I imagine that my university enables me to actively participate in shaping the world that surrounds me. It encourages me to have experiences in which I can understand with all my senses what it means to take responsibility for myself, others and society.
Local community projects: Shaping the world around us
Optionally in the 3rd or 4th semester, students work in teams with civil society organizations from Karlsruhe and the surrounding area. They work over a semester on a task developed with the partner organization. In the ideal case, it is a real problem of the organization for which it wishes to receive support. The students are prepared for their assignment in workshops, are accompanied by experienced coaches and continuously reflect on their experiences.
International community projects: Engagement without borders
During their semester abroad in the 4th or 5th semester, students have the opportunity to work on a project in their host country. They individually search for a partner organization that matches their interests. They make contact on their own and finally get involved regularly in the project work over a period of 3 to 4 months.
We accompany the students through the entire process. Before they leave, the students attend a preparatory workshop. Online learning modules encourage them to reflect during their stay abroad. After their return, a follow-up workshop helps them to take the experiences back into their everyday lives.
Ethics in Digitalization: #digitalskills
One of the core competencies of future managers in times of digitalization will be to make informed decisions and to assess the influence of automated decision systems. We address these challenges and challenge students to reflect on how ethical decision-making can take place in the digital world - in the context of civil society involvement and our coexistence as a whole.
Digital ethical competencies are reflected as a cross-cutting theme in all our project components.
Service Learning is a way of teaching and learning that combines the teaching of academic content with a practical experience of civic engagement. Within a university module, students support the work of a civil society organization. In doing so, they put their theoretical and methodological knowledge into practice oriented towards the common good. Together with the lecturers, the students reflect on their experiences. In this way, knowledge and action are combined and something new is created – critical thinking and professional skills, for example, but also the experience of what it means to take responsibility for society.
We believe that the service learning experience enables students to develop an ethical awareness that they will eventually internalize. Thus, they not only improve their teamwork and communication skills, but also experience democratic and participatory practice first-hand and are directly confronted with issues of global justice and sustainability. In this way, the links between individual and professional action and local and global inequality, discrimination and environmental degradation become tangible. The students experience both their responsibility and their scope of action for social change.
By training responsible decision makers for a sustainable society, the SENSE Center at the Karlshochschule contributes to the implementation of the UN's sustainability goals (SDGs).