Bachelor Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le (Individual Studies)


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Program Description


Are you cu­rious about the va­rious chal­len­ges faced in the con­tem­pora­ry world? Are you loo­king for a way to com­bi­ne your broad aca­de­mic in­te­rests? Do you care about working in­ten­si­ve­ly with others whi­le shaping your own per­so­nal plan of stu­dies? The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le gi­ves you the free­dom and the re­s­pon­si­bi­li­ty to de­sign your cur­ri­cu­lum. It chal­len­ges you to en­ga­ge with key ques­ti­ons and pro­blems of the pre­sent. It helps you cul­ti­va­te aca­de­mic skills that are fun­da­men­tal for li­ving and working in to­day’s world. It gi­ves you sup­port in for­mu­la­ting your ide­as and goals, and ta­king steps towards their rea­li­sa­ti­on.

A Contemporary Liberal Education

The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is a pro­gram of stu­dy in the Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on tra­di­ti­on. Pro­grams of this kind fo­cus on the in­tel­lec­tu­al and per­so­nal de­ve­lop­ment of each in­di­vi­du­al stu­dent. They em­pha­si­ze bre­adth of know­ledge whi­le also en­cou­ra­ging stu­dents to de­ve­lop a spe­ci­fic per­so­nal pro­fi­le.

Stu­dents learn to cul­ti­va­te im­portant skills: ana­ly­ti­cal and re­fle­xi­ve thin­king, cle­ar and per­sua­si­ve com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, as well as well-roun­ded jud­ge­ment. Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on pro­grams fos­ter in­ten­si­ve learning wi­t­hin a com­mu­ni­ty of fa­cul­ty and fel­low stu­dents, both in and outs­ide the class­room. A con­tem­pora­ry li­be­ral edu­ca­ti­on pre­pa­res stu­dents to be crea­ti­ve, pur­po­se­ful and re­s­pon­si­ble agents in many walks of life.

Freedom and Contemporary Questions

We be­lie­ve that the best way to fos­ter cu­rio­si­ty, self-di­rec­tion and in­de­pen­dence of mind is to al­low stu­dents to map out their per­so­nal cour­se of stu­dy, with sup­port from fa­cul­ty and their fel­low stu­dents. The aim of each in­di­vi­du­al cour­se of stu­dy is to ex­plo­re in-depth ques­ti­ons and pro­blems that need to be ad­dres­sed in an in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry way.

Stu­dents can com­bi­ne mo­du­les from the ent­i­re spec­trum of aca­de­mic fiel­ds at Leu­pha­na, from sustaina­bi­li­ty to en­tre­pre­neurship, from di­gi­tal me­dia to psy­cho­lo­gy, from po­li­tics to edu­ca­ti­on. The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le the­r­e­by com­bi­nes the pur­su­it of per­so­nal in­tel­lec­tu­al in­te­rests with a con­cern for im­portant is­su­es re­gar­ding our com­mon life.

Studium Individuale in Practice

In ad­di­ti­on to the self-de­si­gned cour­se of stu­dy, each stu­dent ta­kes part in the core cur­ri­cu­lum of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le, its in­tel­lec­tu­al back­bone: one chal­len­ging in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry cour­se of high in­ten­si­ty in each se­mes­ter, taught in Eng­lish.

Here, stu­dents are en­ga­ging in cen­tral the­mes that are re­le­vant for both un­der­stan­ding and ta­king ac­tion in the con­tem­pora­ry world, such as: What is va­lid know­ledge? How can we iden­ti­fy a pro­blem? What are pos­si­bi­li­ties for, li­mits to and con­se­quen­ces of ac­tion? How can we un­der­stand and eva­lua­te his­to­ri­cal chan­ge? What is mo­dern free­dom?

An Encompassing Education

Learning in the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le de­li­be­ra­te­ly con­ti­nues bey­ond the class­room in of­ten stu­dent-led ac­tivi­ties: talks with guest spea­kers, prac­tical pro­jects, weekend-work­shops, ex­cur­si­ons, or sim­ply in­for­mal ex­ch­an­ge. Stu­dents are also sup­por­ted and en­cou­ra­ged to spend parts of their stu­dies ab­road, in or­der to gain ad­di­tio­nal va­luable ex­pe­ri­en­ces for their edu­ca­ti­on.

As a per­so­nal, en­ga­ging and chal­len­ging pro­gram­, the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le of­fers you a rich and mea­ningful edu­ca­ti­on whi­le also pro­vi­ding you with a sound ba­sis for a va­rie­ty of Mas­ter pro­gram­s, ca­re­ers, and life pro­jects.

Who is studying the Studium Individuale?

A wide va­rie­ty of stu­dents are stu­dy­ing the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le. The­re is not one type. Ne­ver­the­l­ess, we do be­lie­ve that stu­dents with cer­tain dis­po­si­ti­on are more li­kely to thri­ve. Most im­port­ant­ly, we are loo­king for stu­dents who are cu­rious and who care, both in­tel­lec­tual­ly and about the world.

You should be in­te­rested in dif­fe­rent the­mes and ques­ti­ons and be open to en­ga­ge with things that will be new to you, and that might not even speak to you at first sight. You should care for your learning, both in­di­vi­dual­ly and with others, and you should seek out ra­ther than avo­id de­man­ding work.

You should be pre­pa­red to lead your stu­dies in a re­s­pon­si­ble and ma­tu­re way, thin­king about your choices and ex­plai­ning them to others. You should also be wil­ling to put your exis­ting ways of thought and opi­ni­ons un­der scru­ti­ny and into ques­ti­on, to at­tempt to take on dif­fe­rent, un­fa­mi­li­ar points of view and the­r­e­by to trans­form yours­elf as a thin­ker and as a per­son.

Over­all, a com­bi­na­ti­on of a strong in­te­rest in in­tel­lec­tual­ly chal­len­ging work and a se­rious con­cern for some of the ac­tu­al ques­ti­ons and chal­len­ges that we face in the con­tem­pora­ry world are im­portant pre­con­di­ti­ons for thri­ving wi­t­hin the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le.

Is it an English-taught program?

The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is an in­ter­na­tio­nal­ly ori­en­ted pro­gram. Its own core cour­ses are held ent­i­re­ly in Eng­lish. An in­cre­a­sing num­ber of Leu­pha­na ma­jors, such as Di­gi­tal Me­dia or In­ter­na­tio­nal Busi­ness Ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­on & En­tre­pre­neurship, as well as some cour­ses in the Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies pro­gram, are equal­ly taught in Eng­lish.

In the ma­jo­ri­ty of cour­ses that you might choo­se that are of­fe­red at Leu­pha­na, the lan­gua­ge of in­struc­tions is Ger­man.

Is the Studium Individuale an international program?

Every stu­dent of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is en­cou­ra­ged to stu­dy ab­road, as we be­lie­ve that in­ter­na­tio­nal ex­pe­ri­en­ces make an im­portant com­po­nent of a con­tem­pora­ry Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on. You can ap­p­ly for all the part­ner uni­ver­si­ties of the Leu­pha­na or ar­ran­ge a stay ab­road yours­elf.

In ad­di­ti­on, we are ex­ten­ding our co­ope­ra­ti­on with va­rious in­sti­tu­ti­ons com­mit­ted to a Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on, both in Eu­ro­pe and in other parts of the world, such as Lei­den Uni­ver­si­ty Col­le­ge in the Nether­lands or Marl­bo­ro Col­le­ge in the USA.

Curriculum and Teaching Method

What are the core courses? What is their purpose?

A con­sti­tu­ti­ve part of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is the spe­ci­fi­cal­ly de­si­gned aca­de­mic core, the in­tel­lec­tu­al back­bone of the pro­gram. Each se­mes­ter, one core cour­se is ta­ken. They are in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry, of high in­ten­si­ty, and taught in Eng­lish. Here, par­ti­cu­lar em­pha­sis is paid to learning and prac­ticing im­portant aca­de­mic skills, such as clo­se rea­ding, con­vin­cing oral pre­sen­ta­ti­ons, es­say wri­ting and working in teams. Choo­sing the ma­jor in Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le im­plies also choo­sing the­se core cour­ses.

The over­ar­ching the­me ad­dres­sed in all cour­ses of our core is ”mo­dern free­dom”. Stu­dents are en­ga­ging in cen­tral ques­ti­ons that are cru­ci­al for both un­der­stan­ding and ta­king ac­tion in the con­tem­pora­ry world: What is va­lid know­ledge? How can we un­der­stand and eva­lua­te his­to­ri­cal chan­ge? How can we iden­ti­fy pro­blems that mat­ter to peop­le? What are pos­si­bi­li­ties for, li­mits to and con­se­quen­ces of ac­tion? How can we use our (aca­de­mic) free­dom to make a mea­ningful dif­fe­rence in the world?

How does the freedom of choice work exactly? Are there any limitations?

The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le al­lows you to stu­dy ques­ti­ons that you are in­te­rested in and want to ex­plo­re in depth. You are as­ked to take cour­ses from dif­fe­rent fiel­ds and to con­scious­ly make mea­ningful con­nec­tions across the dif­fe­rent cour­ses that you take. This is what we mean when we say that the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is an in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry pro­gram.

The ra­tio­na­le of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is, in other words, not to sim­ply stu­dy a num­ber of dif­fe­rent sub­jects along­s­ide each other, but to draw to­ge­ther con­tents and ap­proa­ches from dif­fe­rent fiel­ds to ex­plo­re your own ques­ti­ons.

For the for­mal ru­les, plea­se take a look at the “Fach­spe­zi­fi­schen An­la­ge”, the of­fi­ci­al­ly bin­ding do­cu­ment that spe­ci­fies for­mal cur­ri­cu­lar re­qui­re­ments of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le.

Is there a specific teaching method in the Studium Individuale?

Com­mit­ted to a con­tem­pora­ry Li­be­ral Edu­ca­ti­on, we cul­ti­va­te a per­so­nal, en­ga­ging and chal­len­ging learning en­vi­ron­ment in the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le. We fo­cus on go­ing bey­ond the con­fi­nes of sin­gle di­sci­pli­nes.

We are stri­ving for in­ter­ac­tive and dia­lo­gue-ori­en­ted se­mi­nars that in­cor­po­ra­te your own ex­pe­ri­en­ces and pro­vi­de space for self-di­rec­ted learning. We ad­dress im­portant con­tem­pora­ry the­mes whi­le at the same time ai­ming at high aca­de­mic stan­dards. We do not, howe­ver, fol­low one sin­gle teaching me­thod as other pro­grams of our kind do.

Jobs and Career

The Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is de­si­gned to help stu­dents cul­ti­va­te their per­so­nal in­te­rests and strengths and to pre­pa­re them for a ci­vic and pro­fes­sio­nal en­ga­ge­ment with the world’s con­tem­pora­ry pro­blems. By de­ve­lo­ping their own li­nes of in­qui­ry and learning, stu­dents shape their edu­ca­ti­on and lay the ground­work for their fu­ture pro­fes­sio­nal ca­re­er.

Careers in Contemporary Society

A key ra­tio­na­le of li­be­ral edu­ca­ti­on pro­grams such as the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le is to pro­vi­de stu­dents with the skills, know­ledge and pro­fes­sio­nal dis­po­si­ti­on that are nee­ded for a va­rie­ty of ca­re­ers in con­tem­pora­ry so­cie­ty. The­re is a cle­ar de­mand for ma­tu­re, self-re­li­ant, and self-mo­ti­va­ted gra­dua­tes, who can be trusted to learn quick­ly and who know how to make the best use of their own fa­cul­ties. It is the­se qua­li­ties that the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le brings out of its stu­dents. Stu­dy­ing the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le at Leu­pha­na Col­le­ge the­r­e­by pre­pa­res stu­dents for sustainable, so­ci­al­ly re­le­vant and per­so­nal­ly re­war­ding ca­re­ers.

De­pen­ding on the choices that you make over the cour­se of your stu­dies and the spe­ci­fic pro­fi­le that you de­ve­lop, gra­dua­ting from the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le will enable you to con­ti­nue your stu­dies with a ran­ge of M.A. or M.Sc. pro­grams. You may find in­no­va­ti­ve, pro­blem-ori­en­ted and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry Mas­ter pro­grams par­ti­cu­lar­ly attrac­tive and at­tainable. You will be of­fe­red sub­stan­ti­ve ad­vice from fa­cul­ty as to which pro­grams might be de­si­ra­ble in view of your per­so­nal in­te­rests, goals and aca­de­mic pro­fi­le.

With or wi­thout a sub­se­quent M.A. de­gree, the li­be­ral edu­ca­ti­on that is of­fe­red to you through the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le opens up a wide ran­ge of pos­si­ble ca­re­er paths. Busi­nes­ses, the pu­blic, and non-pro­fit sec­tor, and uni­ver­si­ties ali­ke are ex­pres­sing a gro­wing de­mand for self-re­li­ant, per­so­nal­ly en­ga­ged, and ver­sa­ti­le gra­dua­tes who are trai­ned in ana­ly­ti­cal thin­king and ca­pa­ble of ac­qui­ring and ma­na­ging know­ledge and skills. Among the sec­tors and ty­pes of or­ga­niza­t­i­ons that re­gu­lar­ly em­ploy and work with gra­dua­tes of li­be­ral edu­ca­ti­on pro­grams are na­tio­nal or in­ter­na­tio­nal NGOs; ad­mi­nis­tra­ti­ons, par­li­a­ments and po­li­ti­cal or­ga­niza­t­i­ons; di­plo­ma­cy and in­ter­na­tio­nal or­ga­niza­t­i­ons; con­sul­tan­cies, think tanks and re­se­arch in­sti­tu­ti­ons; me­dia and jour­na­lism; cul­tu­ral in­sti­tu­ti­ons, mu­se­ums and the arts, just as uni­ver­si­ties and re­se­arch foun­da­ti­ons.

In which field and po­si­ti­on you will have your first job will si­gni­fi­cant­ly de­pend on your stu­dy choices and achie­ve­ments, ex­tra-cur­ri­cu­lar in­itia­ti­ves and work ex­pe­ri­en­ces, and ge­ne­ral­ly the in­di­vi­du­al pro­fi­le you build at Leu­pha­na. With its em­pha­sis on self-gui­ded learning and ac­ting and its es­pou­sal of crea­ti­ve pro­blem-sol­ving, the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le equal­ly en­cou­ra­ges and pre­pa­res for en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al in­itia­ti­ves. Gra­dua­tes of the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le are ide­al­ly si­tua­ted to crea­te their own po­si­ti­ons, by hel­ping others iden­ti­fy and sol­ve com­plex pro­blems. Wha­te­ver your choices, the Stu­di­um In­di­vi­dua­le will pro­vi­de you with a so­lid foun­da­ti­on for your pro­fes­sio­nal jour­ney.

Last updated Mar 2020

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Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less