Cross-faculty elective subjects WS 2020/2021

Effective communication requires generosity. By contrast, a "competitive" atmosphere - where ideas are shut down, and where each person attempts to block the other or seeks to raise their profile at the cost of the others - is enemy number one for successful communication. Trust can be created when people are free to assume that their ideas and opinions will be given a ready ear, will be taken seriously, and that others may pick up the ideas so that innovation may occur. The "yes, and" principle is, therefore, one key to successful communication, teamwork and innovation.
Of paramount importance for every communication and presentation is also the personality of the speaker, which can create an atmosphere of trust and real interest. Body language plays a very important part and, very often, is used only unconsciously. Usually, "Status" is connected with a certain position or power, which someone enjoys in an organization or in society. However, in everyday life, we constantly play with our personal Status, which is somewhat independent from our professional Status. Everyone prefers a certain Status. By raising your own Status, you gain more authority and assertiveness. By lowering your own Status, thereby increasing the Status of someone else, you convey empathy and sympathy. Both raising and lowering your own Status are important and useful in different situations. Students will learn their preferred status and how to change it, when appropriate.
In this course, students will improve their communication and presentation skills, working with the methods of improvisational theater to also enhance their spontaneity, creativity and ability to deal with unknown situations.
  • Language concerns us all. It is important for our interpersonal exchange and for passing on information. However, language can be and is much more than that. By consciously using your language, you promote your entrepreneurial success and an appreciative corporate culture. Hence, the language of a company is always the language of its economic success.
  • In this course, you will learn how to use language for your personal and entrepreneurial success using examples of everyday situations in professional as well as private life. Because as the saying goes "your ‚I can' is more important than your IQ".
  • This focus on the benefits of a situation, expressed by a language of possibilities, as well as a certain set of attitudes and habits is the common denominator of highly successful and internationally acclaimed leaders in all fields, be it business, politics, sports, culture, etc.
  • In times of widespread complexity, revolutionary transformation, and high uncertainty it takes working on yourself, on your inner core. The smartest leaders in the world focus inward in order to harness possibilities, discover new ways to - personal as well as professional - success, and find meaning and purpose in their lives.
  • In this course, you will learn and train the most important tools of self-empowerment and self-mastery that distinguish highly successful people from people of mediocrity.
"Es geht im Bildungssystem nicht nur um die Vermittlung von Wissen und Fertigkeiten, sondern auch um die Entwicklung der Persönlichkeit des Lernenden" (Roth, 2011, S. 308). Dabei wird klar, dass Fähigkeiten wie kritisches und kreatives Denken, Empathie, Team Fähigkeit, ganzheitliche Herangehensweisen, kontextuelle Situierung, Umgang mit (inter-)kulturellen Settings, interdisziplinäres Denken benötigen, damit sie in ihren künftigen Positionen die gesellschaftlichen Herausforderungen erkunden, verstehen und anpacken können. Auf den Anspruch nach Vermittlung solcher Kompetenzen, infolge stärkerer Verschränkung von Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft und gesamtgesellschaftlicher Veränderungen, die Bildungsinstitutionen grundlegend tangieren, reagieren zusehends mehr Universitäten.

Campus Gespräch I - Empathie und die Demokratie
Prof. Fritz Breithaupt, Dr. Susanne Schmetkamp, Dr. Markus Zürcher
Mittwoch, 23. September 2020, 13.00 Uhr, Hörsaal 6
Campus Gespräch II - Die Kraft der Demokratie
Dr. h.c. Roger de Weck
Mittwoch, 07. Oktober 2020, 18.00 Uhr, Auditorium
Campus Gespräch III - Die gefährdete Rationalität der Demokratie
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Julian Nida-Rümelin
Mittwoch, 02. Dezember 2020, 18.00 Uhr, Auditorium
Campus Gespräch IV - Krise und individuelle Verantwortung
Dr. phil. Barbara Bleisch
Mittwoch, 31. März 2021, 18.00 Uhr, Auditorium
In diesem Seminar werden wir lesen, darüber diskutieren, uns mit Romanen, Romanverfilmungen und Erzählungen auseinandersetzen, und uns dabei von den Grundgedanken des shared reading leiten lassen, indem wir die Wirkung von Literatur erleben, die hilft, uns selbst und andere klarer zu sehen. Lesen - und hier ist ausdrücklich das Lesen von Literatur gemeint - fördert Empathie, unsere soziale Kompetenz, ein Fakt der durch die Leseforschung belegt ist.
Die Universität ist seit je ein Ort der Bildung, nicht bloss der Ausbildung, und dazu gehört die individuelle Verantwortung für sich und andere Menschen, Menschen, die von der Wohlfahrt vergessen werden. Die Krise zeigt es, Werte rücken in den Vordergrund, die vorher nebensächlich erschienen. Empathie ist das Schlagwort der Gegenwart, die Fähigkeit, den emotionalen Zustand oder Kontext einer anderen Person zu verstehen, dazu gehört auch aus dieser Erkenntnis Konsequenzen für das eigene Handeln abzuleiten.
Die FOOTBALL IS MORE Foundation (FIM) richtet zusammen mit der Universität Liechtenstein (UniLi) eine ausserordentliche Veranstaltung aus und ermöglicht die Bildung zum "Coach for inclusion, health and peace" im Rahmen der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit in Liechtenstein. UniLi und FIM nutzen dazu das Know-how ihrer Partnerorganisationen und -vereine sowie der Special Advisor. In diesem ausserordentliche Kurs stehen nun in der "Pilotphase" den Studierenden eine Anzahl von Plätzen zur Verfügung. Die Teilnehmenden erhalten eine intensive Schulung in Theorie und Praxis (Block) und durchlaufen eine Fernkurs-Phase mit E-Learning. Der Kurs besteht aus drei vermittelten Modulteilen. Diese werden in Seminaren/Übungen durch Lehrende eingeführt, durch e-learning vertieft und möglichst in praktischen Übungen erprobt:

  • Modul: Grundlagen der Philanthropie und mögliche Bezugsfelder zum (Fussball-)Sport
  • Modul: Grundlagen der Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
  • Modul: Allgemeine motorische und fussballspezifische Förderung (inkl. Übungsleiterverhalten)
“A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead”.
Graham Greene
“Those who do not have power over the story that dominates their lives – the power to retell it, rethink it, deconstruct it, joke about it, and change it as times change – truly are powerless, because they cannot think new thoughts.”
Salman Rushdie
Der Ausdruck «Storytelling» hat sich in Politik, Werbung, Unternehmenskultur und Produkt-Marketing längst etabliert. Es wird vermehrt von «der Story» gesprochen, die helfen soll, Begehrlichkeiten, Wünsche, Zielsetzungen und Programme zu positionieren. Auch das Individuum erzählt sich selbst fortlaufend weiter. Je klarer, je bewusster es das kann, umso souveräner kann es der Welt begegnen.
Geschichten gehören zu den Stützpfeilern der menschlichen Entwicklung. Doch wie erzählt man eine gute Geschichte? Wie gelingt es, Inhalte fesselnd und persönlich zu vermitteln?
Mit Mitteln des Theaters nähern wir uns spielerisch unterschiedlichen Erzähl-Strukturen an und probieren grundlegende Techniken authentischen Auftretens aus.
Kursinhalte: Erzähldramaturgie, Ich-Erzählung, Körpersprache, Stimme, Auftrittskompetenz.
Everyone wants to be happy. But which road leads to a happy life? A life with lots of fun and adventures? A successful career? Or maybe a life full of meaning? Positive Psychology has been trying to answer these and similar questions, not by doing armchair thinking but by handing out questionnaires and asking real people about their life circumstances and their level of happiness. This course intends to give a state-of-the-art introduction to the science of Positive Psychology. Students will learn about Martin Seligman's PERMA-model, which posits that happiness consists of five elements. And they will try out happiness exercises (so-called: positive psychological interventions), which have been scientifically proven to increase happiness levels. We will also cover a broad range of happiness-related topics like the importance of love for a good life, the link between money and happiness, the effects of social media on our quality of life, the connection between character strengths (optimism, humour, grit, etc.) and happiness, the idea of meaningful work, etc. In order to get a deeper understanding of particular issues, we will also include key insights from closely-related disciplines like behavioral economics, the art of living (a branch of philosophy) and the sociology of work.

In between every course unit a range of tasks has to be completed. Key insights from the lecture should be written down in the diary. A very typical homework is the testing of a so-called positive psychological intervention. Students are asked to record their personal experiences with these practical exercises in the diary as well. Furthermore in preparation for the up-coming course unit there may be some required reading or watching of a video-clip (e.g. a TED Talk).
Being able to think critically and reason well is a crucial skill in private and professional lives.
Universities, public policy makers, scientific theorists, business decision makers, or medical staff claim their findings are based on critical reasoning.
Therefore, students need to be able to critically assess arguments they encounter on the internet and across other media, as well as arguments put forward by people around them. Thus, it is expected of students to also present their own views to be rational and able to stand up to critical scrutiny.

This lecture provides a practical introduction to principles of good reasoning:
o Examples of both reasoning about facts and the reasoning required in making practical decisions are being defined, discussed and exercised.
o Risky inferences with probable conclusions from risk-free inferences with certain conclusions are being distinguished.
o Ways and means of spotting and avoiding common mistakes in reasoning and various misuses of language are being exemplified.
o No previous knowledge of critical reasoning and logic is needed.
o This course will be enjoyed by those who relish the challenge of thinking rationally and learning new skills.
o The skills and concepts taught will also be useful when studying other areas of interest to students.
Was ist Macht? Wer hat sie? Wo wirkt sie in unserer Gesellschaft? Wann ist Macht gut oder schlecht? Wie können wir mit ihr umgehen? - In diesem experimentell-praktischen Workshop erarbeiten wir mit ausgewählten philosophischen Texten (Michel Foucault, Hannah Arendt, Martin Saar, Daniel Häni) sowie Film- und Romanausschnitten ein kleines Panoptikum der Macht: von der Macht der Normen und Regeln, der Macht von Räumen, Organisationen und Führungsstrukturen bis zur Macht in Politik und privatem Alltag. Ein besonderer Akzent liegt dabei auf der praktischen Auseinandersetzung mit Theater: Das politische Stück FARRAGUT NORTH des us-amerikanischen Autors Beau Willimon dient als Material für kleine szenische Studien, in denen wir uns mit den emotionalen, körperlichen und räumlichen Dimensionen von Macht auseinandersetzen.

Das Seminar kooperiert mit Jan Sellke vom TAK Liechtenstein: Ein Besuch der Aufführung von FARRAGUT NORTH sowie Gespräche mit dem Produktionsteam sind fester Bestandteil des Seminars.
Everybody is talking about the media. The word is that traditional mass media are dying out while new digital media are about to revolutionize modern society. But what are "the media"? Instead of reviewing what media scholars wrote on this question, we will try to give answers by inquiring into our everyday life: What do you personally regard as a media experience? Who or what plays a role in this course of action? How are these human and non-human actors connected with each other? To which demand is the media experience responding? And what might an alternative response be? By closely describing and mapping events in their daily lives, the students will not only get to know main concepts of actor-network theory, but also develop creative skills along the lines of critical cartography.
Grundlagen der Radiosprache, der Auswahl, Einschätzung und Gewichtung von Nachrichten, Moderation und Produktion einzelner Radiobeiträge und/oder gemeinsames Produzieren und Präsentieren der Beiträge und Moderationen für eine Sendestunde auf Radio L.

Die Aufnahmen erfolgen via Smartphone der Studierenden und/oder Aufnahmegeräte, welche der Lehrbeauftragte mitbringt. Eine entsprechende Zusammenstellung von Spesen erfolgt zu einem späteren Zeitpunkt.
The MILSA mentoring program provides students with the opportunity to develop their intercultural awareness and intercultural learning as students and future professionals. The program is offered twice yearly with a duration of approx. twelve months. It starts in April respectively in October.
The mentoring program provides an immersive intercultural learning experience in an international location. Students' learning is supported by pre-departure and post-sojourn workshops, and by Skype interviews and guided blog writing during the study abroad. The mentor is a staff member of the International Office (not academic staff or other students).
The pre-departure workshop introduces students to explore aspects of intercultural learning and helps them prepare for their experience in a different society and culture.
During the stay abroad, students will talk to the mentor via Skype and write guided blog contributions about their intercultural learning. They stay in contact and complete group task together. Upon their return, students meet with the mentor in a post-sojourn workshop to discuss and reflect upon their experiences and the importance of their intercultural learning for their future professional lives.
The subject includes content on notions of culture, interculturality, intercultural learning,
stereotypes, identities, cultural practices, and reflection and reflective writing.
The First Steps in Intercultural Learning Workshop is held before students depart. This workshop provides essential content, discussion and activities to prepare students for their intercultural learning, international experience and to guide their completion of assessment tasks.
The Coming Home Workshop takes place after students return from their stay abroad and allows them to reflect on their experience, particularly their intercultural learning and its
application to their future professional lives. Students also present their group assignment.
- Wer sind Philanthropen, was motiviert sie und wie denken sie
- Was Philanthropie ist bzw. gerade nicht ist
- Warum und wie Philanthropen ihr Vermögen an andere geben
- Wissen über Reichtum und Mäzene
- Was ist Impact Investing, CSR und Social Entrepreneurship
- Was sind Stiftungen, wie ticken sie und welchen Stellenwert haben sie
- Gründung einer Stiftung von der Idee zum Projekt
- Entwicklung von Strategien zur gesellschaftlichen Wirkung - geben ist nicht leicht
- Das Konzept der Social Development Goals (SDGs) verstehen
- Wie entwickelt Liechtenstein eine Vision für die Zukunft und kann diese konkret umsetzen
Human rights play a central role in world affairs. As moral, legal, and political norms and standards, human rights are meant to protect individuals' and groups' fundamental rights and freedoms. Yet, human rights are constantly contested not only as a concept, but also as guidelines to address practical issues. Hence, this lecture, "Philosophy of Human Rights", is divided into two main parts:
In the first part, we'll be looking into the following philosophical questions about human rights:
- What are human rights? What are their foundations? How do human rights relate to the individual, society, and world order?
In the second part, we'll be investigating four topics in which the exercise of human rights faces complex challenges:
- Human rights and culture: are human rights "universal"? Can/should human rights comply with specific cultural demands?
- Human rights and freedom of movement: how to understand the right to freedom of movement in the context of immigration debates and the recent Covid-crisis?
- Human rights and business: Should multinational enterprises comply with human rights?
- Human rights and security: in contexts like terrorism, many states chose security at the expenses of freedom and privacy. How to justify such decisions, especially in light of the right to security?
Although this course will focus on the philosophical aspects of human rights, it will also try to shed light on the interconnections between philosophy, law and politics.
Service-Learning - learning through commitment - is a form of teaching and learning that combines social commitment of students with subject-specific learning. Service learning projects can be realized at all levels - from kindergarten to university. Students are given the opportunity to apply their acquired knowledge in authentic problem contexts.
Unbekannte Kunst- u. Bauwerke in Liechtenstein sind Gegenstand der Untersuchung. Die studierenden werden animiert und durch geeignete Übungen instruiert, sich durch Zeichnen, Schreiben, Recherchieren
den ausgewählten Kunst- und Bauwerken anzunähern. Wir betreiben keine trockene theoretische Kunsterörterung, sondern werden auf Primärerfahrungen vertrauen:
angesagt ist selber sehen, betrachten, erkunden, beschreiben, skizzieren. Ich denke an die allemannische Zierscheibe, die keltischen Eber, ans Hungertuch, an die Bauernmadonna im Landesmuseum,
an spinieu, ans CCC + zickert haus, ein paar ferdinand nigg zeichnungen im archiv-atelier, ein, zwei editions brunidor,
aber auch etwas von Annemarie Jehle, Regina Marxer, Martin frommelt, usf.
Es handelt sich um eine angewandte Kunstbetrachtung, die skizzieren und erzählen beinhaltet,
eine "Feldforschung" im Nahbereich.