Science ⋈ Technology ⋈ Society (Kontextlehre WTG)

How does digitization change science and society? What does responsibility mean with respect to genetic engineering, nanotechnologies or autonomous systems? How can research and innovation be politically regulated? And how can we improve communication between science and the public?

It is through Kontextlehre WTG, that the TUM School of Sciences and Technology is able to offer a wide range of seminars and workshops to answer these and other interesting and pressingly important questions.
The assigned modules can be credited as Überfachliche Grundlagen/Qualifikationen (General skills) in almost all TUM study programs, or they can be completed as additional subjects.

Find a course of study which meets your interests and gain credits for it. Choose from our english-speaking seminars!

What´s new in summer 2019?

How to Make and Break Statistics
This seminar focuses on basics of statistics for both: doing your own statistical research and critically discussing given statistical findings. We will look into (mathematical) basics, methods, strategies, history and epistemology of statistics. By means of presentations, readings, discussions and exercises we will explore the scientific capacities, limits, issues and risks of statistical work - focusing on the intersection of science, technology and society in terms of responsibility.

Dialogue Matters – A Difficult Conversation Lab
Communication is essential, however not always easy. Sometimes dialogue seems to be impossible, maybe because mechanical engineers and economists, live scientists and mathematicians speak “different languages”. This course assures insight on how common languages can be constructed between interlocutors from different fields, what difficult communication and conflict is like, how it escalates and how it can be mastered.

Interpersonal Communication Skills for Working Internationally
Today The success of ventures in almost any field requires an understanding of intercultural communication and cooperation. Learn to analyze cultural factors as well as the influence of new media. Get familiar with key concepts of culture and communication and become aware of your own behavior.

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