Gutenberg International School (GIS) – Courses for Exchange Students

UPDATE: Information for the Winter Semester 2021/22 (08 October 2021)

Dear exchange students, the winter semester is fastly approaching and we finally have information on how the semester will be handled at JGU. Almost 90% of courses will be held face-to-face. In order to be present at courses you need to follow the so-called 3G rules, meaning that you either need to be vaccinated or have recovered from a corona infection or have a recent test done by trained staff. You will probably get more detailed information on this soon. Your best way to stay informed about the format courses will take place in your subject is still the student advisor in the subjects.

You can find the downloadable version of the list of courses in languages other than German here and in the download section of this page. The offical general course catalogue has also been released but there will still be some slight changes in the list until the start of the semester. We have also linked the courses in our list with the course cataloge so that you can get more information on each course. The list will be updated on a regular basis in order to provide you with all information necessary, as some slight changes may occur. 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 no problem to attend it. Just contact our colleages at the International Office Germersheim: intger@uni-mainz.de!

Also, the course program of the Gutenberg International School is now available but there may be changes, too - especially concerning course dates and times classes will be held. So please check this on a regular basis. We thank you very much for your patience and hope to see you soon in Mainz.

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 2021/22 - History & Culture

Course description

The course is designed to provide an introductionary overview about German history since the 20th century for incoming students of all academic disciplines. Moreover, in this class advanced students will be guided in more specialized and source-based research.

This seminar will analyze the last hundred years of German history since the end of World War I. Our main points of interest will be the unstable democracy during the Weimar Republic, the rise of national socialism and the Nazi rule, the years after WW II different until the division of Germany in two states and their developments in the time of the Cold War. The fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification process will lead us to the interpretation of the “Berlin Republic”. Our course will include the discussion of recent challenges like growing nationalistic populism, environment matters and pandemic. Our spectrum includes the broad spheres of politics, economy, culture and society. We will critically reflect different “national narratives” and examine positions of historiographic interpretations.

The course is designed to provide an introductionary overview about German history since the 20th century for incoming students of all academic disciplines. Moreover, in this class advanced students will be guided in more specialized and source-based research.

Recommended reading list
Mary Fulbrook, A History of Germany 1918–2014: The Divided Nation, Chichester 42015
Peter C. Caldwell/Karren Hanshew, Germany Since 1945. Politics, Culture and Society, London 2018.

More literature in class.

Additional information
Wednesday 10-12 am, class online. Tutorial recommended, but not mandatory.

Grading: Individual choices a. written exam 60 minutes (depending on the development of the pandemic)
OR oral exam (15 minute, depending on the development of the pandemic)
OR term paper

Regular credits: 5 ECTS.
The number of the ECTS (3-7 class + 3 tutorial/0 no tutorial) depends on the workload. Therefore, it can individually be adjusted according to the requirements of the sending university.

Assignment: Homework, online-presentation in online-class.

The class will be held online (MS Teams). All material will be provided in Moodle.
Online-participation is recommended, but voluntary.

Time: Wednesdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: Bausparkasse Mainz (BKM), room 00-025 (SR 03)

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

How to register

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

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 - focussing 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). Both will be held online on a web based conference system. Please ensure that you are equipped with a web cam, in order to participate in the interactive course.

A field trip to some prominent sites in Mainz (in person) will be offered towards the end of the course, if possible. Should the pandemic situation not allow this, you will be offered a virtual excursion instead.
You are required to undertake 2 oral online exams (each ca. 15 mins and you have the choice between a German and an English version) which you will have to pass with at least 50% each to receive your credit points (8 ECTS in total). Apart from that you are invited to contribute a short presentation (10-15 mins.) and/or to hand in a seminar paper (in German or English), should you require it. After receiving your results hereof, you of course would be free to decide whether it should be included in your course grading or not.

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

Credits: 8 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by History: Attention: a JGU email address is necessary for your registration to participate in this course! Send an email to jreissma@uni-mainz.de providing the following information:
• your first and your last name (!)
• your „Matrikelnummer“ (!)
• your field of study/subject, semester (= how many semesters have you studied so far?) and your home university’s name (!)

Should you have any questions in advance, please don´t hesitate to contact the above e-mail-address.

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 (online or hybrid)

Link: Culture Studies II: Course catalogue (face-to-face)

 

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 (online)

Link: Culture Studies III: Course catalogue (hybrid or face-to-face)

 

Course description

Human rights are often thought of as universal, meaning that they equally address and apply to all people around the world. Further, they are often understood as having fixed and clear legal meanings that are defined and enforced by international institutions, such as the United Nations. However, a historical examination reveals the varied contexts in which they figure. This course will look at the intellectual underpinnings of the notions behind human rights, the geopolitical contexts in which they were institutionalized, the activism by marginalized peoples to gain greater recognition in the rights-based frameworks, and some critique of work done in the name of human rights. By historicizing the development of human rights discourse and practice, this course aims to shed light on the current challenges facing the global efforts to obtain and protect human rights.This course is suitable for students of history, international relations, policy, political science, and those more broadly interested in the topic.

Additional information
Lecturers: Katharina Wolf, MA and Riley Linebaugh, MA

Digital teaching
It is unclear until now if the course can take place in presence at JGU campus or if it will be a digial or a hybrid course. As soon as this is fixed, you can find this information here.

Time: Wednesdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: hybrid - 3 face-to-face session on 27 October 2021 & 08 December 2021 in Philosophicum, room P15 and on 26 January 2022 in Forum 6, room 01-624 - all other sessions virtual

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The module “Lecture Series” comprises two series of lecturesand two accompanying tutorials. Each term, four internationally renowned scientists (usually from abroad) from the field of media and human geography are invited to give a lecture, which focuses on thematically grouped selected globalisation processes.This improves the students’ ability to deal with current issues, topics and methods of human geographyin the international arena. An internet platform specially established for the (audiovisual) publication of speeches is maintained and updated by master students.The parallel reading courses I and II aim at an in-depth preparation for the lectures and follow-up to the individual speeches and each general topic. Students critically deal with the speakers and their research focuses by working with texts.

Time: Thursdays, 16:15 - 17:45 (Lectures) & Thursdays, 12:15 - 13:45 (Reading Course)
Location: Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, room "Senatsraum" (Lectures) & Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, room 04-223 (Reading Course)

Credits: 2 + 2 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue (Lectures) & Course catalogue (Reading Course)

 

Course description

Students learn about the most important theoretical accesses to human geographical issues in the context of globalisation; they will acquire skills enabling them to understand theoretical perspectives and to independently transfer them to current problem areas. Therefore, students develop the ability to critically and reflexively design, present and defend their own theoretical positions on the basis of arguments. The mutually dependent written works, i.e. essay and paper, strengthen the participants’ reading and writing skills. In the seminar, common theories in social sciences (e.g. action theory, systems theory, etc.) as well as approaches and concepts in culture theory are analysed on the background of their implications for an empirically substantiated conceptualisation of spatial references of social relationships. Therefore, students read and discuss selected key texts in their original versions.

Time: Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, room 02-142 (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

In his widely discussed Medical Nihilism (2018), Cambridge philosopher Jacob Stegenga argues that "we should have little confidence in the effectiveness of medical interventions."  While, according to Stegenga,  in recent years journalists and physicians have shown a huge influence of financial interests on the results of medical research, it is less clear how the methods of medical research allow for these influences:  "As a philosopher of science, this is my focus: I argue that the methods of medical research are malleable, and such malleability contributes to exaggerated claims of effectiveness of medical interventions."

In this seminar, we'll read essential parts of Medical Nihilism as well as related papers, classical and recent, in the growing field of philosophy of medicine.

Recommended literature
Jacob Stegenga, Medical Nihilsm. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018 (freely accessible as e-book in the university library).

Time: Thursdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Bausparkasse Mainz (BKM), room 00-030 (SR 04)

Credits: 5-8 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The course meets weekly, using a combination of seminar and lecture. The weekly session begins in the first hour with a seminar discussion of the reading assignments, followed by a lecture to introduce the subject of the following week. Participants are free to engage during the seminar in German or English. Lectures will be given in English.

Content
The biblical world is filled with animals. Despite their ubiquity, animals are normally overlooked as mere background characters. What insights emerge when we bring the animals of the background to the center stage? Consider the beginning of the Gospel of Mark: In the first verses, John the Baptist is described as wild and feral in his habitat, diet, and clothing (1:4–6), the Spirit descends "like a dove" (1:10), Jesus is "among the wild beasts" in the desert (1:12), and the first words Jesus’ speaks in the Gospel tradition are an invited for Simon and Andrew to "fish for people" (1:17).

Animal studies is one of the most vibrant emerging areas in the humanities today. It is motivated collectively by the "the animal turn," which decenters the human to bring non-human animals into focus and to examine the entanglement of human and animal lives. One way to convey the goals of human-animal studies is through three complementary methodological approaches: The first approach focuses on identifying the surprising ways in which humans find themselves to be like animals. A second approach works in the opposite direction to highlight the human-like traits in animals, such as sentience, subjectivity, and intentionality. The third approach questions the human/animal distinction and brings the effects of this new perspective on basic notions of human nature, animal nature, and in our course, even divine nature.

This course addresses many of the powerful and surprising ways that this new field is relevant to our exegesis of the Bible, theology, God, Jesus, the world of early Jews and Christians, and modern hermeneutical issues, including race, slavery, disability, ecology, human identity, values, and ethics.

Time: Thursdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Wallstraße 7a, RoomT5 00-301

Credits: 4 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 aims at introducing students to the current (state-of-the-art) research concerning issues related to non-dominant, less-widely spoken, often marginalized and endangered linguistic communities in different parts of the world. A special focus, though, in the course is paid to regional and minority/heritage language (RMHL) issues in Europe. In the course, students are introduced to different theoretical approaches and research directions concerning minority and heritage languages. In addition, students explore historical, sociopolitical and economic implications for language policies and practices concerning RMHL, and critically discuss the role and symbolic values attached to these languages in different speech communities. The topics of the course include (but are not limited to) language ideologies/attitudes toward minorities, minority language policy and planning, language loss, death and endangerment, language revitalization and reclamation, language shift and maintenance, family language planning, linguistic human rights, among others.

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: SB II, room 02-432 (Seminarraum)

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Northern European & Baltic Languages and Cultures: 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.

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

1. Tutorial (3 ECTS)
The tutorial can be taken independently (3 ECTS). Students will receive 3 ECTS for the successful participation in this tutorial. If desired the tutorial can be graded.

2. Tutorial + Course A or B (8 ECTS)
The tutorial (3 ECTS) can be taken together with the history classes for incomings (5 ECTS).

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: SB II, room 04-432 (Seminarraum)

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue

 

GIS Special Courses in English for Exchange Students - Winter Semester 2021/22 - Social Sciences & Society

Course description

Special course for exchange students.

Please add the course to the course registration formlar for exchange students and contact your "coordinator" for admission.

This course is taught in English.

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.

Digital teaching:
It is unclear until now if the course can take place in presence at JGU campus or if it will be a digial or a hybrid course. As soon as this is fixed, you can find this information here.

Time: Wednesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Philosophicum, room P201

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Course open to all exchange-students. Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation). Registration possible in any of the subjects of Faculty 02.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The course is open for all students at Johannes Gutenberg University.

Regular JGU students can register to the course via subscription in Jogustine.
Exchange students please add the course to the course registration formlar for exchange students and bring it to the office for student affairs in your department.

Contents
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.

In small and diverse groups, they produce animated videos supported by the JGU centre for audio-visual production which enables hands-on training. At the end, participants have not only learned to engage professionally and confidently in intercultural communication but also expanded their international network.

Digital teaching
The course is probably taking place as a hybrid course - partly in presence, partly digital. The details are unknown until now and are going to be published here when they are fixed.

Time: Fridays, 16:15 - 17:45 (or 14:00 - 18:00)
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-701 (Seminarraum)

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Course open to all exchange-students. Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation). Registration possible in any of the subjects of Faculty 02.

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.

Time: Tuesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 02-601 (Seminarraum)

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

The course is going to take place as intensive course (Blockseminar).

The course is taught in English. It is offered from the Faculty 02 Social Sciences and the Gutenberg International School and is open for all students at Johannes Gutenberg University.

Regular JGU students and RMU students can register to the course via subscription in Jogustine.
Exchange students please add the course to the course registration formlar for exchange students and bring it to the office for student affairs in your department.

Content
This seminar aims to examine the role of new media technologies in the context of authoritarian closed communities, with a specific focus on the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. The seminar will focus on the social, political, and cultural implications of digital media in the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel today, including digital media's political power and various roles, especially its role in forming safe spaces and reframing the community's boundaries. To address these aims, the seminar will focus on mapping the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel from a historical and contemporary perspective, understanding the relationship between religion and state in Israel, and focusing on the important role of technologies in general and media technologies in particular in the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel.

In this seminar, students will be required to read and prepare literature, prepare and give short presentations, collect data, and write a final paper.

Additional information
Active participation is required for successfully completing the course and obtaining the credits. Students can pass an exam at the end of the semester to get a grade.

It is unclear until now if the course can take place in presence at JGU campus or if it will be a digital or a hybrid course. As soon as this is fixed, you can find this information here.

Time: Friday, 19.11.21 10:00 - 18:00; Saturday, 20.11.21 10:00 - 18:00; Friday, 26.11.21 10:00 - 18:00 & Saturday, 27.11.21 10:00 - 18:00
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 02-701 (Seminarraum)

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation) in any subject of Faculty 02.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Theoretical fundamentals of media geography are taught in this seminar. Students deal with established specialist articles on films, television, radio, audio drama and photography from a geographical perspective. The articles are presented and discussed in the group. Reference to everyday life of media geographical theories and their globally networked effectiveness is of particular importance.

Time: Tuesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät, room 04-223

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

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 offers a course that functions as a bridge between statistical courses such as "Statistik Soziologie" and "Stata Soziologie" and introductory-level CSS (Computational Social Science). In the course, students will be introduced to applications of data science that can be relevant to their studies. It opens up questions with regard to opportunities and limitations that characterize the state-of-the-art for each computational method, 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 common elements of data science workflows, for instance: data exploration and visualization, 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 JOGU-StINe 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 science 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 Summer Term.

Textbook for the Course:

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

The course is presented in English.

Time: Mondays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-511

Credits: 7 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

What do Quantum Supremacy, Cryptocurreny, personalized medicine, unhackable internet or anti-aging medicine have in common? They all found their way on the MIT’s list of the “10 breakthrough technologies” in 2020. These ten topics were carefully selected as those technologies that will most likely leave their mark on society in the foreseeable future. While it is somewhat speculative to predict what technologies will be influential, it is not a matter of speculation that some of them will change society as much as the car, the internet, radio, the doorknob, or the domestication of wild animals has.

It is an almost trivial statement that technology affects our way of living and that new technologies can trigger social change. The more interesting question is how and why. This is the topic Sociologists face when they are studying technology and innovation. The lecture aims at introducing students to the sociological treatment of technology as an issue of the study of social phenomena.

However, the fact that the lecture introduces the sociology of something makes it necessary to bridge the realm of this something. Technology can not be narrowed down to something that simply influences society and neither can sociology of technology and innovation be narrowed down to the study of technology influencing society. In order to understand the influence of technology it is also necessary to look at the production of technology as a social phenomenon and the influence of technology on the study of social phenomena.

Finally, the lecture will also address governance and ethics issues around technology and innovation.

Recommended reading list
There will be a reader for the lecture.

Additional information:
The lecture will end with an exam based on the course material.

Depending on the situation the lecture will either be online or hybrid.

Time: Thursdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Philosophicum, room P13

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

The seminar is intended to give students a basic familiarity with the techniques developed in value theory and how they apply to economic planning. One of the focuses will be understanding the innovation process under such circumstances. We will closely follow the Japanese school and their modern analysis of value theory.

Time: Thursdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 02-731

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

Overview:

The SKIN simulation model (SKIN: Simulating Knowledge Dynamics in Innovation Networks) is one of the leading modelling/simulation tools currently available to represent the dynamic processes of technological innovation and social innovation in complex social systems. It is an agent-based modelling (ABM) platform allowing detailed representations of a heterogeneous mix of innovation actors (the "agents", for example: big and small firms, research institutes, R&D labs, intermediaries, NGOs, entrepreneurs and start-ups) and their dynamic interaction processes. It is an ideal platform for learning about how knowledge is created, transferred and distributed, how actors collaborate for innovation, models of innovation networks and governance of these processes, collaborations and networks. It counts among its strengths its powerful features for using and refining conceptual models based on robust empirical studies and applying ABM to innovation networks found in a variety of different, real world contexts. It is also a mixed methods toolbox for innovation policy-making, combining empirical studies, computational network analysis and ABM on top of traditional analytical methods. It allows ex-ante evaluation of possible policies, i.e. testing innovation policies in advance.

This seminar offers a course that functions as a broad introduction to the SKIN platform. In the course, students will be introduced to applications that can be relevant to their studies. It will address state-of-the-art, opportunities and limitations of the SKIN approach. It will assist in gaining hands-on experiences for programming applications of ABM/SKIN in the easy-to-learn NetLogo modelling language, building on previously learned skills for programming and social network analysis and moving on to computational network analysis. Other workflow-related skillsets include techniques for working with typical datasets relevant for innovation policy (e.g. patents data, R&D collaborations, research funding and investment), methods for data exploration and visualization, modelling/simulation, and communication of simulation results.

Learning outcomes:

This course covers, on an introductory level, a survey of practical examples of how the SKIN platform can be used for achieving a better understanding of social and economic issues and problems related to technological innovation and social innovation. On the theoretical side, it will provide an overview of the complex knowledge dynamics that SKIN represents and cross-disciplinary, foundational knowledge on dynamic processes of technological innovation and social innovation in complex social systems, with key literature systematically reviewed. On the practical side, it will provide guidance for reasoning about which types of applications 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 SKIN-based 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 JOGU-StINe 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 project to the instructor 10 days after the block seminar dates. The deadline for essay submission is the end of Summer Term.

Textbook for the Course:

Ahrweiler P., Gilbert N. and Pyka A. (2016) Joining Complexity Science and Social Simulation for Innovation Policy. Agent-based Modelling using the SKIN Platform. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK.

Time: Mondays, 10:15 - 11:45
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

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 the formal requirements concerning literature research, oral presentations and term papers which are also very useful for other courses they will attend while studying at the JGU Mainz.

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: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude, room 02-511 (Seminarraum)

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation) in any subject of Faculty 02.

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 2021/22 - 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: 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

 

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.

Additional information
Please contact: piestrad@uni-mainz.de

Times & location: here

Credits: 7 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 course "Konversationskurs Deutsch" is aimed at exchange-students from all academic fields who want to improve their oral expression in German. The main focus is on speaking freely which will be trained by talking about current and regional/national topics.

Literature: Materials will be distributed during the semester.

 

Level A2/B1

Time: Tuesdays, 16:15 - 17:45

Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-511

Credits: 1-4 ECTS (depending on form of examination)

 

Level B2/C1

Time: Tuesdays, 18:15 - 19:45

Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-501

Credits: 1-4 ECTS (depending on form of examination)

 

How to register

Course offered by German Studies: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation). !!!Please also send an email with your level of German proficiency (if already available) to gis@international.uni-mainz.de!!!

Link: Course catalogue (level A2/B1) & Course catalogue (level 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., komplett überarb. u. aktualis. Auflage. Mannheim: Dudenverlag.
* Pittner, Karin/Bermann, Judith (2021): Deutsche Syntax. Ein Arbeitsbuch. 7. Auflage. Tübingen: Narr.

Austauschstudierende: In dieser Veranstaltung können Sie zwischen 1 und 4 ECTS-Punkte erwerben. Genauere Informationen erhalten Sie in der ersten Sitzung.

Digitale Lehre:
Aktuell gibt es noch keine Informationen, in welcher Form die Lehre im Wintersemester 2021/22 angeboten wird. Sollte ein hybrides Semester mit einer Mischung aus Präsenz- und digitaler Lehre stattfinden, so wird dieser Kurs als Präsenzveranstaltung angeboten. (Stand: 22.6.2021)

Time: 8 courses available, please see course catalogue
Location: see individual course in the course catalogue

Credits: 1-4 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Friedrich Hebbels‘ Drama Maria Magdalena (1843) ist das letzte große Beispiel eines Bürgerlichen Trauerspiels in der deutschen Literatur. Diese Dramengattung wurde in der europäischen Literatur des 18. Jahrhunderts entwickelt; in Deutschland war es der Aufklärungsautor Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, der sie 1755 erstmals verwendete.
Etwa 90 Jahre später führt Hebbel diese Gattung zu einem letzten Höhepunkt, und zugleich zu ihrem Ende. Sein Stück zeigt eine kleinbürgerliche Familie in einem tragischen und unlösbaren Konflikt, und sie geht dabei zugrunde. Der Schlusssatz lautet „Ich verstehe die Welt nicht mehr!“ – eine bis heute in Deutschland oft zitierte Sentenz.

Die Übung wird im Wesentlichen aus einer auf das sprachliche und sachliche Verständnis des Stückes abzielenden Textlektüre bestehen. Am Ende des Semesters können durch das Absolvieren einer Prüfung eine qualifizierte Note und maximal 4 ECTS-Punkte erworben werden.

Empfohlene Literatur:

Bitte beschaffen Sie sich unbedingt folgende Textausgabe:

Hebbel, Friedrich: Maria Magdalena. Ein bürgerliches Trauerspiel in drei Akten. Mit einem Kommentar von Florian Radvan. 2. Auflage Frankfurt/M. 2017 (= Suhrkamp BasisBibliothek 74). 5,00 €; ISBN 9783518188743.

Time: Fridays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Georg-Forster-Gebäude (GFG), room 01-501

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

to be announced

Time: Tuesdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: Bausparkasse Mainz (BKM), room SR 06 

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

How to register

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

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.