The course of study in Social Sciences at RWTH Aachen is characterized by its interdisciplinary approach. It combines multiple social science subjects from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities with each other and creates points of contact to numerous other faculties at RWTH Aachen. Furthermore the gap to the engineering sciences is also bridged.
The Master's course of study in sociology at RWTH distinguishes itself from other sociology programs in Germany through its embedding into one of the leading technical universities. Sociology puts topics and developments, that are researched at a university from an engineering or natural science perspective, at the focus of its own interest.
Project "Leonardo" is an innovative interdisciplinary teaching project at RWTH Aachen University. In this unique program lecturers and researchers from different faculties of the University design and offer courses together in order to foster interdisciplinary thinking, working and collaboration so that the challenges of the future can be tackled.
Together with the Chair of Philosophy of Science and Technology (TST, Professor Gabriele Gramelsberger), we are currently developing a Master's course of study on the Governance of Technology and Innovation (MA GovTec). The background of this Master's course of study is that more and more of the current societal problems related to socio-technical change are increasingly “wicked”, and complex and unclear knowledge landscapes impede decision-making processes.
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.