Digital International General Studies

With its digital courses, the Digital International General Studies offers you the opportunity to gain international and intercultural experience right from your couch.
Studentin Laptop zuhause Couch
Student learning at her laptop at home

The courses are generally open to all interested students from Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences and our partner universities. In the descriptions you will find further information about possible admission requirements, registration, assessment as well as the possible receipt of ECTS.

 

If you would like to have your course included in the course catalogue of the Digital International General Studies, please contact the project leader Christine Freitag or send an e-mail to studium-generale@h-brs.de

In particular, lecturers from our partner universities are invited to list their courses with the programme Digital International General Studies. 

 

Courses in the winter semester 2021/2022

Elective Course: World Politics on Campus - Welcoming the World at H-BRS

Dr. Luc Da Gbadji and Christine Freitag

Dates & Time: Thursday, 6:15 PM - 7:30 PM (CET), online; dates for individual guest lectures will be published at the beginning of the winter semester.

Frequency: 3 hours per week; online sessions: Guest Lecture Series, talks and discussions.

Language: English

ECTS: number of ECTS points students receive depends on the examination regulations (Prüfungsordung) of the respective programme that the student is enrolled in.

Target Group: The elective course and the guest lecture series are open to students of all bachelor's and master's programmes/departments and of different semesters at H-BRS. There is no limit in the number of students.

Assessment: Digital poster on one of the topics of your choice that has been thematized by (one of) the Keynote Speakers, online pitch presentations of the posters (only) during the last semester session.

Registration: Students in the Department of Management Sciences, Social Policy and Social Security Studies should register for the elective course through their respective course registrations in LEA.

After the respective registration deadlines, you as well as H-BRS students from other departments may also register over the LEA course directly. In any case, please also contact the course lecturers/coordinators:  Dr. Luc Da Gbadji und Christine Freitag

The "Western" model of policy, governance and economy is increasingly being challenged. With China, a new power is rising. Alternative models to the Western democracy claim to deal more effectively with new developments and mega-trends. Climate change and pollution require drastic and immediate measures. Populations in privileged countries fear global migration. The fairness of the distribution of income and wealth in the world is questioned. Populist political figures are gaining ground, and multilateral institutions are being discredited.

Over the last decades, globalisation has impacted the entire world. Many industries profited from globalization, and companies of all sizes have become extremely active on the international stage. Globalization has created growth, jobs and financial strength, and has allowed us to invest in future technologies. Even though it is unimaginable to significantly scale back the degree of globalization, the world is struggling to find solutions for its detrimental effects.

The lecture series World Politics on Campus – Welcoming the World at Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg, University of Applied Sciences provides insights into the challenges lying ahead of us. It attempts to shed light on the issues from more than one standpoint. We invite outstanding and distinguished international personalities, experts and decision-makers who are able to introduce the audience to the views of the nations and cultures they represent. Participants will be able to engage in conversation, ask questions and enter discussion.

Learning contents:

  • Discussing and applying in a practice-oriented manner, aspects of world politics, economics, sustainability and sustainable policy, social policy and social security (social protection systems), innovation management, international business and relations, trade and geography and many more;
  • This course will provide students ideas and insights into global issues and aspects beyond the scope of their individual curricula;

Methodology:

  • Guest Keynote (key experts such as ambassadors);
  • Online-Vorträge und -Diskussionen;
  • eigenständige Recherchen (innerhalb und außerhalb des Unterrichts) zur Gestaltung eines Posters;
  • Treffen und Online-Gespräche mit H-BRS-Kollegen aus anderen Fakultäten und Austausch über fächerübergreifende Themen, z.B. während Breakout-Sitzungen;
  • Postersitzungen (Online-Postermesse am Ende des Semesters als Methode der Bewertung).

 

Elective Course: Sustainability and Innovation in a Connected World

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Bode and Dr. Zhanlu Ma-Högemeier

Dates & Time: Tuesday, 08:40 AM - 10:10 AM (CET), online

Frequency: 3 hours per week

Language: English

ECTS: number of ECTS points students receive depends on the examination regulations (Prüfungsordung) of the respective programme that the student is enrolled in.

Target Group:

This elective and the lecture series are open to H-BRS students from all Bachelor and Master Programmes/ faculties and from different semesters.

In addition, this elective and the lecture series are open to students of Shenzhen Technology University from all colleges and departments and from different semesters.

There is no limit in the number of students.

Assessment: The prerequisite for receiving ECTS is passing a final exam at the end of the semester. In each case, intercultural teams, consisting of a student from the H-BRS with a student from SZTU together achieve a poster or video (e.g. with mysimpleshow.com) on one of the lecture topics. Successful completion is assessed by the delivery of the poster or video.

Registration: Students from the Department of Management Sciences please register for the elective course through your respective course registrations in LEA.

After the respective registration deadlines, you as well as H-BRS students from other departments may also register over the LEA course directly. In any case, please also contact the course coordinator: Dr. Zhanlu Ma-Högemeier.

The interdisciplinary virtual lecture series "Sustainability and Innovation in a Connected World" plays a crucial role in developing a strategic partnership between H-BRS and SZTU using digital tools. Chinese students and academics are part of the global scientific community. Interaction with them is enriching on an academic and intercultural level, and without their contribution, no significant progress can be made in solving global challenges. Through this joint online lecture series, the transfer of know-how, historically directed to China, is now practically carried out for a two-way exchange of know-how. 

This virtual course is closely linked to the Digital International Studium Generale (DISG) of the H-BRS, which is broadly designed by its transdisciplinary character and thus offered to as many students as possible. The emphasis is on action-oriented methods in which what is learned is directly applied." Students will collaborate virtually in intercultural and interdisciplinary groups on smaller projects (such as creating collaborative posters) using a variety of learning apps. This develops both digital skills and intercultural competencies. In addition, teachers who develop international competencies also incorporate them into the design of their courses and thus impart them to their students (multiplier effect).  

A total of 10 lectures of 90 minutes each will be online for students of all degree programs of the H-BRS as well as the partner university SZTU. Of these, 5 lectures will be given by professors/lecturers from H-BRS and 5 lectures will be given by professors/lecturers from SZTU.

The following topics were submitted by colleagues from both universities for the winter semester 2021/2022:

  • Sustainability in consumer research
  • Wearables and their social implications for the future state of health 
  • Sustainable labor migration 
  • Marketing strategies for innovations in the ICT market 
  • Sustainability and Food System change or
  • Sustainable and resilient urban food systems
  • Molecular Anthropology
  • Circular economy
  • Hydrogen Technology
  • On demand ride service platforms
  • Innovation with Quantum Mechanics 
  • New Materials 

Methodology:

  • 5 lectures by H-BRS staff
  • 5 lectures by SZTU staff;
  • Digital learning platform LEA and CDP, etc.;
  • Independent research (in and outside class) to design a poster;
  • Meet and work online with international students from other university and exchange views on multi-disciplinary topics;
  • Poster or video submission (as method of evaluation).

 

Elective Course: Ethics - What's the right thing to do

James Chamberlain

Dates: Friday, 12:30 PM - 02:00 PM, online

Frequency: 2 hours per week

Language: English

ECTS: number of ECTS points students receive depends on the examination regulations (Prüfungsordung) of the respective programme that the student is enrolled in.

Target Group: H-BRS students from all departments and study programs and English B2/C1 or comparable knowledge. 

Assessment: A 75% attendance rate and a final essay are the requirements for passing the course.

RegistrationLEA

Course Description:  In this course we will examine difficult moral dilemmas and try to answer the question, “What is the right thing to do?” The course aims to help students become more critically minded thinkers about the moral decisions we all face in our everyday lives. We will address some of the controversial topics of our day – executive bonuses, affirmative action, same-sex marriage, state surveillance and individual rights. - After registering for this course, students will be granted access to the course on LEA, where the course materials can be downloaded.

 

 

Elective Course: Global Philosophy - How the world thinks

James Chamberlain

Dates: Tuesday, 04:30 PM - 06:00 PM (CET), online

Frequency: 2 hours per week

Language: English

ECTS: number of ECTS points students receive depends on the examination regulations (Prüfungsordung) of the respective programme that the student is enrolled in.

Target Group: H-BRS students from all departments and study programmes and English B2/C1 or comparable knowledge. 

Assessment: A 75% attendance rate and a final essay are the requirements for passing the course.

Registration: LEA

Course Description: The word “philosophy“ is a Greek word, and as such describes a Western way of thinking. So much so, that when we think of philosophy, we tend to assume that it is based on written texts and systematic thought. When we broaden our scope and consider other philosophical traditions, the emphasis often remains focused on the transmission of seminal texts, as in India, China and Japan. But there are philosophical traditions all around the world, many of them following oral traditions, as in Africa or in Australia. Using Julian Baggini’s book as a guide, we want to explore together these non-European traditions, and discuss “how the world thinks” about knowledge, individualism, how we ought to live, and much more. - After registering for this course, students will be granted access to the course on LEA, where the course materials can be downloaded.