Suggestions for integration into lectures, seminars, project work


Course duration: 6 Weeks
Estimated study time: 30 hours in total
Proposed ECTS: 1-1.5 points for following the course

The course offers many opportunities to explore the topics more in depth, e.g. additional publications, case documents, videos and links, or taking the discussion prompts as basis for written exercises. This may justify to increase ECTS to 1.5 – 2 points or higher.

ECTS points, including the respective tests have to be handled by the responsible lecturers according to their institutional regulations.

For further information please contact Tobias Buser, project leader.

a) Students complete the whole MOOC, followed by an essay or test at the end. Essay topics can be based on discussion prompts offered in the MOOC, for example:

• What are your personal three key learnings from this course?
• What are the most important changes in how you think about research approaches to complex societal challenges?
• What learning will you be able to adopt in your work?
• What learning would you like to apply in the near future?
• What additional competencies and skills would you like to strengthen for effectively addressing societal challenges?
• What do you see as specific strengths and limitations of your discipline to engage with other disciplines and societal actors?

b) Students work through one or two weeks of the MOOC, then discuss online or in-person (seminars, lectures), in small groups or plenary, then they work through the next 1-2 weeks of the MOOC, followed by discussion. Discussions can be based on the discussion prompts in the MOOC, and /or can be linked to the specific subjects and tasks of the curriculum, lecture or seminar.

c) Project groups work on a specific project, going through some or all three phases of a td-project. The MOOC serves as resource for designing, conducting, coordinating a research project that addresses societal challenges.

d) Combine own teaching material with specific elements of the MOOC (specific theory and methodology steps, one or several cases).

For more information and figures of a)-d) download the Course Programme Overview


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