Courses 2014

Course Description Time Instructor
 Experience the World (Undergraduate Level)
Intercultural Competence (5 ECTS) – In cooperation with InterCultur gGmbHIntercultural competence (IC) is the ability to effectively communicate and deal with others in intercultural settings. The widely shared understanding of IC divides the concept into three main categories: knowledge, skills, and attitudes, all of which will be examined in this course. To achieve this, this course consists of two pillars: 1) A mainly theoretical part will asses culture’s impact on the human mind and 2) a more practically oriented part will look at the foundations and applications of intercultural trainings. In order to bridge the gap between theory and practice, this course will be offered in collaboration with practitioners with long-term training experience from InterCultur gGmbH. As part of an additional workshop participants can earn a certificate “Intercultural Trainer” (additional costs).Gather more information about the course on the website as well as on the flyer.Please apply for this course via InterCultur gGmbH until November 30, 2013. 13.01. – 24.01.2014 Prof. Dr. Ulrich Kühnen, Jacobs University, Annette Gisevius, Frauke Peter, InterCultur gGmbH
Africa’s Role in the 21st Century (5 ECTS)

This course, taught by former ambassador Dr. Claas Knoop, covers current developments on the African continent and its position in the globalized world. In particular, the course focuses on questions of development and security policies in African-European relations.
23.01.-31.01.2014 Former ambassador Dr. Claas Knoop
German Politics and Culture (5 ECTS) This highly interactive class provides students with an introduction to contemporary politics and recent history of Germany. At the same time, the course applies selected theoretical perspectives from the breadth of social sciences to contextualize the German experience, including influential works from political sociology, political science, social psychology and political economy. The course is supplemented by a voluntary field trip to the nation’s capital, Berlin (self-contribution of 60€ for Jacobs students). 

A limited number of Jacobs Students can register for a “remote participation” of the course via web-based video-conference and collaboration.

23.01.-31.01.2014 (Field trip Berlin 30.01.-01.02.2014) Maximilian Held, Jacobs University
Human Trafficking: An International Perspective
(5 ECTS)
This course will examine the definition of human trafficking and study a number of legal instruments (Conventions and laws) to come to a full understanding of how human trafficking is defined. A discussion turns to what we actually know about human trafficking –how we measure the problem, why it is so difficult to determine just how many persons are being trafficked and whether a person is a trafficked victim. The course explores the different perspectives from which we can examine trafficking – as a criminal justice and organized crime problem, but also from the perspective of supply and demand, human rights, immigration, poverty and gender inequality.
13.01.-21.01.2014 Prof. Dr. Alexis A. Aronowitz, University College Utrecht
The Concept of World Literature (5 ECTS)The course offers an introduction to the concept of world literature as a key term of actual Comparative Literature as well as Cultural Studies. It deals with the socio-economical preconditions and with the historical roots of this concept which was coined by the late Johann Wolfgang Goethe and propagated by his liberal contemporaries in France as well as by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels and polemically fighted by conservative German as well as leftist Russian critics. In the course of the 20th century it has got a prominent place in literary studies, in festive speeches, in the advertisement strategies of big publishing houses etc., but this popularity was paid by a nearly complete emptying of its meaning. Instruction focuses on the theoretical potential of this concept by discussing theoretical texts from its founding period and its actual developments and applications. Aim of the course is to give students an understanding of the usefulness of historical explanations of concepts (“Begriffsgeschichte”) and of their applicability to actual problems in Literary and Cultural Studies. 23.01.-31.01.2014 Prof. Dr. Henrik Birus, Jacobs University
From the Textual to the Technological: Documents and Structure in a Digital Age (5 ECTS)While there are different theories about the impact of technology on human nature and culture we can certainly all agree that we are living in an increasingly tech-heavy age.  As global networks become more integrated and active, and the way we interact with texts and documents becomes more computer-supported, students from all academic disciplines will benefit from fundamental concepts and tools for dealing with digital documents and from the ability to think critically about the use(s) of technology.  This course will introduce students to modern document management and distribution technologies and to the concepts of structuralism, deconstruction and the hyperreal. Students will be challenged to draw connections between the technical and the cultural in order to explore the potential ramifications of a “wired” existence. The “technological perspective” of this course will be brought in by Prof. Kohlhase, who specializes in knowledge representation and semantic aspects of document engineering, while the “literary/cultural perspective” will be brought in by Giselda Beaudin, who specializes in contemporary literary and cultural studies. 13.01.-21.01.2014 Prof. Dr. Michael Kohlhase, Jacobs University, Giselda Beaudin, Rollins College (FL, USA)
NEW: China’s Search for Happiness: Images of the Good Life throughout Chinese History (5 ECTS)Globalization has become an irrevocable process. While it is visibly driven by technological-scientific and economic forces, in the end, the five or six “Large Regions” will have to arrive at some common
value horizon, defining the civilizational goals of this precipitous development. China, being one of the oldest and most populous culture areas, has produced throughout the dynasties a variety of visions of what might be considered as the “Good Life”.
The course will look at some of these utopian images in more detail.
23.01.-31.01.2014 New: Prof. Dr. Rainer Hoffmann, Universität St. Gallen
(Prof. Sun Yue, Capital Normal University Bejing had to cancel his participation)
Music and Architecture: An Introducion (5 ECTS)
The course offers an introduction to a somewhat controversial parallel between music and architecture. Emerged in the 19th-century German philosophy, literature and aesthetics as a Romantic metaphor (“architecture is frozen music”), this concept has actually had its historical predecessors in the ancient Greek mythology and music theory, Roman and Renaissance architectural theory, and the color-music experiments of the Enlightenment. Reinforced by the late 19th-century synaesthetic vision of the Gesamtkunstwerk, the concept has made a considerable impact on the development of the two arts in the late 19th – early 20th century, and it continues its undifferentiated existence to these days, mostly in the writings on art and architecture.First, the course will briefly cover the development of the western music history and architecture history, focusing on the notion of “style” and discussing possible disparities in terminology (“classical music” vs. “classical architecture”, e.g.). Then the course will differentiate between the two main tendencies within the interdisciplinary domain, the “mathematic-scientific” and the “poetic-synaesthetic” analogies (Cole 1987), tracing their respective emergence, historical development, and inspirational potential for composers and architects up until the 21st century. A range of disciplines concerned with the topic of music and architecture (philosophy, aesthetics, physics, mathematics, psychology, narratology, sociology, etc.) will be discussed. Finally, a number of musical works inspired by architectural principles, and vice versa, buildings inspired by musical forms, will be proposed for further analysis and discussion.
13.01.-21.01.2014 Marina Lupishko, PhD, Jacobs University
India: A Society in Transformation (5 ECTS)
The rapid rise of India as political and economic powers is undoubtedly going to change the international order in the years to come. India’s society  is experiencing a radical process of socioeconomic transformation that influences India’s enormous technological progress in particular in the IT-sector as this technological progress is severely influencing the socioeconomic transformation. This mutual interconnection between India’s socioeconomic change and its technological modernization will be the central element of this USC.Besides this the proposed Winter School Course will look at the various drivers in society, economy, culture, and the political system that determine the country’s transformation processes. It will study the relation between the increasingly rapid process of globalisation and the change taking place in India, as well as the Indian society’s attempts to deal with or reign in the effects and by-products of globalisation.

By zooming in on Indian  economic, social, and political phenomena, the course will critically examine the assumption that globalisation leads to increasing homogenisation along Western lines. Instead of positing a strict dichotomy between “tradition” and “modernity”, the course will emphasise the complexity and ambiguity of processes of socioeconomic transformation India.

23.01.-31.01.2014 Dr. Jörg Himmelreich, Jacobs University
Claiming Human Rights (5 ECTS)Human Rights are at the center of various disputes across different disciplines. Most importantly: is the concept of a natural right of all human beings that precedes their social, economic, and political identities and entitles them to act independently an outcome of a specific Western culture or does it articulate an universal value valid in all cultures? Is it based on religious or on philosophical reasoning? When people claim their expression of thoughts and practices as protected by human right do these claims reduce cultural diversity or do they foster diversity? The USC studying Human Rights claims in cultural and legal discourses allows understanding the interrelations between global integration and cultural diversity in the field of law and culture. Nowadays one the most intriguing questions in international law is whether the individual has gained the status – at least a limited one – of a subject of international law, and if so what consequences have to be drawn in relation to the legality of humanitarian interventions even outside the system of the UN. 23.01.-31.01.2014 Prof. Dr. Hans G. Kippenberg, Prof. Dr. Georg Ress, Jacobs University
 The World of Methods (Graduate Level)
Mathematical Methods for Logistics and Economy
(5 ECTS)
The course is an introduction to basic concepts from linear algebra, probability, and optimization, with view on their applications in logistics and economy. Since methods and techniques from these fields are extensively used for building quantitative models in all areas of science, engineering, and economy, the course may also be used to refresh or deepen mathematical knowledge on graduate level. Topics covered are vector and matrix theory, linear systems, least-squares methods; basic probability and random variables, examples of random processes (Markov chains, Poisson process, queuing systems); classification of optimization problems (on examples), linear programs and duality, elements of smooth optimization.
13.01.-31.01.2014 Prof. Dr. Peter Oswald, Jacobs University
Mixed Methods (2 ECTS) Mixed methods, i.e. the combination of elements from quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, has been gaining in importance as a research design over the past years. This hands-on course will guide students through the stages of conducting a mixed methods study. We will look at the different kinds of mixed methods designs and at issues that arise during sampling, data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Students taking this course must be familiar with quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. 13.01.-16.01.2014 Prof. Dr. Margrit Schreier, Jacobs University