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Course catalogue 2016/2017

The ZAK course catalogue includes comprehensive subject descriptions for each course. A printed copy is available at ZAK or at several locations on campus. Registration will start on Monday, 10 October 2016.

Courses taught in English

Please register here for all courses

Science Dialogues

In the winter semester 2016/17, the ZAK is launching a new event series in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung. The series will be kicked off on Monday, 7 November 2016 at 6 pm with a discussion on “Digitalisation: Download Culture and Its Consequences”. Guests from the fields of science and business will be debating both in a panel session and with the audience.

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“There’s nothing glorious about isolation”

Prof. Dr. Julia Angster will be opening the Colloquium Fundamentale “New Nationalisms – Consequence of a Globalised World?” in the Redtenbacher lecture hall on Thursday, 20 October 2016 at 6 pm. She will be speaking about Brexit and nationalism in Europe.

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Terreur dans l’Hexagone (French lecture)

In the winter semester 2016/17, in the framework of International Forum, Prof. Dr. Gilles Kepel will be speaking about the topic of his new book “Terreur dans l'Hexagone”. His lecture about terror in France is taking place on Thursday, 27 October 2016 at 6pm.

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Reflections on Contemporary South Africa (talk in English language)

Dramatist Mike van Graan will be giving a talk on the South African perspective on Germany and social developments in his home country on Tuesday, 15 November 2016 at 6 pm.

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Teaser picture: Karlsruhe Dialogues
Brexit and Thoughts on Europe

In February, the 20th Karlsruhe Dialogues “NationEurope: The Polarised Solidarity Community” discussed the current state of Europe and a possible Brexit in an intense and controversial manner.

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Videos on YouTube

Teaser Sea and Men
Sea and Men

In the summer term 2016 the course of lectures Colloquium Fundamentale focused on diverse fields of oceanography. The opening lecture was given by Prof. Dr. Reinhold Leinfelder on Thursday, 12 May 2016.

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Read the Press Release

KIT Ensembles in Concert
KIT Ensembles in Concert

Check our event calendar for the next concerts of KIT Symphony Orchestra, KIT Choir, Bigband and other great ensembles, as well as for current information on Public Science events.

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A Concise Profile

The ZAK | Centre for Cultural and General Studies aims at interdisciplinarity. It contributes to communicate between the sciences and the humanities and mediates between science and society by means of specific projects on the basis of the university’s concept of structure and development.

Tasks and Goals:

  • Promoting interdisciplinary teaching at the university and the dissemination of knowledge following the tradition of the Liberal Arts
  • Facilitating student education in career-relevant key qualifications
  • Developing and offering innovative teaching and learning modules for interdisciplinary education
  • Intensifying the dialogue between different academics in the area of social impact and cultural change
  • Developing and organizing events intending to intensify the exchange between science and society
  • Researching framework requirements and megatrends in the range of competence acquirement from the perspective of cultural studies

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Picture Gilles Kepel: Catherine Hélie © Editions Gallimard
Picture (Science Dialogues): ja_hh / photocase.de
Picture (Colloquium Fundamentale): pixelklex / photocase.de