560.015 (17S) The Culture of Choice

Sommersemester 2017

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03.04.2017 13:00 - 17:00 , B11.2.1.1
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LV-Titel englisch
The Culture of Choice
Kurs (prüfungsimmanente LV )
9 (20 max.)

This course is only for MORE students. 

Requirements: none

These are the dates:

03.04.2017 4 13:00 - 17:00

04.04.2017 5 10:00 - 16:00

05.04.2017 5 10:00 - 16:00

07.04.2017 5 10:00 - 16:00


Intendierte Lernergebnisse

This course investigates into what makes us individual and provides a language to freely express that individuality.


The course is structured into three parts: 


1 - We are all the same

There is a process of communication shared by all humans. We will look at this process and learn how we receive and process information and how that determines our beliefs and values. We learn and apply communication tools which allow us to talk to others as individuals and not as elements of a group. We want to show that  there is a common ground that we all function from. And that there is a universal structure to how we think, feel and express ourselves.


2. We are all different: 

We are citizensof the world and not a specific country. More and more so today and in the future.

We want to look at the individuality of each human and realize that it is not so much our cultural background that defines the difference of one another but the individual choices. 

Our values and beliefs are shaped by our surroundings as we grow up, but we can, as soon as weare aware of them as constructions of the mind, choose which ones to keep and which ones to let go.

What makes usdifferent from one another? How can we remove labels that have been put on us and that we have put on others?

Where do we all meet, when judgements are put aside? If we look at our differences as qualities we can jointly use them and nurture our surroundings.

If we deconstruct “labels” we dissolve differences and rather than looking at groups we start looking at the individual elements those are composed of.


3. Freedom of Art 

In a practical workshop setting we will explore how art can serve as a language where we canfreely express our individuality without restraints. Art provides a space offreedom where  personal opinions andemotions are transformed into colour, shape and size, and expressed and shared.


Theory presentations, practical work, individual tutoring, group work, group discussions.

Students will produce an art object.

Aim of the course:

To give an experimental possibility for people to realise the main theoretical point of the course: we are all the same/we are all different.

To provide a language for self-expression.

To make participants aware of the responsibility inherent in their own choices.





Metaphors we live by - Lakoff, Johnson

Turtles all the way down - Grinder, DeLozier

The Learning Self - Mark Tennant

The language instinct: How the mind creates Language - Steven Pinker

Link auf weitere Informationen

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_psychology; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Magical_Number_Seven,_Plus_or_Minus_Two



Participation in ALL the exercises.

Full Attendance.

Production of an art object in class.

(Art objects will not be graded)


Participation in the proposed exercises

Completion of some homework exercises

General involvement in the course material


Note/Grade Benotungsschema

Position im Curriculum

  • Besonderer Studienbereich Besonderer Studienbereich Friedensstudien (SKZ: 900, Version: 05S)
    • Fach: Kernbereich III - Aktuelles und vertiefendes aus Kernbereich I & I (Freifach)
      • Aktuelles und Vertiefendes aus Friedensforschung und Friedenspädagogik ( 0.0h / 0.0 ECTS)
        • 560.015 The Culture of Choice (2.0h KS / 4.0 ECTS)

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