Extension curricula (EC) are special programmes made up of a number of restricted electives. They are structured courses designed according to pedagogical and academic criteria, which give you the opportunity to gain additional knowledge in a different or interdisciplinary department.
Extension curricula are a compulsory component of some Bachelor’s programmes. ‘Integrated’ extension curricula are listed on leaving certificates, as well as on diploma supplements. ‘Non-integrated’ extension curricula are listed in a separate certificate.
Extension curricula equal 24 ECTS credits and can include introductory seminars, as well as overview lectures, language courses and workshops. No Bachelor’s project or final paper is required on an extension curricula.
The following extension curricula are available
Applied cultural studies
After successful completion of this EC, students will be able to critically discuss and explain key cultural studies theories and terminology, analyse contemporary and current discourse within the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, name various key independent disciplines within cultural studies (cultural anthropology, cultural sociology, study of literature, history etc.), and define the individual and common features of each discipline. Students also learn the methodological principles and approaches of cultural studies and how to analyse the complex relationship between the public, culture and industry.
This course gives students a basic insight into the operating methods, processes and organisational structures used in the contemporary German-language literary and publishing scene. Students also gain an insight into how research is conducted in this field. There are also practical classes that provide students with knowledge and skills in project development and producing texts for specific target audiences.
Entrepreneurship - Starting and founding a company
This EC aims to give students the business and legal knowledge they need to start and found a company and teach them the key principles of entrepreneurial thinking and behaviour. The academic and practical focus of this EC aims to develop the skills needed to implement business ideas successfully. The extension curriculum prepares students for potential self-employment.
After successful completion of the extension curriculum [EC] in ethics students will have knowledge of the central aspects of ethics as well as of moral philosophy and their history. They will possess the skills needed to evaluate the knowledge they acquire, to use it and to apply it across different subject areas. They will obtain both theoretical and methodological basic problem-solving skills, and key competencies such as a readiness to accept criticism, reasoning skills, and exercising ethical judgement.
Upon successful completion of this EC course students will be in a position to understand and explain the basic concepts and terminology used within the field of IT, as well as their history and categorisation, and will be able to implement structured and object-based programs with the help of development tools. Students select one of four areas of information technology to specialise in: ‘software development’, ‘operating systems’, ‘knowledge-processing’ or ‘algorithms and data structures’.
Upon successful completion of this EC course students will have a good command of the key elements of mathematical language across varying levels of communication. They will be in the position to use basic logic concepts and notations correctly, as well as being able to competently handle quantities, relations, illustrations, numbers and basic algebraic structures. They will be able to accurately reproduce and classify key definitions and mathematical sentences, provide short deductive arguments independently (through the use of basic processes and with regard for preconditions and axioms) and provide strategic solutions to problems. Students will further be able to discuss characteristic features of and differing perspectives in modern mathematics, present written or oral questioning in accordance with current mathematical knowledge and use mathematical software packages to solve mathematical problems with the help of a computer.
The EC in gender studies offers students an insight into the meaning of the interdependent category of gender. Gender knowledge comprises (1) knowledge of hierarchical and discriminating processes, (2) knowledge of gender naturalisation and normalisation, as well as other associated societal categories, and (3) an understanding of discipline-specific methodologies and techniques for critical analysis.
German as a Foreign and Second Language in Teaching – Basic Foundation
This course gives students a basic insight into research and topics relating to German as a foreign and second language. By taking classes on linguistics and teaching theory, students are able to take a comparative view of the German language and analyse it as a foreign language and in relation to language acquisition theory.
German as a Foreign and Second Language in Teaching – Communication Skills (teaching qualification)
This complementary study programme expands upon the “German as a Foreign and Second Language in Teaching – Basic Foundation” course. A practical approach is used to consolidate the students’ knowledge of research and topics relating to German as a foreign and second language. Students are able to consolidate their existing knowledge of learning theory and linguistic and psycholinguistic principles, apply this to specific target groups and projects, and test it practically during application-oriented classes. The primary aim of this course is to help students acquire skills in teaching and methodology.
This course gives students an overview of the history of German literature and its historical, hermeneutic and poetic contexts from the start of the 9th century up to the Early Modern Age. The course also provides students with a firm philological base from which to approach older, original German sources during research.
Principles of Written Culture and Composition Studies
After successfully completing this complementary study programme, students will have an understanding of writing as a cultural technique and be able to apply relevant methods when considering it from the interdisciplinary perspective of writing tuition and research. Students also gain an understanding of written cultures and an insight into how writing is taught, how people learn to write and advanced practical writing skills.
Students of this extended curriculum will get to know the basic concepts of media and communications science, as well as its research and practical fields of application. Following completion of the EC they will be able to differentiate the central theories of media and communications science, as well as being able to work with the essential features from an academic perspective. They will possess the skills necessary to reflect on social and gender specific problem areas within media and communications science.
Referring to fundamental tenets of literary theory and developments in culture and media history, students gain an overview of 20th century literary history, starting at the turn of the century (the Berliner/Wiener/Prager Moderne of the 1890s and onwards) and going on to include the very latest trends in contemporary literature. This programme also gives students the opportunity to gain and develop skills in textual analysis.
Students will acquire knowledge of the central aspects of philosophy and its history. Upon successful completion of the EC they will possess the skills needed to evaluate the knowledge they acquire, to use it and to apply it across different subject areas. They will acquire both theoretical and methodological basic problem-solving skills, and key competencies such as a readiness to accept criticism, reasoning skills, and exercising ethical judgement.
Students on this extension curriculum are familiarised with research and practice within the field, as well as the principles of public health and palliative care. After successful completion of this EC, students will be able to enter into interdisciplinary discussion on the key links between health promotion, living with a vulnerability and end of life care against the background of their own experiences. Students will also be able to reflect on issues relating to ethics, social theory and gender within the framework of public health and palliative care from a professional, social and emotional perspective.
SCOL – Social Competence & Organisational Learning
This complementary study programme aims to help students develop social skills, such as teamwork, conflict management, leadership and transferable skills, and methodological skills, such as learning strategies, communication skills, information gathering skills, planning and project management skills, as well as teaching, consulting and research skills. The course also promotes the development of self-competences, such as self management, commitment, flexibility, empathy and ethical judgement.
Students gain a basic knowledge of the Slavic region, which includes approximately 13 countries in Europe and is home to approx. 290 million Slavic speakers, as well as specialist knowledge of Slavonic language, literature and culture. Language modules include Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Russian and Slovene and are available to students with or without previous knowledge or native competence in these languages.
Students gain an understanding of science and technology’s fundamental importance to modern societies, how these societies are influenced by the scientific and technological developments made by social institutions, and learn to understand these factors within a wider context. This complementary study programme offers an overview of the various theories and topics encountered when exploring the interactions between science, technology and society. These theories and topics can then form the basis of a Master’s degree programme if required.
This EC programme can be selected by bachelor students at the Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt who are able to demonstrate that they already possess basic knowledge of structured and object-based programming. This must be proven through successful completion of the ‘introduction to structured and object-based programming’ course (VO and UE). The EC offers four different course blocks, from which two must be selected: ‘software development’, ‘computer engineering’, ‘applied informatics’ and ‘knowledge processing’.
This complementary study programme aims to promote the concept of sustainability and equip as many AAU students as possible with a basic knowledge of sustainability. Students learn to identify the specific dilemmas facing sustainable development, methods for approaching these dilemmas, and also learn how to execute collective communication and decision processes.
It is possible for students of this EC to have diverse access to theory and practical application in the following areas: war and peace, violence and non-violence, culture and conflict, civil conflict resolution and mediation, culture of remembrance and the politics of memory, migration and diversity, human rights education, peace education and citizenship, intercultural learning and global citizenship education. Beyond this, current international conflicts and their relationship to regional and local developments will be studied.