If you are enrolled at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Koç University, Ruhr University Bochum, University College Cork, University of Deusto, University of Liège, University of Oulu, University of Zagreb, Malmö University or University of Łódź, then you are eligible to participate in one of the virtual UNIC Opened Courses. Each course is ECTS accredited. Please check with your academic advisor to see if you can include the credits in your degree. By studying within UNIC you get that chance to make connections with your fellow students across Europe. Start studying with us today!You
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If you are enrolled at Erasmus University Rotterdam, Koç University, Ruhr University Bochum, University College Cork, University of Deusto, University of Liège, University of Oulu, University of Zagreb, Malmö University or University of Łódź, then you are eligible to participate in one of the virtual UNIC Opened Courses. Each course is ECTS accredited. Please check with your academic advisor to see if you can include the credits in your degree. By studying within UNIC you get that chance to make connections with your fellow students across Europe. Start studying with us today!
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This seminar discusses Gaza as an example for the long-term historical development of cities in historical Syria and Palestine and in the wider Eastern Mediterranean region. In contemporary public discourse, Gaza tends to be characterized solely as a theater of ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, while the city and its region has been largely neglected in academic scholarship. The Gaza Strip, a narrow stretch of land between the Mediterranean Sea, Egypt and Israel, is one of the most crowded places on the globe and its population is facing a severe humanitarian crisis. The history of Gaza and its plight today are usually related to the outcome of the 1948 War in which the Strip was first created and became the residence of Palestinian refugees. However, Gaza’s importance in earlier periods reached far beyond the territory of the ‘Strip’, since the city was an important hub for people, goods and ideas in the Eastern Mediterranean from Antiquity until the 20th century. From 1517 through the First World War, it was the central pillar of Ottoman rule over southern Palestine. It is especially from this period that we have a wealth of archival and literary sources on Gaza, most of which still await in-depth study. The seminar’s central question is how to understand the interplay between a specific local context and broader trends of Eastern Mediterranean history. Essays and term papers shall discuss aspects of Gaza’s history in comparison to other Eastern Mediterranean cities.
The advent of mass-schooling in the 19th century and nation-building across the world have been deeply intertwined. However, with increasing globalisation and cross-border dynamics both affecting and reflecting schooling patterns, the national paradigma seems to come into question more than ever. But is this still so if one considers these phenomena systematically and historically, and what do these processes mean for schools and their protagonists today?
In this seminar we will examine this and related questions by first examining formal schooling as an institution of the nation-state from a historical perspective. We will then move to sociological, anthropological, and comparative education approaches to understand contemporary schooling in the context of globalisation and transnationalisation of everyday lives of people crossing manifold borders. With the help of foundational texts and empirical examples, we will look closely at processes of internationalisation, transnationalisation, Europeanisation and globalisation in formal schooling and what these mean for the different actors and stakeholders involved. Finally, we will interpret research data together and examine school typologies and profiles with the help of online data collection methods.
In the second part of the course, Lecturers from CERES will present their current research projects.
The course consists of recorded lectures that can be viewed via Moodle, Literature to be prepared for each session, and online meetings (to be announced via Moodle). Students will get credits for this course by uploading hand-ins for each week and passing a written or oral exam at the end.
The relationship between religion and modernity and the nature of religion within modernityhave been central questions in the social sciences since their inception. This lectureexplores different systematic and theoretical approaches to the role and transformation of religious traditions in the modern period, extending from the late 18th century to the present. The course will be structured around the following core topics:
1. Modernity as a Historical Epoch
a. Modernity as Project
b. Modernity as Structure
2. Religious Transformations in the Modern Period (Regional Case Studies)
a. Central Europe (Germany)
b. The Middle East
c. North America (USA)
3. Religion and Modernity – Concepts and Themes
a. Secularization, Individualization and Pluralization
b. Approaches to the Religion and Economy Nexus
c.Spirituality vs. Fundamentalism
The lecture will take place online. Weekly videos as well as readings will be made available in English and German. Participation in regular Zoom sessions (every 2-3 weeks) is mandatory; you are invited to contribute in German or in English and we will translate as necessary.
The Dzogchen teachings, often translated as the “Great Perfection,” first appeared in Tibetan literature in Dunhuang manuscripts from the 10th century, and were further elaborated and systematized by Tibetan Buddhist masters over the centuries before the teachings became popular among Chinese Buddhists in the 20th and 21st centuries (also transmitted by Chinese Buddhist masters). The Dzogchen teachings have developed a particular form of meditation practice that focuses on all beings’ inherent state of awareness beyond duality and conceptual elaborations. Key concepts such as immediacy and effortlessness have led to the doctrine being repeatedly polemicized in Tibet and put in the same breath as Chinese Chan Buddhism. The very similarities that remind Sinitic Buddhists of concepts such as non-action (Chin. wuwei) and sudden enlightenment (Chin. dunwu) may have contributed to the popularity of the teaching in Chinese Buddhist circles in the 20th and 21st centuries. The seminar will introduce the core doctrinal content and examine transmission traditions and dissemination as far away as China.
The seminar challenges the notion of post-modern cities as secular or post-religious spaces and points to an academic study of the diverse intricacies between religion (in its multiple forms and conceptions) and current urban settlements. From the analysis of common concepts as diversity, migration, religious identity, or spirituality, it intertwines urban, religious, and migration theories. Furthermore, it examines cities as places of religious pluralization and co-existence of identities at the time of hosting secular and religious institutions which shape daily social dynamics.
From a global perspective, the seminar studies the migratory religious landscape of the Ruhr region in West Germany and the Basque Country in Spain. It also analyzes the social and religious dynamics among Christian and Muslim groups in urban Tanzania, the Latin-American religious identities in the European and North-American diaspora, international Pentecostal networks in Singapore and other mega-cities the oppression of African traditional religiosities in Brazil, and the marginalization-empowerment dynamics of Pentecostal Dalit women communities in India, among other similar examples.
Both the concept of race and the racism are backed by a long-standing tradition and still affecting our lives today. But what is race; does it exist; is it a biological feature, a social construct, or even something else? And what is racism; what are its harms and why are they morally wrong; how does it differ from other forms of discrimination, oppression, marginalization or the like? Should we keep using racial language? These are some of the questions we will tackle in this course. The course reading covers classic philosophical texts on the concept of race and most recent normative theories about the race and racism.
Das Forschungsseminar fragt nach dem Beitrag der
Digitalität für die Literatur, indem es sich Konzepten und Projekten
zuwendet, die digitale Literatur begrifflich konturieren oder aber
ästhetisch erproben. Im Fokus stehen keineswegs nur digital erzeugte und
rezipierbare Daten, sondern auch in Papierform publizierte Texte, die
gleichwohl zentrale Phänomene und Operationen des Digitalen mit den
Mitteln der gedruckten Schrift sich anzueignen versuchen. Das Seminar
wird sich einer historischen Aufarbeitung des Feldes widmen und die auf
die früheren Diskurse der Hypertextualität sowie der Netzliteratur
sichten. Es wird sich auch mit den aktuellen Positionen der
Literaturwissenschaft und Essayistik befassen und beleuchten, wie sie
die digitale Gegenwart perspektivieren. Vor allem aber soll die
Veranstaltung dazu genutzt werden, die Projekte der
Seminarteilnehmer:innen vorzustellen und zu diskutieren.
Zur Vorbereitung: Hannes Bajohr und Annette Gilbert (Hg.): Digitale Literatur II. Sonderband: text + kritik, München 2021.
Josiah Ober once identified the 5th century BC to be the birthplace of Political Science. In many ways, ancient material is interpreted by Political Scientists, and sometimes, it becomes rather important in their reasoning.
In this course, we will take a look at several examples how antiquity features in international Political Science. We shall discuss where the potentials of these approaches lie, and perhaps wherein lie inherent limitations, in order to broaden our common historical perspective.
The language in class will be English, as will be the majority of the material we discuss.
Calls for democracy to be more than a vote every four or five years are as old as the modern parliamentary system itself. This seminar will explore how various forms of direct and participatory democracy have challenged parliamentary supremacy from the late nineteenth century to this day. The key question to be addressed in this regard is under what circumstances democracy welcomed more input from below and when it sought to restrain popular participation. The focus will therefore be on both moments of upheaval and democratic renewal and (often subsequent) periods of democratic retrenchment. In doing so, the seminar will question whether democratization was a linear process of over ever greater popular participation and probe the extent to which democracy from above and democracy from below have historically been in conflict.
Recent elections result have shown an increasing rural-urban divide, with the countryside increasingly swinging towards populist and anti-European positions and metropolitan areas moving in the opposite direction. This seminar will go back to the roots of that divide in post-war Europe and explore how relations between cities and countryside have evolved from 1945 onwards. Topics to be addressed include food security for urban workers, migration from countryside to city, state (and European) subsidies on agricultural produce, and the effects of the emergence of the environmental movement. The aim is for students to obtain a deeper understanding of how conflict and compromise between rural and urban interests have shaped, and continue to shape, present-day Europe.
This course offers an introduction to the culture and society of Spain, so that students can become familiar with the social and political structure of the country today. The plan of action will focus on some specific aspects that make Spain both appealing and rich: its recent political history to the settlement of democracy; its political and administrative organization, which, through its autonomic state, has tried to give a solution to the chronic clash of all identities and nationalities in Spain; the current Spanish society and all its different aspects: youth, immigration, women in society, education, civil rights…; art in Spain in all its different aspects, from cinema to painting, from literature to music…
Eine große Herausforderung des Studiums der Klassischen Philologie bildet die Verknüpfung des erworbenen Wissens um die antike Literatur mit der Lebenswirklichkeit des griechischen und römischen Mittelmeerraumes. In gleicher Weise sehen sich Studierende der Alten Geschichte sowie der Klassischen Archäologie häufig mit einem Mangel an Detailwissen über die vielfältige antike Literatur konfrontiert. Dieser grundsätzliche Bedarf an Ergänzungen des eigenen Blickwinkels in den drei Disziplinen der Altertumswissenschaften bildet zugleich den Ausgangspunkt für die Durchführung dieser Sachübung, welche vom Seminar für Klassische Philologie in Kooperation mit Dozenten der Alten Geschichte und der Klassischen Archäologie angeboten wird. Die Veranstaltung richtet sich somit an Studierende aller drei Fächer, welche im gegenseitigen Austausch ihren eigenen fachspezifischen Standpunkt erweitern sollen.Im Zentrum der Sachübung soll dabei die Arbeit an verschiedenen Exponaten der Kunst-sammlungen der Ruhr-Universität stehen, deren Bedeutung jeweils aus philologischer, historischer sowie archäologischer Perspektive untersucht und diskutiert wird. Die für die Veranstaltung ausgewählten Exponate sollen ein möglichst breit gefächertes Bild des öffentlichen Lebens im antiken Mittelmeerraum vermitteln und reichen dementsprechend von Herrscherstatuen über das repräsentative Interieur römischer Villen bis hin zu gewöhnlichen Alltagsgegenständen.
Die Übung gibt einen Überblick über die antike Literaturgeschichte nach Epochen und Gattungen, vermittelt Kenntnisse über antike Konzepte von Literatur und Kanonbildung sowie über verschiedene Formen der Literaturgeschichtsschreibung. Zudem werden epochenspezifische kulturelle Hintergründe und Entstehungs- und Rezeptionsbedingungen (‚Sitz im Leben‘) zentraler Texte der griechischen und lateinischen Literatur diskutiert und die wichtigsten modernen Literaturtheorien (Strukturalismus, Narratologie, Intertextualität, Dekonstruktion, New Historicism, Rezeptionsästhetik) vorgestellt, um aus den theoretischen Reflexionen über Literatur Interpretationsansätze für antike Texte zu gewinnen. Grundfragen der Literaturwissenschaft zur Definition, Funktion und Wirkungsabsichten von Literatur werden ebenso besprochen wie Aspekte der Gattungsbezogenheit bestimmter Theorien und Probleme der Kompatibilität von historisch verschiedenen Literaturkonzepten. Alle in der Übung behandelten antiken Texte werden zweisprachig zur Verfügung gestellt.
Die Veranstaltung weist eine aufeinander aufbauende, thematische Zweiteilung in innere und äußere Sprachgeschichte auf, wobei der Schwerpunkt insgesamt auf der lateinischen Sprache liegt und Erläuterungen zur griechischen Sprache punktuell erfolgen. In der ersten Semesterhälfte werden sprachwissenschaftliche Terminologie, Entwicklung des griechischen und lateinischen Alphabets, Phonologie, Morphologie, Betonungsregeln und Metrik erarbeitet, wobei v.a. die anwendungsorientierte Einübung breiten Raum erhalten soll. Die zweite Semesterhälfte besteht aus einem kurzen Überblick über die indogermanische Sprachgeschichte, die Behandlung von Lautwandel und Sprachstufen sowie das Fortwirken der lateinischen und griechischen Sprache in Mittelalter und modernen Fremdsprachen, wobei die praktische Arbeit an ausgewählten Originaltexten (u.a. Inschriften, Plautus, Sallust, Petron, Bibel) im Zentrum steht. Der Kurs wird in einem Hybridformat aus synchronen und asynchronen Unterrichtseinheiten durchgeführt.
“Ethical challenges in the global world” invites the student to reflect critically about the global world in which we
live, and on the economic, political, cultural, religious and ecological consequences derived from the globalization
process. The aim is to develop in students an awareness of the ethical challenges intrinsic to this process (such
as economic and social injustice, intercultural coexistence, the protection or violations of human rights, or climate
change), and an understanding of different analyses and positions surrounding these challenges. Students will
be participate in a variety of dilemmas and problem solving activities that allow them to make meaning of these
issues in their own terms, and guide then on how to advance coherent and persuasive arguments. The ultimate
goal of the course is to prepare students to contribute, both as professional in their respective fields and as
citizens of the global world, to the construction of a more just, humane and caring world.
The Basque Country, Euskal Herria, is a region located in Northern Spain and Southern France. Its
language, of unknown origins, is not related to any other linguistic family. The Basques have kept a
distinct and unique culture, one of the oldest in Europe.
The history of the Basque Country has come a long way from the ancient times before the Roman
conquest of the Peninsula to the present day. What we can see nowadays is a highly modernized
European region which is going through a promising time.
This course provides students with an introduction to the Basque culture and basic oral and written
skills in Euskara (Basque language). Students will have the chance to get started in linguistic skills in
Basque and to discover several relevant topics in Basque culture and society: geography, history, the
rural world and myths, music, sports…
This course offers an introduction to the culture and society of Spain, so that students can become familiar with
the social and political structure of the country today. The plan of action will focus on some specific aspects that
make Spain both appealing and rich: its recent political history to the settlement of democracy; its political and
administrative organization, which, through its autonomic state, has tried to give a solution to the chronic clash
of all identities and nationalities in Spain; the current Spanish society and all its different aspects: youth,
immigration, women in society, education, civil rights…; art in Spain in all its different aspects, from cinema to
painting, from literature to music…
The course includes the elements of statistical inference and metodologies for data analysis: comparing two and more populations, analysis of variance, simple and multiple regresion, time series analysis and introduction to factor analysis to the data gained from social and environmental studies. This course aims to raise the level of statistical literacy throw the following objectives:
1) acquiring knowledge and skills necessary to understand, analyze and solve problems arising in the course of practical work in environmental studies and social studies in general
2) developing an ability to critically assess and interpret statistical data and to avoid common pitfalls
3) using statistical software with confidence.
Migration is a crucial and dynamic part of human life. International migration ranges from voluntary migration of high skilled labor migrants up to forced migration of refugees. Even in times of global mobility, international migrants always pass by specific places. Therefore, the course focuses on transnational relations caused by migration in postindustrial cities. This course starts from (1) elaborating some basic social mechanisms that structure international migration since long, then (2) addresses the history and current relevance of migration in postindustrial cities of the UNIC network (https://www.unic.eu) and (3) finally gives opportunities to deepen in selected aspects of transnational relations and organizations caused by or inducing migration.
This Master-course is part of the joint efforts of 8 European universities, integrated in the UNIC network (https://www.unic.eu), to coordinate and innovate their teaching and researching activities. Therefore, Master students of all 8 UNIC universities are welcome to participate in this course. One basic idea is to deal with all the main topics mentioned before in a comparative perspective by taking the cities of the UNIC universities (Bilbao, Bochum, Cork, Istanbul, Liege, Oulu, Rotterdam, Zagreb; according to corresponding participation of students from that locales) as points of reference.
The course is organized based on a blended learning concept: there will be a one day onsite meeting at the RUB Campus on 4th of April, then weekly hybrid meetings until end of semester, when a second onsite day on Friday 22nd of July 2022. Participants have the chance to define specific research questions and work on that in teams – group work will be presented on the last onsite day.
This interactive course examines the application of psychological
theories and research to sports behaviours. Case studies from a variety
of sports will be explored to develop a set of psychological skills that
can be applied across sports.
In this seminar, we will review different modelling approaches for tracking cognitive representations with Deep Neural Networks (DNNs) and human neuroimaging and neurophysiological data. We will study the different network types employed and cognitive functions modelled in recent studies, highlighting the wide adoption of Representational Similarity Analysis (RSA) as a framework to compare DNNs and neural representations.
Business management professionals must be familiar with the different functional areas of the organization,
including marketing. This subject is built on the two previous subjects in the marketing area, "Marketing
Fundamentals" and "Operational Marketing", in which both strategic and operational marketing decisions have
This course aims to go one step further, reviewing both the philosophy and elements, as well as the process of
creating a marketing plan and a business canvas, always under a much broader concept such as the business
The focus of this subject with respect to the business plan and the marketing plan has a clear market orientation,
as the only way to achieve the success and growth of the organizations. Both plans therefore become
guidelines for achieving the business objectives of growth and profitability on the one hand, and the satisfaction
(adding value) of the different actors involved in the market, on the other, taking into account global markets and
the social responsibility of Business.
The general objective of this subject is to provide students with up-to-date knowledge about how the Financial
System can help in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, allowing them to properly analyze its
structures and products, and the impact they have in the wider society and our planet.
As the 2007-08 financial crash showed, the malfunctioning of the financial system may have protracted and
deep consequences. Students will have a thorough understanding of ESG Finance (Environmental, Social and
Governance) and how this market trend can alleviate our global problems and help us to deal with the
Based entirely on case discussions, the MOC course explores the
determinants of competitiveness and successful economic development
viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective. MOC is a distinctive
course platform developed at Harvard by Professor Michael Porter and a
team of colleagues at the Institute for strategy and competitiveness.
The course is specifically designed to be taught at Harvard and in
collaboration with educational institutions around the world. The course
is not only an educational vehicle but also a tool to enable an
institution and its people to influence and support economic development
in the country and region.
This course provides an introduction to the overarching concepts of constitutional law in a comparative fashion. It draws on the political and legal systems of the United States, China, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France and Germany, in order to highlight differences and similarities across a diversity of constitutional traditions. During this course, you will (i) become acquainted with the fundamental features of the systems of government referred above; (ii) acquire insights about recent philosophical discussions on judicial review and the different ways in which it can be designed; (iii) reflect on how features of the constitutional systems referred above may help to explain and understand current social phenomena (e.g. political polarization); and (iv) reflect on whether and how traditional concepts of constitutional law may be revised in order to cope with recent developments in the global and transnational arena.This course has a strong inter-disciplinary character. At the same time in which it will draw on traditional doctrinal analyses of constitutional law, it will also draw on relevant side-literature, especially of constitutional theory and of political, social and legal philosophy.
In order to discuss these questions, this course will introduce you to the works of various legal, political and social philosophers about controversial topics such as freedom of expression and speech, pornography, hate speech, abortion, euthanasia, fake news as well as to seminal texts about the nature of democracy and rights in liberal and non-liberal traditions (e.g. communitarianism).
This seminar aims to introduce students to the "Law and Literature" movement in contemporary legal scholarship. In the first and introductory part of the course, we will discuss the main directions of this field of study: "Law in Literature" (which explores the phenomenon of law as well as issues of legal philosophy in literary texts) and "Law as Literature" (which aims to contribute to the study of law in the form of a literary text). Finally, we will discuss some critical reactions regarding these projects. In this part, we will learn about and examine the views of significant figures in the legal and literary movements (e.g., Benjamin Cardozo, James Boyd White, Jane Baron, Martha Nussbaum), including famous legal philosophers (e.g., Ronald Dworkin, Richard Posner). In the second and central part of the seminar, we will adopt the perspective of "Law in Literature" and "Law as Literature" to literary and legal texts, respectively. We will assume the "Law in Literature" perspective and discuss a selection of literary texts - novels and short stories of the 21rst century concerning legal or legal-philosophical issues (e.g., Bernhard Schlink, Juli Zeh, Ferdinand von Schirach). Furthermore, we will adopt the "Law as Literature" perspective to examine a selection of recent (sometimes curious) court decisions. We will finalize the seminar with a general discussion of whether and how works of literary fiction (such as those discussed in the seminar) can contribute to legal thought and practice, and the
potential of literary analysis of legal texts for jurisprudence. The seminar will be held in English.
During the seminar, we will read and discuss a new selection of theoretical, literary, and legal texts. Therefore, the course is open to both students who have already taken part in "Law and Jurisprudence" courses at RUB (in winter term of 2019/2020 or winter term 2021/2022) and would like to further extend their knowledge in this field, as well as to those students who have not taken part in those seminars and have no prior knowledge about "Law and Literature" movement.
This course will provide students with a basic and fundamental overview of major areas of intellectual property law in the United States. We will cover topics related to United States patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, as well as how each of these different areas are interrelated to one another. We will not only discuss how to obtain intellectual property rights, but also how and when to enforce those rights against an infringer. The course will reference current United States laws, cases, as well as rules and procedures enforced by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. Copyright Office. Some participation is expected during the lectures.
The course will provide an introduction to linguistics for law students, as well as present characteristics and functions of legal language, legal translation and terminology and development and influence of major European legal languages.
By the end of the course the student will have been able to:
*demonstrate the ability to use an appropriate level of formality and style for business communication both verbally and in writing with reasonable accuracy and self-correct mistakes if they have led to misunderstandings
*demonstrate the ability to write clear and effective business documents and email messages conveying information and details accurately
*hold online meetings, negotiations and presentations
*experience and apply entrepreneurial mindset and skills to future tasks in their future profession.
This course is a phenomenon-based learning experience which has a focus on the major language learning skills areas such as reading, writing, speaking, listening as well as vocabulary expansion and grammatical competence development.Active participation in the Moodle course and Zoom sessions is mandatory and all projects must be completed successfully.All deadlines must be met.
The course includes 8 projects each of which requires individual and teamwork. This course requires interaction with other students. The theme of the course is business to business (B2B) interaction which includes acquiring business partners and interacting with them to practice ways to gain and maintain B2B relationships.Meetings, negotiations, and exchanging business documents are the primary activities practiced in the course.
Mode of delivery: The course is held in Moodle and Zoom.
The course consists of eight projects and each project is estimated to take about 13 hours of time.
The assignments will be graded using the 1-5 scale or pass/fail.The course grade is based on written homework, verbal assignments and project quizzes.
basics of the quantum field theory, Green's functions for zero and finite temperatures, linear response, magnetism, superconductivity
cf. module description (https://www.icams.de/content/master-course-mss/general-information/modules/)
Autonomous robotics is an interdisciplinary research field in which embodied systems equipped with their own sensors and with actuators generate behavior that is not completely pre-programmed. Autonomous robotics thus entails perception, movement generation, as well as core elements of cognition such as making decisions, planning, and integrating multiple constraints.
This course touches on various approaches to this interdisciplinary problem. In the first half of the course, the main emphais will be on dynamical systems methods for generating movement in vehicles. The main focus of the course is, however, on solutions to autonomous movement generation that are inspired by analogies with how nervous systems generate movement. The second half of the course will review core problems in human movement science, including the degree of freedom problem, coordination, motor control, and the relex control of muscles.