ZAK Course Registration

How to sign up for ZAK courses 

Please choose the course(s) you want to register for from the list “ZAK-Lehrangebote”: ZAK course registration. You can use the search function to search for names of lecturers or course titles.

At the end of each course description you will find a link that leads you to the registration form.
The registration period for the summer semester 2020 starts on Monday, March 30th at 12pm.

If you need help filling in the form please contact Christine Myglas: christine.myglas∂

Courses taught in English (for all Courses (in German and English) please see Website: ZAK-Anmeldekalender)

ZAK Courses taught in English

Friday, 30 October 2020
14:00 - 17:15 
Jean Monnet Circle Seminar: European Integration and Institutional Studies
Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, Dr. Dr. Jesús Munoz Morcillo et al.

The Jean Monnet Circle Seminar “European Integration and Institutional Studies” offers a basic introduction into the major social, political, cultural, and economic developments in Europe and its interrelation with the process of globalisation and European integration. All topics are presented by alternating experts from different universities and institutions.
The seminar addresses the following topics:
For further information and abstracts please see homepage of the Jean Monnet Circle Seminar.
Europe Seen From Outside. Europe and Its Role in the World (Prof. Dr. Dirk Wentzel, Pforzheim University) The European Union. Institutional Design, Democratic Deficit and Options of Reform (Prof. Dr. Monika Oberle, University of Göttingen) Law within the European Union; Human Rights (Dr. Ingo Bott, Kanzlei Plan A) Identity and Diversity. Unity in Diversity as a European Vision (Prof. Dr. Caroline Y. Robertson-von Trotha, ZAK) Europe and the Stars – Images, Narratives, and the Embodiment of a Cultural Vision (Dr. Dr. Jesús Munoz Morcillo, ZAK and IKB at KIT) The Future of the European Union after the European Elections (Julian Plottka, Institute for European Politics) The Resilience of the Eurozone in Times of Crisis (Prof. Dr. Joachim Schild, Professor of Comparative GovernmentUniversity of Trier)  
2-6 ECTS
Fri 30.10.2020, 14:00–17:15
Fri 06.11.2020, 14:00–17:15
Fri 13.11.2020, 14:00–17:15
Fri 20.11.2020, 14:00–17:15
Fri 27.11.2020, 14:00–17:15
Fri 04.12.2020, 14:00–17:15
Fri 11.12.2020, 14:00–17:15

Tuesday, 03 November 2020
10:00 - 13:15 
Uncertainty during the Covid-19 and climate change global crises
Dr. Lilia Raileanu

The Coronavirus pandemic has challenged what social scientists call the “social order”, by bringing changes to people’s life quality and duration, as well as to the functioning of such social systems as: medical, educational, relational, employment, mobility, social action, etc. In other words, the pandemic has challenged us to deal with many uncertainties, at various levels of our lives and society. These challenges call for associations with another or a related (?) global crisis, involving uncertainties and social disturbances - climate change.
In this course, we will focus on the experiences, perceptions, social and political constructions of uncertainty in connection to the Coronavirus pandemic and climate change. We will critically analyze and discuss such questions as: how uncertainty influences people’s perceptions and behaviours, as well as their personal and social lives? What is the connection between uncertainty and social action? The course will be held online in a live format (there will also be offline assignments) and therefore, the students will be requested to use the video chat function.
2-4 ECTS
Start: 03.11.2020
Tue 10:00–13:15
(7 dates)

14:00 - 17:15 
Newly Urban – Re-imagining the City and Re-defining Urban Politics?
Olga Pak

The urbanized world faces serious problems. To address them, new visions of what constitute a “good city” and how to get there are being developed and contested. The politics of urban re-imagination as well as new urban politics as such are changing our cities and call for an informed and responsible participation of citizens. Let’s explore cities and urban cultures paying attention to different world regions. Let’s examine unique and common features of various cities, their current challenges and hopes as well as disputable triumphs and failures. Let’s analyze critical problems of contemporary global urbanization in general and of various types of cities in particular and discuss controversial aspects of global political and economic positionings of cities, of urban strategies, planning, governance, policy-making, identities, inequalities, cultures, branding, etc. Looking at different curious cases, we will focus on some up-to-date issues, referring to cutting-edge academic critique of urban development as well as to contextualized problem-solving attempts of specific cities. (Please note: the course takes 6 weeks and requires a good knowledge of English.)
2-6 ECTS
Di 03.11.20, 14:00–17:15
Di 10.11.20, 14:00–17:15
Di 17.11.20, 14:00–17:15
Di 24.11.20, 14:00–17:15
Di 01.12.20, 14:00–17:15
Di 08.12.20, 14:00–17:15
Di 15.12.20, 14:00–17:15

Thursday, 05 November 2020
14:00 - 17:45 
Media Literacy: Dealing with Politics of Representations
Olga Pak

How do you imagine life in an African city or in a Siberian village? What does it mean to be a Chinese worker or a yuppie from Boston? How are we encouraged to take sides in a conflict? Informing us about various places and people, the media form our notions and feelings about them. This seminar will challenge you to look at the diversity of the world from a new vantage point as we explore certain aspects of contemporary media representations of natural, built and social environments and pertaining cultural/social identities. You will learn the cutting-edge concepts and methods of media criticism and practice their application to a critical interpretation of media content. Discussing news and advertisements, magazine feature stories and TV documentaries, photos and maps, we will examine their rhetorical and audiovisual means of expression and explore how they shape public perceptions of particular places, identities and ways of living and what ideologies are thus sustained. We will also debate the actual and potential effects of certain images and narratives disseminated by the media.
2-6 ECTS
Do 05.11.20, 14:00–17:45
Do 12.11.20, 14:00–17:45
Do 19.11.20, 14:00–17:45
Do 26.11.20, 14:00–17:45
Do 03.12.20, 14:00–17:45
Do 10.12.20, 14:00–17:45

Friday, 13 November 2020
14:00 - 19:30 
Dr. Sabine Metzger

Committed to the improvement of the human condition, transhumanism is rooted in the humanism of the Enlightenment with its focus on progress. At the same time, it exceeds classical humanist objectives of education and cultural refinement by inquiring into the possibilities offered by technology to overcome human nature’s biological limitations. While inseparably linked to emergent technologies’ impact on human nature, transhumanist thinking is multi- and interdisciplinary; it involves not only the natural sciences, but also the human sciences by addressing the social and ethical concerns of technologically mediated human enhancement.
In this course we will explore the social and ethical dimensions of transhumanist key issues, such as health- and lifespan enhancement, human-machine-interfaces, prosthetic bodies, simulations, and alternative biologies, as well as their social and ethical implications. We will focus on seminal transhumanist theorists like Max More, Natasha Vita-More, Nick Bostrom, Ray Kurzweil and James Hughes, and on some “proto-transhumanists”: Pico della Mirandola, Francis Bacon, and the Marquis de Condorcet.
3-6 ECTS
Fri 13.11.20, 14:00–19:30
Fri 29.01.21, 09:00–17:00
Sat 30.01.21, 09:00–17:00

Saturday, 14 November 2020
09:30 - 18:00 
Working Less Means Doing More
Martina Vetrovcova, Maximilian Jungmann

Why should we stay 9, 10 or even more hours a day at work if we could get the same amount of (or even more) work done in less time and actually enjoy what we are doing? The seminar will critically reflect upon existing working patterns and habits and discuss how innovative concepts and approaches, such as deep work, flow, digital minimalism and others, can be used to increase our effectiveness and efficiency and at the same time contribute to happier and healthier working conditions. The issues discussed in the seminar will be put into the context of sustainable development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on SDG 3 (good health and well-being) and SDG 8 (decent work for all). After a theoretical introduction to the topic, participants will test several working methods that are designed to help them get more done in less time. Based on the results of their own experiments, they will come up with creative policy proposals and instructions for individuals, companies and governments on how existing working habits could be enhanced.
2-3 ECTS
Sat 14.11.20, 09:30–18.00
Sat 21.11.20, 09:30–18.00
Sun 22.11.20, 09:30–18.00

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Christine Myglas, M.A.
Telefon: 0721-608 42043


Coordination Studying / General Studies:
Ines Bott, M.A.
Telefon: 0721-608 46919

Dr. Christine Mielke
Telefon: 0721-608 46920