Future Dimensions: Where does innovation come from and how are new ideas generated?

Short Name
Englisch f. Fort.
Module Code
Module Coordinator
  • Prof. Dr. Alexander Dworschak
  • Barbara Gronauer
Short Description

"Future" is considered in a social context as a period that can be designed actively and purposefully. Value systems and visions for the future of individuals influence future design. How can meaningful and sustainable solutions arise? What is important in development? What concepts for the future would be desirable and how can they be implemented?

Learning Objectives

The students have expanded their knowledge of methods for problem analysis, problem-solving and brainstorming to address current and future challenges in the professional, social and political context.

The students

  • can orient themselves in future-relevant topics.
  • Can develop coherent arguments that allow a constructive debate on political, economic and social points of view.
  • Can apply scientific reflection and methodology on content, lectures and publications and implement them participation oriented.
  • are capable to scientifically process knowledge and information and communicate them in a comprehensible manner.

In this module, the students deal with the positive and negative ways to use computer science and analyse interactions, entanglements and consequences of technological developments. They create references to the sustainability goals and consequences of technological developments in global economic and social systems.

Based on these results, the students develop their research questions. They create and present essays, each selected issue is examined from different angles and discussed. Here, special emphasis is placed on

  • in-depth analysis and interpretation of the theme concerned,
  • creative ideas and solutions in the context of the topic areas,
  • argumentation, style and logic, rhetoric and
  • design of speech and scientific texts that have public appeal, are understandable and are effective.
Duration in Semester
Instruction Language
Total Effort
3.0 CrP; an estimated 90 hours, of which approximately 30 are spent in class.
Weekly School Hours
Method of Instruction
Requirements for the awarding of Credit Points

Examination prerequisite: regular attendance (at least 80 % of the time), development of theses and questions on the issues raised and lectures.

Examination: Drafting a question, task-related research, textualisation of research results and interpretation, integration of colleagues in brainstorming, presentation of the approach and the results at the end of the seminar.

Evaluation Standard
    according to examination regulations (§ 9)
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  • Online-Artikelsammlung zur TRIZ-Methodik (https://triz- journal.com/)
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  • Havard Business Manager: http://www.harvardbusinessmanager.de/thema/trendforsc hung/
    Interest in future oriented questions and their scientific penetration