Academic Writing

  • Wer?

    Juliane Strohschein

  • Wann?

    Semester course, every second Thursday
    Start: Thursday, 21.10.2021/ 4:00pm – 8:00pm

  • Wo?

    Online - Moodle

  • Credits

    2 SWS / ECTS 1

  • Kursnummer

    116002

Notice: Please use this class to accompany and support your current or upcoming writing assignment(s), i.e. term paper, Bachelor Thesis, Master Thesis or any other academic writing project.

Feeling at home in academic writing – and in the academic world in general – is an important prerequisite for academic success and student’s satisfaction. Also, it is a challenging process that we all go through in our own way and it’s great to have guides and company in this learning journey.

The main approach of the class is to provide a structured space to address and deal with any concerns, questions and troubles with writing. There will be regular opportunities for Q&A, discussion and feedback. The focus of the class is to support students to see themselves as writers who express themselves and participate in the academic world.

Every second Thursday 4pm to 8pm, starting on the 21st of October 2021. Please check in Moodle for up to date information.

Applying for Jobs in Germany

  • Wer?

    Amanda Wichert

  • Wann?

    Einzeltermin
    Friday, 12.11.2021
    9.30am-13.30pm

  • Wo?

    Online - Moodle

  • Credits

    1 SWS / ECTS 0,5

  • Kursnummer

    131021

Successfully navigating the job market in Germany requires not only a basic knowledge of how to correctly formulate your cover letter and application, but also a solid understanding both of what German employers value in an applicant and how the German job market functions. What does a good resume look like, and what does it mean to have a “good career”? What does success look like? How is it measured? How do Germans approach the application process, and how might that differ from what I’m familiar with in my home country?

In this course, we’ll go over the following:

  • What are relevant cultural values that play a role in the German job market and in the workplace?
  • How is the job market structured? How can I find out the types of jobs that people with my skill set or educational background hold in Germany?
  • How do I apply for a job in Germany? What formal standards, processes, and rules should I be aware of?
  • What should my application look like? What should be included?
  • How do I format a CV for the German job market? What do I need to know about application photos? What is important – and what isn’t – for German employers?
  • What is the purpose of a cover letter in Germany and what will potential employers expect to see? What should I avoid?
  • What do I need to know about interviewing for a job in Germany?
  • How important is it to learn German? How does my role as an applicant with an international background influence my chances?

This workshop is designed for international students who would like to learn more about applying for a job in Germany.

Course Structure

This course is a combination of live sessions and asynchronous work. The first live session will be on thursday, 21.05.2021 from 10:30 to 12:30. The second live session will consist of an hour for questions and answers about the course content. You will also have the opportunity to sign up for an individual application counseling session to review your application and ask individual questions.

Berlin as a Place of German History, Culture and Politics

  • Wer?

    Justinus Pieper

  • Wann?

    Friday, 08.10./2pm-6pm.
    09.10.2021/9am-6pm
    15.10./2pm-6pm.
    16.10.2021/9am-6pm

  • Wo?

    Online - Moodle

  • Credits

    2 SWS / ECTS 1 - (2.5 bei Zusatzleistung)

  • Kursnummer

    121010

Aims and Objectives

Foreign students are invited to get acquainted with German history, culture and politics by attending a series of lectures as well as engaging with everyday life and rhythm of contemporary Berlin.

Participants

Exchange and guest students, number of participants restricted to 30 students.

Teaching Program

Students are invited to study German society and everyday life in Berlin in several ways as by Dynamic lectures (on German history, culture and politics);
Visits to Berlin institutions of public interest (such as Bundestag and media);
Excursions and walks to important places of historic interest as well as of modern Berlin (Märkisches Museum, DHM, Stasi-Museum; architecture; streets; the ‘Bayerisches Viertel’ around the BSEL; Berlin’s industrial past; Berlin in the Cold War; the Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial; Berlin’s present culture and subcultures).

Literature

To be announced at the beginning of the seminar

Berlin as a Place of German History, Politics and Culture

  • Wer?

    Stefan Hauer

  • Wann?

    Semester course, weekly
    Start: 21.10.2021
    Thursday 2–4 pm

  • Wo?

    Online- Moodle/ Excursion

  • Credits

    2 SWS / ECTS 1 - (2.5 bei Zusatzleistung)

  • Kursnummer

    115007

Foreign students are invited to familiarize themselves with German and especially Berlin history, culture and politics. Through a variety of individual online projects, you get easily acquainted with the everyday life and rhythm of this exciting European city. The online projects are various smaller assignments that cover the most interesting areas/topics in this context and can be completed independently within one or two weeks. Furthermore, a written performance record in the form of a small research paper is expected.

After submitting the individual assignments, each student always receives a personal feedback and evaluation. The research paper will be extra graded.

All individual assignments with detailed descriptions (concerning implementation) are usually posted once a week on Moodle. In addition, online meetings will be held from time to time as well as excursions and/or visits to institutions (depending on the Corona situation and related restrictions).

The course will start on 21.10.2021. Please check Moodle platform at this day: A detailed course description with topics and a timetable as well as guidelines for grades and credit points will be communicated via Moodle then.

Empirical research with parametric and nonparametric statistical methods

  • Wer?

    Natalie Packham

  • Wann?

    Seminar, 14-tägig
    Mittwoch, ab 20.10.2021
    16–20 Uhr

  • Wo?

    Online - Moodle

  • Credits

    2 SWS- ECTS 1 - (2.5 bei Zusatzleistung)

  • Kursnummer

    117038

The course teaches the theoretical and practical quantitative skills required to conduct statistical and econometric research with a particular focus on problems in a business, finance and economics context. Students are expected to have an understanding of basic descriptive statistics. Building on this, students learn about hypothesis testing, linear regression and time series analysis. Further topics, such as panel regression or special test methods can be incorporated if wished. A particular focus lies on the practical application using software. Students will find this course helpful to improve their quantitative skills or to seek assistance with empirical work during their thesis period.

While some mathematical details are needed, we emphasize the methods, their conceptual underpinnings and their application rather than their theoretical properties. Students will use the software gretl throughout the course.

  • Introduction to gretl: Basic data handling and graphical methods
  • A brief introduction to probability for econometrics
  • Hypothesis testing: parametric tests (Gauss-, t-test, …)
  • Hypothesis testing: nonparametric tests (Chi-Square-, Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney-U-tests, …)
  • An introduction to simple regression
  • Multiple regression and regression with dummy variables
  • The econometrics of the simple regression model
  • Univariate time series analysis
  • Panel regression

Literatur

  • Koop, G.: Introduction to Econometrics. Wiley, 2008.
  • Koop, G.: Analysis of Financial Data. Wiley, 2006.
  • Beatty, W.: Decision support using nonparametric statistics, Springer, 2018.
  • Dougherty, Christopher: Introduction to Econometrics. 5th edition, Oxford Univeristy Press, 2016.
  • Nevo. Making Sense of Data through Statistics: An Introduction. Legerity Digital Press, 2014.

How to discover and really reach Goals

  • Wer?

    Susanne Hake

  • Wann?

    Blockseminar
    Friday, 06.12./13.12.2021 & Monday, 10.01.2022
    Group I: 9:00am-12.30pm, Group II: 2:00pm-5.30pm

  • Wo?

    Online - Moodle

  • Credits

    2 SWS / ECTS 0

  • Kursnummer

    131022

Content

Are you getting distracted from discovering goals worth reaching? While most of us know that intrinsic motivation and getting in action is important: It sometimes is difficult. Most of the times it is not lack of knowledge that stops us. It’s our own inner resistence.

This workshop is designed as a group coaching with 12 participants.

If there are more than 24 participants there will be a morning group (9 am to 12:30 pm) and an afternoon group (2 to 5:30 pm).

Every participant works on his or her strengths, visions and goals – and with his or her inner resistance. You will develop individual strategies to receive and generate more energy to discover goals that are big and reachable at the same time.

During the first two meetings you will chose your own project to practice.

During the third meeting you will share a 15 minute project presentation about your progress, your results and your learnings.

Please register only if you know that your schedule allows you to participate through all the three meetings. Because of the structure of the workshop, there can’t be latecomers.

Learning targets

The participants find, understand and communicate their strengths, skills and competences.

The participants develop an individual vision, goals and milestones.

The participants get to consciously know their inner resistance, while building resistance and finishing a project.

Methods

3 group coaching online-meetings in 2 groups. Lecture, individual work, teamwork, individual online presentations Prerequisite for attending: Activated camera on your computer.

International Week on Sustainability

  • Wer?

    HWR Berlin Lehrkräfte, internationale Dozierende, Experten aus der Praxis

  • Wann?

    05 – 13 November & 19 – 22 November
    Opening Event / 05 November 2021
    Registration until 30 September 2021

  • Wo?

    Campus Lichtenberg

  • Credits

    Je nach Teilnahmeoption 2,5 oder 5 ECTS

  • Kursnummer

    115057

Overview

  • Seminars, workshops and case studies about sustainability, responsibility and selected focal topics (e.g. climate, food waste, sustainable entrepreneurship)
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  • Field trips and corporate talks with companies, NGOs and NPOs
  • Project Work on real-life sustainability challenges provided by external partners using the Service Design methodology to create human-centered innovations
  • International lecturers from different parts of the world
  • Online teaching and participation options in case of restrictions due to COVID-19

Participation options

Full Programme:
05 – 13 November & 19 – 22 November
88 lecture hours, 62 additional study hours
5 ECTS*

Partial Programme 1: Perspectives on Sustainability
05 – 13 November 2021
Workshops, seminars, and field trips
60 lecture hours, 15 additional study hours
2.5 ECTS*

Partial Programme 2: Project Work
13 November 2021 (afternoon)
19 – 22 November 2021
Service Design Project
28 lecture hours, 47 additional study hours
2.5 ECTS*

* Dependent on agreement with your university.

Preliminary Schedule

Opening Event / 05 November 2021

Joint event with digitization conference #wirmüssenreden@HWR Berlin (#weneedotalk@HWR Berlin, comprising

  • Keynotes of distinguished speakers
  • Panel discussions
  • Evening lounge & networking

Participation

Students can choose to participate in partial or in full programme.

Attendance free for HWR students, incoming students/students from our partner universities and students studying at other German universities.

Participation fee of 85 € (full programme) and 65 € (partial programme) for all other participants.

Course language: English.

Proof of English proficiency (min. B2) is required.

Registration until 30 September 2021

Credits

Credits can be assigned for students of Business Administration of HWR Berlin Department of Cooperative studies (only full programme) & HWR students that register within General Studies / Studium Generale.

Other students please contact your home institution.

For exchange students: Please note that a separate Transcript of Records (ToR) will be issued. It is not possible to transfer the credits to your main ToR, which you will obtain for your exchange semester at HWR Berlin.

Contact

Studieren lernen – Studienstart international

  • Wer?

    Ina Dietrich

  • Wann?

    Semesterkurs, wöchentlich
    ab 20.10.2021
    Mi 9–10.30 Uhr

  • Wo?

    Online - Moodle, E-Learning, Units auf Moodle, Online-Beratung

  • Credits

    4 SWS/ 0

  • Kursnummer

    117035

Dieser studienbegleitende Kurs richtet sich an geflüchtete und andere Studierende mit internationalem Hintergrund zu Beginn ihres Studiums. Er besteht aus zwei Kursmodulen:

  • Ankommen in der deutschen Hochschulwelt
  • Deutsche Wissenschaftssprache im Studium

In diesem Kurs lernen die Studierenden, wie sie sich an der Hochschule zurechtfinden und an deutschsprachigen Lehrveranstaltungen erfolgreich teilnehmen können.

Inhalte

  • Das deutsche Hochschulsystem im Allgemeinen
  • Die Strukturen der HWR Berlin
  • Wichtige Begriffe des Studiums: Seminar, Klausur, Präsentation, Hausarbeit, Vorlesung, SWS, ECTS
  • Kommunikation an der Hochschule: Sprechstunden, E-Mails etc.
  • Lern- und Arbeitstechniken
  • Prüfungen, Prüfungsangst überwinden
  • Präsentieren und Referieren
  • Teilnahme an Unterrichtsgespräch, Gruppenarbeit und Diskussion
  • Vortrage sinnvoll mitschreiben und auswerten
  • Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten im Studium
  • Schreiben erster akademischer Textsorten

Methoden und Medien

  • Online-Seminare
  • Beratungen
  • E-Learning Units auf der Lernplattform Moodle
  • Gruppen-Foren
  • Praktische Übungen und Aufgaben
  • Screencasts & Video

Die Kursanmeldung ist auch nach dem Belegzeitraum per E-Mail möglich.

Wissenschaftssprache Deutsch für Internationale Studierende

  • Wer?

    Ina Dietrich

  • Wann?

    Semesterkurs
    22.10.2021 bis zum 17.12.2021
    14.00–15.30 Uhr

  • Wo?

    Online-Seminare, Einzelberatungen, E-Learning Units auf Moodle

  • Credits

    4 SWS/ 0

  • Kursnummer

    117033

Dieser studienbegleitende Kurs richtet sich an geflüchtete und andere Studierende mit internationalem Hintergrund, die in ihrem individuellen Studienverlauf vor dem ersten Verfassen einer wissenschaftlichen Hausarbeit oder ähnlichen längeren Textsorte in der deutschen Sprache stehen.

In diesem Kurs lernen die Studierenden die Grundlagen des wissenschaftlichen Schreibprozesses und vertiefen ihre Kenntnisse der Wissenschaftssprache Deutsch. Gleichzeitig findet eine individuelle sprachliche Begleitung in Form von Einzelberatungen statt.

Inhalte

  • Wissenschaftliche Arbeit: Was ist das, was wird erwartet, wie gehe ich vor?
  • Themenfindung und Fragestellung
  • Lern- und Arbeitstechniken beim wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten und Schreiben
  • Gliederung und Aufbau wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten
  • Zitieren und Belegen
  • Wissenschaftssprache DaF
  • Wissenschaftlicher Stil, Formulierungen, Wortschatz
  • Praktische Übungen und Aufgaben
  • Beratende Begleitung des eigentlichen Schreibens der Hausarbeit

Methoden und Medien

  • Online-Seminare
  • Einzelberatungen
  • Gruppenberatungen
  • E-Learning Units auf der Lernplattform Moodle
  • Gruppen-Foren
  • Praktische Übungen und Aufgaben
  • Screencasts & Video