034.021 Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2024S, SE, 2.0h, 2.0EC, to be held in blocked form

Course evaluation


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 2.0
  • Type: SE Seminar
  • Format: Presence

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to...

name the connections between human diversity, sustainability and technology development. They know theoretical concepts of sustainable, diversity-appropriate technology development and practical examples. Students should thus be able to provide well-founded answers to current research funding requirements in research proposals in order to increase their chances of receiving funding.

Subject of course

We address the following questions in this seminar:

  • What did sustainable diversity-oriented research and development mean?
  • What does this mean in research practice?
  • What contribution can transdisciplinary and transformative research approaches make here?
  • What practical examples are there that can provide inspiration for one's own research?
  • What do I have to bear in mind in this regard in terms of research proposals/project concepts?

Teaching methods

Elaboration of the topic along research examples and underlying research concepts; processing of scientific specialist texts from diversity, science and technology research; work on own research and development topics in individual and small group settings; discussions in plenary; research, short, guided written papers.

Mode of examination


Additional information

For orientation and introduction to the content:

Astrid Biele Mefebue, Elena Buck and Yvonne Franke (2018): Editorial on the thematic section Diversity and Transdisciplinarity. ZDfm 3 (2), 127-140: Online: https://www.budrich-journals.de/index.php/zdfm/article/view/32663


"This course may be taken as an elective course for the Gender and Diversity Competency Supplemental Certificate. More information about the certificate can be found here."

With the certificate Gender and Diversity Competence, graduates prove their competence in the consideration of gender and diversity aspects.

Prerequisite for the issuance of the certificate is the completion of courses from the following list in the amount of at least 16 ECTS.

Three courses amounting to 7 ECTS must be completed; for the remaining 9 ECTS, all courses from the list "Optional Courses" can be chosen.

List of courses can be found here.

Any questions can be sent by e-mail to roswitha.hofmann@tuwien.ac.at.

Please consider the plagiarism guidelines of TU Wien when writing your seminar paper: Directive concerning the handling of plagiarism (PDF)



Course dates

Tue13:00 - 15:0012.03.2024Seminarraum 127 Introduction, grouping: Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
Wed13:00 - 16:0020.03.2024Seminarraum 127 Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
Wed13:00 - 16:0017.04.2024Seminarraum 127 Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
Thu13:00 - 16:0025.04.2024Seminarraum 127 Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
Tue13:00 - 16:0030.04.2024Seminarraum 127 Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
Thu13:00 - 16:0016.05.2024Seminarraum 127 Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
Thu13:00 - 16:0023.05.2024Seminarraum 127 Sustainability & Diversity in Research and Development
Course is held blocked

Examination modalities

The course is designed as an examination and is assessed along an individual literature reflection (25 points), a research task (group work - 30 points) and a short presentation of results (individual work - 45 points). All performances must be completed for a positive degree. Further information in the preliminary discussion.


DayTimeDateRoomMode of examinationApplication timeApplication modeExam
Mon - 17.06.2024assessedno application-Prüfung

Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
14.02.2024 12:00 05.03.2024 23:59 05.03.2024 23:59


Study CodeObligationSemesterPrecon.Info
066 445 Mechanical Engineering Not specified
TRS Transferable Skills Not specified


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