International Summer School on Fair Trade as a Contribution to Sustainability

in cooperation with the Office for Federal and European Affairs and Development cooperation of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen


  • Intensive course: 90 hours / Excursion to Berlin included
  • Course language: English
  • Number of participants: circa 20

Course date

7 August - 25 August 2018

Registration deadline

1st of April 2018

Course language


Language level

B2-C2 / Intermediate and advanced level


5 credit hours - US / 8 credit points-ECTS*
* Please note: These credits can be transferred to your home university/institution. It is recommended to verify with your home university/institution that the grades you earn in Bremen can be applied to your curriculum or course of study.

Syllabus and Faculty

International Summer School on Fair Trade as a Contribution to Sustainability

Lectures, excursion and assessments 90 hours
Group work, individual preparation and reading 50 hours
Total duration 140 hours
  • How to promote Sustainable Development by offering better trading conditions?
  • How to raise consumers’ awareness for social and ecological issues in international trade?

This course is for anyone who would like to learn more about fair trade, including

  • the role of developing countries in world trade, fairness in trade relations, and the consequences of the present
  • world trade order for producers in developing countries;
  • the principles of the fair trade movement, standards, and certification processes;
  • empirical social research to analyze the impact of fair trade projects on sustainable development;
  • a case-studies based examination of how fair trade can alleviate poverty for artisans and farmers in developing countries and to contribute to sustainable development;
  • different approaches to raise consumers’ consciousness about social and ecological issues in international trade;
  • market research methods to assess the potential of fair trade products in international consumer markets;
    project management and marketing techniques applicable for fair trade businesses.
In addition: 2-day excursion to Berlin - visit to the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Discussion with representatives on current topics of Germany’s development cooperation.
Teaching method lectures, case studies, workshops, project work
Assessment Continuous assessment and final test
Syllabus update/created September 2016
Faculty Professor Dr. Hans Heinrich Bass
International Economics
Head of Program
Department of Economics
HSB-Hochschule Bremen

The faculty includes Professors and Lecturers of International Economics, Development Economics, Political Sciences, and Business Administration as well as representatives of Fair Trade organizations and businesses.

Certificate / transcript of records

At the end of the course a certificate of attendance and transcript of records will be issued to each participant. Successful participants can earn 10 credit points - ECTS / 4 credit hours - US.

Course participants

Students and interested persons, professionals in the field of Fair Trade and/or NGO projects or organizations.


For information concerning the accommodation please see "room and board".

Tram and bus ticket

As a participant in the International Summer School on arrival you will receive a ticket for public transport (tram + bus) for the duration of the course. With this ticket you can use all trams and buses within the city of Bremen. For travels on the night trams/buses on the weekend a surcharge of EURO 1 per ride is due.

Additional Information

  • Internet access and e-mail are available to every participant.
  • During the entire stay tutors of the Hochschule Bremen will be available and will take care of participants’ needs.

Activities program

An attractive and colourful leisure program provides participants with ample opportunities to discover Bremen and Germany (in part subject to charge).

  • guided city tour
  • welcome and farewell parties
  • leisure activities
  • excursions and trips

For more information please see "leisure activities".


For the duration of your stay in Germany we recommend taking out a health and accident insurance policy as well as a third party insurance. The Hochschule Bremen will not be liable for any costs arising in the case of either sickness or injury.
Summer school fees do not include any insurance coverage.


Course fee*

International Summer School on Fair Trade as a Contribution to Sustainability
7 August - 25 August EURO 900 Registration

* The course fee includes:

  • Information packet with city guide
  • Seminars and lectures
  • Teaching material
  • Program related 2-day excursion to Berlin
  • Ticket for public transport in Bremen (bus+tram)

* The course fee excludes:

  • Travel expenses
  • Accommodation in Bremen
  • Health and liability insurance
  • Board and personal spendings
  • Participation in optional activities

The program may be subject to change.

Fair Trade in Germany

Interview with Prof. Dr. Hans Heinrich Bass / Hochschule Bremen in the news program "Tagesschau"