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Sustainability in the Textile Industry

Course code
Course type
BSc Course General Studies
Weekly Hours
FS 2022
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 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.

Date Time
Thursday, 20.01.2022 15:30 - 18:45
Thursday, 03.02.2022 15:30 - 18:45
Wednesday, 09.02.2022 15:30 - 18:45
Monday, 21.02.2022 09:45 - 13:00
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.

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