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FUBiS Term II 2021 Online

Program start: Saturday, May 29, 2021
Program end: Saturday, July 10, 2021

Program structure:

  • An A-Track online language course can only be combined with a B-Track online subject course.
  • An A-Track online subject course can only be combined with a B-Track online subject course.
  • The number of participants in each course is limited to 18 (15 in language courses). In exceptional cases, more participants per class may be allowed.

Course schedule


Printable version of course schedule (pdf)

A-Track Online Subject Courses

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

Course Description

Regarding transnational migration, the EU promotes a political reasoning between processes of consolidation and necessary conflict, between sovereignty and shared responsibility, between the right to define and delimit and the duty to negotiate. In ongoing economic crisis and facing unprecedented movements of people, the timeless normalcy of migration is often framed as crisis per se.

As the visibility of migration increases in various ways, migrants are often represented and imagined as a homogenous mass of ‘the other’. This leads to a problematic understanding of migration as something to be controlled and governed from a top-down perspective alone. But the respective processes of negotiation on migration policy, within and across the outer borders of the Union, take place not only between the official institutions of nation-states, but on all scales of European populations. They also take place from a bottom-up perspective in the centers and at the margins of societies alike.

Departing from diverse theories of migration, we will gain an overview of EU-level migration polity and recent migration- and border-management policies. We will analyze the conflicts, debates and discourses around the last years of increased immigration.

Scaling down, we will engage with the local authorities’ perspective in Berlin. Diving deeper down we will start to change perspective: How do local activists develop and implement their own ways of welcoming migrants? Is there a rising anti-Muslim racism in Europe? How can we think on recent migrations taking gender and sexuality into consideration? Where do migrants work and how are they represented in trade unions? Finally, focusing on the history of migrant struggles in Berlin, we will encounter migrants’ viewpoints, which reach beyond the usual framings of ‘the poor migrant’ as ‘passive victim’, as a threat or as the ‘(anti-)hero’ of globalization. We will encounter viewpoints on the conflicts, compromises, resistances, solidarity and social transformation shaping and shaped by recent migration movement to Europe.

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

Course Description

There are many reasons for the global success of football. The game fulfils our longing for triumph and endorses our knowledge of failure. It produces heroes and losers, demonstrates that we have to fight to reach our aims, but also shows the importance of cooperating and interacting. Thus football acts as a theatre of existence, in which life can both mirror and transcend itself.

The class will take a look behind the scenes and identify the mechanisms that make football so popular. They lie partly in the game’s structure itself, partly in its connection to other cultural fields, like religion, or war.

We will also take a look at the European Championship, that is happening during our class. This gives us the opportunity to review and test our theories about football. We will watch parts of the games and analyze them.

Because football is a game that is always “more than just a game”, it is an appropriate subject for philosophy and cultural studies. At first sight, of course, this relation seems to be counterintuitive. Traditionally, particularly philosophy was defined as a purely mental activity while football in reverse was reduced to a physical combat game. But we will see that one of the characteristics of modern philosophy is to involve the body in the process of thinking, while football urges a specific intelligence from its players. Thus, the class will explore the cultural and philosophical references of football and vice versa, the ludic and bodily aspects of philosophy. By this, we will gain a new perspective on football as well as on philosophy. In addition to that, the focusing on the specific subject “football” can show the different approaches as well as the overlaps between the individual sciences.

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

Course Description

Cross-cultural competency and collaboration are among the soft skills that employers seek most. The pandemic is expected to have a lasting effect on the future of work and will only increase the importance of these skills and their application to remote scenarios, as a higher percentage of workers will continue to work remotely at least part time and innovative meeting tools gain popularity over some forms of business travel.

This class conveys knowledge generated from the analysis of the professional reality of billions: daily working from home or a shared office space with other individuals spread around the world. Two principles emerge: 1) Cross-cultural competency and inclusiveness are key for high-quality collaboration in dispersed teams – this is true of both the business world and academia. 2) Online communication is a form of interpersonal communication.
Based on these two principles, this course examines how communication theories apply to dispersed teams and internet-based connections. It explores how to build up cross-cultural skills from a distance.
In this context, best practices from international corporations and not-for-profit organizations are analyzed; communication skills for different cultural settings explained and trained.

The class will be a temporary learning system in which participants experience being part of a dispersed team, analyze their experience of collaboration with fellow international students, and work together in small groups to create and present a collaborative work to their peers and the instructor. The class replicates the processes of a dispersed professional team: building up trust, generating common knowledge, enhancing cross-cultural competency, creating inclusiveness and delivering shared results.

Students will be provided with theoretical knowledge and with experimental learning opportunities. We will examine the fundamentals required for inclusiveness in a cross-cultural and diverse group. Over the course of the term, students will learn to name and apply relevant communication theories, develop an awareness of the impact of online communication, analyze the findings of cross-cultural surveys, evaluate and categorize different types of diversity and inclusion principles in organizations, practice collaboration in an international team, and reflect on situations from their daily lives where this knowledge can be applied in the future.

Guest speakers will be executives with profound international exposure who will share their key learnings on inclusion, cross-culturality and remote leadership.

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A-Track Online Language Courses

Language of instruction: German
Course type:
Online language course, A-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 108 contact hours.
Course days
: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time:
4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all B-Track online courses

Student Profile

This course is designed for the beginner student with no previous knowledge of German.

Course Objectives

Within six weeks, this course will help you to develop basic competences in listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as a basic knowledge of the German culture.     

  • By the end of the course you will be able to deal with everyday situations in a German-speaking environment and to conduct simple conversations.    
  • You will have developed reading strategies that allow you to understand simple newspaper and magazine articles as well as short literary texts.
  • In addition, you will learn to write, revise and proofread short texts in German.
  • Finally, you will be able to understand discussions on familiar topics.

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule)

Course Combinations

Language of instruction: German
Course type:
Online language course, A-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 108 contact hours.
Course days
: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time:
4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all B-Track online courses

Student Profile

This course is designed for beginners with basic knowledge of German.

Course Objectives

This course will help you to expand your competences in listening, speaking, reading and writing within four weeks, deepen your knowledge of grammar as well as your knowledge of the German culture.

  • By the end of the four-week course you will be able to deal with everyday situations in a German-speaking environment and to conduct simple conversations.
  • You will have developed reading strategies that allow you to understand simple newspaper and magazine articles as well as short literary texts more detailed.
  • In addition, you will improve your essay writing skills, which means you will be able to write short texts on different topics, revise and proofread them.
  • Finally, you will be able to understand discussions on familiar topics more detailed.

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule)

Recommended Course Combination (Selection)

Language of instruction: German
Course type:
Online language course, A-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 108 contact hours.
Course days
: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time:
4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all B-Track online courses

Student Profile

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed the basic level of German and who have a sound knowledge of German at the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course Objectives

Within six weeks, this course will help you to expand your competences in listening, speaking, reading and writing as well as strengthen your knowledge of grammar, while emphasizing self-correction.
Furthermore, you will analyze and interpret cultural, political, and historical topics in German-speaking countries and compare them with your own cultural background.     

  • By the end of the six-week course you will have developed and regularly use new strategies for language acquisition.
  • You will be able to engage in detailed discussions on above mentioned topics. 
  • Furthermore, you will have developed reading strategies that will allow you to understand different text types in detail.
  • In addition, you will improve your essay writing skills, i.e. you will be able to write short texts on different topics, revise and proofread them.

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule)

Recommended Course Combination (Selection)

Language of instruction: German
Course type:
Online language course, A-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 108 contact hours.
Course days
: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time:
4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all B-Track online courses

Student Profile

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed the basic level and the first part of the intermediate level of German and who have a sound knowledge of German at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course Objectives

Within six weeks, this course will help you to expand your competences in speaking and writing while emphasizing self-correction. Furthermore, it will help you to increase your vocabulary, to deepen grammar usage, and develop effective reading and listening strategies.

In addition, you will analyse and interpret cultural, political, and historical topics in German-speaking countries and compare them with your own cultural background.

  • By the end of the six-week course you will have developed and regularly use new strategies for language acquisition.
  • You will be able to engage in detailed discussions on above mentioned topics. 
  • Furthermore, you will have developed reading strategies that will allow you to understand different text types in detail.
  • In addition, you will improve your essay writing skills, i.e. you will be able to write short texts on different topics, revise and proofread them.

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule)

Recommended Course Combination (Selection)

Language of instruction: German
Course type:
Online language course, A-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term II amounting to 108 contact hours.
Course days
: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday
Time:
4 pm - 8:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 7
Course fee:
€ 1,200 (incl. online discount)
Can be combined with all B-Track online courses

Student Profile

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed the intermediate level of German and who have a sound knowledge of German at the B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Course Objectives

The course aims to deepen your competence in speaking and writing and to expand and refine your vocabulary usage, so that you are able to express and discuss ideas, opinions and information at the academic level. Special attention is given to the consistent use of self-correction. Furthermore, the course helps you to develop effective reading and listening strategies and deepen your knowledge of grammar structures.

In addition, you will analyse and interpret cultural, political, and historical topics in German-speaking countries and compare them with your own cultural background.     

  • By the end of the six-week course you will have developed and regularly use new strategies for language acquisition.
  • You will have improved your ability to choose the right linguistic register for different situations, topics and communication partners.
  • You will be able to lead and participate in academic discussions about certain course-related topics.
  • In addition, you will expand and refine your essay writing skills, i.e. you will be able to write, revise and proofread essays that meet the standards of academic writing.

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule)

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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.

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule)

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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!

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule)

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In addition to these courses, there will also be a comprehensive orientation with an introduction to the technical environment.