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B-Track Online Subject Courses

Instructor: Dr. Alice Margaria
Language of instruction:
English
Course type:
Online subject course, B-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term III amounting to 48 contact hours.
Course days
: Tuesday & Friday
Time:
8 am - 12:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 5
Course fee:
€ 1,250
Can be combined with all A-Track online courses
🌍 Critical global issues addressed in this course: Gender Equality (SDG 5); Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10)

Course Description

This course will introduce students to the broad and vibrating field of gender and diversity studies, crossing disciplinary boundaries and reflecting on contemporary global issues around gender and diversity. Key questions addressed in the course are: how does gender manifest itself and determine social (in)justice? Who is responsible for doing and undoing gender? How does gender intersect with other diversity grounds and lead to structural and systemic patterns of discrimination in our societies? What’s the role of states in bringing about (gender) equality?

During the first part of the course, students will gain familiarity with key working concepts, theories and perspectives – including intersectionality, masculinities studies and LGBTQI+ approaches – which will serve as essential analytical tools to be applied in the second part of the course. In the latter, the focus will be placed on concrete global challenges pertaining to gender and diversity, including the (under)representation of women and other groups in decision-making bodies and processes, the struggles of intersex and trans people suffering stigmatisation and discrimination in various global locations, gender-based violence in its multiple manifestations, and the often-unquestioned performative powers of language in sustaining and perpetuating gender and social hierarchies.

Having acquired the necessary background knowledge and analytical tools, students will engage in topical debates by unpacking complex and intersectional questions related to each of the above themes, suggesting potential avenues for change and identifying persisting challenges in achieving (gender) equality. An important feature of this course will lie in its interactive format, facilitated by the use of original and varied digital teaching tools (e.g. surveys, multi-media materials, break-out rooms, etc.). Students are expected to actively participate in small-group exercises, in-class debates and to give a short presentation throughout the course, with the aim of making learning a collective and shared experience and responsibility. Depending on availability, virtual visits (e.g., to local art exhibitions relevant to the course subject) and/or guest talks (e.g. with LGBTQI+ social society representatives) might represent further learning opportunities for students.

In the long-run, this course will motivate and empower students to think outside the box, to become aware of their positionality and challenge their own assumptions, to develop creativity and to adopt nuanced and multi-layered perspectives when approaching social justice questions.

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Instructor: Dr. Ulrich Brückner
Language of instruction:
English
Course type:
Online subject course, B-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term III amounting to 48 contact hours.
Course days
: Tuesday & Friday
Time:
8 am - 12:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 5
Course fee:
€ 1,250
Can be combined with all A-Track online courses
🌍 Critical global issues addressed in this course: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16)

Course Description

The course will introduce the basics of the European Union and describe and explain the processes of widening and deepening of this unique political entity. This will cover an overview of European Union history, its evolution in economic and political terms as well as of its institutional structure up to today.

Internal politics and policies, for example the decision-making process, the balance of power, identity and democratic questions in this new system of governance will be discussed. Likewise in the realm of external affairs, the Common Foreign and Security Policy, relations with neighbors and with developing countries will be our concern. Particularly important aspects include the discussion on relations with the UK after Brexit, the future of transatlantic relations and how the EU is dealing with China’s and Russia’s alternative models of governance. We will discuss migration as well as the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. If students express specific interests in other topics or case studies sessions can be adjusted.

The morning sessions consist of lectures, literature based discussions and oral presentations from working groups. After lunch the course will visit various institutions in Germany`s political center or invite distinguished guests to class. Students will have the chance to discuss the topics from the morning sessions with international experts from political institutions, embassies and think tanks.

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule) Watch an interview with Dr. Ulrich Brückner about his course on our YouTube channel.

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Instructor: Dr. Anja Richter
Language of instruction:
German
Course type:
Online subject course, B-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term III amounting to 48 contact hours.
Course days
: Tuesday & Friday
Time:
8 am - 12:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 5
Course fee:
€ 1,250
Can be combined with all A-Track online courses

Course Description

This course provides an overview of the history of German literature from the 18th to the 21st century.

Starting from the knowledge that the psychological sensitivities of an age are reflected in literature, and supported by reading and discussing representative texts - e.g. from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Heinrich Heine, Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht or Ferdinand von Schirach - the focus of the seminar is based on the following questions: What desires, demands and utopias can be found in the literature? How influential are the developments of the history of thought, social upheavals and technological innovations on literary expression? What interplay exists between art, music and literature? Can fiction also be seen as inspiration for social changes? And: how do the respective authors corporate literary legacies into their own works?

A valid and living impression of literary development from the classical period to the present will not only be provided through texts, but also through film clips and virtual excursions. For instance, we will obtain deeper insight into the art of the Romantic period with a virtual tour through the Alte Nationalgalerie and will also get a digital impression of the “Topography of Terror” exhibition (documentation and visitor center on the topic of National Socialism in German history).

Download Syllabus (printable PDF incl. day-to-day schedule) Watch an interview with Dr. Anja Richter about her course on our YouTube channel.

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Instructor: Dr. Frieder Otto Wolf
Language of instruction:
English
Course type:
Online subject course, B-Track
Contact hours:
The coursework corresponds to an on-site course in term III amounting to 48 contact hours.
Course days
: Tuesday & Friday
Time:
8 am - 12:30 pm CEST
ECTS credits
: 5
Course fee:
€ 1,250
Can be combined with all A-Track online courses

Course Description

Philosophy has constituted a central element in the emergence of modern German culture. In the late 18th century, German philosophy participated in the broader European Enlightenment culture, which was in turn connected to the development of modern empirical science. Under the impression of the historical changes brought about by the French Revolution and by the ‘Industrial Revolution’ in Great Britain, a special constellation of German philosophy emerged at the end of the 18th century, which has deeply left its mark on subsequent philosophical thinking far beyond Germany.

This philosophy course addresses the historical reality of this ‘German moment of philosophy’ in two subsequent phases: In the first part, we follow the emergence and full deployment of German philosophy from its Kantian beginnings to Hegel’s grand but fragile synthesis, trying to understand its richness as well as its fragility. In a second part, we discuss the later renewal of German philosophy in the late 19th century and its historical tragedy in the 20th century. This will include a discussion of the new beginnings of philosophy since the mid-19th century, from Marx, and Nietzsche, via Frege to Husserl and Wittgenstein, who have been reacting to the scientific and political revolutions of the late 19th and early 20th century. Martin Heidegger as an established pro-Nazi philosopher and Max Horkheimer as the leading philosopher of the “Frankfurt School” driven into exile are studied as philosophers immersed into the Night of the 20th century.

Finally, post-World War II developments in philosophy (as exemplified by Jürgen Habermas) will be looked at as pathways out of the self-destructive turn the ‘German moment of philosophy’ in Germany had taken in the first decades of the 20th century, and as passages into an emerging world philosophy.

The course will be based upon contemporary attempts at rethinking a global philosophical perspective. The focus is on the tension between the Enlightenment heritage of a universalizing human philosophy and a national culture project, as well as on the tension between classicist rationalism and romantic emotionalism in its construction as a series of philosophical projects. From the perspective of a German version of the dialectics of the Enlightenment, the German philosophers of the 19th and 20thcenturies will be studied in context - combining the reading of key texts with a reconstruction of their historical contexts and their interaction.

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