4910299: FU_Communication and Leadership. Critical Thinking, Innovation and Creativity, Intuition

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Semester:SS 20
Scheduled in semester:1-6
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:30.0 L / 22.5 h
Self-directed study time:67.5 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Cross faculty elective subjects (01.09.2014)
Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Entrepreneurship and Management (01.09.2018)
Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2019)
Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2019)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2019)


  • What is real, what is fake news? Whether in business, management, society, or politics, it seems more and more difficult to distinguish between real and fake news. Since it has become so easy to share information, stories, and personal thoughts on a massive scale through the internet and social media, critical thinking has become more important than ever. Critical thinking allows us not only to recognize fake news, but also to make the right decisions and great choices in an increasingly complex world, and successfully manage constant change and transformation.
  • Creativity and innovation as essential pillars of entrepreneurial and leadership competence are fundamental for successfully starting a business, securing its competitiveness, leading a team or organization, and communicating in a convincing and winning way. However, in times of constant acceleration of our daily routines, it has become more and more difficult to carve out time for truly creative and innovative processes.
  • In this course you learn how to build and strengthen your creative and innovative skills, thus advancing the persuasiveness of your ideas and communication, while combining your personal wellbeing with your professional success. Nature is a great teacher and support in this endeavor. You will train your intuitive skills as one of the biggest and most important trump cards in a globalized world, particularly in difficult times.

Learning Outcomes

Participants are able to …

  • … understand and apply critical thinking and reading techniques to news stories - reducing the chances of believing fake news
  • … understand and apply research-based concepts concerning innovation - acting as a catalyst in business
  • … immediately use effective creative thinking tools - for professional and personal success
  • … find their creative genius for better communication in difficult situations
  • … strengthen their power of persuasion - advancing their positions and ideas
  • … develop the right mindset - for better problem solving and decision-making
  • … keep their minds healthy


Lectures Method

Methodological mix of input, reflection, group work, role play, …

Admission Requirements

  • Good command of English language, as language nuances play a role in this course
  • Be open to learn in innovative settings


Reading material will be provided.

Exam Modalities

Part A: (40%) - Attendance and active participation
Part B: (60%) - Presentation during last module

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)

  • Course based on continuous assessment, details see under "assessment".
  • Meeting attendance obligations is an essential pre-requisite for successfully completing a course based on continuous assessment.
  • Attendance must be proven for at least 80% of the stipulated contact time. Responsibility for checking and providing written proof of this obligatory attendance lies with the course lecturer who is required to store this information at least until the end of the semester.
  • In the case of absenteeism that exceeds the specified limits of absence, a medical certificate is required. Responsibility lies with the head of the Coordination Office for Cross-Faculty Elective Subjects to approve the reason for the student's failure to attend.
  • Participation in other activities of the university are not recognized as an excused absence.



Part A: (40%) - Attendance and active participation
Part B: (60%) - Presentation during last module

Compulsory attendance (min. 80%)


Cross-faculty elective subject:
Notice the special Multi-stage allocation process.


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