Basic principles behind our educational programme
Focusing on the complex relationship between society and technology
Our courses generally illuminate the complex interrelationship between society and technology, based on the conviction that one cannot be understood without taking the respective other into account. Complexity theory serves as an effective conceptual bridge between the two.
Engaging in complexity-informed, empirical research
Theories are fine but the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as the saying goes. Theories should help to understand the real world better. We therefore expect our students to engage in their own empirical research projects and hence to go beyond summaries of existing studies. In doing so, we encourage students to acknowledge and embrace the complexity of the matter at hand in methodological terms.
Interactive teaching methods
We are deeply convinced that learning is essentially built on active engagement with the study materials that goes beyond the mere replication of its contents. Therefore, we prefer interactive teaching methods such as problem-based learning (PBL) over classic ‘chalk-and-talk’. Such approaches require considerable commitment on the part of students and instructors in the form of active participation and accessibility, respectively.
All our courses are taught in English. It is important that students learn to express themselves in both German and English as many future employers will expect this from them. It is practically due to the availability of up-to-date literature as well as a matter of principle in trying to break the vicious circle of shying away from English courses and literature because of a lack of experience (caused by shying away from it in the first place).