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Course catalogue 2017/2018

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        5 October 2017.

Courses taught in English

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The Rise of Authoritarianism

On 19 July 2017 Dr. Zafer Yilmaz gave a talk about the Transformation of Rule of Law and Suppression of Freedom of Speech in Turkey.

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Sea and Men

In the summer term 2017 the course of lectures Colloquium Fundamentale discussed topics concerning everything around marine habitats as well as the protection and sustainable use of marine resources.

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Autonomous Technology – What about the Human Being?

On 12 July 2017 an introduction of the KIT Humans and Technology Centre with lectures on the Human-Machine Relation and the history of technology took place in the Bürgersaal of Karlsruhe City Hall.

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Science Talks
Science Talks

On 10 July 2017 the second ZAK Science Talks took place in cooperation with the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung and dealt with “Opinion Making in the Digital World".

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John F. Kennedy’s Short and Incomplete Presidency

Within the scope of the International Forum, Dr. habil. Martin Thunert held a lecture on the Kennedy myth, the challenges his administration had to face and other relevant questions. The lecture took place on 26 June 2017.

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The Critical Stage
The Critical Stage. Young Voices on Crucial Topics (No. 7)

Our author Ghiath Al Jebawi draws attention to the structures of refugee accommodations and reflects on their architectonics as social and urban fabric.

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Benjamin Barber passed away

The political scientist Benjamin Barber visited the “Karlsruhe Dialogues” of the ZAK in 2004 and 2015. He spoke about the potential of cities for challenges of our world.

Benjamin Barber at the Karlsruhe Dialogues

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ZAK: Science meets society

As responsible corporate institutions, research universities experience new challenges: they are expected to provide innovative an highly specialised new and robust knowledge; unintended social and cultural effects are to be adequately anticipated; and both scientific communities and the broader public are to be involved in communication processes. Read more

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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