Interdisciplinary Practical Training (IP)
The IP in Global Studies is a special feature that exists in a similar form only in Environmental Systems Science studies. It is a guided internship that officially takes the form of a course. Up to 25 students and 4 supervisors each work on a different topic for a semester. The topics always refer to the Sustainable Development Goals. IPs have the dual purpose of providing hands-on practice opportunities for our students and added value for the community and society at large.
In the IP we practice the following competences:
- carrying out science-based research of secondary and simple primary data and their analysis,
- designing, supporting and providing to-public directed (social) media,
- organizing to-public events designed at broadening the general public’s mindsets and opinions about sustainability issues,
- developing and getting engaged practically in smaller-scale activities aimed at globalization and development (e.g. micro-internships),
- training to cooperate with NGOs, (mostly social) enterprises and public administration units,
- encouraging students to practise skills like timeliness, collaborating and communicating, to develop skills like trans-boundary thinking, co-operating across disciplines and organizing knowledge in a novel way, and to explore values, attitudes, and insights themselves.
Content includes creating an IP topic oriented block and other social media, developing smaller public inventions, and organizing a final event. Previous IPs have had the themes:
PLEASE NOTE: Participation in an IP is scheduled for the 3rd or 4th semester. For registration it is absolutely necessary that modules A and B are completed!
Ulrike-Maria GelbmannChairwoman Curricula Committee
Institute of Systems Sciences, Innovation and Sustainability Research,
Coordination Office for Global Studies,