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Professional and Interdisciplinary Skills (AfK)

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Professional and Interdisciplinary Skills (AfK) offered by the Centre for Competence Development (ZfbK):



Further Information

(AfK-Nr. 275)

Intercultural Awareness Training (Grundkurs) - AfK-275 in englischer Sprache (Niveau: B1+ GER)

Important dates:

  • 18.02.2021, 8.00 am : Activation of the material for the preparation of the online meetings
  • Preparation of the meeting until 24.02.2021
  • 25.02.2021, 14.00 pm - 18.15 pm (including break): Online meeting (mandatory, via MS Teams)
  • Reflection tasks until 03.03.2021
  • 04.03.2021, 14.00 pm -18.15 Uhr pm ((including break): Online meeting (mandatory, via MS Teams)
  • Reflection tasks until 10.03.2021
  • 11.03.2021, 14.00 pm -18.15 Uhr pm ((including break): Online meeting (mandatory, via MS Teams)
  • Processing of final portfolio
  • 25.03.2021: Submission of closing portfolio (for acquisition of CP)

A completion of the English language placement test offered by the „Forum Sprachen“ prior to enrolment in this course is voluntary but highly recommended. Participants should complete the placement test with 60% or higher in order to be able to successfully complete the course. You can access the placement test via this link:

Placement test

Foundations of Planetary Thinking To think planetary means to take the Earth as a planet seriously. What may sound trivial, means understanding human life and societies through a constantly changing planet, which extends from the earth’s core to interplanetary space, stretches in time from nanoseconds to deep time and ranges materially from elementary particles to the earth's mass.
This interdisciplinary seminar studies a wide variety of interactions between the planet and human beings. We will see that how we know the world and how we shape our coexistence with it depends on each other. Decisions about how to continue to live on this planet, live well or deal with the loss of life depend on insights into how the universe as a whole functions, quite independently of our ability to influence it. This raises big questions. How could we obtain planetary powers that are capable of transforming the earth? What does it mean to have such powers, how can they be used or withheld? With which planetary dynamics can we additionally merge or reunite, which mergers should we end if possible?

The course is organized in four main blocks:
1. Perspectives: Origins of planetary thinking (for example, space travel and the overview-effect) and key frameworks (for example, Anthropocene and planetary boundaries) are identified and discussed to grasp a planetary perspective.
2. Concepts: Key concepts relevant for planetary thinking (for example, materialism and relationality) are introduced, discussed and set into relation to learn to think planetary.
3. Constellations: A diverse set of phenomena conjunct by their planetary character (for example, the Pleistocene Park or a single molecule like hydrogen) are investigated to interpret the realities we face as a planetary species.
4. Scenarios: We explore emerging scenarios on and beyond our home planet (for example, terraforming and collapsology) and evaluate these proposals.

(AfK-Nr. 149)

General Course in Public International Law (Public International Law I), in englischer Sprache, 2st.

Please apply via StudIP


Language courses

The ZfbK also offers language courses on different levels.