Solidarisches Wirtschaften für eine Nachhaltige Entwicklung

Lehrende/Lecturer/s: Dr. Kristina Bayer
Zeitraum/Time period: Anytime
Credit Points: 3 CP
Workload: 90 hours
Sprache/Language: deutsch
VAK-Nr./Course No.: eGS-VA-SWN-19
Anbieter/Supplier: VAN & eGS
Lizenz/License: CC BY
Open course

Content of the Course

The lecture deals in detail with the alternative economic form of solidarity-based economy, which opposes the currently prevailing economic and political framework conditions with a self-determined and solidary coexistence for a sustainable development. First, the vision and the basic elements of solidarity-based economic activity as a building block of social transformation are highlighted; in addition, the history of development and the theoretical foundations are examined in more detail. Subsequently, the main focal points and fields of action of solidarity-based economic activity (e.g. energy, food, housing, finance, health) will be discussed. In addition to international and European experiences, the opportunities and limits of solidarity-based economic activity will also be focused on. The cooperative as a cooperative form of economy with its structures and fields of action as well as the citizen energy cooperative as a basis of the energy turnaround will be examined. The event will conclude with an outlook and perspectives on different approaches to alternative economies.

Acquisition of Competences

In this course, you will learn the basics of elements and lines of development as well as the theoretical foundations of solidarity-based economic activity. You will gain knowledge about focal points and fields of action (especially energy, food, housing, finance, health) as well as about international and European experiences of solidarity-based economy. You will be able to recognize and understand the opportunities and limits of solidarity-based economic activity. Furthermore, you will gain insight and understanding of cooperatives in general and citizen cooperatives in particular. You will be familiar with different approaches to alternative economic management.

Exam Information

To receive a certificate of achievement and credit points, you must complete the course with an electronic exam. You can choose the examination date freely from several examination times in the semester. The examination takes place in presence.

  • Students of the University of Bremen take their exams in the university's test center.
  • Students from partner universities of the Virtual Academy of Sustainability take their exams on dates at their home university.

Target Group

The course is open to students of all disciplines. The offer is especially addressed to students of the University of Bremen and students of the partner universities of the Virtual Academy Sustainability. The content is designed as OER (Open Educational Resources) and therefore available for all interested parties. In principle, the learning videos can also be used in non-university settings. Thus, learners from other groups (e.g. companies) also have the opportunity to benefit from them.

Lecturers of the Course

Dr. Kristina Bayer studied social sciences at the Humboldt University in Berlin and has been researching social movements and the solidarity economy in Brazil since the early 1990s. Since 2000, she has been developing cooperative projects in Berlin with a focus on alternative energy supply, communal living and urban gardens. In addition, Ms. Bayer has been researching and consulting on Solidarity Economy in a regional context (focus on Northern Hesse) at the University of Kassel since 2007. She is a consultant for cooperatives and participation processes.

Course Management

This course is managed by the eGeneral Studies team and the team of the Virtual Academy of Sustainability. If you have any questions, please contact:

  • (for students of the University of Bremen)
  • (for students of the Virtual Academy Sustainability)


This course is a self-paced course. It takes place only online; you can start with the course at any time.


None, Course for basic knowledge