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B-Track Online Subject Courses

Instructor: Dr. Stefano de Bosio
Language of instruction:
English
Course type:
Online subject course, B-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 72 contact hours.
Course days
: Tuesday & Friday
Time: 4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all A-Track online courses

Course Description

This course explores European art from the 15th to the 20th century with a particular focus on urban centers like Florence, Rome, Venice, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Paris, London, and Berlin. The aim is to analyze how the visual arts contributed through the centuries to shape local identities as well as European cultural traditions common to different countries and transcultural, global networks.

The course will present iconic moments of the history of the arts in Europe by drawing a special attention to episodes of cultural exchanges and hybridization that arose from travelling artworks as well as from artists’ travels in Europe and beyond. From the role of artists like Raphael and Michelangelo in 16th-century papal Rome to the rise of genre painting in the Flanders and the Dutch Republic of the Golden Age, from the ‘painters of modern life’ in 19th-century Paris to the German Avant-garde of the 1920s, we will analyze the artworks and their authors in relation to the different historical contexts and the places of their creation. Recurrent will be the focus on the complex interplay between artists and patrons, between local traditions, individual creativity and the broader social, political and cultural contexts in which artworks and buildings were produced.

Students will gain understanding of the main art movements and relevant artists from the Renaissance to the postwar period as well as the basic concepts and terminology of art history. Virtual visits to the outstanding collections of European museums will allow the participants to study in depth specific artifacts and to learn how to look closely at works of art.

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Instructor: Prof. Dr. Volker Nitsch
Language of instruction:
English
Course type:
Online subject course, B-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 72 contact hours.
Course days
: Tuesday & Friday
Time:
4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all A-Track online courses

Course Description

What is today’s role of the European Union? After decades towards greater integration, economic relationships have recently become more fragile. Examples of the rise of disintegration include tendencies of secession and the exit of countries from international institutional arrangements. In view of strong interdependencies between economic actors (global supply chains), these disruptions seem to be particularly costly and may require appropriate policy responses.

This course introduces the main economic aspects of the current development of the European Union (EU) and its policies. The basic idea is to discuss general issues in economic integration with a strong emphasis on experiences in Europe. After reviewing the institutional, political and historical background of European integration, the main focus is on the economic analysis of the policies and prospects for the European Union and its economic impacts on individuals, firms and regions.

Some recent developments in the international policy agenda like sovereign debt crises, Brexit and the euro crisis will also be covered.

This course provides an introduction to economic tools and concepts useful for the analysis of European integration. More generally, students learn to apply economic theory to real-world problems.

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Instructor: Dr. Wolfram Bergande
Language of instruction: English
Course type:
Online subject course, B-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 72 contact hours.
Course days
: Tuesday & Friday
Time:
4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all A-Track online courses

Course Description

Modern capitalist market economy is an extremely powerful instrument to create wealth and to satisfy human demands – and to exploit, alienate and destroy the very societies it is supposed to serve. How can it be made moral?

Actually, there are quite a number of ways: for example through deliberate lawmaking, responsible research & development (e.g. technology assessment), through enlightened consumer choices and sustainable use of human and natural capital assets. But they often come at a high cost and involve more fundamental questions:

-       How can politicians and lawmakers regulate the market for the common good without suffocating it?

-       How can big corporations and tech companies continue to deliver innovative services without monopolizing the market and dominating their customers?

-       What does a fair distribution of income look like?

-       How do we assign value to natural and social goods (like clean air or low crime rates) and how do we measure sustainable welfare beyond traditional economic growth?

-       How can consumers harness their own power to make informed choices and act in accordance with their values?

-       Are digital business models based on artificial intelligence and machine learning threatening the autonomy of consumer choice?

-       What does corporate social responsibility look like in times of crisis?

These and other questions are not only of interest to economists and business people but are relevant to all economic agents (individuals, companies, state institutions, etc.).

To answer these questions, the course equips participants with key ethical approaches to economic behavior (virtue ethics, religious teachings, deontology, utilitarianism, master morality, neo-liberalism), approaches which have been or still are dominating ethical discourses on economic behavior.

These ethical approaches and ideas range from Ancient Greek philosophy to modern economic theory (Friedman, Ostrom, and Game Theory). Since religions, philosophies and social theories are major sources of ethical conduct, the course covers a wide array of these, including teachings of the Catholic Church fathers, ideas from European modern period philosophy (Kant, Mill, Nietzsche) and from modern critical sociology (Veblen, Weber, Adorno, Marcuse).

As a major learning outcome, participants develop ethical frames of reference which allow them to identify and tackle ethical dilemmas posed by today’s economy. Particularly, they will learn do adopt strategies that avoid moral hazards and self-harming or self-defeating behavior. Thus, they will be able to act ethically conscious in real life situations, be it…

-       as decision-makers in firms and investment companies allocating capital, workforce and bonuses,

-       as scientific researchers launching technologies that impact human life and the environment,

-       as customers rewarding sustainable or punishing unsustainable business models, production methods or supply chains or

-       as lawmakers or leaders of NGOs setting legal and ethical standards and fighting collusion, corruption, fraud, exploitation, overproduction & -consumption, wastefulness, obsolescence, extinction, free-riding or other forms of cost externalizing.

Participants’ learning outcomes will be put to test in a hands-on way:

- when we do case studies on contemporary topics in business ethics,

- when we conduct online expert interviews on corporate compliance, digital business models and the ethics of artificial intelligence and

- when we play (and have fun with) a CSR (corporate social responsibility) online simulation game.

Below the line, participants will learn to analyze, interpret and transform economic behavior – first and foremost their own!

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