Designing for Systems Change not Climate Change

Designing for System Change not Climate Change

Learn how to break down the complexity of climate change, and address this challenge using your creativity, systems thinking, and design mindset.

COVID-19 has clearly shown us that what other people are doing in seemingly unrelated fields has an enormous impact on our lives. Our way of living, working, and leading are highly influenced by other issues that at first glance not directly connected. Our problems are networked, meaning there are numerous connections between different problems and challenges. The hazards of climate change will be no different. Increased heatwaves, droughts, and floods are already affecting us and nature and causing cascading impacts that are increasingly difficult to manage. The complexity of this challenge requires systems change, not climate change. As creative people, we can unite and tackle this challenge in a cleverer way. How can we do that is the focus of this course. This course will help you understand how to break down the complexity of climate change, address this challenge by utilising your creativity, and by equipping you with systems thinking and a design mindset.

The objective of the course is to strengthen the participants' ability to understand how to approach complex challenges and how to take initiative in the midst of this complexity.

It is an experiential learning course. The experimental structure of the course creates a dynamic, playful opportunity for students to exercise their imaginations and take ownership of their collective learning process. The course components are content, readings, fieldwork, leadership learning teamwork, and a learning journal.

The course is divided into two parts:

  1. Think like a systems designer – We will build a common foundation of understanding systems thinking, exploring how to approach complex challenges like climate change with systems thinking and understanding the roles we can take in a systemic change.
  2. Act like a systems designer – As a team, we will use creativity and design skills to address challenges related to climate change.

Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral students coming from multi-disciplinary subjects who have a passion for sustainability
Having design skills is helpful, but it is not mandatory.

Seyda Nur Günes
- Learning Designer and Coach
- Mechanical Engineer and Management Engineer with focus on sustainability
- Freelance Learning Experience Designer and Innovation Coach/Consultant focusing on leadership, sustainability and experience design.

The course fee is 890 EURO.

690 EURO for students & alumni
350 EURO for BUW students

The course fee includes:

  • Orientation & Support
  • Programme according to description
  • Teaching materials
  • Bauhaus Summer School ID card
  • Daily Lunch at the University Cafeteria (Monday - Friday)
  • Certificate
  • Internet access at the  Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
  • Free use of library
  • Accompanying programme including excursions
  • Free entrance to museums belonging to Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Please note our terms and conditions (admission conditions, cancellation conditions etc.)

The course fee does not include:

  • Travel costs
  • Accommodation
  • Insurance
  • Additional module(s) (190 €) 

1. Online Registration

Please register first in our system ► Registration
Please follow the instructions on the page.

2. Documents

Please submit until 01 June 2023 the following documents:.

  • CV

  • Letter of motivation 

3. Selection Process

All applicants will receive notification about the outcome of the selection process as soon as possible via e-mail. In case of a positive answer you will receive the invoice simultaneously which you will have to pay within 10 days. If applicants fail to do this, places will be given to others on the waiting list.

If you need a VISA, we recommend you to get informed now about the requirements and to make an appointment with the German embassy in your home country.

A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected to participate in this course.

In addition to the specialised course, you can also attend one of the three Cultural Studies modules. The modules take place on three afternoons and you can receive 2 additional ECTS to your specialised course.  Further information can be found here

Topics of the modules taught in Englisch:

  • German Bauhaus
  • Germany's Position in International Geopolitics

  • Germany and Fashion

Price: 190 € (per module)

After successful completion of the language course, you will receive a certificate of participation issued by the Bauhaus Summer School. I

Participants earn 3 credit points (ECTS) after completion of the two-week course. In order to receive credit points, t is necessary to attend at least 80% of the course lessons and to fulfil the required tasks. It is possible to receive 2 extra credit points (ECTS) for the course if you book an additional module.

Prior to your participation, it is essential that you clarify whether your home university will recognise the foreign credits you intend to earn.

If you would like to receive a grade, you must discuss this with the teacher at the beginning of the course! The fulfilment of additional tasks may be necessary.

Unfortunately, this course has been cancelled in 2023.


The course language is English.