6. Semester

Field: Topics and Disciplines - Specialization in European Cultures

Institutions of Art

Institutions of Art (Module TD C9 - Elective)
Qualification aim:The students acquire basic insights into international art institutions and their historical as well as topical developments and contexts, and intensely discuss these matters. Next to governmental institutions (such as museums, exhibition halls, but also academies), commercial institutions (such as galleries, art auctions, biennial film festivals), and alternative institutions (including guerrilla warfare art, non-profit art exhibitions) are taken into account.
Professional competence:

By comparative exemplary analyses, the students attain scholarly insights into, and access to modes of reflection on, the wide spectrum of art institutions and their contexts. They are able to exemplarily question structures of institutional art systems, to estimate impacts and mechanisms of art and art contexts as well as to create self-initiated project designs and concepts.

Methodological competence:The students develop competences both on dominant theoretical questions in fine arts resp. in art history and on autonomous conceptual designs.
Social / Individual competence:The students gain abilities which enable to them to interact in teams and relate to their subjects. They acquire competences to develop their own research designs and to carry out and present them within a specified and manageable frame.
Type of class:Lecture, seminar, exercises, excursions
Responsibility: Manfred Blohm
Addressed to:B.A. European Cultures and Society (specialization: European Cultures)
Credit Points:Offer:Workload:(in class):(individual work):Duration:Cycle:When:
52 hpw150h30h120h1 Sem.Every SoSe.4. or 6. Sem.
Sub-Modules
1. Institutions of Artseminar2hpw
Evaluation:Presentation (45 min.) with subsequent discussion

Current Topics and Debates in Culture

Current Topics and Debates in Culture (Module TD C10 - Elective)
Qualification aim:Students are able to analyse intercultural conflicts and transcultural developments with respect to minority issues, diversity and justice. They take up current topics and debates to develop and to negotiate arguments, concepts and theories of cultural change.
Professional competence:

Analytical skills in cultural studies focusing on cross-border communication and cooperation.

Methodological competence:Cultural knowledge, hermeneutic understanding and logical argumentation.
Social / Individual competence:Respect for different points of view; the ability to mediate between conflicting positions and concepts.
Type of class:Oral presentation and discussion.
Responsibility:Matthias Bauer
Addressed to:B.A. European Cultures and Society (specialization: European Cultures)
Credit Points:Offer:Workload:(in class):(individual work):Duration:Cycle:When:
52 hpw150h30h120h1 Sem.Every SoSe.4. and 6 Sem.
Sub-Modules
1. Current Topics and Debates in Cultureseminar2hpw
Evaluation:Paper (12-15 pages). The paper sums up the discussion and explores how current topics and debates on European Cultures can be resolved in the given set of institutions and/or practices.

Field: Topics and Disciplines - Specialization in European Society

Normative Challenges and Ethical Questions

Normative Challenges and Ethical Questions (Module TD S9 - Elective)
Qualification aim:Students are able to identify normative challenges and ethical questions concerning Europe. They know relevant normative and ethical discourses and theories about selected normative challenges concerning Europe in a globalised world, concerning for instance questions of peace and migration, equality and justice, transparency and trust, democratic representation and public space or eurocentricity and sustainability. They are able to analyse and to judge normative positions about these questions with regard to their foundation and validity. They are able to present their own positions on such topics in a well-argued fashion.
Professional competence:Students know relevant normative and ethical discourses and theories about selected normative challenges concerning Europe in a globalised world, concerning, for instance, questions of peace and migration, equality and justice, transparency and trust, democratic representation and public space or eurocentricity and sustainability. Students are encouraged to think about normative challenges and ethical questions concerning Europe, to consider how these questions might be answered adequately and to participate critically in a self-reflective way in current discussions. Students are able to identify, reconstruct and reflect upon normative and ethical discourses. They are able to analyse and to assess normative views regarding these questions with respect to their foundation and validity.
Methodological competence:Students use normative and ethical approaches to Europe. They are able to correctly identify, label, and define methods and instruments, and to use the appropriate terminology. They learn to demonstrate a critical approach towards sources on the basis of the knowledge provided in class. They are able to present their own positions on such topics in a well-argued fashion.
Social / Individual competence:Students are sensitive to normative challenges and ethical questions concerning Europe in a globalised world. Students are able to learn to collaborate in different ways, to present and analyse problems in the above-mentioned fields in a partner or group situation in a manner appropriate to the addressees, and to competently articulate their thoughts in a culturally appropriate and gender-sensitive manner.
Type of class:Seminar, team work, presentation
Responsibility:Anne Reichold
Addressed to:B.A. European Cultures and Society (specialization: European Society)
Credit Points:Offer:Workload:(in class):(individual work):Duration:Cycle:When:
52 hpw150h30h120h1 Sem.Every WiSe.4. or 6. Sem.
Sub-Modules
1. Normative Challenges and Ethical Questionsseminar2hpw
Evaluation:Written essay (12-15 pages) or presentation (20 minutes) plus assignment (8 pages)

Current Topics and Debates in Society

Current Topics and Debates in Society (Module TD S10 - Elective)
Qualification aim:The aim of this module is to develop students' ability to analyse and present knowledge of selected social aspects and debates in and on Europe. Emphasis is placed on current topics which raise debates of relevance to this study programme, including historical, social, cultural and business-related discussions. The module aims at providing theoretical and methodological guidelines and instruments for the in-depth analysis of cases and discourses, and to gain insights into patterns of Europeanisation, attitudes toward Europe, and European thinking. Students will improve their textual comprehension skills, their critical thinking, their capability of evaluating sources, as well as their capability of applying these skills to current political discourse and media coverage.
Professional competence:To successfully complete this module, students will have to demonstrate their in-depth, research-based insight into a defined academic subject area. They will be able to demonstrate knowledge of methods and instruments relevant in order to critically approach and assess current debates. They will be able to give an account of relevant scholarly literature and to clearly distinguish objective literature from politically biased or simply inaccurate coverage and publications. Students will be able to identify current debates as to their relevance to the scientific study of Europe, motivate their classification, and adequately theorise these debates whilst applying appropriate scholarly terminology.
Methodological competence:Students will be able to give an account of, properly define and apply methods introduced in this module. Methods to critically examine current topics and debates in society may comprise, but are not limited to, discourse and content analysis, textual and multimodal analysis of e.g. political documents, newspaper reports or social media discourse as well as basic statistical procedures. Students will learn to compose an individual academic idea, review their personal itinerary of research, writing, and revision, and their interest and identity as scholars, practitioners and writers. They will assume a professional mindset and perform different identities as analysts, negotiators, representatives, and strategists; as well as differentiate between professional and personal modes of behaviour.
Social / Individual competence:Students will learn to organise a group research process and collaboratively produce and present an academic poster. They will reflect and appraise the individual and group learning process and learn to give and receive feedback.
Type of class:Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to, ex-cathedra teaching, classroom discussions, student presentations and different forms of student group work and self-study.
Responsibility:Monika Eigmüller
Addressed to:B.A. European Cultures and Society (specialization: European Society)
Credit Points:Offer:Workload:(in class):(individual work):Duration:Cycle:When:
52 hpw150h30h120h1 Sem.Every WiSe.4. or 6. Sem.
Sub-Modules
1. Current Topics and Debates in Societyseminar2hpw
Evaluation:Interdisciplinary written paper (12-15 pages) on prospects of Europe

B.A. Thesis

B.A. Thesis

Bachelor Thesis (Module TH - Mandatory)
Qualification aim:Students are able to elaborate and design a disciplinary or interdisciplinary research question, work it out with adequate scholarly methods, evaluate the results and present the research and the results in an adequate way.
Professional competence:Students are able to work adequately with regard to the chosen disciplinary or interdisciplinary topic. They know the disciplinary and interdisciplinary relevance of a topic and the relevant criteria of evaluation of a scholarly thesis of this sort. They know how to design and accomplish a thesis.
Methodological competence:They know how to do bibliographical research, evaluate relevant theoretical material. They apply the  disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods acquired during their studies. They present the research and results adequately in a written form.
Social / Individual competence:Autonomy, endurance, organisation of long lasting projects
Type of class:Bachelor thesis, colloquium, conference
Responsibility:Head of Studies
Addressed to:B.A. European Cultures and Society
Credit Points:Offer:Workload:(in class):(individual work):Duration:Cycle:When:
151hpw450h15h435h1 Sem.Every Sem.6 Sem.
Sub-Modules
1. Colloquium:Colloquium1 hpwmandatory
ObservationIn the colloquium students plan and organise a student conference where they present and discuss their exposé and current state of their thesis.
Evaluation:Bachelor thesis (ca. 40 pages plus bibliography)