Education in Times of the Corona Pandemic

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We wish you, dear readers, first of all all all the best and above all health in these difficult times!

As an institution dedicated to socio-economic education, we want to be a place of joint thinking and solidarity in the midst of the Corona pandemic. To achieve this, we are courageously committed to teaching and learning in and from the crisis. Our aim is to enable students to deal with complexity and to act responsibly in the midst of uncertainty. We want to be there for our students, employees and cooperation partners. We also want to engage in dialogue with the general public and take responsibility for ensuring that we as a society can develop and realize opportunities for a vital economy and society out of the current crisis.

New Digital Study Format

As of April all courses for the summer semester 2020 will be developed and designed in cooperation with our students. For this purpose, all seminars will be converted to digital teaching formats with immediate effect until the end of the summer semester’s lecture period.

New Course Content

Economic Education in Times of Crisis Lecture Series: “Political Economy of the Corona Crisis”

It is particularly important to us that we do not simply practice business as usual at this time. Instead, we want to teach and, together with our students,  learn from and in this crisis in a trans- and interdisciplinary manner.

The Covid 19 pandemic is hurling the world as we know it into several crises.  Basic convictions are faltering as well as deep-seated habits. New threats, but also opportunities, arise daily.   Decisions have to be made under uncertainty, what was once taken for granted has to be reconsidered and new things have to be created dynamically.    Political, economic, social, ecological and ethical dimensions are closely interwoven. What contributions can universities make in this unpredictable world? How can the sciences, in the midst of crises, enable people to orient themselves, to better understand developments, to discover new things and to make responsible judgments?  Can they uncover, reinforce or even create new action-leading images and narratives for a more sustainable economy and society?

To Cusanus Hochschule it is clear that a retreat into the academic ivory tower would be the wrong signal at this time.  Especially in difficult times, teaching and learning should take place between the disciplines and in the connection between theory and practice and should encourage independent thinking!

In order to break down barriers of physical distance, Cusanus Hochschule is therefore organizing the digital lecture series “The Political Economy of the Corona Crisis” throughout the summer semester of 2020, in which professors from Cusanus Hochschule, colleagues from other universities and practitioners will focus on the economic aspects of the crisis.  They will place these aspects in their connections to politics, society, culture and ecology.  They will understand the pluralistic nature of the economy and engage in dialogue with the most diverse sciences.   They will also drill deep into the philosophical and ethical foundations of our economized society and discuss the opportunities and threats to independent thinking and a free society. Last but not least, they will also address questions of a new economic thinking and develop encouraging perspectives on forms and possibilities of shaping a life-sustaining economy in society and nature.
The lecture series will take place from 9 April to 16 July, usually on Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. c.t. in digital form. There will be opportunities for discussion of the lectures.

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Chronicling the Corona Crisis

In addition, we will launch a further transdisciplinary project “Chroniclers of the Crisis” which will be integrated into all practice and project modules in the 2020 summer semester, in which we will jointly identify, discuss, analyze and discuss with the public essential aspects of the crisis, both in an action-oriented manner and on sound theoretically basis.

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