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Spring 2022  ›  Bachelor of Science  ›  Bachelor of Science - 6th Semester  ›  Ethics and Sustainability

Sustainability in the Textile Industry

Course Code:
Juniorprof. Dr. Rainer Michael Rilke
Course Type:
BSc Course General Studies
Week Hours:
Spring 2022
(Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.)
The course is taught in a lab format. Students are expected to interact, ask questions and comment on the research findings presented.

In the first lecture of the course, I will give an introduction to sustainability issues and a glance at the textile industry. I will cover the questions: (1) Why are we bothered with sustainability (in the textile industry)? (2) What are the industries special circumstances? (3) What are the Hidden Costs of this industry?

I will approach these questions from a philosophical and applied (case based) perspective.

Students will then choose a topic for their video project (65% of the grade), in which they are required to spotlight the Hidden Costs of a clothing of their choice.

In an applied case study (35% of the grade), students will dive deeper into sustainability issues in the textile industry.

Thursday, 20/01/2022
03:30 PM till 06:45 PM
Thursday, 03/02/2022
03:30 PM till 06:45 PM
Wednesday, 09/02/2022
03:30 PM till 06:45 PM
Monday, 21/02/2022
09:45 AM till 01:00 PM
Will be specified during the lecture
  • Philosophy of sustainability
  • Cases from the textile industry
  • Expert talks by practioners and entrepreneurs (tbd, given the Corona-situation
Your grade in the class will be determined as follows:
  • Case Study (35%)
  • Video Project (65%)

Students will work in groups on their Cases and their Video Projects.