Topics in Economics and Politics

Manfred Nowak
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, scientific seminar (SEW), 2.0 ECTS, 1.0 semester hours, course number S04483


Following the CDS annual theme, this seminar will address whether there is a human right to energy under international and regional human rights law.


The seminar will introduce students to human rights framework that applies to a right to energy, including development, an adquate standard of living, housing, health and wellbeing, and others. It also addresses the rights of future generation in relation to questions of clean energy and sustainability. Finally, it looks at limitations to a potential right to energy, also in the context of the current (geo-)political situation.


By developing a paper on one aspect relating to the right to energy, students will learn to apply the acquired knowledge to a specific case study.

Examination Modalities

Formal requirements for seminar papers:

Chicago Manual of Style: 

Save PDF as: NameFirstName_TITLE

Cover page with name, course, Matrikelnumber, date, title. Please also include page numbers and a table of content (if needed). Name and course must be on each page of the document.

Students will be graded on the basis of:

(1) their individual papers,

(2) the presentation of the papers and

(3) their feedback on the papers of their colleagues and joint discussion.


Students from other faculties or universities will receive a place on the course subject to room capacities.


28 October 2022, 14:30–18:45 CDS Studio
03 February 2023, 09:15–17:00 CDS Studio

Course Enrolment

From 30 August 2022, 10:31 to 31 October 2022, 10:31
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 3: Economics and Politics

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Economy and Politics: Deepening / Application

Individual courses: possible