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

Module Code
Module Coordinators
Alexander Dworschak
Karlheinz Hellmuth Wolfgang Thies
Short Description

The course deals with present and future-oriented aspects relevant to today

Learning Objectives
    The aim is to achieve a competent analysis, decision-making and capacity to handel with current and future challenges in the professional, social and political context. The students
  • are able to orient themselves in future-oriented topics,
  • can apply scientific reflection and methodology to the content of lectures and specialist publications,
  • are able to prepare knowledge and information scientifically and communicate it intelligibly.
    The module contains an interdisciplinary program for the scientific and systemic penetration of present and future problems. Present and future topics with a special significance for our society as well as with regard to the professional fields of the students are discussed. Selected methods from future research, innovation, technology management and organization development are addressed. The students create and present essays, with selected topics from different sides being illuminated and discussed. Special emphasis is placed on
  • deeper analysis and interpretation of the respective subject areas,
  • creative ideas and solutions in the context of the subject areas,
  • particular emphasis is placed on argument, style, logic and rhetoric,
  • design of scientific texts that are effective, comprehensible and effective
Duration in Semester
Instruction Language
Total Effort
3 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
    Prerequisite: Regular participation (at least 80%); development of theses and questions on the topics and lectures addressed. Examination: Scientific essay and presentation on a topic focus.
Evaluation Standard
    according to examination regulations (§ 9)


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  • Friedman, T. L.: Was zu tun ist: Eine Agenda für das 21. Jahrhundert
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  • Pierer, H. v. (Hrsg.) : Wie kommt das Neue in die Welt? München
  • Radermacher, F. J.; Beyers, B.: Welt mit Zukunft. Überleben im 21. Jahrhundert. Die ökosoziale Perspektive, Hamburg
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    Interest in future oriented questions and their scientific penetration