The overarching goal of this class is to develop a sound understanding of the role of land use in the Earth system as a driver and outcome of global change, as well as the close linkages between land use and current key sustainability challenges, such as food security, land degradation, sustainable supply chains or climate change. During the course of the class, students will get familiar with the theoretical foundation of land systems, and a number of tools to analyze them and their dynamics in an integrated approach. Recorded online-lectures, extensive readings and in-depth class discussions form the basis of the sessions, complemented by classroom-response systems, collaborative whiteboards and breakout sessions. Nearly each week we will teach in a different format, including expert puzzles, flipped classrooms, panel debates, etc. Weekly online quizzes will help the students to recapitulate each session, and monitor their learning progress.