Literatur, Filme, eGames und Nachhaltigkeit

Lehrende/Lecturer/s: Dr. Elisabeth Hollerweger
Zeitraum/Time period: Anytime
Credit Points: 3 CP
Workload: 90 hours
Sprache/Language: deutsch
VAK-Nr./Course No.: eGS-VA-FE-13
Anbieter/Supplier: VAN & eGS
Lizenz/License: CC BY
Open course

Content of the Course

The course examines the potential of fictional narratives for teaching competencies in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). This is done on the basis of selected works of contemporary literature, film and electronic games for different target groups. The thesis is that for the individual development of creative competence, culturally conditioned patterns of interpretation are relevant in addition to corresponding factual knowledge. Based on this, it will be shown to what extent fictional narratives are suitable for sensitizing people to sustainable contexts, triggering actual awareness processes and offering incentives for action. The questions of how culture and nature are related to each other in fictions, which future concepts are conceived and how sustainability dimensions and strategies are processed in literature and media are the focus here.

Acquisition of Competences

You will gain knowledge about teaching sustainability skills through literary narratives. In addition, you will gain basic knowledge on the complex of topics: Cultural Ecology, Futures Studies, and Sustainability Education. You will gain insight into methods of analysis and the development of design competencies through the examination of texts from books, films, music and eGames.

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

Elisabeth Hollerweger is a literary scholar at the University of Bremen, where she works in the Department of Education and Educational Sciences. She is also the director of the Bremen Institute for Picture Book Research. Her work focuses on the interplay of culture and nature, environment and people, literary learning, and "sustainable" literary didactics.

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