Teaching Philosophy

 

The teaching philosophy at the Chair of Society and Technology follows a problem-centered and research-based approach. Instruction in disciplinary skills is thus combined with the facilitation of skills in interdisciplinary cooperation.

Thinking and working across disciplinary borders will prepare the students for the societal challenges of coming decades. These will require more members of society with expertise in contextualization, who do not quickly jump to the most obvious and simple solutions.

But what does it mean to have an “expertise in contextualization”? The students need to learn how societal problems are constructed and situated and that they may look very differently from various social standpoints.

For this reason, they need to understand alternative definitions of societal problems in order to compare and to constructively assess them. On this basis, they can then work on productive suggestions for solutions and provide further alternatives.

The aim of the teaching is therefore a broad training in analysis and theory, the acquisition of profound methodological skills as a key qualification in the social sciences, but also the ability to work reflexively on the solution of societal problems.