World in Transition


Umfang 3 CP
Videos 16 Std.
Selbststudium 74 Std,
Unterrichtsprache Englisch
Prüfungssprache Englisch
Lehrende Members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU)
Produktion 2012
Lizenz CC-BY-SA-ND


The lecture “World in Transition” is offered by members of the German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU). The WBGU is an independent, scientific advisory body to the German federal government. Its principal tasks are to analyse global environment and development problems and to elaborate recommendations for action and research. In this lecture, the WBGU presents its flagship report “World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability”. The lecture starts with an interview providing a comprehensive overview of the global transformation towards a low-carbon society. Subsequent lectures highlight the characteristics of the so-called »anthropocene«, including the main impacts of climate change. A detailed view on concepts of transformation is presented and aspects of technical and economic feasibility are adressed in detail. The role of the state and change agents in the transformation process are also examined. Finally, you will become familiar with some instruments and measures that can advance the great transformation towards sustainability. A special lecture focuses on the role of scientific advice in policy making and explains the functioning of the WBGU and how it produces scientific policy advice.

Lernergebnisse / Kompetenzen

You have knowledge about the connection between sustainability and transformation, the main impacts of climate change and the importance of scientific advice for transformation. You understand the need for a global transformation towards a low-carbon society. Moreover, you know several instruments and measures that can advance transition.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

E SDG goals 04

E SDG goals 07

E SDG goals 08

E SDG goals 09

E SDG goals 11

E SDG goals 13

E SDG goals 16

E SDG goals 17


  • Introduction
    (Dr. Inge Paulini, Nadine Dembski)
  • Interview with the Chair of the WBGU
    (Prof. Dr. Hans Joachim Schellnhuber)
  • Global Megatrends
    (Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder)
  • Climate Change and Climate Impact
    (Prof. Dr. Stefan Rahmstorf)
  • The Great Transformation: A Heuristic Concept
    (Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner)
  • Technical and Economic Feasibility of the Transformation
    (Prof. Dr. Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Schmid)
  • Financing the Transformation and the Role of Carbon Markets
    (Prof. Dr. Renate Schubert, Dr. Daniel Klingenfeld)
  • A new Statehood within the Multilevel System
    (Prof. Dr. Sabine Schlacke)
  • Agents of Transformation
    (Prof. Dr. Claus Leggewie)
  • Scientific Advice for Policymakers
    (Dr. Silke Beck, Dr. Inge Paulini)
  • Instruments and Recommendations for Action
    (Prof. Dr. Dirk Messner)
  • Recommendations for Research and Education
    (Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder)