How it works
The certificate comprises three modules of 5 ECTS each, i.e. a total of 15 ECTS. In order to make it possible for all RUB students to acquire the certificate within the standard period of study, we have designed it to be largely flexible. The modules are integrated in the Optionalbereich or should be able to be integrated in the elective and supplementary areas of the degree programs. In addition, students can have suitable specialized courses or modules credited to the certificate. The certificate can also be “stretched” from the Bachelor’s to the Master’s program, provided that the studies are continued at the RUB. The basic module alone is the compulsory module for all students to acquire the certificate. It cannot be substituted by the recognition of comparable or already completed study achievements and should [recommendation!] be completed before the advanced or practical module, if possible.
For Bachelor students (B.A. and B.Sc.)
Two-subject Bachelor students with Optionalbereich complete the certificate in its entirety as part of their profile studies.
Two-subject Bachelor’s students with the professional goal of becoming a teacher use the free elective module according to their own interests in order to complete the basic module. The advanced module can be completed through the recognition of specialized courses, the practical module, among other things, within the framework of the professional field internship. It is also important here that these offerings fulfill a clear sustainability reference in the sense of the certificate (see rules for the recognition of academic credits).
Single-subject Bachelor students with Optionalbereich (Archaeology, Biology, Social and Sport Science) complete the basic module as part of their Optionalbereich studies. The advanced module and the practical module can be completed, depending on the program requirements, through the recognition of specialized courses and internships with a clear connection to sustainability (see rules for the recognition of academic credits) or with the designated certificate offerings in the Optionalbereich (available through the module search of the Optionalbereich).
Single-subject Bachelor’s students without Optionalbereich (all other programs) complete the basic module as part of their program-specific elective or supplementary area. The advanced module and practical module can be completed via the recognition of specialized courses and internships with a clear reference to sustainability (see rules for the recognition of academic credits).
The basic module as well as offers for the advanced module are available via the module search of the Optionalbereich. In addition, it is possible to complete the advanced module and the practical module as a voluntary 10-ETCS internship, provided that the internship fulfills a clear sustainability reference in the sense of the certificate (see rules for the recognition of study achievements).
For Master students (M.A. and M.Sc., state examination)
Single-subject Master’s students can use the available ECTS of their program-specific elective or supplementary areas for the acquisition of certificates (available promptly via the free elective Master’s area) or have supplementary specialized courses and internships with a clear sustainability reference (see rules for the recognition of study achievements) recognized.
Two-subject master’s students and students in the Master of Education must complete the certificate largely through the recognition of course work from the subject due to the lack of interdisciplinary elective options. The basic module must therefore be completed in addition to the regular course of study.
The basic module as well as a selection of interdisciplinary module offerings for the advanced module are available for Master students via the special course catalog (SVVZ) free elecitve Master’s area. Please check the respective course and module descriptions to see if the offering is designated for the Certificate in Sustainability.
Rules for the recognition of academic credits
For the certificate (advanced and practical module), study achievements from the subject can be recognized if they fulfill a clear sustainability reference in the sense of the certificate:
The term sustainability covers topics from the fields of ecology, society and economy that deal with issues of resource use and the management of planetary boundaries. This also includes those topics that, based on such an understanding of sustainability, relate to further United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs.
In each faculty there are module coordinators for the certificate, who check and confirm the requirements for the recognition of specialized courses for the certificate.
List of module coordinators in the faculties
|Faculty of Protestant Theology||Prof. Dr. Christina Eichel, Dean of Students|
|Catholic Faculty||Prof. Dr. Katharina Klöcker, Dean of Students|
|Institute of Philosophy||Prof. Dr. Michael Anacker, Dean of Students|
|Institute for Educational Science||Dr. Ute Lange, Dean of Students|
|Faculty of Historical Sciences||N.N.|
|Faculty of Philology||Dr. Stephanie Heimgartner, Deanery|
|Faculty of East Asian Studies||Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Breuer, Dean of Students|
|Faculty of Sport Sciences||N.N.|
|Faculty of Psychology||Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Hofmann,|
Judith Mischnat, Student Advisor
|Faculty of Law||N.N.|
|Faculty of Economics||N.N.|
|Faculty of Social Science||Dr. Jan Schedler, Dean of Students|
|Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering||Anette Hafner, Audit Committee|
Rita Pape, Head of the examination office
|Faculty of Mechanical Engineering||Dr. Ute Berbuir|
|Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology||N.N.|
|Faculty of Computer Science||N.N.|
|Faculty of Mathematics||N.N.|
|Faculty of Physics and Astronomy||Susanne Häffner, Examination Office|
|Faculty of Earth Sciences||N.N.|
|Faculty of Chemistry and Biochemistry||N.N.|
|Faculty of Biology and Biotechnology||Skadi Heinzelmann, Student Advisor|
|Faculty of Medicine||Prof. Dr. Thorsten Schäfer, Dean of Students|
If your contact is not yet included, please contact the coordination office first if you have questions about recognition.
Your way to the certificate
The optimal entry into the certificate succeeds with the basic module. Depending on access, registration takes place via the corresponding module in the Optionalbereich or free elective Master’s area.
Offers for advanced and practical modules are available in the Optionalbereich or free elective Master’s area, depending on access. Alternatively, suitable offers from the subject can be recognized.
The recognition of credits from the subject is done by the module coordinators of your faculty (informally by e-mail). This is not necessary if you cover all achievements for the certificate via the Optionalbereich or free elective Master’s area.
To have the certificate issued, forward the confirmation of recognitions with a current printout of your transcript to the coordination office. The certificate can now be issued and collected promptly.