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Table of contents 3 1. Welcome to Konstanz! 4 1.1 The city of Konstanz 6 1.2 The University of Konstanz 8 2. Academic Structures and Terminology at the University of Konstanz 10 3. The Faculties and their Departments 16 3.1. Faculty of Science – Faculty I 3.1.1. Department of Mathematics and Statistics 18 3.1.2. Department of Computer and Information Science 20 3.1.3. Department of Physics 22 3.1.4. Department of Chemistry 24 3.1.5. Department of Psychology 26 3.1.6. Department of Biology 29 3.2. Faculty of Humanities – Faculty II 3.2.1. The Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies 34 3.2.2. Department of Linguistics 40 3.2.3. Department of Philosophy 47 3.2.4 Department of History, Sociology, Empirical Educational Research and Sport Science 126.96.36.199 History 49 188.8.131.52 Sociology 51 184.108.40.206 Sport Science 54 3.3. Faculty of Politics, Law and Economics – Faculty III 3.3.1. Department of Politics and Public Administration 57 3.3.2. Department of Law 60 3.3.3. Department of Economics 63 4. The Language Institute (Sprachlehrinstitut, SLI) 66 5. The Centre for Transferable Skills (SQ-Zentrum, SQ) 74 6. Communication, Information, Media Center (KIM) 78 7. How to apply 80 7.1. Procedure for Erasmus+/ exchange students 81 7.2. Procedure for free mover students 82 7.3. Language requirements 83 7.4. Pre-semester programmes: Orientation programmes and language courses 83 7.5. Information for accepted students 83 Checklist for getting started 84 8. Putting together your study plan 86 9. Accommodation 100 10. Before you leave us (Checklist) 106
4 1. Welcome to Konstanz 1. Welcome to Konstanz 5 Welcome to Konstanz Have you ever heard of the Swabian Sea? Also known as Lake Constance? Lake Constance borders Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, three countries, also sharing one language. Lake Constance almost surrounds the medieval With this brochure we would like to address all part of the city of Konstanz (the German spelling students interested in spending a semester or year of Constance), and its shape is outlined in the at the University of Konstanz, and give them useful picture above in blue. information on the topics most relevant for this group. Whether or not you have already applied to study The city of Konstanz is situated in the very South of with us, we hope this guide will serve as a useful Germany, sharing a border with Switzerland (with source of information for you. Topics covered range Zurich about one hour away by train). Konstanz is from the study opportunities in the various depart- home to two universities, the University of Konstanz ments and teaching bodies to the application and the University of Applied Sciences. procedures and deadlines.
6 1.1 The city of Konstanz 1.1 The city of Konstanz 7 1.1 The city of Konstanz The city of Konstanz, with its unique location on the Within the city distances are small, places and loca- Those looking for more information on academic life tions can be discovered by bicycle, on foot or by bus. in Germany in general will find the pages of the banks of Lake Constance and the river Rhine, the partly Konstanz is a lively and active city offering numerous German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher medieval town, the green surroundings, the water and cultural activities and sports, particularly mountain Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD) very helpful. and water sports. Studying in Konstanz, a student – DAAD: 10 steps in Germany the mountains enables a study experience in a town (about 15.000 out of 81.000 inhabitants are beautiful natural environment. students at one of the two universities) will be a Those after more specific information on the study wonderful experience in a location guaranteeing for opportunities in the federal state of Baden-Württem- a high living quality as well as safety. berg should have a look at the Baden-Württemberg STUDYGUIDE. More information on the city can be found in the guidebook This is Konstanz – a city guide (Das ist Konstanz) and on the website Grenzenlos Studieren (Study without borders), with a lot of useful informa- tion on life in Konstanz and the bordering Swiss town of Kreuzlingen. Konstanz: – 55.65 km2 – 85.478 inhabitants – University: 11.700 students – University of Applied Sciences: 4.500 students
8 1.2 The University of Konstanz 1.2 The University of Konstanz 9 The University of Konstanz – A campus university accommodating three faculties and 13 scientific departments 1.2 The University of Konstanz Top-level research, excellence in teaching and stu- dies, internationality and interdisciplinary collaboration have stood for the University of Konstanz since its foundation as a Reformuniversität (reform university) in 1966. This clear orientation soon led to a unique profile that is defined not only through high quality but also through innovation, creativity and a distinct zest for research. The strategy of modernisation and reform from within is being consistently advanced, and the University of Konstanz‘s “success story” (Lord Dahrendorf, 2006) is something that all mem- bers experience. The consistent expansion of its strengths, inno- vative concepts and ideas within the university’s Institutional Strategy “Modell Konstanz – Towards a Culture of Creativity” has contributed significantly Many of the more than 100 study programmes have – 11.700 students originating to the success of the University of Konstanz since an interdisciplinary approach including a range of from 95 countries October 2007 in both phases of the Excellence international components such as courses in foreign – 350 partner universities Initiative of the German Federal and State Govern- languages, a stay abroad or double degree options. worldwide ments to promote top-level research at German universities. Konstanz is therefore one of the eleven The independent Language Institute (Sprachlehrinsti- universities whose institutional strategies are being tut, SLI) offers a broad range of language courses at funded by the federal and state governments to different levels, and the prize-winning library is open expand university top-level research. 24 hours a day, letting everyone choose when to browse the catalogue or simply use one of the work The University of Konstanz is a campus university spaces for study. Over 11.700 students originating and accommodates three faculties: The Faculty of from 95 countries are enrolled at the university, and Science, the Faculty of Humanities and the Faculty of with 350 partner universities worldwide, the universi- Politics, Law and Economics. These in turn host 13 ty is part of an expansive global network of learning departments on one campus. opportunities.
10 2. Academic Structures and Terminology 2. Academic Structures and Terminology 11 Studying at another university is a valuable experience and is often described as the most enjoyable part of ones’ degree. It generally means getting to know a new country, a new language and new people. We hope we can help you avoid confusion when teaching period of the summer semester starts in mid starting your stay in Konstanz by introducing you to April and runs until mid July. The lecture-free period the most common/most important set of terminologies following the summer semester starts in mid July, you will come across during your stay with us. For any and finishes mid October (with the beginning of a new (subject-specific) questions left unanswered in this winter semester). section we recommend you consult the chapters on the individual departments. You should by all means Exam periods attend one of the two information sessions for new international students offered by the Coordinators/ Though differing slightly across departments, the You should attend one of the Information sessions Study Advisors within the welcome and orientation exam period (written exams) usually covers the last offered by the Erasmus+/ programme before the beginning of lectures (either two weeks of the teaching period of each semester International Student in September or in October / in March or in April). and the first two weeks of the following lecture-free Advisors in Academic – September/October The exact dates for these sessions will be forwarded period. In some departments there are only written (winter intake) to you by our International Office. exams at the end of a semester, in some you will also – March/April find take home papers or research papers. (summer intake) Structures and The academic year and semester dates Papers are usually to be researched and written in The University of Konstanz operates on a the lecture-free period and have to be handed in at semester basis, and the academic year consists the deadline announced by the examiner. All formal- Terminology of a winter semester (Wintersemester, WiSe) and ities regarding a course (detailed syllabus, assess- a summer semester (Sommersemester, SoSe). ments, mode of completion, deadlines, attendance A semester is divided into approximately 13 weeks policy etc.) are communicated in the first session of a of teaching (Vorlesungszeit) followed by a lecture- course. You should always be present in the first meet- free/non-teaching period (vorlesungsfreie Zeit) ing of class to make sure you are well-informed about of 8 to 12 weeks. the course contents and expectations of participants. Roughly, the teaching period of the winter semes- Exams and papers are usually corrected in the lec- ter runs from mid October until mid February, the ture-free period, results published at the beginning of subsequent lecture-free period until mid April. The the following semester. Students who need their results
12 2. Academic Structures and Terminology 2. Academic Structures and Terminology 13 The academic year at the University of Konstanz Please bear in mind that the examination periods differ from department to department. Please consult the chapters by Jan. Feb. March April May June July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec. the individual depart- ments regarding exami- nation periods. Winter semester – teaching period Winter semester – lecture-free period Summer semester – teaching period Summer semester – lecture-free period earlier can of course ask for an early correction of The departments compose their teaching programme their work. If an early correction is necessary students anew every semester, thereby making sure that all are asked to discuss the deadline and options for fast courses taught are closely connected to the current track corrections with the lecturers during their office research compiled by their staff members. hours. When browsing through the course catalogue Courses vs. modules, course catalogue ZEuS you will, however, still come across the term “module” – which is a “false friend” in this case. Our course catalogue is What is called a “unit”, “subject” or a “module” in Confusingly, in Germany “module” usually refers to titled –ZEuS, and is put some university systems is simply called a “course” an entity bigger than a single course unit, pooling together on a semester basis. in Konstanz. There are specific terms for certain types courses on a common topic or theme. Bachelor of courses, which are rooted in the subject-specific and Master degrees are therefore made up of several Available: terminology of the older degrees Magister and Diplom. modules; those of the Bachelor degrees are often – late Feb for SoSe – late July for WiSe Terms you will come across (and will find defined for divided into Basismodule (base or basic modules, for the different departments in the department chap- the early stage of the programme) and Aufbaumodule ters in section 3) could be Proseminar, Hauptseminar, (advanced modules, for the advanced phase of the Oberseminar, Projektseminar, Kurs, Vorlesung etc. programme) in Konstanz. (to name but a few). When selecting any of the Bachelor or Master pro- “Course” is therefore the generic term for teaching grammes in ZEuS, the list of modules is not the list units in Konstanz. When putting together your study of courses offered within these degrees but merely plan for a given semester, you will hence consult our the structure of the degree itself at the University course catalogue, which is put together on a semes- of Konstanz. Clicking on the module titles you ter basis. This means that individual courses are not will then find the list of courses offered within the usually repeated every semester or every year. respective module. Sometimes modules even have a The Academic year: more complex internal structure. When you can see a In Summer 2017 the University has launched a new table of data (including the type of course, the course – winter (first) semester (WiSe): course catalogue as part of the central enrolment number, the number of hours per week the course mid October – mid February and student portal. This portal, functioning also as is taught, the amount of ECTS points awarded upon – summer (second) semester study planner for enrolled students, is called ZEuS. successful completion etc.), you can be sure that you (SoSe): mid April – mid July If you are looking for the offer of courses of the are looking at a description of a particular course. winter semester 2019/20 (or later semesters), you Some course descriptions are more detailed than Exam periods differ from will have to consult ZEuS in July 2019. others but the basic information is always included department to department. for all courses, which are listed in the catalogue.
14 2. Academic Structures and Terminology 2. Academic Structures and Terminology 15 them. Every department has its own registration Attendance period, usually some weeks into the teaching period. When and how students register for assessments In most departments students are expected to be is part of the introductory meetings of the orienta- present in all sessions of a course during the teaching tion program- me and the welcome sessions in the period. The only exception usually are lectures departments. (Vorlesungen) for which attendance is not compulsory. Missing more than two sessions in any other Registration for partici- pation vs. registration for The system used in Konstanz is more or less a course format (seminar, course) unexcused may assessments the former compromise between the “old” and the “new” result in the fact that you will not be allowed to does not entail the latter! system: Students get to choose courses they find finish the course or hand in an assessment (e.g., interesting, probably more than they could com- to take the final exam). Therefore, missing more than plete in one semester, and attend all of them for two sessions of a course unexcused may mean that a few weeks. Several weeks into the semester they you will not receive any ECTS points for this course will be asked to “commit” themselves to the ECTS (because you are considered to have dropped out). coursework of the set of courses they want to com- In case you have to miss a session due to illness you plete and receive ECTS points for. They might want to can of course hand in a doctor‘s certificate (Attest), in stay in some courses without handing in an exam or case there are other good reasons for you to miss a paper, but unless they register for the exams of these class, please speak to the lecturers in advance. courses, they will not show up on their transcript as “not completed” or “failed”. That is why the registration ECTS points for exams takes place during the semester so that students get to choose the courses that suit their The university operates with ECTS points (European ECTS points 25-30 hrs = 1ECTS point degree/interests best. credit transfer system points), in which 1 ECTS point reflects 25 – 30 hours of work. As mentioned points awarded per course is Language of instruction earlier, there are a variety of course types or course subject (department-specific) To register or not to register for courses Whether or not you have to register or sign up in formats, and ECTS points vary by teaching format advance for a course is mentioned in the section While there are some departments that offer courses and department. In some departments students can In many university systems students need to register „remarks“ in ZEuS. If you cannot register in the in English and a few degrees taught entirely in receive 3, 6 or 9 ECTS points for courses, in other or “sign up” for courses in advance. Traditionally this requested way (e.g. because you need an activat- English, the language of instruction in Konstanz is departments it is 2, 4, 7 and 8, depending on the was not the case in the German system, though this is ed uni-konstanz.de-email account to do so) send generally German. amount of course work, self-study and the type of slowly changing. In some departments it has become an email to the lecturer explaining that you are an assessment expected of the students. The amount common for students to have to register for all exchange student and kindly ask to be added to Detailed information on how many or which courses of ECTS points awarded in the departments is also courses, especially if there is a limit to the number the list of participants/interested students by them. are offered in English per department can be found a topic in the departmental chapters of of participants. There are several methods of In cases of doubt you can of course always contact in the chapters on the individual departments (sec- section 3. registration. Sometimes lecturers simply ask students your exchange/Erasmus+ Coordinator and ask for tion 3). Please be aware that even though a course to send an email to a specific email address and assistance. has an English title in ZEuS this does not mean the announce their interest, sometimes students are asked course is taught in English – all courses have an En- to register using the online platform ILIAS, sometimes IMPORTANT: glish and (usually) a German title, to make sure tran- (especially with courses offered by the Language Registering vs. registering for assessments scripts can be printed bilingually. You will only know Issues covered in this chapter Institute) students are asked to register via ZEuS. for sure whether a course is taught in English will all be part of the orienta- Please note that even though students might not be if the field “language” in ZEuS clearly states tion programmes offered by In short, there is no single rule across departments or asked to register for a certain course before the “English”. the International Office as well faculties in Konstanz, and it is more or less up to the beginning of the semester, all students have to regis- as the departmental welcome lecturers themselves whether they want students to re- ter for the exams and assessments of their courses sessions. gister and in which way they would like them to do so. in order to receive the ECTS points and grades for
16 3. The Faculties and their Departments 3. The Faculties and their Departments 17 The Faculties and their Departments
18 3.1.1. Department of Mathematics and Statistics 3.1.1. Department of Mathematics and Statistics 19 2. Course categories and course offerings The language of instruction on the undergraduate level is generally German. On postgraduate level, Most lectures are accompanied by homework assign- courses are taught in English if requested by the 3.1. Faculty I ments and tutorials, which are an integral part of the participants. Do feel free to ask in case you are course. In seminars students study a specific topic interested in a course but not yet able to follow a assigned to them and present their results in class. course in German! There are different types of seminars, depending on Faculty of the degree phase students are in. Proseminar are seminars for undergraduate students at an introduc- 3. Contact information Science tory level, e.g. for second year BA students. If you need advice and if you have questions on The outline of a course (lecture or seminar), the pre- your study programme please contact the Erasmus+ requisites for attendance and the ECTS points to be Coordinator. received upon successful completion are announced in the respective descriptions of the online course Dr. Volker Bürkel catalogue ZEuS. Department of Mathematics and Statistics Room: F 406 Ph.: +49 (0) 7531 88-2883 – email@example.com Office hours upon request 3.1.1. Department of Mathematics and Statistics 1. About us The degrees offered by the department are: For more information see our website: The Department of Mathematics and Statistics has Undergraduate/Bachelor programmes – math.uni-konstanz.de three research foci that students may specialise in: Bachelor of Science – Analysis and Numerics – Mathematics – Real Geometry and Algebra – Mathematical Finance (in cooperation with the – Statistics and Stochastics Department of Economics) Bachelor of Education Most of the courses in the Department of Mathe- – Mathematics matics and Statistics are taught in small groups, facilitating the dialogue between students, their Graduate/Master programmes professors and tutorial instructors. Students benefit Master of Science from this personal atmosphere that promotes inten- – Mathematics sive discussions and allows every student to ask – Mathematical Finance (in cooperation with the their questions. Department of Economics) Master of Education For more information about the department, the – Mathematics teaching staff and the research foci please consult our website. PhD programme – Mathematics
20 3.1.2. Department of Computer and Information Science 3.1.2. Department of Computer and Information Science 21 3. Coursework 4. Research internship Our Department offers no fixed courses in the ad- You are welcome to join us for a research internship. vanced study period. The main reason for our flexible Students who are interested in applying for a rese- course structure is that advanced level courses are arch internship usually contact the head of one of our based on our Professor’s current research topics. Due research groups directly and ask for open projects. to this course content, structure, number of ECTS Duration and conditions are discussed within the credits and title can vary and/or be substituted. research group. However, students usually have to face only minor changes. As we cannot guarantee you a fixed set of – More information on research internship courses for each winter term we would like to assist 5. Contact information you in finding alternatives according to your chosen programme if it becomes necessary. Department of Computer and Information Science – firstname.lastname@example.org Departmental advanced courses taught in English: – Skype Name: Informatik.UniKonstanz – Winter term 2017/18 – Winter term 2015/16 3.1.2. Department of Computer – Summer term 2015 – Winter term 2014/15 and Information Science – Other courses taught in English 1. About us are available in Data Science/Visual Computing/ Interactive Systems or even the Free Specialization Our department is medium sized. Currently more than (free course selection from the course book). 500 students are enrolled in the bachelor, master and teaching study programmes. 14 professors and more Teaching language: than 90 scientific researchers teach and conduct – Basic study period (1st – 4th semester) in German research in our department. – Advanced courses in English (> 30 ECTS-Credits/semester) Amongst other research areas our research groups have a joint research interest in the areas of Explo- The master’s programme in Computer and Infor- rative Analysis and Visualization of Large Informa- mation Science focuses on methods and systems to tion Spaces. For more information see visualise, analyse, explore and process large volumes our website: of data. Our students are requested to choose a study – Incoming students specialization (study profile) and an academic mentor – informatik.uni-konstanz.de – Research at our Department within their first semester. – Labs Teaching language: English (> 30 ECTS-Credits/semester) 2. Study programmes The bachelor’s programme in Computer Science (three years) focuses on mathematical and theoretical fundamentals. As a specialized area of study, options
22 3.1.3. Department of Physics 3.1.3. Department of Physics 23 3.1.3. Department of Physics 1. About us This is why you should make sure to attend the first meeting of a course you are interested in, even if you At the department of Physics about 560 Bachelor are unsure about your participation in it. Where reg- and Master students, 120 PhD students as well as istration is explicitly requested, you should follow the 41 researchers are working on numerous different instructions in the course commentary. facets of Physics. With the tradition of open doors all these different groups work closely together to gain deeper insight and widen their knowledge. 3. Language requirements Our recent study courses and research ranges from It is strongly recommended that incoming students have different aspects of atomic electric contacts and at least German B2 (according to the Common Europe- photonics to nanostructured materials, foundations of an Framework of Reference for Languages) language renewable energy generation, laser development, and skills in order to successfully take courses from the B.Sc. the foundations of quantum information processing. or M.Sc. programme. All B.Sc. courses are being taught We offer a three-year Bachelor’s programme, with a in German language, while M.Sc. courses are given in wide choice of minor subjects and a two-year Mas- English on student request. The language skills will of ter’s programme, where students are deeply involved course influence the range of courses a student can in research activities. choose from. Language requirement for degree-seek- ing students in the B.Sc. or M.Sc. programme is proof Together, we offer you a most attractive research en- of German proficiency DSH 2 or comparable. DSH1 or vironment with excellent training in virtually all fields comparable is sufficient, if English B2 language skills of Physics from the fundamentals up to the most are proven. modern applications. 4. Contact Information 2. Registering for courses and assessments Theda Brokamp | Erasmus+ Coordinator Students do not have to register in order to take a lec- Room: M 1003 ture in Physics, they join a lecture by simply showing Ph.: +49 (0) 7531 88-3819 up at the first meeting of class. However, they do have – email@example.com to register for tutorials and for assessments within the lecture at a later stage of the semester. Assessment registration is completed using the electronic student information system StudIS or contact the Exchange Coordinator. To attend any kind of course with a practical part you should contact the Exchange Coordinator as early as For more information see possible. Details on the coursework and assessments our website: of each course are either mentioned in ZEuS or – physik.uni-konstanz.de/en announced by the lecturer in the first meeting of class.
24 3.1.4. Department of Chemistry 3.1.4. Department of Chemistry 25 3.1.4. Department of Chemistry to take courses from the M.Sc. programmes. Your language skills will of course influence the course range you can choose from. 3. Contact Information For more information see Erasmus+ Coordinator our website: Room: L 803 Ph.: +49 (0) 7531 88-2283 – chemie.uni-konstanz.de/en – firstname.lastname@example.org 1. About us To apply for a PhD position, please contact the individual research groups. The department of Chemistry at the University of Konstanz offers education covering many different facets of modern Chemistry, Life Sciences and 2. Language requirements Material Sciences. All study programmes consist of a three years Bachelors and a two years Masters degree. International exchange students and Erasmus+ Detailed curricula including information on workload students are not formally required to take a German and ECTS are provided on the homepages of the indi- language exam before coming to Konstanz. vidual study programmes (links see below). Nevertheless, it is strongly recommended that incom- At the graduate level the department offers its struc- ing students have at least German B2 (according to tured PhD programmes (Graduiertenschule) where re- the Common European Framework of Reference for search is in the center of what you do. The department Languages) language skills in order to successful- consists of 18 research groups covering a broad range ly take courses from the B.Sc. programmes (being of different topics. taught in German language), or English B2 in order
26 3.1.5. Department of Psychology 3.1.5. Department of Psychology 27 Exemplary Term Schedule for the 4-Year Bachelor in Psychology 1. Sem. 2. Sem. 3. Sem. 4. Sem. 5. Sem. 6. Sem. 7. Sem. 8. Sem. (WiSe) (Sose) (Sose) (SoSe) (Wise) (Sose) (Wise) (Sose) 30 I 18* 30 I 16* 30 I 18* 30 I 16* 30 I X* 30 I ?* 30 I ?* 30 I 2* NOTE: The Bachelor‘s L: What is applied L: Developmental L: Developmental L: Learning and S: Advanced S: Advanced Psychology Psychology I Psychology II Memory Studies in Studies in programme in Psychology Psychology Psychology follows the definitions 2 I 2* 4 I 2* 4 I 2* 4 I 2* 4 I 2* 4 I 2* and guidlines as can be L: Biopsychology L: Social- S: Seminar on L: Motivation and S: Advanced found in the “Prüfungs- psychology Developmental Emotion Studies in und Studienorientierung”. Psychology Psychology Descriptions of the various 6I 2* 4 I 2* 3 I 2* 4 I 2* 4 I 2* modules and courses can S: Seminar in L: Social- L: Cognition Seminar on LEMG Seminar on Seminar on be found in the “Modul- Biopsychology psychology II Academic Writing Academic Writing handbuch”. This schedule 3 I 2* 4 I 2* 4 I 2* 3 I 2* 3 I 2* 3 I 2* is meant to be used as a guideline and does not S: Social- L: Perception S: Perception Practical Training psychology and Cognition in Empirical necessarily have to be Psychology 3.1.5. Department of Psychology 3I 2* 4 I 2* 3 I 2* Research II 3 I 2* adhered strictly to. * ECTS I SWS L/T: L/T: Metho- L/T: Statistics II L: Work & Organi- Module: Neuro Module: Health Methodology I dology II sational Psycholo- Psychology Promotion gy (Introduction) 5 I 3* 5 I 4* 5 I 4* 4 I 2* 8 I 4* 8 I 4* 1. About us Furthermore, it introduces in-depth studies in the vari- Practical Training L: Test theory and S: Psychological L: Introduction Module: Methodo- Module: Psycho- ous fields of application (e.g. Health Psychology, Work- in Empirical test construction Assessment to Health logy of W&H social Factors Research Psychology Psychology as a science is concerned with behaviour Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Neuropsy- 3 I 2* 4 I 2* 3 I 2* 4 I 2* 8 I 4* 8 I 4* and experience, as well as with cause and effect. chology). Key qualifications for working as a psycholo- L/T: Staistics I VL: Psychological L 1 on Clinical Module: Module: Clinical Assessment Psychology I Life-Span Psychology 3 Its task is to analyse and explain behaviour and ex- gist are learned during the programme. Psychological Introduction perience – meaning analysis of the conditions of the techniques of consultation and chairmanship, experi- 3 I 2* 4 I 2* 4 I 2* 8 I 4* 8 I 4* L 2 on Clinical Module: Clinical Module: Clinical environment and of the organism on which behaviour mental work and systematic observation and execu- Psychology I Psychology Neuro-Psychology and experience depend. At the same time the field tion of surveys, competences in IT and the presentation 4 I 2* 8 I 4* 8 I 4* has to develop suggestions and propositions of be- of scientific results using modern presentation tech- haviour as to how psychologically ideal conditions niques are essential parts of the curriculum. Key Qualification Non-psychological Non-psychological Bachelor Thesis may be created. Finally, it has to participate in the course course realisation of these aforementioned conditions. Since The Department of Psychology at the University of interdisciplinary 2 I 1* 5 I 2* 4 I 2* 12 I X* psychology is an empirical science, all of its results Konstanz has close ties to research facilities and Internship Kolloqium and suggestions have to be challenged empirically. psychological institutions, such as clinics and Therefore education in psychology at the University psychotherapy ambulances, in the Lake Constance 30 I X* 4 I 2* of Konstanz puts strong emphasis on methodology area. We are also engaged in various interdisciplin- 20 proband hours Guided theoretical and empirical of empirical/experimental as well as practical ary research groups in cooperation with different research psychological work. departments of the University. 2 I X* 14 I X* „Zwischenprüfung“: has to be completed until end of the sixth In total, 9 ECTS have to be earnd from non-psychological cour- The curriculum provides students with the empirical semester ses. These can be distributed freely among the first 6 semester. tools that are required in modern scientific studies. 2. Course categories and course offerings „Orientierungsprüfung“: has to be completed until end of the The 20 proband hours can be distributed freely a among the The programme also includes a wide array of fun- third semester. duration of study. damental studies of different aspects of psychology The diversity of the field leads to a huge variety of During semester 6 to 8 the students must complete 5 modules (e.g. biopsychology, social psychology, developmental courses which are divided into three different cate- from the areas of application (8 ECTS each) and the following psychology, perception, cognition, assessment, learn- gories. Lectures (Vorlesungen) are your typical classes seminars: 2 seminars on Academic Writing, 3 Seminars on ing and memory, motivation and emotion). and are tested by means of a final examination at the Advanced Studies in Psychology
28 3.1.5. Department of Psychology 3.1.6. Department of Biology 29 3.1.6. Department of Biology For more information see our website: 1. About us – Ecology, with research groups in ornithology, – psychologie.uni-konstanz.de movement ecology, limnology, fish ecology, Studying with us means to be immersed into the environmental physics, ecology, microbial ecology, active research environment of the Faculty of ecotoxicology, physiology and biochemistry Natural Sciences at the University of Konstanz. of plants, and ecophysiology of plants. The Department of Biology has grown into one of the most active and successful biology departments in Our collaborative cross-disciplinary research builds Germany. Topics in our research groups focusing on the fundament for a broad and modern education in the future challenges to basic science and the grow- a three-year German-taught Bachelor programme, a ing importance of the biological sciences in society. two-year English-taught Master programme, where The research profile of the Department of Biology is students are deeply involved in research activities focused on defined areas: and may choose to specialize in a specific profile, a five-year Teacher Programme and various graduate – Molecular cell biology, with research groups in schools which students join to obtain a PhD degree biophysics, molecular bioinformatics, molecular within three years. microbiology, molecular genetics, cell biology, evolution, neurophysiology, and developmental end of the semester. Seminars (Seminare) take place You will always find an updated list of courses in neurobiology. in smaller classrooms and gain from in-group dis- the University’s centralised course catalogue: cussions. You might be asked to hold presentations – ZEuS – Biomedical research, with research groups in on a given topic and/or to hand in homework and biochemistry, immunology, biochemical pharma- seminar theses. Tutorials (Übungen) are based around cology, molecular toxicology and alternative the discussion of exercises and case studies. Stud- 3. Contact information in-vitro methods. ies in Psychology are usually divided up into various modules (Module) which consist of different lectures, Filipa Gonçalves | Erasmus+ Coordinator seminars and tutorials belonging to the same field of Room: D 525 application. Not all courses can be taken at all times. Ph.: +49 (0) 7531 88-48 25 Each course is available either during the summer Fax: +49 (0) 7531 88-28 99 semester or during the winter semester. The following – email@example.com exemplary schedule for the 4-year Bachelor’s pro- gramme provides you with a first insight as to which Office hours: Wed 9:30–11:30 am in D 525 courses are available at what time of the year, how many weekly hours are required and how many ECTS credits are awarded upon completion. Most of the classes are taught in German but we also offer a wide range of seminars in English. Have a look at our homepage to get more information: – www.psychologie.uni-konstanz.de/en/study/ international/incomings
30 3.1.6. Department of Biology 3.1.6. Department of Biology 31 Courses in Biological Sciences along either as biology related cookbook lab work Mandatory courses in the B.Sc. programme International students will find theoretical and practi- and report writing, or solving math or physics assign- cal courses they can chose from to receive the ne- ments at home (homework). Seminars (Seminar) 1. Semester 2. Semester cessary study credits. Exchange students studying are smaller classes, in which you present papers and Module Course Type SPW ECTS Module Course Type SPW ECTS in a more specialized Bachelor programme, or in the discuss recent publications. In the preference module last year of a four-year Bachelor programme at their (Präferenzmodul) you will find more advanced 1 Basic Chemistry L 4 5 1 Organic Chemistry L 4 5 home university, are welcome to ask for admittance lectures on specific topics. Elective modules (Wahl- 2 Experimental Physics I L+E 4+2 5 2 Experimental Physics II L+E 4+2 5 to advanced courses of our Master programme. In pflichtmodule) are a collection of all course types. case you have problems choosing your courses or While the mandatory part of the programme has a 3 Mathematics for Biologist L+E 2+2 5 2 Physics Practical Course L+E 2+2 5 are unsure whether the selected courses will suit you, more or less fixed schedule, topics and schedules 5 Genetics I L 2 3 4 Biophysics & Physical Chemistry I L 2 3 please contact the Erasmus+ Coordinator by email. of elective courses may vary from year to year, and you will most probably not be able to collect a full 5 Cell Biology I L 2 3 6 Structure and Function of Plants L 2 3 Bachelor programme Biological Sciences (B.Sc.) semester load of ECTS points by only choosing from Cellbiology Histology- 5 P 2 2 6 Botanic Course P 2 2 The vast majority of the courses in the B.Sc. pro- this section of courses. Microscopy Course gramme are taught in German with only one fixed ex- 7 Zooological Systematics L 3 4 6 Identification of Plants L 3 4 ception, which is the course “Evolution and Behaviour”. The three compact courses in the 5th semester com- Elective Modules SoSe 2012, WiSe 2012/2013 Some of the courses in the preference module bine lectures, seminars and experimental work. They (module 10) and a bunch of elective courses (3300 come in a special format taking almost all of your time Wahlpflichtmodule) may also be taught in English. In during four consecutive weeks of the semester. If you 3. Semester 4. Semester most cases, English examinations (in terms of presen- plan to take one or several of these courses please Module Course Type SPW ECTS Module Course Type SPW ECTS tations, seminar papers, and final exams) are possible, contact the Erasmus+ Coordinator as early as possible. Biochem./Molecular Biol. regardless of the original course language. You are 1 Chemical Practical Course P 6 6 4 Practical Course P 8 8 encouraged to get in touch with the lecturers of your The following curriculum includes the mandatory 3 Biostatistics L+E 2+1 3 9 Genetics II L 2 3 selected courses and discuss a means of examination. courses in the three-year B.Sc. programme and pro- The lecturers will also be glad to provide you with vides you with a first insight as to which courses are 4 Biochemistry I L 4 5 9 Microbiology L 2 3 additional or alternative English studying material. available at what time of the year, how many weekly 7 Zoological Course P 3 3 9 Cell Biology L 2 3 hours are required and how many ECTS credits are You are likely to meet one of our many internatio- awarded upon completion. Courses in the 1st, 3rd, 7 Identification of Animals E 3 2 10 2 Preference Modules L 4 2 nal English speaking PhD students as a teaching and 5th semester of the programme are available Elective Modules 8 Ecology L 3 3 assistant in the practical or lab courses (Praktika) every winter semester, courses in the 2nd, 4th and SoSe 2012, WiSe 2012/2013 or in a tutorial (Tutorium). 6th semester are available every summer semester. 8 Evolution and Behaviour L 3 3 Please follow the link to the course descriptions of Elective Modules You will find that in the Bachelor programme in the course titles. SoSe 2012, WiSe 2012/2013 Biological Sciences there are seven different course types. Lectures (Vorlesung) are presented in large Master programme Biological Sciences 5.–6. Semester classes and assessment is with final written examina- The Master programme in Biological Sciences at the tions at the end of the semester. They are often ac- University of Konstanz is completely taught in English. Module Course Type SPW ECTS companied by a facultative tutorial (Tutorium), in which Students enter the Master programme after success- L/ 11 Compact Course Microbiology 3+7 10 students can ask questions and discuss the topics in ful completion of a three year Bachelor degree in S+P Compact Course Plant L/ more detail with a teaching assistant. Biological Sciences. The backbones of the Master 12 Physiology S+P 3+7 10 programme are advanced courses in which students Compact Course Animal L/ 13 3+7 10 Practical courses (Praktikum) come as partly self- will be deeply immersed into ongoing research in the Physiology S+P Specific Interest Course directed lab work. They either accompany a related department. (6 weeks, full day) P 8 8 lecture in the same semester, or build on a lecture in Bachelor Thesis L 10 the semester thereafter. Exercises (Übung) come (6. semester, 6 weeks) Elective Modules SoSe 2012, WiSe 2012/2013
32 3.1.6. Department of Biology 3.1.6. Department of Biology 33 The classes are small, with about 12 students. Each your own research project. As you can see, taking research work. The research carried out can either 3. Language requirements advanced course is offered once a year in a block other courses in parallel to an advanced course might relate to a single research group or to different of six weeks with 5 days of course work per week, be difficult, but not impossible. Students are expected research groups. However, places are limited and It is deeply recommended that incoming exchange either in the first or second half of the winter or the to have basic skills and knowledge in the respective depending on availability. If you consider taking an students have at least German B2 (according to the summer semester. Each advanced course has two research field. Please find detailed information in applied research course, please notify the Erasmus+ Common European Framework of Reference for Lan- parts, a lecture with colloquium, and a supervised English on dates, contents, and possible research and Exchange Coordinator as early as possible and guages) language skills in order to successfully take research project. The two parts of each course are projects in the advanced courses offered in upcoming preferentially well in advance of the planned exchange courses from the B.Sc. programme, or English B2 in listed separately in the course catalogue and both semesters in the booklet, which you can download study period. Applicants should submit a short sum- order to take courses from the M.Sc. programme. The parts have the same title but different course codes. from the Master programme online description. mary of their previous studies and acquired qualifi- language skills will of course influence the course It is possible to take the lecture with colloquium only, cations and they are asked to suggest three research range a student can choose from. or to take both parts together. If you cannot find a suitable advanced course offered groups in the Department of Biology as possible hosts. during the period of your stay, you are welcome to Language requirement for degree-seeking stu- For the lecture and colloquium, you will attend 90 apply for an applied research course for exchange You are also welcome to choose from a number of dents in the German taught Bachelor programme minutes of lecture each day in the morning, you will students, which is a flexible individual course that can smaller elective courses, which are offered as eve- is proof of German proficiency DSH 2 or TestDaF 4, have to present a paper and you will earn 5 ECTS. For be arranged in any research group at the Depart- ning lectures, seminars of fieldwork courses. without exceptions. the research project, you are expected to spend full ment of Biology or affiliated institutions any time of days in the lab after lectures, each day of the 6 weeks the year. By taking the 5 ECTS, the 10 ECTS and The language requirements for degree-seeking except weekends, and you will earn 10 ECTS. You will the 15 ECTS course offered each semester, you can 2. Registering for courses and assessments students in the M.Sc. programme Biological Sciences be supervised by a postdoc and create and conduct even gain a full semester workload of 30 ECTS with is English B2 (TOEFL70 internet based of IELTS Unless specified in the course commentary in the Band 6). Native speakers of English do not have to online course catalogue, students do not have to re- hand in a proof of language skills. gister in order to take a lecture in Biological Science. Students join a lecture by simply showing up at the first meeting of class. However, they do have to re- 4. Contact Information gister for the assessments within the lecture at a later stage of the semester. Assessment registration Dr. Sabine Kreissl | Academic Advisor, Erasmus+ is completed using the electronic student information and Exchange Coordinator for Biological Sciences system StudIS or contact the Exchange Coordinator. – firstname.lastname@example.org To attend any kind of course with a practical part you should contact the Exchange Coordinator as early as Office hours: Wed and Thu 3 –5 pm in M 1109 possible. or by appointment Details on the coursework and assessments of each course are either mentioned in ZEuS or announced by the lecturer in the first meeting of class. This is why you should make sure to attend the first meeting For more information see of a course you are interested in, even if you are un- our website: sure about your participation in it. Where registration – biologie.uni-konstanz.de is explicitly requested, you should follow the instruc- tions in the course commentary.
34 3.2.1. The Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies 3.2.1. The Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies 35 Bachelor of Education Except for the B.A. programme British and 3.2. Faculty II – English American Studies and the M.A. courses in English – German Literatures and Cultures, the language of instruc- – French tion in the department is mostly German. – Italian In French/Italian/Spanish Literatures a small Faculty of – Latin percentage of courses is also offered in the Humanities – Russian respective language (1–3 courses per semester). – Spanish (all in collaboration with the Department of Linguistics and the Language Institute) 2. Course categories and ECTS points Graduate/Master programmes There are basically five different course categories in Master of Arts the Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies – Eastern European Studies: History – Media (see the list below, the information in brackets indi- – Literature (Konstanz Master School of Literary Studies) cates at what stage the course types should/can be areas of specialisation: selected): – German Literature – Einführung/Undergraduate introduction – English Literatures and Cultures (BA 1st semester/1st year) – French Literature – Proseminar/Undergraduate beginner level courses – Italian Literature (BA 1st and 2nd year) – Spanish and Ibero-American Literature – Hauptseminar/Advanced level courses – Latin Literature (BA 3rd year, MA level. This seminar type is only – Slavic Literatures open to advanced students of literary studies) – Literature – Art – Media – Kolloquium/Colloquium – Studies in European Culture (Kulturelle (final BA or MA semester) Grundlagen Europas) Master of Education There are two more terms for course categories one – German can come across in the Department of Literature, Art 3.2.1. The Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies – English and Media Studies, these are Kurs (course) and Vor- – French lesung (lecture). A course can be taken by both BA – Italian as well as MA students. The amount of ECTS points – Latin awarded will depend on the type of assessment 1. About us show a national-philological conception, they have – Russian required in the respective degree programme. a strong interdisciplinary focus. The degrees – Spanish The Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies offered by the department are: A lecture is also open to students of both levels, it has an uncommon structure compared to other PhD programmes differs from the seminar types with respect to the German universities offering philological degrees: Undergraduate/Bachelor programmes Exist for all philologies as well as for Art History teaching method employed. Lectures are usually big- Instead of separate philological institutes, the various Bachelor of Arts and for Media Studies. ger in student numbers and hence do not allow for national literatures are located in one single depart- – German Literature active participation by each individual participant. ment. We combine the strengths of English, American, – British and American Studies Programme duration, Language of instruction German, Greek, Latin, Romance and Slavic Studies in – French Literature All BA programmes are three-year programmes, Courses in the Department of Literature, Art and Media A course can be awarded a comparative perspective and in a shared interest – Italian Literature with 3 or 6 ECTS points all MA programmes run for two years. Studies are awarded 3 or 6 ECTS points, depending on in literary and cultural theory. Another distinguishing – Spanish and Ibero-American Studies depending on the the assessment completed for them. In order to receive assessment completed characteris- tic of the department is that it also incor- – Classics and the Ancient Near East 3 ECTS points for a course, apart from regular and for it. porates the fields of Art History and Media Studies. – Slavic Literatures active participation, students typically have to give an Although the department’s various degree options – Literature – Art – Media
36 3.2.1. The Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies 3.2.1. The Department of Literature, Art and Media Studies 37 oral presentation during the semester or hand in a small Research and teaching of the faculty for British Stud- piece of written work. Courses worth 6 ECTS points usu- ies focuses on British and New English Literatures, ally require both, an oral presentation on a topic relevant Cultural Identity Studies, Drama, Film, and TV Studies, to the course and a more extensive written assignment Postcolonial Studies, Memory Studies, and Gender handed in for assessment (either a final exam or a Studies, while research and teaching of the faculty for paper, varying in length according to the study level American Studies focuses on American Literature and BA vs. MA). Culture, Canadian Literature and Culture, Comparative North American Studies, Literature and the Media, Since students from different degree programmes Gender Studies, and Native North American Literature. with different requirements often attend the same courses, these courses may be listed several times 3.1. Course offerings in English in our course catalogue. In some cases a course ap- pears several times as it can be completed with 3 or With only a few exceptions the courses in the B.A. 6 ECTS. Which assessment has to be completed for British and American Studies and the M.A. courses how many ECTS is defined in the course catalogue in English Literatures and Cultures are taught in the (see “ECTS requirements”) and will be explained in the English language. Courses/course categories offered first meeting of class. International students should on a regular basis include: British Literature and Culture I – A survey lecture offering a more pronouncedly theoretical/cultur- select the workload suiting their study level and and accompanying tutorial introducing students to al studies perspective on American literature and degree at home and have to make sure to register for BA Introductory Level the basic periods and concepts of British literature culture and focusing on the intensive discussion of the correct amount during the registration phase for Summer semester Winter semester and culture from the 16th up to the 21st century, as individual texts and subject areas within a smaller assessments. well as to canonical texts from various genres. group of students. British Literature American Literature and Culture I and Culture I American Literature and Culture I – A survey lecture Introduction to the Analysis of Literary Texts and accompanying tutorial introducing students to 4. M.A. programme: Literature We offer eight B.A. programmes, one the basic periods and concepts of American literature (Konstanz Master School of Literary Studies) is almost completely taught in English: BA Advanced Level and culture from its beginnings up to the 21st century, as well as to canonical texts from various genres. In the academic year 2014/15 the department British and American Studies Summer semester Winter semester launched its M.A. programme “Literature”. In this four American Literature British Literature Author/Genre/Period/Theme of British or Ameri- semester degree (120 ECTS points) students take and Culture II and Culture II can or New English Literatures – This course cat- courses in two major areas of studies: Modules in the 3. B.A. British and American Studies Author/Genre/Period/Theme of British or egory describes advanced seminars on a wide array Konstanz Master School of Literary Studies, focussing American or New English Literatures of subjects in which students will study particular on general literary theory, and modules with courses The B.A. degree programme British and American authors, genres, periods, or themes from the national on specific literatures. Students choose to study in Studies situates literatures of the English-speaking In the online course catalogue ZEuS, courses of this literatures of Britain, the United States, but also, for one of the following areas of specialisation: world in their historical and cultural contexts. In its programme may easily be found following the path to instance, from Canada, New Zealand, or South Africa. concentration on Great Britain, the United States, as BA-courses offered by the Department of Literature, – German Literature well as Canada and other anglophone countries Art and Media Studies. British Literature and Culture II – This advanced – English Literatures and Cultures (the “New English Literatures”), the programme intro- seminar complements the survey lecture BLC I by of- – French Literature duces students to important literatures and cultures 3.2. Short course descriptions fering a more pronouncedly theoretical/cultural studies – Italian Literature that have a worldwide sphere of influence. The B.A. perspective on British literature and culture and focus- – Spanish and Ibero-American Literature programme British and American Studies was estab- Introduction to the Analysis of Literary Texts – This ing on the intensive discussion of individual texts and – Latin Literature lished in 2003/04 and is offered as a major and a course category describes introductory seminars on subject areas within a smaller group of students. – Slavic Literatures minor subject. After completion of the B.A. programme, varying subjects which familiarise students with the qualified students may pursue graduate studies within basic modes and methodologies of textual analysis American Literature and Culture II – This advanced the Konstanz Master School of Literature (see 4.) and interpretation. seminar complements the survey lecture ALC I by
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