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Sustainability in the Textile Industry

Course code
Course type
BSc Course General Studies
Weekly Hours
FS 2020
Juniorprof. Dr. Rainer Michael Rilke
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 theoretical 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) Are there business cases for sustainability in the textile industry?I will approach these questions from a philosophical and applied (case based) perspective.

Students will then receive a research topic and elaborate findings from research in anpresentation (30% of the grade). The presentation is a short-format presentation that will be given in class.

In their final strategy essay (70% of the grade) students are required to describe the transformation a self-chosen conventional product into a sustainable product.

Date Time
Wednesday, 15.01.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Thursday, 30.01.2020 08:00 - 11:15
Tuesday, 11.02.2020 11:30 - 15:15
Wednesday, 12.02.2020 09:45 - 13:00
Will be specified during the lecture
  • Philosophy of sustainability
  • Cases from the textile industry
  • Expert talks by practioners and entrepreneurs
Your grade in the class will be determined as follows:
  • Presentation (30%, due date: 30.01.2020)
  • Strategy Essay (70%, due date:19.03.2020)

Students will work in groups on their Presentation and Strategy Essay.

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