Doing Europe

Einführung in interdisziplinäres wissenschaftliches Arbeiten

Einführung in interdisziplinäres wissenschaftliches Arbeiten (DE1)





Leistungspunkte (ECTS)


Semesterwochenstunden (SWS)



Studierende kennen grundlegende Kategorien und Kriterien wissenschaftlicher Forschung und sind in der Lage zu verstehen, dass die Komplexität der europäischen Kulturen und Gesellschaft  divergente Konzeptionen einschließt und verschiedene Disziplinen zahlreiche Analysemethoden entwickelt haben. Studierende werden in einer fachübergreifenden Vorlesungsreihe mit interdisziplinären wissenschaftlichen und Projektansätzen für das Studium Europas vertraut gemacht . Die vier Zweige der Projekte sind: Forschung, Kunst und Bühnengestaltung, Journalismus, (Sozial-) Unternehmertum.


Studierende kennen verschiedene fachbezogene und fachübergreifende Ansätze zu Kulturen und Gesellschaft. Sie sind in der Lage die Notwendigkeit interdisziplinärer Arbeit zu verstehen und diskutieren und haben die Herausforderung von "Doing Europe" erkannt. Sie beginnen, eine Sensibilität für die Möglichkeiten und den Grenzen fachbezogener Ansätze zu europäischen Themen zu entwickeln und verbessern ihre Fähigkeit eines interdisziplinäres Verständnis.


Studierende können zwischen verschiedenen kritischen Ansätzen auf der Grundlage methodischer Überlegungen unterscheiden. Sie  wissen auch, dass Wissensproduktion und -verbreitung verschiedene Formen entlang der vier Zweige von "Doing Europe" annehmen. Folglich können sie entscheiden, in welchem Zweig sie ein angeleitetes Projekt im Modul DE4 durchführen werden.

Sozial- und Selbstkompetenz:

Studierende sind gewillt verschiedene theoretische Ansätze verschiedener wissenschaftlicher Disziplinen, die sich methodisch wie fachsprachlich unterscheiden, zu akzeptieren und anzuwenden.  Sie begreifen Komplexität als Herausforderung und reflektieren ihr eigenes Interesse an "Doing Europe".


Vorlesungsreihe, Arbeitsgruppen


Matthias Bauer


1. Semester

Arbeitszeit (gesamt)

150 h


jedes Herbstsemester



60 h


1 Semester


90 h


680101100: Interdisziplinäre Vorlesungsreihe 

Vorlesung (2 SWS)

max. Gruppengröße: 80
680101700 : Akademisches Lesen und Schreiben 
Übung (2 SWS)       max. Gruppengröße: 20
680101600: Module Examination 
Portfolio (4-5 Arbeitsproben von Akademisches Lesen und Schreiben und ein Essay, ca. 2000-2500 Wörter, mit Bezug zur Vorlesung, nicht benotet)

Letzte Änderung: 29.03.2021

Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning

Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning (DE2)

Module Type


Module Number


Credit Points (ECTS)


Weekly hours (hpw)

2 hpw

Qualification aim:

Students can analyse, interpret and evaluate arguments, ideas and evidence on methodological, logical and epistemological grounds. They can identify and evaluate the main types of argument, inference and evidence employed in academic thought and practice. They are able to deal adequately with questions. They know the structure of explanations and how hypotheses are used within them. Students are aware of methods for conceptual analysis and formation.

Professional competence:

Students are able to differentiate between justification and explanation and they know the main elements of these types of scholarly reasoning. They are able to critically analyse and examine differently presented arguments, theories and views. They are able to use methods for conceptual analysis. They can outline the key aspects involved in research design (deductive or inductive arguments, theory, hypothesis, causality, research question, evidence, operationalisation, explanation, comparison, analogy).

Methodological competence:

Students are able to use analytical skills for understanding, assessing and presenting arguments and explanations. They are able to analyse concepts and give definitions.

Social and individual competence:

Students can use methods for understanding and criticising scholarly texts. This enables them to be self-aware of their own reasoning in critical discourses and helps them to participate in a constructive and argumentative way in academic disputes. They can differentiate between disputes over facts, evaluations and conceptual questions. They are encouraged to think critically and evaluate the evidence they are presented with.

Type of class:

Seminar, exercise, team work


Anne Reichold


1st Semester

Workload (total)

150 h


every fall semester


in class

30 h


1 Semester


120 h

Sub Modules:

680102100: Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning

Seminar (2 hpw)

participants: 40

680102500: Module Examination 

Written Exam (90 min.)

Letzte Änderung: 23.06.2020

Research Methods I

Research Methods (Module DE3 - Mandatory)
Qualification aim:This module's objective is an introduction to various research methods pertaining to the social sciences. This comprises empirical approaches, methods and instruments. In the evaluation of the students' performance, emphasis is placed on the extent to which they display the following competences:
Professional competence:

The students should be able to descriptively account for and define relevant research methods and the contexts of their application. They can, to the extent required by the module and the introduction level, compare and contrast methods as to their applicability and classify them as to their belonging to methodological schools and lines of thoughts. They can give an account of common scholarly criticism and limitations relating to various research questions. They are capable of suggesting appropriate methodological provisions depending on a given research question, and can list key elements of a research design necessary to approach this research question.

Methodological competence:Successful completion of the module will allow them to participate in professional debates on the methodological backgrounds of research and to convey their opinion based on the knowledge acquired during the module. Students will be able to display an accurate application of method-related terminology. They get sensitive to potentials and restrictions of various methodological approaches.
Social / Individual competence: Students will learn to organise themselves and their own learning processes, to reflect and decide questions against a broad educational backdrop.
As student group work will be a central part, students will learn to collaborate and to present and analyse problems in a partner or group situation.
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:Uwe Puetter
Addressed to: B.A. European Cultures and Society
Credit Points: Offer: Workload: (in class): (individual work): Duration: Cycle: When:
52 hpw150h30h120h1 Sem.Every FrSe.2. Sem.
1. Critical Thinking and Scientific Reasoning: Seminar 2 hpwmandatory
Evaluation:Student presentation (extent according to prior agreement) and take-home assignment (3000-4000 words)

Instruction-based Project

Instruction-based Project (Module DE4 - Mandatory)
Qualification aim:Students explore their capacity to produce and/or distribute knowledge in an instructionbased project according to the specific requirements in one of the four branches of Doing Europe: Research, Art and Scenography, Journalism, (Social) Entrepreneurship. They are able to discuss their projects with students attending DE 1 and DE 6.
Professional competence:

Students reflect on a topic's requirements, design a project and develop it in practical terms.

Methodological competence:Students will gain the ability to relate a variety of topics to different forms of perceiving, to media structures and functions in such a way that they meet the specific requirements of one of the four branches of Doing Europe.
Social / Individual competence: The students learn to produce, articulate, and exchange conceptual knowledge, accept critique and observe closely the basic principles of cooperation in the different branches of Doing Europe.
Type of class:Projects
Responsibility:Matthias Bauer
Addressed to: B.A. European Cultures and Society
Credit Points: Offer: Workload: (in class): (individual work): Duration: Cycle: When:
102 hpw300h30h270h1 Sem.Every HeSe.3. Sem.
1. Instruction-based Project:
2. Instruction-based Project:
Art and Scenography
3. Instruction-based Project:
4. Instruction-based Project:
Evaluation:Project (extent according to prior agreement). The Project is realised according to instructions given and measured against the specific display function of the mediascape.

Intermediate Research Methods

Intermediate Research Methods (Module DE5 - Mandatory)
Qualification aim:The successful student is able to plan, design and perform empirical work appropriate to the courses taken. Especially, s/he is able to match scientific problems to the appropriate method, plan and perform the necessary data generating procedures, analyse and interpret the data and relate them to a wider theoretical context.
Professional competence:

Building on the introductory modules DE 2 and DE 3 the student can choose 2 out of 3 courses in intermediate research methods. The choice should be made according to the student's preferences and chosen focus. In the course on hermeneutics and alternatives, the student will deepen his or her understanding of textual and discourse analysis. The course is recommended for students focusing on cultural issues. In the course on statistics, intermediate quantitative empirical methods are addressed and applied. This course is recommended for students focusing on the analysis of European society. The course on case study methodology presents this research design and related methods. The course may be appropriate for students of both foci. All courses put the respective methods in a wider context.

Methodological competence:The student will deepen his or her ability to evaluate the appropriateness, strengths and weaknesses of different research methods. Where necessary, s/he will acquire additional computer based skills.
Social / Individual competence: The student will begin to be able to assess the time, effort and fiancial resources necessary to perform a certain research project. S/he will train his or her abilities to cooperate with others on a project.
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. The latter will take up a considerable share of course time.
Responsibility:Martina Dieckhoff
Addressed to: B.A. European Cultures and Society
Credit Points: Offer: Workload: (in class): (individual work): Duration: Cycle: When:
104 hpw300h60h240h1 Sem.Every FrSe.4. Sem.
1. Comparative Analysis in Social Sciences Seminar 2hpwoptional
2. Philosophy of science, hermeneutics and alternative approaches Seminar2hpwoptional
3. Intermediate quantitative methodsSeminar2hpwoptional
Evaluation:Oral presentation (15 min.) plus paper (4000-5000 words); Oral presentation (15 min.) plus written exam (60 min.); oral exam (25 min.); written paper (5000-6500 words); Portfolio

Autonomous Project

Autonomous project (Module DE6 - Mandatory)
Qualification aim:The students choose a specific topic, develop a project autonomously, present a concept and realise this concept in one of the four branches of Doing Europe: Reseach, Art and Scenography, Journalism, or Entrepreneurship. They are able to outline their workload, to manage the challenges of the project and to discuss it with students obtaining DE 1 and DE 4.
Professional competence:

The students are acquainted with advanced techniques of research, art and scenography, journalism, or entrepreneurship. They can utilise these techniques in order to produce and/or distribute knowledge.

Methodological competence:The ability to sort out relevant topics, to contextualise them withinan elaborated frame of reference and to design adequate forms of verbal and/or nonverbal communication to convey insights generated in one of the four branches of Doing Europe
Social / Individual competence: The students can conceive of complex problems in terms of public interest and are able to negotiate conflicting views by using arguments appropriate to different discourse situations and functions.
Type of class:Autonomous project
Responsibility:Matthias Bauer
Addressed to: B.A. European Cultures and Society
Credit Points: Offer: Workload: (in class): (individual work): Duration: Cycle: When:
102 hpw300h30h270h1 Sem.Every HeSe.5. Sem.
1. Projects: Researchexercise2hpwmandatory
2. Autonomous Project: Researchproject2hpwoptional
2. Autonomous Project: Art and Scenographyproject2hpwoptional
3. Autonomous Project: Journalismproject2hpwoptional
4. Autonomous Project: Entrepreneurshipproject2hpwoptional
Evaluation:Project (extent according to prior agreement). The Project has to be outlined in a written paper, which must be presented and discussed in advance of the realisation that is to be documented step by step.

Program Structure

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