International Social Responsibility
The values of social responsibility are not only taught and discussed in this option, they are experienced. In self-guided international student teams, you will jointly support projects with social benefits both locally and internationally in developing countries and in this way actively assume responsibility.
Through teamwork in international groups, students hone their social, intercultural and language skills. English is the language of instruction. In addition, organizational skills and critical reflection are fostered.
In addition to specialized knowledge, key personal skills are playing an increasingly important role in the job market. In this option, you will improve these skills, such as your social and personal skills through strengthened intercultural and organizational skills. In addition, social responsibility is a topic that companies are increasingly focusing on, partly because customers are becoming more aware of social responsibility when making purchasing decisions.
Your knowledge in the area of ethics and social responsibility can be used in marketing, procurement or production, for example, but in many other areas as well.
An interview with your lecturer, Professor Dr. Claudia Hensel
What do you find exciting about your job/discipline?
My passion is to open students' eyes to the current and future trends and problems of the global world, because this is the world in which they will be functioning and living. I want to give students vision, commitment and the realization that their own private and professional decisions have an impact on our future. Reflective thinking and personal development are just as important as academic learning of theories and developing approaches to solutions.
What was the defining moment in your life when you knew which path you were going to take?
After a long period in marketing for an American consumer goods manufacturer, I realized that changes in the business environment can only happen through changes in training and university education. In this way, I hope to contribute to companies integrating social aspects and environmental conditions more strongly into their strategic orientations.
Why are you teaching this specific option?
Here, students have the opportunity to undertake projects with a good cause themselves, thereby realizing that their own initiative really does make a difference.
What is your motivation for introducing your subject to students?
Students get input and close guidance, because I am convinced that only intensive support and the possibility of addressing the topics do them justice. Discourse and discussion are intended to provide different perspectives on problems and in so doing enable more targeted applications of ideas for solutions.
How would you describe your teaching style in three words?
Innovative – visionary – solution-oriented.
What do you expect from your students?
I expect commitment and a willingness to tackle problems, as well as a critical examination of theories, data, and also a willingness to question one’s own ideas and approaches.