Gutenberg International School (GIS) – Courses for Exchange Students

Information on the Winter Semester 2022/23 (14 October 2022)

Dear exchange students, the winter semester 2022/23 will be a normal one at JGU. Like in the last summer semester courses will be mainly offered face-to-face. Some courses may still be offered in hybrid format or online. You can find more information in the course description in the course catalogue.

You can also find the downloadable version of the list of courses in languages other than German for the winter semester 2022/23 here and in the download section of this page. Most courses are linked to the offical general course catalogue for more information on each course, if available. The list will be updated on a regular basis if there will still be changes until the start of the lecture period. Also mind that if there is a red dot in front of the title of the course in the course catalogue, it means that this course will be offered online. Yet, please also read the course description, if offered, carefully for more detailed information. As a recommendation: If you are interested in a course from our Germersheim campus and it is offered online, it is usually no problem to attend it. Just contact the colleagues in the International Office there: intger@uni-mainz.de

The course program of the Gutenberg International School has now also been updated but there may be more courses coming. Important: The registration for these courses CANNOT be made via the GIS but only via the subjects that offer the individual courses (Exception: the conversation classes German!!!). Please see the individual course descriptions for more information.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Mainz in the next weeks.

Please note the information regarding the coronavirus pandemic and teaching at JGU, available at     https://www.studying.uni-mainz.de/corona/.

 

Info: For an overview of GIS special courses & courses offered in foreign languages in earlier semesters, please look at our archive.

GIS Special Courses in English for Exchange Students - Winter Semester 2022/23 - History & Culture

Course description

Since 1918, Germany has gone through various political disruptions and transitions: from monarchic rule to parliamentary democracy, from Nazi dictatorship to complete military defeat, from two separate states to one reunified country.

The seminar provides an introductory historical overview. It is open to incoming students from all academic disciplines and levels. Based on historical sources and literature we will analyze major phases of German history: Why was the democratic system of the Weimar Republic so unstable? How did the Nazis establish their regime of terror? What were the main reasons for Germany to split into two antagonistic states and how did they develop till the fall of the Berlin Wall? Looking at the process of reunification since 1990 we will also address major ongoing topics such as European integration, migration, and re-emerging nationalism and their respective historical foundations.

In addition to political programs and action, we will also look at underlying economic, social, and cultural changes as well as foreign relations. While the course will be based on historical analysis it will invite participants to also share their insights and experiences they are making during their stay in Germany.

It is planned to have at least one excursion: Heidelberg (visit of the Friederich-Ebert-Gedenkstätte) and/or to Bonn (Haus der Geschichte)
Outline of Study Program
“Collapse of democracy”: The Weimar Republic (1919 – 1933)
“Rule of terror and war”: The Nazi State (1933 – 1945)
“Hour Zero” (1945 – 1949)
“Divergence and hostility”: Germanys during the “Cold War” (1949 – 1961)
“Consolidation and cohabitation”: Two Germany side by side (1961 – 1989)
“Courage and dissent”: German unification (1989 – 1990)
“New challenges”: Continuing transformation in a uniting Europe (since 1991)

Empfohlene Literatur:
The course is mainly based on selected sections of the following books:

• Mary Fulbrook, A History of Germany 1918–2014: The Divided Nation, Fifth Edition. Chichester 2021.
• Peter C. Caldwell/Karrin Hanshew, Germany Since 1945. Politics, Culture, and society: London et alt. 2018 (recommended to buy).
• Helmut Walser Smith (ed.): Oxford Handbook of Modern German History, Oxford et al. 2011.
• Helmut Walser Smith: Germany. A Nation in its Time. Before, during, and after Nationalism, 1500-2000, New York 2020.

Zusätzliche Informationen:
Participants & Engagement
Participants
- All incoming students from all academic fields are welcome
- History students from abroad are also invited to join the team
- No specific requirements, just interest in the overall topic and historical work
- Ability to read scientific texts in English

Engagement
- Regular attendance
- Preparation reading and active participation in seminar discussions
- Two homeworks in writing (upload in Moodle prior to the session)
- One classroom presentation to kick-off seminar discussion

This is a special course bringing together students who do not study history to get to know Germany better from a historical perspective. It is not a lecture. In fact, good discussions and results will largely depend on active participation and sharing of different views.
Preparing the sessions properly and getting a good grasp of the reading materials will be key.

Grading

• 8 ECTS (seminar + tutorial)
• Assignment as indicated
• Exam:
o Option 1: Written exam (60 minutes)
o Option 2: Oral exam (15 minutes)
o Option 3: Term paper (6 – 8 pages)
• Credit points
o 5 ECTS (class, no tutorial); assignment and exam as indicated
o 2 ECTS (class, no tutorial); assignment as indicated; no exam or term paper
o The number of ECTS depends on the workload. In some cases, it can be adjusted individually depending on the requirements of the home university.

 

Time: Wednesdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: Philosophicum, room P 6

Credits: 2 or 5 ECTS (+3 ECTS for the tutorial)

How to register

Course offered by History: Please send an email to mrissman@uni-mainz.de with your name, Matrikelnummer (student ID) and the name of your home university.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The modern Rhine-Main area looks onto a rich history characterized by a multitude of diverse cultures. Its location in the heart of Europe allows us to regard it as a true cultural hub.

This interdisciplinary and primarily archaeological course aims at introducing students of all disciplines to a selection of sites and finds throughout the above mentioned timeline - focusing only on significant historic events - and to the currently main applied methods.

It is open to all exchange students and all students of the JGU and consists of a seminar (2 hrs.) and an obligatory tutorial (2 hrs.). A field trip to some prominent sites in Mainz will be offered towards the end of the course, if possible.

The students will undertake 2 exams, whereby they have the choice between a German and an English version. They will also contribute a short presentation (15 mins.) that will be graded according to the German system. Both exams, which they will have to pass with at least 60% each and the presentation (at least grade/Note 4) are obligatory to receive their credit points (6 ECTS in total).

This course is only suited for advanced students (4 semesters or more) with a minimum B2 language level in German and/or English, or better. Knowledge of the Latin language is of advantage.
You can register for this course per e-mail (see below for details).

 

Required reading

! Caution ! Links will only function without additional costs via the JGU network or VPN

C. I. Caesar, De Bello Gallico (Buch 1, Kap.1/Book 1, ch. 1; by November 14th 2022) http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783050064192

P. C. Tacitus, Germania (Kap. 1-2/ch. 1-2; by November 14th 2022) http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/9783110361162

 

Time: Mondays, 12:15 - 13:45 & Fridays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: online

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

You can only register by e-mail for this course. Please write an e-mail to Mrs. J. Reiss-Gupte, M.A.: jreissma@uni-mainz.de with the following information: Your first and last name, the subject(s) you are studying, the number of semesters you have already been  studying and your home university.

Link: Course Catalogue

 

Course description

Culture Studies I focuses on American history from early settlement to the 20th century while Culture Studies II puts a stronger focus on current topis in American culture. Both courses are offered in several parallel courses. For more information including times and locations please see course catalogue below.

Credits: 4 ECTS for each course

How to register

Course offered by American Studies: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Culture Studies I:  Course catalogue

Link: Culture Studies II: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Culture Studies I & III English Literature & Culture offer an introductory insight into British history and culture. Both courses are offered in several parallel courses. For more information including times and locations please see course catalogue below.

Credits: 4 ECTS for each course

How to register

Course offered by English Literature & Culture: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Culture Studies I:  Course catalogue

Link: Culture Studies III: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The seminar will create an online platform to discuss contextual and intercultural responses to the global crises (financial, ecological, medical, social, political, military) from theological and interreligious perspectives. We shall look for models of interpretation provided by the religious traditions and their scriptures, especially biblical texts, and the ethical guidance religious communities offer for coping with the diverse crises. We will also explore imaginative ways that transcend the new normal towards a pantopia that does not return to the pitfalls of the old normal before the Covid-19 pandemic but tackles the injustices that the virus has revealed.

To this aim we will also invite national and international guests to the discourse via webinars. Students will have the chance to interview prominent voices of the intercultural theological scene. They will be enabled to develop critical theological voices regarding the so called New Normal informed by intercultural, interreligious and gender perspectives.

Time: Wednesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: online

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Protestant Theology: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

This course is designed to introduce you to several key moments in Native American history, their political and social implications, and cultural representations in literature and media.
The events that we will discuss and analyze are Indian Removal (1820s-30s), sttler colonialism and their consequences for Native Americans, especially in the Midwest (1860-90s), the formation of the American Indian Movement in the 1970s, and the recent Standing Rock protests in North Dakota.

Time: Fridays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: Alte Mensa, room HS 11

Credits: 4 ECTS

Kursanmeldung

Course offered by American Studies: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

 “Christmas weather,” observed Mr. Elton. “Quite seasonable; and extremely fortunate we may think ourselves that it did not begin yesterday, and prevent this day’s party, which it might very possibly have done, for Mr. Woodhouse would hardly have ventured had there been much snow on the ground: but now it is of no consequence. This is quite the season indeed for friendly meetings. At Christmas every body invites their friends about them, and people think little of even the worst weather. I was snowed up at a friend’s house once for a week. Nothing could be pleasanter. I went for only one night, and could not get away till that very day’s se’nnight.”

Mr. John Knightly looked as if he did not comprehend the pleasure, but said only, coolly,

“I cannot wish to be snowed up a week at Randalls.” (Austen, Emma 104)

In this seminar, we’ll explore Christmas and the stories, ideas and ideals – as well as their parodies, see Austen – that can be connected to it. We’ll approach our festive topic both from a cultural as well as a literary studies viewpoint. For the latter, we’ll think about Christmas Stories as forming what is probably one of the largest “story webs” in existence throughout Western culture. Christmas, of course, does not only feature in specific “Christmas Books” – such as Charles Dickens’ famous 1843 A Christmas Carol and Dr. Seuss’ 1957 How the Grinch Stole Christmas! – but also in many texts and stories as part of a larger narrative (see Austen). Hence, intertextuality will form one important focus for this class: how do Christmas narratives (of all kinds) relate to, complement, and question each other? But we’ll also think about the way Christmas and its traditions have been adapted throughout various media, instrumentalised, commercialised and performed throughout the centuries. We’ll try to find links between the Nativity Stories of the Bible, early English play and prose texts, Christmas carols and songs, Georgian Christmas parties, Victorian Christmas books, modern advertisement and TV series Christmas episodes. Our main topics (this may still change) will be: Epiphany, Christmas Books, Christmas Parties, Christmas Spirit and Christmas Weather.

Recommended reading list:
The “texts” we will read, watch, and listen to in this class will generally be made available to you in excerpt form. However, there will be small student groups in charge of specific themes, topics and texts and, within these groups, you will be expected to get access to and read/watch/listen to the texts that are specific to your group in their entirety. There will also be a chance to bring your own text ideas.

Time: Tuesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Philosophicum, room P 208

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by English Literature and Culture: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

not available

Time: Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: Naturwissenschaftliches Institutsgebäude (NatFak), Room N 239

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Geography: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Is there a fundamental construction of the universe?  Is the mind a different substance to the body?  Are there essential objects which make up other objects?  Or is it just turtles all the way down?

This Proseminar course will look at the answers to these questions given in the Early Modern period.

Around the philosophical period of the Enlightenment, philosophers were keen to explain the ultimate grounds of the universe. During the time of Newton’s physics, a rich and varied conversation around the structure of reality came to light.  However, as we will see, there is broad disagreement about what this underlying nature is, and where human minds, causal efficacy and God should fit into our metaphysics.

We will look at a variety of philosophers such as Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant and Hume, as well as lesser-known influences such as the female philiosopher, Lady Anne Conway.

Time: Wednesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Am Kisselberg, seminar room K1

Credits: 5 or 7 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Philosophy: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The Tutorial (3 ECTS) introduces students from abroad to the techniques of academic work within the German university context. By attending this tutorial students will be able to meet formal requirements concerning literature research, presentations and term papers which are also very useful for other courses they will attend while studying at the JGU Mainz.

Topics discussed include:
- An introduction to the various databases accessable at the JGU, as well as other digital tools such as Padlet or Kahoot
- The draft and refining of research questions
- The search, critical analysis and incorporation of primary sources
- Searching for and working with different types of Secondary Literature
- Working with citations and footnotes within assignments such as term papers
- Preperation of presentations and oral exams

 

Teaching language: English (and German, in accordance with the participants).

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Forum 7, room HS 10

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by History: Please send an email to mrissman@uni-mainz.de with your name, Matrikelnummer (student ID) and your home university.

Link: Course catalogue

 

GIS Special Courses in English for Exchange Students - Winter Semester 2022/23 - Social Sciences & Society

Course description

The course is taught in English. It is offered from the Faculty 02 Social Sciences and the Gutenberg International School.

Exchange students: Please add the course to the course registration formular for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission. Your coordinator can register you in Jogustine, or you or the coordinator contact sowiso@uni-mainz.de for registration (we need your student ID/Matrikelnummer therefore).
Contents
Students of the social sciences from all over the world taking part in this seminar (5 ECTS) will get the opportunity to view Germany from various perspectives within the social sciences. The seminar will provide insights into a wide range of topics related to German society, politics, media and culture.

The lecturers, who are social scientists themselves, will teach and discuss different perspectives on the multiple course topics. Within the seminar‘s interdisciplinary approach students are encouraged to contribute by actively sharing their views on the topics at hand as the seminar’s concept is a highly interactive one.

 

Additional information
To successfully take part in the seminar students will have to fulfill the following requirements:

Oral presentation + written exam + "active participation"

In the seminar, the students obtain 5 ECTS credits for participation, written exam, oral presentation, and homework assignment.

Time: Tuesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 04-111 (Dekanatssaal)

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please add the course to the course registration formular for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission. Your coordinator can register you in Jogustine, or you or the coordinator contact sowiso@uni-mainz.de for registration (we need your student ID/Matrikelnummer therefore).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The seminar is intended to research and discuss literature on the topic of critical reasoning with digital media content. Both theoretical conceptualizations of critical reasoning, but also empirical assessments of the phenomenon will be featured in the seminar. The participants will be asked to review a sub-topic of their interest and present their findings in one session. Topics generally related to the seminar are: digital media consumption, critical assessment and reflection of content, research proficiency and trust in media.

Time: Mondays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-601

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please add the course to the course registration formular for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission. Your coordinator can register you in Jogustine, or you or the coordinator contact sowiso@uni-mainz.de for registration (we need your student ID/Matrikelnummer therefore).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The German school system selects students not only along criteria of achievement but also along race in an irritatingly stable manner. In our seminar we want to investigate the absence of „race“ in German discourses on Bildung. Taking on this subject in English, we will investigate different traditions of Critical Race Theory, comparing German disciplinary discourses with those in the United States and Great Britain, as these countries stand for examples holding on to longer traditions of Critical Race and Critical Whiteness Theories. With its thematic involvement the seminar aims at developing political literacy for teacher students, which we regard as an essential skill for future teachers in order to be change agents for a more democratic school, while we are explicitly open to students of all disciplines including incoming students.

The course starts in the second week of the winter semester, on November 2, 2022. See dates and times in Jogustine.

Time: Wednesdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: Naturwissenschaftlich-Medizinischer Bau, room 02-369 (Seminarraum 6)

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please add the course to the course registration formular for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission. Your coordinator can register you in Jogustine, or you or the coordinator contact sowiso@uni-mainz.de for registration (we need your student ID/Matrikelnummer therefore).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

This course invites exchange students and regular JGU students to actively participate in an intercultural dialogue.

Participants attend an intense training in intercultural communication where they reflect their cultural backgrounds and learn how it shapes their perceptions in international contexts.

Besides that, participants can gather international teamwork experience and practice their intercultural communication skills. At the end, participants have not only learned to engage professionally and confidently in intercultural communication but also expanded their international network.

Time: Friday 28.10.2022 14:00 - 18:00 & Saturday 29.10.2022 09:00 - 15:30
Location: Friday: Georg-Forster Gebäude (GFG), room 02-761 & Saturday: Georg-Forster Gebäude (GFG), room 01-511

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please add the course to the course registration formular for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission. Your coordinator can register you in Jogustine, or you or the coordinator contact sowiso@uni-mainz.de for registration (we need your student ID/Matrikelnummer therefore).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

This course is designed to introduce the basic theories and concepts of international relations, and to familiarize the students with the way these are applied in the political science context to understanding of contemporary international issues. The course is organized in two parts, the first part concentrates on the main theories of international relations. The second part of the course will focus on case studies, application of the theoretical knowledge on current issues.

Please note: This is not a class in which to learn English; it is a class to learn about International Relations theories and their application. The course is held exclusively in English and directed primarily at native speakers, exchange students and students with a high level of proficiency in English. There will not be any regular translations into German and all course work must be completed in English. The only exception to this rule is the term paper, which you can do in either German or English.

Recommended reading list:
• Baylis, J., Smith, S., Owens, P. 2011. The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations. Oxford: Oxford University Press (5th edition).
• Dunne, T., Kurki, M., Smith, S. 2010. International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2nd edition).
• Jackson, R., Soerensen, G. 2010. Introduction to International Relations: Theories and Approaches. Oxford: Oxford University Press (4th edition).

Time: Mondays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Georg-Forster Gebäude (GFG), room 02-611

Credits: 3 or 5 or 9 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Political Science: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Bei der Vorlesung „Visions for climate – Eine Ringvorlesung über den Klimawandel“ handelt es sich um eine interdisziplinäre Vorlesungsreihe, die sich mit positiven Zukunftsvisionen einer klimagerechten Welt sowie den dafür notwendigen Schritten auseinandersetzt. Sie wird von Wissenschaftler:innen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete gehalten, um so jeweils einen unterschiedlichen thematischen Schwerpunkt auf die Aspekte Klimakrise, Klimagerechtigkeit und Nachhaltigkeit zu setzen.

Studierende die Leistungspunkte für die Teilnahme erwerben wollen müssen einen Bericht im Umfang von 5 Seiten zur gesamten Vorlesungsreihe anfertigen, der sich an vorgefertigten Reflexionsfragen orientiert.

Time: Mondays, 18:15 - 19:45
Location: Muschel, room N3 (or online, as this is a hybrid lecture series)

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Please inquire wwith the academic advisor of your subject how you can register for this course.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

n/a

Time: Tuesdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Philosophicum, room P 11

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Sociology: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Social Simulation is a type of modelling for social scientists and computer scientists which has been gaining interest as a result of extremely affordable computing power and a rising interest in complex systems methods and approaches to understanding the world. Many approaches to simulation are now accessible to social scientists with some programming skills who seek to develop a deeper understanding of social and economic issues and problems, centering on “complexity” ideas: evolution, adaptation, nonlinear behavior, emergence and self-organization. These approaches have become essential tools for social scientists in a wide range of fields, sociology, economics, cognitive psychology, organizational theory, political science and geography, and are now also part of the toolbox for computer scientists interested in distributed artificial intelligence and multi-agent technologies. Of primary concern are multi-level simulation models that allow simultaneous consideration of multiple levels of systems and processes of interest (social, economic, environmental), and have users alternate between views on macro and micro behaviors, and possibly levels in between. The most common approach to multi-level simulation, agent-based modelling, allows for hetero­geneity in simulated behaviors of the “agents” on the lower levels (representing, for instance, individuals, groups, organizations or networks). This provides to scientists the opportunity for (much) higher degrees of detail when observing “in silico” complex evolutionary phenomena, as opposed to some very abstract mathematical models.

This seminar offers an introduction to common approaches in Social Simulation. It opens up questions with regard to opportunities and limitations that characterize the state-of-the-art for each simulation method (on its own, but without disregarding the projects that seek to develop “hybrid” modelling techniques across strands of simulation research, building first and foremost on agent-based approaches). It will also assist in developing appreciation for the common elements of Social Simulation workflows, for instance: the theoretical discussion of a model’s conceptual framework, the data-to-model links, and communication of results of simulation research.

Learning outcomes:

This course covers a survey of practical examples of how leading modelers in social sciences apply Social Simulation for achieving a better understanding of certain social and economic issues and problems. On the theoretical side, it will provide an overview of Social Simulation and foundational knowledge on its common methods, their differences, with key literature systematically reviewed. On the practical side, it will provide guidance for reasoning about which types of modelling may be suitable for application to certain social and economic issues and problems, and how to make choices with regard design and implementation of a simulation project.

Course Requirements and assignments:

Assignment 1: Pre-class preparation

This assignment is about producing excerpts (1 page per text) from the text book.
Each student is asked to agree with the instructor on seven excerpts taken from the different sections of the textbook. The excerpts will be uploaded on Jugostine five days before the block seminar dates.

Assignment 2: Class presentation

This assignment is about presentation of a topic in class.
Each student is asked to discuss his/her choice with the instructor, and prepare a session from the syllabus. In certain cases, this can be done in cooperation.

Assignment 3: Simulation project

This assignment is post-class work on a simulation project concerning one topic of the syllabus (mostly the one chosen for presentation). The students need to present a short abstract and the contents structure for their simulation project to the instructor 10 days after the block seminar dates. The deadline for essay submission is the end of Term.

Recommended reading list:
Gilbert, N., Troitzsch, K. (eds.) (2005): Simulation for the Social Scientist, Second Edition, Open University Press. http://cress.soc.surrey.ac.uk/s4ss/

 

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-721

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Sociology: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Computational Social Science (CSS), a young but growing research area at the intersection of social science, computational science and complexity science, refers to the use of (advanced) computational approaches in studying social phenomena. The main CSS areas are automated information extraction systems (e.g. automated text analysis), social network analysis, social geographic information systems (GIS), complexity modeling, and social simulation (e.g. agent-based simulation models). Skills of computational social scientists are built on foundations of statistical analyses done in Stata, SPSS, or another such program, through learning/exploring new skillsets uncommon in the social sciences that are developed by computer scientists and computational statisticians. These include network analysis, natural language processing and machine learning techniques, and the programming languages R and Python, all associated with doing "data science" in the "age of big data".

This seminar pulls together ideas from the introductory-level Computational Social Science course "Bridge from Statistics to Data Science”, and the "Simulating Knowledge Dynamics and Innovation Networks (Introduction to the SKIN platform)” course. In the course, students will be introduced to applications of data science that can be relevant to their studies. Particular attention goes to visualization applications for open data, helping them in mapping and simulating innovation and entrepreneurship in big data domains (e.g. health care, transportation, government). It opens up questions with regard to opportunities and limitations that characterize the state-of-the-art for each computational method and visualization technique, with methodological focus in network analysis, natural language processing and machine learning. It will also assist in gaining hands-on experiences for programming (basic) applications of data science in R and Python, building on previously learned skills for doing (basic) statistics in Stata. Along hands-on class work, it will further assist in developing appreciation for the principal techniques in “big data viz” and common elements of data science workflows, for instance: data exploration, modelling and simulation, and communication of data science results.

Learning outcomes:

This course covers a survey of practical examples of how CSS researchers with a foundation in statistics/Stata can apply (basic) methods of Computational Social Science for achieving a better understanding of certain social and economic issues and problems. On the theoretical side, it will provide an overview of CSS and foundational knowledge on its common methods, their differences, with key literature systematically reviewed. On the practical side, it will provide guidance for reasoning about which types of data science methods may be suitable for application to certain social and economic issues and problems, and how to make choices with regard design and implementation of a data science project.

Course Requirements and assignments:

Assignment 1: Pre-class preparation

This assignment is about producing excerpts (1 page per text) from the text book.
Each student is asked to agree with the instructor on seven excerpts taken from the different sections of the textbook.
The excerpts will be uploaded on Jugostine five days before the block seminar dates.

Assignment 2: Class presentation

This assignment is about presentation of a topic in class.
Each student is asked to discuss his/her choice with the instructor, and prepare a session from the syllabus. In certain cases, this can be done in cooperation.

Assignment 3: Data Visualization project

This assignment is post-class work on a data science project concerning one topic of the syllabus (mostly the one chosen for presentation). The students need to present a short abstract and the contents structure for their project to the instructor 10 days after the block seminar dates. The deadline for essay submission is the end of Term.

Recommended reading list:
Cioffi-Revilla C. (2014) Introduction to Computational Social Science (Texts in Computer Science). London: Springer.

Time: Mondays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-721

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Sociology: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

Course description

not available

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Naturwissenschaftliches Institutsgebäude (NatFak), room N 239

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Geography: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

not available

Time: Thursdays, 12:15 - 13:45 (exception: 1. session on Friday 04.11.2022: 08:15 - 09:45 in Naturwissenschaftliches Institutsgebäude (NatFak), room04-223)
Location: Naturwissenschaftliches Institutsgebäude (NatFak), room N 239

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Geography: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Berlin, New York or Marrakech in film: The study of cinematic cities is a key topic of film geography - a still emerging sub-discipline at the interface of film studies and geography. In this context, attention is not only given to media or filmic representations of cities, but rather to the complex interactions between film, city and urban culture(s).
In the seminar we will therefore explore the topic on different levels: Conceptuality and theoretical contextualisation of cinematic cities; connections between film/cinema and urbanisation; elements of construction and levels of staging of cities in films and series; cities as film locations, practices of location scouting and film production; public screens; neoliberal moving images in urban contexts (e.g. surveillance technology); film as part of place branding; urban screen tourism; film as urban archive; cities as cinematic utopias and dystopias; postcolonial perspectives on cinematic cities.
We will approach these topics by taking examples of specific cinematic cities in a global context, such as New York, London, Marrakech, New Orleans, Liverpool, Venice, Berlin, Rome, Dubai, Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, Lagos, Johannesburg, Seoul, Shanghai, Paris, etc.. To this end, we will apply diverse approaches of cinematic or film-geographical analysis and elaborate in a joint effort what potentials and challenges these hold for the scholarly examination.

Time: Mondays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Medienhaus (Wallstraße 11, 55122 Mainz), room 01-110 (Seminarraum 2)

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Geography: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

In this course (3 ECTS), exchange students learn the ABC for successful social science studies at the Johannes Gutenberg University. Participants will be able to meet the formal requirements of academic work in terms of literature research, oral presentations and term papers. The course offers you a flying start and equips you for a successful semester abroad at JGU.

Course Work:

To successfully take part in the tutorial students will have to fulfill the following requirements:

Short oral presentation + term paper + class participation

In the tutorial, the students obtain 3 ECTS credits for participation, written term paper, short oral presentation, and homework assignment.

Time: Mondays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Philosophicum, room P 201

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please add the course to the course registration formular for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission. Your coordinator can register you in Jogustine, or you or the coordinator contact sowiso@uni-mainz.de for registration (we need your student ID/Matrikelnummer therefore).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

We are a group of students from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU) and organize our own conference from students for students. Because we study a variety of subjects (humanities, social sciences and natural sciences) we try to provide a conference with an interdisciplinary claim. If you want to join our organization team, feel free to contact us.

Time: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking
Location: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking

Credits: possible, please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

How to register

Please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

Link: Website

 

GIS Special Courses in German for Exchange Students - Winter Semester 2022/23 - Learning German

Course description

The ISSK offers German courses on the level A1-C2 along with the studies for students in the following study programs:

  • ERASMUS
  • International exchange programs (international partnership programs)
  • English study programs
  • Study programs with exemption from the DSH and German language requirements
  • Other international students in B.A. and M.A. degree programs
Courses on level A1-B2

The ISSK German courses that can be taken parallel to the various courses of studies are addressed to students who are already enrolled in a study program at Mainz University (JGU).

Classes at levels A1, A2, B1, B2.1, B2.2 meet twice a week for a total of 6 academic units per week and run throughout the semester teaching period.
For every course which you have successfully completed you can obtain 6 ECTS credit points.

Prerequisites for a graded course certificate and 6 ECTS credit points are the following:

  • regular attendance
  • active participation
  • preparation of homework tasks
  • plus some additional shorter tests and a successful final exam.

Times & locations: here

Credits: 4 or 6 ECTS (see individual course)

How to register

Please find information on registration here:https://issk-en.uni-mainz.de/registration-for-the-german-courses/

Link: ISSK

 

Courses on level C1-C2

SB1: German C1 courses accompanying the studies (SB = “studienbegleitend”)

Prerequisite for admission: good knowledge of German at an advanced level (i.e. with completed B2.2 level)
Target groups:

  • Students who have passed the DSH exam with the result DSH-2 and achieved between 60 and 67% in one or more sections
  • Test-DaF graduates with the result 4xTDN4, 3xTDN4 and 1xTDN5, respectively
  • ERASMUS students or ‘program students’ (= participants of study courses with mandatory language requirements) who have reached C1 level in the placement test or in a previous course

Course offerings include independent modules of 2-4 semester hours (SWS) each that have to be taken successively.

 

SB2: German C2 courses accompanying the studies

Prerequisite for admission: very good knowledge of German (i.e. a high or completed C1 level)
Target groups:

  • Students with a DSH score of 75% or TestDaf with score TDN 4455
  • ERASMUS students or program students who have reached a high C1 level or a C2 level in the placement test or in a previous course

The focus of these courses (with 2-4 semester hours per week) is academic German or German for Specific Purposes.

Times & locations: here

Credits: 2-6 ECTS

How to register

Please find information on registration here: https://issk-en.uni-mainz.de/registration-for-the-german-courses/

Link: ISSK

 

General information

Der Kurs richtet sich an ausländische Studierende auf Masterniveau, Promovierende, Postdocs, Gastwissenschaftler*innen und Mitarbeiter*innen der JGU mit einem abgeschlossenen B1-Niveau.
Da das Ziel des Kurses eine erste gezielte sprachliche Vorbereitung auf den Berufseinstieg für Akademiker in Deutschland ist, ist der Kurs für Teilnehmende vorgesehen, die nach dem Studium oder der Promotion einen berufsbezogenen Aufenthalt in Deutschland planen.

Inhaltlich liegt der Fokus deshalb auf Themen wie Studium/Promotion in Deutschland, Arbeitswelt, Bewerbungstraining, Interkulturelle Kommunikation im Studium und Beruf.
Im Bereich der Grammatik werden die wichtigsten Inhalte der Basisgrammatik A1-B1 wiederholt und gefestigt sowie neue grammatische Phänomene der B2.1 Stufe eingeführt.

Times & locations: here

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

Please find information on registration here: https://issk-en.uni-mainz.de/registration-for-the-german-courses/

Link: ISSK

 

Course description

The German Conversation Course is intended for exchange students of all subjects with at least completed A2 level who wish to improve their oral expression skills in German and are willing to participate orally in class on a regular basis. Otherwise, students cannot benefit from this course.
The emphasis is on free speaking, which is practiced on the basis of current topics and topics related to Germany.

Important: course registration is only possible via email to gis@international.uni-mainz.de and NOT via the form "Course Registration for Exchange Students". Please send an e-mail with your certified German level (if available) and the following information: Last name, first name, country of origin, home university, subject, German level, matriculation number (if already available), e-mail address. Please also state if you have already taken part in a conversation course at JGU.

Applications will be accepted from 15.10.2022 to 20.10.2022 (earlier registration will be ignored). If there are more registrations than places, a waiting list will be introduced and informed accordingly. Students who wish to participate in the conversation course for the first time will be prioritized. Students who have already participated in such a course at JGU can only participate if there are places remaining.

To participate in the A2/B1 course you must have completed at least level A2, to participate in the B2/C1 course you must have completed at least level B2. If your language skills are not at least A2, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the conversation course because you do not have the appropriate qualifications.

In the first course session, the course instructors will check again whether your language skills match the corresponding course. If this is not the case, you could be placed in the other course. If during the check it is noticed that the oral level is lower than A2, unfortunately you will not be able to participate in the course.

Please note that the course will not start until the 2nd week of lectures.

 

Completed A2 or B1 Level - Course A

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Am Kisselberg, room K9 (Übungsraum)

Credits: 1-4 ECTS

 

Completed A2 or B1 Level - Course B

Time: Wednesdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Am Kisselberg, room K9 (Übungsraum)

Credits: 1-4 ECTS

 

Completed B2 or C1 Level

Time: Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 02-611

Credits: 1-4 ECTS

 

How to register

Course offered by GIS in cooperation with German Studies: see course description

Link: Course catalogue (A2/B1 - Kurs A), Course cataloge (A2/B1 - Kurs B) & Course cataloge (B2/C1)

 

Course description

In dieser Übung werden zentrale Bereiche der Grammatik des Deutschen behandelt wie etwa Wortart-, Satzgliedbestimmung und Satzstruktur. Ziel ist die Vermittlung eines fundierten grammatischen Basiswissens, das sowohl für ein Linguistikstudium als auch für den Deutschunterricht an Schulen eine wesentliche Voraussetzung ist.

!!!Please be aware: These courses do not serve the aim of language acquisition and are no courses in which you practice German grammar, as they are linguistic courses intended for a German native speaker audience!!!

Recommended literature

Gallmann, Peter et al. 2017. Schülerduden. Grammatik. 8. Auflage. Mannheim: Dudenverlag.
Pittner, Karin und Judith Bermann. 2021. Deutsche Syntax. Ein Arbeitsbuch. 7. Auflage. Tübingen: Narr.

Austauschstudierende: In dieser Veranstaltung können Sie zwischen 1 und 3 ECTS-Punkte erwerben. Genauere Informationen erhalten Sie in der ersten Sitzung.

 

Time: 5 courses available, please see course catalogue
Location: see individual course in the course catalogue

Credits: 1-3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by German Studies: to be announced

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

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Time: Fridays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Philosophicum, room P3

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by German Studies: to be announced

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Bei der Motivation für ein Geschichtsstudium spielen Berufsvorstellungen eher eine untergeordnete Rolle und die Frage nach den beruflichen Perspektiven hinterlässt oft Ratlosigkeit. Vorgegebene Wege für den Berufseinstieg existieren nicht und der formalisierte Weg in das Lehramt an Schulen ist abhängig von der Einstellungspolitik der Länder. Dennoch lässt sich eine ganze Bandbreite an Berufsfeldern aufzeigen, in denen Historikerinnen und Historiker tätig sind. Außer in den „klassischen“ Bereichen (Schule, Wissenschaft, Museum, Archiv) finden sich Absolventen der Geschichtswissenschaft oftmals in Verlagen, Bibliotheken, Institutionen der Erwachsenenbildung, aber auch in der Politikberatung, Öffentlichkeitsarbeit, Erwachsenenbildung oder als Freiberufler wieder – um nur einige Berufsfelder zu nennen, in die sie ihre im Studium und darüber hinaus erworbenen Kompetenzen einbringen.
Ziel der Übung ist es, potentielle Berufsfelder für Historikerinnen und Historiker praxisnah kennenzulernen, mögliche Schritte der Berufsfindung zu überlegen, anstehende Praktika-Entscheidungen zu überdenken sowie die spezifische Situation des „Historiker-Arbeitsmarktes“ zu reflektieren. Im Zentrum stehen Berufsfeldrecherchen, berufskundliche Interviews, feldtypische Übungen. Erwartet wird die Vorbereitung und Durchführung eines Workshops mit Berufspraktiker/innen oder die Präsenntation eines Berufsfeldes nach Wahl, gerne in Gruppenarbeit.

Anwesenheitspflicht

keine, aber aktive Teilnahme wird erwartetDigitale Lehre

Wir werden in der ersten Sitzung Termine für die Workshops festlegen, die wir ggf. auch digital planen können. In der übrigen Zeit können wir asynchron arbeiten bzw. Veranstaltungstermine zu einem Block zusammenfassen.Empfohlene Literatur

Time: Mondays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Philosophicum, Raum P6

Credits: please discuss with the teacher in the first session

How to register

Course offered by History: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation) and go to the first session.

Link: Course

 

Course description

Bei der Vorlesung „Visions for climate – Eine Ringvorlesung über den Klimawandel“ handelt es sich um eine interdisziplinäre Vorlesungsreihe, die sich mit positiven Zukunftsvisionen einer klimagerechten Welt sowie den dafür notwendigen Schritten auseinandersetzt. Sie wird von Wissenschaftler:innen unterschiedlicher Fachgebiete gehalten, um so jeweils einen unterschiedlichen thematischen Schwerpunkt auf die Aspekte Klimakrise, Klimagerechtigkeit und Nachhaltigkeit zu setzen.

Studierende die Leistungspunkte für die Teilnahme erwerben wollen müssen einen Bericht im Umfang von 5 Seiten zur gesamten Vorlesungsreihe anfertigen, der sich an vorgefertigten Reflexionsfragen orientiert.

Time: Mondays, 18:15 - 19:45
Location: Muschel, room N3 (or online, as this is a hybrid lecture series)

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Please inquire wwith the academic advisor of your subject how you can register for this course.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The Tutorial (3 ECTS) introduces students from abroad to the techniques of academic work within the German university context. By attending this tutorial students will be able to meet formal requirements concerning literature research, presentations and term papers which are also very useful for other courses they will attend while studying at the JGU Mainz.

Topics discussed include:
- An introduction to the various databases accessable at the JGU, as well as other digital tools such as Padlet or Kahoot
- The draft and refining of research questions
- The search, critical analysis and incorporation of primary sources
- Searching for and working with different types of Secondary Literature
- Working with citations and footnotes within assignments such as term papers
- Preperation of presentations and oral exams

 

Teaching language: English (and German, in accordance with the participants).

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Forum 7, room HS 10

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by History: Please send an email to mrissman@uni-mainz.de with your name, Matrikelnummer (student ID) and your home university.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

We are a group of students from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU) and organize our own conference from students for students. Because we study a variety of subjects (humanities, social sciences and natural sciences) we try to provide a conference with an interdisciplinary claim. If you want to join our organization team, feel free to contact us.

Time: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking
Location: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking

Credits: possible, please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

How to register

Please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

Link: Website

For an overview of special courses for exchange-students in earlier semesters, please visit our archive.