Cross-faculty elective subjects SS 2015

Digital media have not only changed our everyday lives, but also the production and dissemination of knowledge. One might imagine scientific laboratories full of technological devices and computers storing, transmitting, and processing data. However, the old humanities have as well opened their area to new media: scholars in literature, history, philosophy, and many other disciplines--once alone with their books in venerable libraries--now work together with programmers and designers to build platforms that breach the textual linearity of traditional papers. We will get to know the emerging field of Digital Humanities through exploring four exemplary concepts:

-- Scholarly Blogging (http://www.fsw.uzh.ch/foucaultblog)
-- Thick Mapping (http://thebook.hypercities.com)
-- Digital Collaboration (http://www.modesofexistence.org)
-- Distant Reading (http://litlab.stanford.edu)
  • Concepts, theories and models of diversity
  • Managing Diversity
  • Theoretical, political and legal concepts of intersectionality
  • Interlocking types of discrimination
  • Methods to develop diversity+ competencies
  • Equality and the right to be different
Die europäische Philosophie ging im 19. Jahrhundert davon aus, dass die Religion aus der Moderne verschwindet. Diese Prognose erweist sich aus einer globalen Perspektive als eurozentrisch. Und spätestens seit dem 11. September 2001 ist von der "Rückkehr der Religion" die Rede, womit im Grunde genommen eine politisierte Religion bezeichnet wird. Im Schlussbericht des Nationalen Forschungsprogrammes "Religionen, Staat und Gesellschaft" (NFP 58) werden in Hinblick auf die religiöse Situation in der Schweiz die drei Trends Pluralisierung, Individualisierung und Säkularisierung genannt. Im Zusammenhang mit diesen gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen stellt sich zuerst einmal die Frage, was Religion überhaupt ist? Hierzu werden im Seminar klassische und neoklassische Texte der Religionssoziologie vorgestellt und diskutiert, in denen funktionalistische und substantiale Definitionen von Religion behandelt werden. Darauf aufbauend werden Phänomene wie protestantischer und islamischer Fundamentalismus, Pentekostalismus (charismatischer Evangelikalismus) und populäre Religionen (also Esoterik etc.) behandelt.
Very interesting course for economists and architects, as the course combines management topics such as communication, marketing, dealing with customers; calculation tools; and creates understanding and consensus-finding between technology, architecture and business aspects.

Development of an energy renovation concept for an older existing residential building in Liechtenstein with multiple units. Interdisciplinary development of engineering, architectural and business aspects. The concept should provide an architecturally sophisticated solution in terms of design and expression from which the customer (owner of the building) can benefit in different ways.

  • Introduction into fassade renovation systems and calculation tools for energy and investment costs
  • Introduction to customer needs / benefits and different value propositions
  • Introduction to project management and effective multidisciplinary group work
  • Excursion to innovative projects
  • Individual coaching of project groups
  • Midterm review and final presentation with expert and customer feedback
  • Einführung in die Wissenschaft und Technologien auf der Nanometerskala
  • Überblick von zukunftsweisenden Technologietrends im Bereich der Nanotech
  • "Hacking" als Methode kreativ zu Denken und die "Black-Box" zu Öffnen
  • Praktische Laborexperimente im Bereich Nanotechnologie
  • Gesellschaftlicher Einfluss von Zukunftstechnologien
  • Methoden für spekulatives "Design Thinking"
Im Modul „Office Applications“ werden grundlegende Fragestellungen der betrieblichen Informationsverarbeitung behandelt, insbesondere am Beispiel kleiner und mittlerer Unternehmen (KMUs). In Fallstudien werden die Lehrinhalte praktisch angewendet. Zu den wesentlichen Lerninhalten zählen: Betriebliches Dokumentenmanagement (am Beispiel von Microsoft Sharepoint), Grundlagen des Datenmanagements und der Webentwicklung (am Beispiel von Microsoft Access und WordPress),Textverarbeitung und Tabellenkalkulation (am Beispiel von Microsoft Office), IT-gestütztes Projektmanagement (am Beispiel von Microsoft Project), Grundlagen der Programmierung (am Beispiel von Visual Basic for Applications)
Bridging theory and practice: project management - introduction week for freshmen
This module deals with planning and executing an introduction week for freshmen. You will not only learn the theoretical basics of project management but also its practical implementation. Become a part of the project team and bring in your own ideas as well as inspiration to all the activities taking place during the introduction week.
The module includes project planning (February - May), implementation (August/September) and evaluation (September).

In the module, project management, students will become familiar with the fundamental theories of project management. The course deals with discussing all relevant terms as well as methods for project planning, implementation, management and monitoring.

The aim of this course is that students are in charge of planning and organising an introduction week for all freshmen starting in the winter semester.
Therefore, the introduction week serves the purpose to develop a strong cohesion of all freshmen regardless of their study track. In addition, cohesion among new and current students is facilitated.
The project group is asked to plan a mixture of formal and informal activities for the newcomers to get to know the country, the culture, the German language, the university in all its facets and the campus life. The task of the students is to develop a program for the introduction week as well as organize and coordinate all people and program activities involved.
  • Overview on concepts and methods of cultural and literary studies
  • History, concepts, and theories of SF
  • Exemplary readings of contemporary SF literature
  • Exemplary sightings of contemporary SF films