Information on individual educational components (ECTS-Course descriptions) per semester

Degree programme: Master Sustainable Energy Systems
Type of degree: FH Master´s Degree Programme
Part-time
Winter Semester 2021

Course unit title Mental Models
Course unit code 800101024100
Language of instruction German
Type of course unit (compulsory, optional) Elective
Semester when the course unit is delivered Winter Semester 2021
Teaching hours per week 2
Year of study 2021
Number of ECTS credits allocated Second Cycle (Master)
Number of ECTS credits allocated 3
Name of lecturer(s) Markus HANZER


Prerequisites and co-requisites

None


Course content

This course will be held in German. The English translation is for information only. 

In connection with concrete examples, scientific research results from the following areas are discussed: Sociology, Psychology, Communication Sciences, Cultural History. We analyze individual mental models such as: »The winner takes it all.« »Everything is possible.« »Everything is explainable.« »We are threatened and in danger.« »Everything is in the hands of God.« …


Learning outcomes

This course will be held in German. The English translation is for information only.  

I have learned methods for analyzing the relationship between mental models and perceptible artifacts and rituals. What is to be observed? Who produced the noticeable artifacts? Do the perceived communicates effect changes? What would change if it turns out differently? I experiment with methods of design to make mental models aware.


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course will be held in German. The English translation is for information only.  

Short impulse inputs. Group work on concrete projects. Speculative Design 

The aim is to test methods of problem analysis and the development of scenarios that extend beyond the limits of conventional specialist competencies. The methods are not predetermined, but developed together: Which methods are suitable for translating data, facts and ideas into media communications? How can these communications be found? Which institutional framework is necessary for these communications to be credible and to trigger action-guiding consequences?


Assessment methods and criteria

This course will be held in German. The English translation is for information only.  

In the LATERAL-thinking format, students create their own works that afterwards should be available to the university.

For the assessment are used

__the project result of your own work

__Collaboration on the joint projects with special regard to the willingness to pick up the ideas of others and contribute to their further development


Comment

None


Recommended or required reading

Recommended reading:

Frances Allen (2019): Amerika auf der Couch. Ein Psychiater analysiert das Trump-Zeitalter. DumMont Buchverlag, Köln

Hüther Gerald (2014): Die Macht der inneren Bilder: Wie Visionen das Gehirn, den Menschen und die Welt verändern. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen

Türcke Christoph (2019): Digitale Gefolgschaft. Auf dem Weg in eine neue Stammesgesellschaft. C.H.Beck, München

Butter Michael (2018): Nichts ist, wie es scheint. Über Verschwörungstheorien. Edition suhrkamp, Berlin

Mausfeld Rainer (2018): Warum schweigen die Lämmer? Westend Verlag, Frankfurt/Main 

Schmidbauer Manfred (2004): Der gitterlose Käfig. Wie unser Gehirn die Realität erschafft. Springer Verlag, Wien

Bösel Rainer (2016): Wie das Gehirn »Wirklichkeit« konstruiert. Zur Neuropsychologie des realistischen, fiktionalen und metaphysischen Denkens. Kohlhammer, Stuttgart

Watzlawick Paul (2005): Wie wirklich ist die Wirklichkeit? Wahn, Täuschung, Verstehen. Piper, München

Paul Gerhard (2013): BilderMacht. Studien zur Visual History des 20. Und 21. Jahrhunderts. Wallstein, Göttingen 

Monyer Hannah & Gessmann Martin (2015): Das geniale Gedächtnis. Wie das Gehirn aus der Vergangenheit unsere Zukunft macht. Knaus, München

Harari Yuval (2017): Homo Deus. A Brief History of Tomorrow. C.H. Beck, München

Harai Yuval (2015): Eine kurze Geschichte der Menschheit. Pantheon, München

Macho Thomas (2011): Vorbilder. Wilhelm Fink, München

Kahneman Daniel (2017): Schnelles Denken, langsames Denken. Siedler Verlag, München


Mode of delivery (face-to-face, distance learning)

Face-to-face course with attendance expected