Academic Writing

  • Wer?

    Juliane Strohschein

  • Wann?

    Semester course, every second wednesday
    Start: Wednesday, 22.04.2020, 4pm-8pm

  • Wo?

    online

  • Credits

    2 SWS / ECTS 1

  • Kursnummer

    116002

Notice

It is advised to attend the class as accompanying support while working on writing assignments (term paper, report, presentation, bachelor thesis, master thesis or others).

Aims and Content

“Learning to write in the academic world means to learn the rules of the game in order finally to be able to participate in it.” (Kruse, 2003) Academic writing is a process, a product of that process and a set of skills necessary in the process. Acquiring complex academic literacy is the aim of this class while practicing English for Academic Purposes - for most of us English is not the native language.

The challenges raised by academic writing are linked with core strengths which students need to accomplish their study program satisfyingly. In class we will practice:

  • linguistic processes: how can you put in accurate words what you have in mind?
  • logic processes: how can you organize knowledge, time, ideas and text in a logical sequence while following a set of academic standards?
  • standards to pertain to in the process: The existing knowledge that each new text builds on needs to be honoured and referred to. Academic texts have to be differentiated, clear, reliable, transparent, valid and so on.
  • Comprehensive skills: critical thinking, self-management, exchange and feedback

A majority of students state to have problems with academic writing and working at some point in their career. The main approach of the class is to provide a structured space to address and deal with these concerns. There will be regular opportunities for dialogue, 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.

Resources

  • Macgilchrist, 2014, Academic Writing
  • Morley, 2014, Phrasebank
  • Pavlenko et al, 2014, Academic Writing Global Views
  • Wayne et al, 2008, The Craft of Research

Berlin as a Place of German History, Culture and Politics

  • Wer?

    Justinus Pieper

  • Wann?

    18.04.2020 Beginn um 10.00 Uhr
    19./ 25.04.2020 10am-7pm
    26.04.2020; 10am-3pm

  • Wo?

    online

  • 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
    Beginn 20.04.2020
    Monday  2 - 5 pm

  • Wo?

    online

  • Credits

    2 SWS / ECTS 1 - (2.5 bei Zusatzleistung)

  • Kursnummer

    115007

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.

The class “Berlin as a place of history, culture and politics” is designed as a “dialog-seminar”.  We will primarily visit various renowned Berlin institutions in order to speak and discuss with their representatives such as journalists, start-up entrepreneurs, artists or experts from the field of political education. In addition, excursions to numerous historical sites in Berlin will take place. The course therefore consists of individual block events. They last about four to five hours each and usually take place at intervals of about three weeks. The first, second and last event will be lectures and presentations at the HWR (Campus Schöneberg). To earn credit and ECTS points, a final exam will be held on the last day of the class. In addition, each student has to deliver a presentation on a topic related to Berlin.  A detailed program and schedule will be handed out in our first meeting.

Bewerbungstraining für den englischsprachigen Raum - Job Application

  • Wer?

    Amanda Wichert

  • Wann?

    Einzeltermin
    Thursday, 06.06.2020
    9am-4pm

  • Wo?

    online

  • Credits

    1 SWS / ECTS 0.5

  • Kursnummer

    131010

Applying for a job successfully requires you to know more than just the basics of how a job application is put together. To really market your skills effectively, you need to know a lot about who you are, what you have to offer, what you want to achieve, and how to put your best qualities forward. A solid understanding of the English-language job application process will help you on your way to making the best first impression.

The Application Process

  • What documents do I need when applying in English?
  • What do I need to know about the format and structure of my CV/resume and cover letter?
  • What should I include in my cover letter and resume? What should I leave out?
  • What do I need to know about the selection criteria for jobs in the English-speaking job market? 

The Interview

  • What should I do to prepare for a job interview in English?
  • What interview questions can I expect to be asked and how can I prepare myself to best answer these questions?

Please come prepared with a job posting that you’d like to apply for (if you aren’t actively searching for a job, feel free to bring a job posting that looks interesting or a posting for your dream job after graduation).

Individual consultation appointments to be made on an individual basis

One on One Consultation

In these individual application review sessions, we will go over your application together. We will look at the language (grammar, clarity, and style) as well as the content and format and discuss how you can best present yourself in order to achieve your goals. You will have the opportunity to ask specific questions, get feedback on your CV and cover letter, and on interview questions.

Please bring your laptop and a completed CV & cover letter (don’t forget to bring the job posting that you are applying for) as well as any questions that you have about the application process.

Introduction to the German Economic System

  • Wer?

    Klaus Deimer

  • Wann?

    Block seminar
    Saturday, 04.04.2020; 9am-6pm
    Sunday, 05.04.2020; 9am-6pm

  • Wo?

    online

  • Credits

    2 SWS / ECTS 1 - (2.5 bei Zusatzleistung)

  • Kursnummer

    115005

Objectives

Students will be introduced into the "Social Market Economy" with its most important modules in theory and how this model is working in reality. The most urgent prob¬lems which arose during practicing SME in the last 20 years will be shown and analyzed. Possibilities of reshaping the model will be discussed.

Curriculum

  • Development of the model of "Social Market Economy" after World War II in Ger­many;  
  • The specific German combination of a basic free market economy with a socially structured performance;
  • Discussion of current problems especially the German insurance systems concern­ing old-age pensions, unemployment, and health.

Literature

  • Abelshauser, Werner (2005): The Dynamics of German Industry.  Germany's Path to­ward the New Economy and the American Challenge.  New York, Oxford (Berghahn­books). 
  • Glossner, Christian L. (2010): The Making of the German Post-War Eco­nomy: Political Communication and Public Reception of the Social Market Economy After World War II", London (I.B. Tauris).
  • Van Hook, James C. (2007): Rebuilding Germany: The Creation of the Social Market Economy, 1945 - 1957, Cambridge UK (Cambridge University Press).
  • Podhostnik, Thomas (2002): Aspects of the Social Market Economy: The History and Foundation of Social Market Economy, Konstanz (didactmedia).
  • Siebert, Horst (2005): German Economy: Beyond the Social Market, Princeton, (Princeton University Press).