formate Lectures (4 hrs/wk), exercises (1 hr/wk) and self-study.    
Assessment method This module is examined with one written exam in English of 180 minutes.    
Hydrology and Climatology

Hydrology and Climatology

Short description Principles of Hydrology:
history of hydrology, water as a substance, water cycle, water balance equation, climatic input parameters, energy budget, evapotranspiration, soil water budget, rivers, groundwater, examples, calculations to quantify water budget, water quality, drinking water, waste water, treatment, irrigation.
Principles of Climatology:
heat balance, radiation balance, evaporation, transpiration, formation of local and regional microclimate.
 
Name of University Kiel University    
Name(s) of Lecturer(s) Prof. Dr. Nicola Fohrer    
Responsible Contact Person Prof. Dr. Nicola Fohrer nfohrer@hydrology.uni-kiel.de  
Credit Points 6 SWS 4
Attendance (h) 60 Self-study (h) 120
Summer / Winter Semester Winter Semester Registration until 24.09.2021
Start date 15.10.2021 End date 14.02.2022
Content and goals of qualification Hydrology:
Students understand the basics of the hydrologic cycle and are able to interpret the effectivity of different measures and processes as well as the impact of anthropogenic interferences.
Climatology:
Students understand the basics of climatologic processes and their influence on the local microclimate. Students are able to calculate thermal and radiation balances for different locations. The practical part of this module teaches students to use publicly available data sources.
 
Preconditions for participation None    
Teaching Methods and Formate Lecture    
Assessment method Oral examination 100%    
Life Cycle Assessment

Life Cycle Assessment

Short description The Module will cover the methodology of Life Cycle Assessment aiming at an environmental assessment of product and product systems via their entire life cycle. The module is offered regularly at the HSZG (266650), in cooperation with ITMO Dual Degree and in cooperation with the BUP Module Pool.
For the BUP Module Pool only the seminars/lectures are offered (i.e. no software-training).
 
Name of University Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences    
Name(s) of Lecturer(s) Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Markus Will Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Hildebrandt  
Responsible Contact Person Markus Will
m.will@hszg.de
   
Credit Points 3 SWS 3
Attendance (h) 45 Self-study (h) 45
Summer / Winter Semester Summer Semester Registration until 20.02.2022
Start date 14.03.2022 End date 01.07.2022
Content and goals of qualification Life Cycle Assessments are used to identify and evaluate potential environmental effects of a product system. The analysis and evaluation take into account the entire life cycle of a product, from resource extraction and processing, through production, use and disposal, including all transport processes. The methodological procedure is internationally standardised by ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.

The module within the BUP-Module Pool is focussed on:
- Theoretical aspects of Life Cycle Assessment
- Methods of Life Cycle Assessment
- Life Cycle Inventory
- Life Cycle Impact Assessment
- Interpretation and Reporting
- Critical review.
After successful participation in this module students are able to:
- Define the term life cycle assessment
- Deal with the requirements of relevant norms and standards (especially ISO 14001, ISO 14025, Product Category Rules) and apply them in their own models
- Differentiate different types of impact assessment and assess their methodological suitability
- To critically examine LCA studies and assess their methodological quality
- To independently analyze models and develop solutions.
 
Preconditions for participation None    
Teaching Methods and Formate Interactive (live) online-sessions with input lectures and group works    
Assessment method Major exam (assignment)    
Principles in Ecology for Environmental Sciences

Principles in Ecology for Environmental Sciences

Title of Module Principles in Ecology for Environmental Sciences    
Short description Students will learn the basics of ecological patterns, processes and functions in terrestrial, limnic and marine ecosystems. They will get a basic understanding of the complexity and dynamics of ecosystems. Based on these concepts they will also learn the potentials and limits of ecologically driven management measures.    
Name of University Kiel University    
Name(s) of Lecturer(s) Prof. Dr. Tim Diekötter    
Responsible Contact Person Prof. Dr. Tim Diekötter tdiekoetter@ecology.uni-kiel.de  
Credit Points 6 SWS 4
Attendance (h) 60 Self-study (h) 120
Summer / Winter Semester Winter Semester Registration until October
Start date Oct/Nov End date February
Content and goals of qualification The students know and are able to explain the basic concepts of aut-, dem- and synecology. The students understand dynamics of terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems. The students are able to apply this knowledge to basic ecological management measures.    
Reading List Begon M. Townsend CA. Harper JL (2005) Ecology: From Individuals to Ecosystems. Wiley.    
Preconditions for participation None    
Teaching Methods and Formate Lecture & Practical exercise (50%/50%)    
Assessment method Written Examination 100%    
Transitioning the Energy Systems and their Technical Carbon Cycles

Transitioning the Energy Systems and their Technical Carbon Cycles

Short description The Module "Transitioning the Energy Systems and their technical carbon cycles" will outline and discuss projections based on the latest available data and market developments; insights on the trajectories of fossil fuels, renewables, the power sector and energy efficiency; and analysis on trends in GHG emissions and GHG mitigation technologies, fossil-fuel and renewable energy subsidies, and on universal access to modern energy services. The module is offered regularly at the HSZG (269550), in cooperation with ITMO Dual Degree and in cooperation with the BUP Module Pool.  
Name of University Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences    
Name(s) of Lecturer(s) Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jakob Hildebrandt    
Responsible Contact Person Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Bernd Delakowitz
b.delakowitz@hszg.de
Markus Will
m.will@hszg.de
 
Credit Points 5 SWS 4
Attendance (h) 75 Self-study (h) 75
Summer / Winter Semester Summer Semester Registration until 20.02.2022
Start date 14.03.2022 End date 01.07.2022
Content and goals of qualification Students will learn the basics of civil law and will be able to apply the relevant legal regulations. They will understand the fundamental legal principles of environmental law (precautionary, polluter pays, burden sharing, cooperation, subsidiarity principles) and become familiar with legal sources and standardization levels (international environmental law, EU law, environmental law at the federal, state and local levels).

Students will be familiar with international agreements relating to biodiversity. They will be able to apply the impact regulation and compensation under nature conservation law. They will also know about main activities required where plans are subject to approval or there is an obligation to perform an environmental impact assessment (EIA). They will be able to independently carry out or contribute to the approval and EIA procedure.

Students will possess knowledge of the legally compliant handling of hazardous substances and the European chemical policy REACh; students can use these as a basis for creating registers of hazardous substances and for carrying out workplace safety analyses (in accordance with German hazardous materials regulations). Students will be able to formulate and evaluate operational instructions, lead disposal concepts and document waste disposal as well as be capable of making decisions on environmental issues.
   
Preconditions for participation None    
Teaching Methods and Formate - Deepening of general knowledge on energy demand, generation, supply, management, Power-to-X-(PtX)-Technologies and strategies and carbon capture and utilisation/sequestration (CCS/CCU) technologies through lectures
- Transfer of specific knowledge and expertise on energy management and carbon emission mitigation and utilisation systems through applied student project in close co-operation with industrial partners in the energy sector
- Seminars and group work
- Guest lectures by lecturers from industry.
   
Assessment method Major exam (presentation)    
Students Projects for Climate Protection

Students Projects for Climate Protection

Short description The objective of this course is to develop a concept for a project that you think is needed to effectively protect our climate or, more generally, to ensure a sustainable development. You will make a video about your project idea and receive support if you plan to implement your idea. (Note that the implementation is not required for the completion of this course.)    
Name of University University of Greifswald    
Name(s) of Lecturer(s) Dr. Tiemo Timmermann, tba    
Responsible Contact Person Dr. Tiemo Timmermann tiemo@uni-greifswald.de  
Credit Points 3 SWS 3
Attendance (h) 1 Self-study (h) 2
Summer / Winter Semester Winter Semester Registration until 03.10.2021
Start date 11.10.2021 End date 29.06.2021
Content and goals of qualification In groups the students develop an idea for a project that they want to conceptualize and plan during the semester. The product is a promotion video about their project idea. The purpose of this video can be to inform or convince sponsors or other stakeholders or address the general public depending on the type of project.
During the semester the students are expected to hand in a project concept draft, a video concept/storyboard, and to present the final video during a course conference. Supervision and feedback meeting are held every week. The implementation of the projects is encouraged but not required.
By completing this course, the students will gain knowledge about civil initiatives on sustainability on the regional or the international level. Furthermore, they practice thinking critically about sustainability, solutions and initiatives, and understand the impact of their own actions on the region and future generations. They are encouraged to approach and evaluate different ideas of sustainability and think outside the box. In addition, the students will get an idea of why some projects are successful and others fail.
From a skills point of view, the students gain experience in creating and managing a project, in digital communication and group management. Moreover, they practice how to make and cut a video.
   
Preconditions for participation None    
Teaching Methods and Formate Online seminar    
Assessment method Video creation    
Sustainable Approaches in Environmental Management

Sustainable Approaches in Environmental Management

Short description xx    
Name of University Kiel University    
Name(s) of Lecturer(s) Donath/Ulrich    
Responsible Contact Person xx kiss@ecology.uni-kiel.de  
Credit Points 6 SWS xx
Attendance (h) xx Self-study (h) xx
Summer / Winter Semester Winter Semester Registration until xx
Start date xx End date xx
Content and goals of qualification The module is a lecture series introducing several concepts and indicators for sustainability which are then deepened in the seminar. Among others these are:
• Sustainable Development Goals of UN
• Water Energy-Food Nexus approach
• Planetary Boundary Conditions
• Concept of Ecosystem Services
• Participatory Approach, Empowerment, Capacity Building
• Status of SDG implementation in different regions
   
Preconditions for participation None    
Teaching Methods and Formate Lecture/Seminar    
Assessment method Poster