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Life SciencesElisabeth PetersenNorwegisch AnfängerFaculty of PhilologySkandinavistikElectivesNorwegian language course for beginnersI absolutely loved the course, it was a very nice group and Elisabeth was a lovely teacher (she isn't in Freiburg anymore, but the other Norwegian instructors are great too, I met them). It is very doable and although it is necessary to put a bit of effort into learning vocabulary etc. it's very fun and a great change to normal university courses. Furthermore, the course is a great opportunity to learn more about Norway and the nordic countries in general, as culture is also a part of it.5ProportionateStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
Life SciencesElisabeth PetersenNorwegisch F1Faculty of PhilologySkandinavistikElectivesNorwegian advanced courseLike the beginners course, I found it very fun and learned a lot. Even though the course only starts at level A2, the structure encourages students to get involved with the languages for example by reading a children's book etc5ProportionateStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
Life SciencesRolf BackofenBioinformatics IIFaculty of EngineeringElectivesIt is a very technical course, focusing much more on algorithms than actual biological applications. As such, quite a bit of math is required. Before taking this, you should know notions such as time/space complexity, dynamic programming, probability distribution. I appreciated how this course helped me to get comfortable with reading formulas and acquainted me with basic mathematical concepts important in biology, especially probability theory. The course has a lecture and a workgroup per week. The workgroup really helps with practicing how to apply what you learned in class, and tutors are very supportive. The assessment usually takes place in a written exam, but as a bachelor student, you can ask for an oral exam. Both exam types only ask exactly what has been covered in class, so with some preparation they are not too bad.It is very different from your typical LAS course in that it mostly revolved around understanding and memorizing algorithms. In order to critically reflect upon those, one would need very strong mathematical skills. Nonetheless, I appreciated the change and learned a lot about math. The most unfortunate part is that the vast majority of students are computer scientists with virtually no biological knowledge and the course does not do too much to change that. Hence, all these people memorize the algorithms without any understanding how they can be applied to research. As a Life Sciences major however, you will be able to fill those gaps and benefit a lot. The course has multiple instructors, some better than others, but the main lecturer always offered clarification where he saw need. Generally, this course comes with a pretty heavy workload unless you already have a strong background in math. But the fellow students are very helpful and you will see that more often than not, computer science students do not know much more math than yourself.3HighAgreeDisagreeDisagreeAgree
Earth & Environmental SciencesBaumgärnterResilienz und Kollaps ökologisch-ökonomischer SystemeFaculty of Environment and Natural ResourcesElectiveBlock course on a weekend were I had to hold a presentation about a topic related to resilience. Paper about about the same topic.Course was interesting but dense since it only took place on two days. Overall I enjoyed the structure and learned a lot about various examples of systems, how they can be resilient and what happens if they collapse.5ProportionateStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
GovernanceProf. Dr. JestaedtRechtstheorieFaculty of LawPrinciples of Lawvery typical law-faculty course, with frontal lecturing 2 to 3 times a week, the material was very dense and I reviewed regularly and discussed with other law students. However, the exam for non-law students was fairly easy and only addressed the most important sections of the course, not the breadth of the materialThe course was good to get a basic overview over the theories of law, but does not quite cover the same materials and skills as principles of law. It can be harder to engage as a non-law student, nevertheless I feel like I learned a lot. 3ProportionateAgreeNeutralNeutralAgreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeAgreeNeutral
Culture & HistoryAstrid HillePerformance und PräsentationCenter for Key Qualifications (ZfS)BOK-KursElectivesThis course used theater pedagogical methods to help the students to get more into their bodies. If one wanted to, students were helped to improve their performance in presentations. This, however, was only one small part. Other parts consisted of voice exercises, little performances, improvisation. The assessment was a performance that we completely developed ourselves in a group at the end of the class.This was an amazing class. It gave me more ideas on how to walk/talk/present and feel comfortable. Moreover, it gave me in a very practical way insights into theater pedagogy. It was very different to other classes I have taken in university so far and was one of the most inspiring ones.5LowStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
Earth & Environmental SciencesDr. Stefan BaumgärtnerResilienz und Kollaps Ökologisch Ökonomischer SystemeFaculty of Environment and Natural ResourcesUmweltnaturwissenschaftenSpecialization OptionThe course is designed to get closer to what 'resilience' in terms of ecological systems is. Can ecosystems adapt to changes, balance disturbances, and how can we realize in time when they cannot?
It is structured as a blockseminar, which means that everyone has to prepare a presentation on their own and eventually the course gets together to have two intense days of talks and discussions.
Assessed is the presentation and a paper to be handed in after the seminar.
While the academic exploration of the topic is the main focus, it helps that everyone can choose their own topic for the presentation. I liked that this way everybody could do what they are interested in; some people held about case examples, and others explained the theory. Of course, as the course is held by the students, it also depends on their motivation. When I took it, however, the lecturer encouraged everyone very enthusiastically, which helped.
The structure was challenging for me as there is little to no common background to the topic, but I could meet up with the tutor to get my questions answered.
I don't know yet whether the assessment seems fair to me, but the workload was and I liked taking the course.
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GovernanceProf. Dr. RülandIntroduction to International RelationsFaculty of HumanitiesElectivesIntroduction to basic theories and issues in IR. Realism, Liberalism, Constructivism are covered in the first lectures, then the course applies these theories to some issues and organizations, such as the WTO, ASEAN, the UN, and some conflicts, such as between Japan and China. Content was very helpful and good to know when wanting to go into IR and foreign policy analysis. Must-have course for that. Assessment was great, as it provided the opportunity to write a longer (-20 Page) paper on a topic of your choice. I seem to remember having heard, that this assessment may have changed into an exam however. The instructor is very knowledgable and nice. I personally enjoyed the lecture format, but some people may find it not interactive or lively enough. Readings were optional for us, but still useful to get the most out of the course. 4ProportionateAgreeNeutralNeutralStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeStrongly agreeAgree
GovernanceProf. LandmannMakroökonomik 1Faculty of Economics and Behavioral SciencesVolkswirtschaftslehreElectiveA very interesting course that is a good supplement for the not so numerous UCF economics courses. Unfortunately, it is in German and since the topic is quite demanding, it requires good language skills. The instructor Prof. Landmann was very nice and helped with registration for the exam (which I couldn't do though the UCF because I only registered it as a Studienleistung) and was able to convey the topics well. I found the lecture quite demanding and had troubles catching up if I missed one lecture. The tutorials were super helpful and the exercise sheets as well, even though I found them quite difficult. All in all I can say that I had to invest some time in this course because I did not have a lot of mathematical or economical background information - especially the quite difficult maths part was hard. But I found the topics super interesting: labour market, investment and savings, the money cycle, exchange rates and many other macroeconomic topics were covered, giving a good overview of the economic structures in a state and on an international level. So if you have some time during the winter semester and are interested in economics, you should definitely try the course!Very good and interesting professor with an impressive CV, interesting topics and very good tutorials. Material is rather difficult without a lot of background knowledge and needs some investment time wise. The exam was quite hard, but I had the chance to join a study group, so it was doable.4HighStrongly agreeAgreeNeutralAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeNeutral
Life SciencesLars Feld and several moreEinführung in die VWLFaculty of Economics and Behavioral SciencesVolkswirtschaftslehreElectivesVery basic introduction into Economics. Only lectures (no attendance required), not much to learn, everything is summed up in one book, exam is single choice and very easyMight be interesting if one has know knowledge of economics at all. If one does, better skip it. Possible to get a very good grade with very little work.3Very lowNeutralStrongly disagreeDisagreeStrongly disagreeStrongly agreeStrongly disagreeDisagreeDisagreeAgree
Life SciencesProf. NeumannComputational EconomicsFaculty of Economics and Behavioral SciencesMa. EconomicsElectiveslecture-based, topics: basics of computer science, one-dimensional non-linear optimization, multi-dimensional non-linear optimization, RStudiohigh level, complex models, very interesting4HighAgreeAgreeAgreeNeutralStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeAgree
Culture & HistoryDr. Christoph HaasGroßbritannien (A "Proseminar" on the political system of the UK)Faculty of HumanitiesSeminar für Wissenschaftliche Politik (Politikwissenschaft)ElectivesThe course provided an overview on the British political system especially in the light of recent events (Brexit). The course started off with a theory session on parliamentarism, the structures and functions of different systems and analytical tools to compare them. The subsequent sessions were held by students, framed by some words by the course instructor. Topicwise, we first established the basis of the system with the sessions "The Britisch 'Constitution'", "elections and electoral systems", and "Parties", then focus on British political specifities, like the role of the execution and what it means for the sovereignity of parliament; The funtions of the two chambers House of Lords and House of Commons; or generally referendums and their role in British politics, which led us to currently highly relevant topics: Devolution processes in Wales, Scotland and NorthIreland and of course the Brexit. The last session will then examine the judiciary.
Course work: You're supposed to do the readings (their amount is adequat for a once-per-week course), yet they are usually not discussed in the course.
Furthermore will prepare one class session (in groups of 1-3) on one topic.
And finally there is a "Hausarbeit" of 10-12 pages to hand in at the end of the subsequent semester break.
I missed sometimes a scholarly discussion of the topics, as the body of the course was presented by the course participants, and also the readings were usually taken from a textbook, so that I somethimes wished for a research ore theory paper. However I definitely enjoyed the change in perspective: In my other courses (C&H major) I dealing with configurational modes of comprehension, obbjectivity problems and kind of questioning everything, so it was enriching to have some more systematic thinking. The Instructor is also a very kind person, how suggested in the beginning that I could also postpone my final assignment if the deadline overlaps with the beginning of my year abroad (which it does). This made thinks way less stressfull for me.4ProportionateAgreeAgreeNeutralStrongly agreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeAgreeNeutral
Culture & HistoryProf. Dr. Judith SchleheEinführung in die EthnologieFaculty of HumanitiesElectiveAn introductory lecture for first-semester students of cultural anthropology and guests from other departments; however, only students that major in cultural anthropology can participate in the tutorials; written exam; 4 ECTS; sessions structured around subdisciplines or important questions of cultural anthropology, e.g. anthropology of religion, of economy, musealization, etc.lecture given by the head of the cultural anthropology department who is very knowledgable and draws connections to related topics and debates; thorough and profound introduction; if you already know sth. about cultural anthropology or want to learn the methods of ethnography, this is not the course for you as a big part of the course is also to track the development of cultural anthropology as a discipline4ProportionateStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeAgreeStrongly agreeNeutralAgreeAgreeAgree
Culture & HistoryDr. Eva ErdmannRégionalité et urbanité dans la littérature francaise du 19ème siècle jusqu'à aujoud'huiFaculty of PhilologyRomanistikElectiveweekly seminar; content structured around books that illustrate French urbanism or French regionalism throughout the centuries; one book per session (=per week); attempt to contrast the city and the country and to later question that divisionunmotivated students; mostly descriptive statements instead of analysis of the content of the books; very fragmented course content, isolated discussions, instructor did not manage to connect topics and come to an overarching conclusion; sometimes hard to follow without background knowledge about the French society;

very supportive and interested instructor nontheless
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Culture & HistorySusan PflaumFarsi A1/ Farsi A2Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS)LanguageFarsi A1:
learning how to read and write the Persian alphabet; very simple communication and everyday vocabulary

Farsi A2:
standard communication; already complex grammar like the conjunctive mood
Farsi 1 is a lot of fun! Friendly teacher, lots of exercises;

Farsi 2 was horrible; way to fast-paced, complex and with too little oppportunity to actually talk; if you want to follow, you have to work a lot to keep up

For Farsi 2, a text book was introduced. I think that is what changed the style of the class but I cannot say for sure.

very friendly teacher, native speaker
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Life SciencesLuca Corlatti Wildlife Behavioural EcologyFaculty of Environment and Natural ResourcesElectives Most of the course consisted of lectures about basic wildlife behaviour, the final sessions where dedicated to student´s presentations. I found all of the content easy to understand, despite the fact that it is a master course and I am a life science major I never felt like I lacked any basic background for understanding the topic. Content wise the name really did not disappoint. It is about wildlife behaviour and which ecological value this behaviour has. There were almost no mandatory readings and as the final exam was a 30 min presentation you could do in pairs of two I felt that the workload was very manageable. I liked it! Learing about animals is fun, the lecturer was very enthusiastic about the topic and dedicated about making our experience fun as well. He was helpful if you had any questions and let us attend a symposium in which wildlife researchers came together at Frias and talked about recent development in their field, which was an interesting experience. 4LowStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeAgreeAgree
Earth & Environmental SciencesDr. Susanne KniesMathematik II für Studierende der NaturwissenschaftenFaculty of Mathematics and PhysicsElectivesThe course teaches linear algebra (vectors, matrices), complex numbers, and differential equations. As prelimiar knowledge, differential calculation and integral calculation are required. Teaching language is German.
There are lectures twice a week and tutorials once a week. Each week, worksheets are distributed which need to be solved and submitted. The course is assessed by a final exam.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to get a more solid basis in the natural sciences. Lectures and tutorials were well-structured and understandable and the instructor was always open for questions. I could apply most knowledge in other courses, e.g. in programming (Matlab) and engineering (Einführung in die Elektrotechnik).5ProportionateStrongly agreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
Culture & HistoryMairi SinclairAdvanced Oral Communication (now: Advanced Communication)Center for Key Qualifications (ZfS)Language (was listed as English C1)seminar; a mixture of speaking exercises, discussions, texts, presentationsvery friendly teacher, relatively easy course, good for everyone who feels a little insecure speaking English at the beginning of their studies4LowAgreeAgreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeNeutralAgreeAgreeAgree
Culture & HistoryRené LassalleFranzösisch für GeisteswissenschaftlerCenter for Key Qualifications (ZfS)Languageseminar; texts on theories from the humanities that we read (aloud in class) and discussed; presentationsresigned teacher, repetitive structure, almost no discussions, also because we did not have enough exercises to refresh our spoken French in the beginning of the semester; B2 is required to be accepted to the course but the discussions were rather on A2 level1Very lowAgreeAgreeStrongly disagreeNeutralStrongly agreeStrongly disagreeDisagreeDisagreeAgree
Culture & HistoryDr. Thomas UhlendahlModeration von Konflikten der Stadt-, Raum- und UmweltplanungFaculty of Environment and Natural ResourcesElectivetwo weekend-long seminars; students from all disciplines but mostly environmental science and geography;

first weekend: overview about concepts and methods of moderation/facilitation; very intensive and informative with lots of exercises

in between-phase: group work, development of a role play that simulates a discussion in an exemplary conflict from city planning

second weekend: roles plays and feedback sessions (with the help of recordings)
very well structured course, opportunity to gain hands-on experience and get feedback from an expert (instructor runs a company for group process facilitation and moderation); however, the workload for the preparation of the role play is high and the weekend seminar format is exhausting; you should have an interest in (city) planning, the methods can used for any kind of group facilitation but if you are not interested in planning at all, the examples might not be interesting to you4Very highStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
Culture & HistoryLiteraturbüro Freiburg (Martin Bruch, Katharina Knüppel, Birgit Güde) Stadt, Text, Experimente: Literaturvermittlung im öffentlichen RaumFaculty of PhilologyMaster Neuere Deutsche Literatur, Kultur, MedienElectiveseminar and excursions; we visited lots of different events that were organized by the Literaturbüro and even the literature festival Buch Basel and came together to reflect on the effects and effectiveness of different formats; we learned event planning theories and wrote a concept for our own event (a storytelling festival)I highly recommend this course: very nice atmosphere, approachable instructors, creative freedom, insight in the work of a cultural institution, interesting events5ProportionateStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
Culture & HistoryProf. Dr. Markus TauschekQualitative Forschungsansätze und MethodenFaculty of HumanitiesMaster Kulturanthropologie/ Europäische EthnologieElectivesseminar; sessions centered around different aspects of the research process (field notes, interviews, coding, etc.); combination of theoretical reflection and many practical exercises; only a few short readings and much discussion

research methods in European ethnology are a bit different from methods in cultural anthropology (they integrate historical and material aspects in their research)
This course is a priviledge: very small group, enough time for questions, familiar atmosphere; you can bring your own research project and get feedback from the instructor (who is the head of the institute); very good overview over the different steps of the research process and helpful as preparation for a bachelor's thesis/ research project; as a side effect introduction to the field of European ethnology
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Earth & Environmental SciencesProf. StieglitzEinführung in die ElektrotechnikFaculty of EngineeringElectivesThe course (German-taught) teaches basic knowledge in electrical engineering. It is quite intensive with lectures (two per week, they are recorded and can also be watched later), tutorials (one per week, exercise sheets), and lab (one per week). It is a 9 ECTS course. The final grade consists of exercise sheets (30%) and final exam (70%). For participation, solid knowledge in mathematics is required, especially in complex numbers, differential and integral calculation, and ideally differential equations (I can recommend to take the course "Mathematik II für Studierende der Naturwissenschaften" prior to it).I can recommend the course to anyone interested in engineering, who seeks to get some essential engineering knowledge and skills. The course can also be helpful when applying to master programs in engineering. However, students who participate in this course should really be motivated and also have prior knowledge in mathematics (see above), as it is quite intensive.
Prof. Stieglitz is a very good instructor, and the course was very useful to me as I learned skills that I will probably need in the future. Additionally, I could get a better understanding of what it is like to study engineering.
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GovernanceSabrina EllebrechtModern European ThoughtFaculty of HumanitiesElectiveOverview on European Thinkers: Weber, Kant, Marx, Simmel, Marcus, Torpey....
Nice seminars with the Global Studies Program students, Really nice lecturer, good discussions, broad approach4LowAgreeStrongly agreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgreeAgreeAgree
GovernanceGernot SaalmannSoziologische Erklärungen von Fremdenfeindlichkeit und RassismusFaculty of HumanitiesElectiveSociology, looking at racism and theories how it comes aboutinteresting topic, lecturer was quite slow, did not lead the discussions well, mostly student presentations2LowNeutralNeutralDisagreeDisagreeAgreeDisagreeDisagreeNeutralNeutral
Life SciencesProf. Dr. Riemann among othersSchlaf - und SchlafstörungenFaculty of MedicineAdvanced LS, Specialization OptionWeekly lecture on sleep and sleep-related phenemona. Possible to receive 3 ETCS for attendance and optional 3 ETCS in addition by submitting a 2000-word paper on a topic in sleep research.Interesting class for easy ETCS. There is only one weekly session where different lectures present one aspect of sleep. Some lectures are very engaging, others are okay. It is super easy to join the class, you just show up for the first session (no registration necessary) und put your name on the list. 5Very lowAgreeAgreeAgreeAgreeAgreeNeutralAgreeAgreeStrongly agree
GovernanceDr. Sebastian JäckleMethodenvertiefungsübung QualitativFaculty of HumanitiesMaster (Politikwissenschaft)Quantitative and qualitative methods (Governance)Different qualitative methods used in social sciences, student presentations every week on a different method (including an exemplary study and some tasks for the students), no overall theme (different topics in political science were discussed), 2h per week, assessment: a Hausarbeit using any qualitative method on any topic, about 20 pagesLittle work throughout the semester, readings are not mandatory/necessary since there is a presentation on every method, little guidance on the Hausarbeit (the Master students already have a topic to work on when they take the class), I didn't learn too much but it is also not a lot of work, the instructor is alright and seems to like to have LAS students in his class3LowAgreeNeutralAgreeAgreeNeutralDisagreeAgreeAgreeAgree
GovernanceDr. Arndt MichaelNational Model United Nations (NMUN)Faculty of HumanitiesInterdisciplinary class!Electivesfour hours of classes separated into sessions on the UN and the organization of the field trip to New York, very basic in the beginning but more specific once the group knows which country they represent in NY; many side events to the 4h of class, such as MUNs in Hamburg and Heidelberg; great group atmosphere since you spend a lot of time with the other students; assessment is a small report on the trip to NY in the end IT IS NOT SURE IF THEY WILL TEACH THIS CLASS AGAIN! It was a great project, I learned incredibly much and got to visit Hamburg and New York as part of a wonderful team of inspiring students, many of which are still close friends of mine! If they should at any point decide to send a delegation again (i.e. find the money somewhere), I highly recommend applying!! 5Very highAgreeNeutralAgreeAgreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeAgree
GovernanceFrau Prof. Spakowski China von 1911 bis 1978 und China 1978 bis heuteFaculty of HumanitiesElectives (only 4 ECTS for each course)The two courses deal with the history of China from a political and economical perspectiveBoth courses are very good and provide a good foundation about the history of China since 1911. The professor structures her lectures very well and always leaves enough room for discussion. Unfortunately, one only gets 4 ECTS for each course, which means that it can only be recognized as an Elective. One writes an exam at the end of the semester, for which one has to prepare in order to pass. Getting a good grade is easily manageable but one has to study.5ProportionateStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeAgreeStrongly agreeStrongly agreeStrongly agree
Earth & Environmental SciencesDr. Thomas CarhartEnvironmental EthicsFaculty of HumanitiesEthisch-Philosophisches Grundlagenseminar, LehramtsstudiumAction and Responsibility2h lecture per week, taught in English and German, everyone had to give a presentation on a chosen topic and write an essay about it (10-15 pages), two books were strongly recommended to read (Silent Spring by Rachel Carson and Eine Kulturgeschichte des Klimas by W. Behringer). Content focussed on various topics from environmental ethics - in the lectures we mainly talked about why we need ethics to induce change in politics and behavior, the presentation were given on pretty random topics (for example on philosophers, religion and nature, specific books, technological solutions for climate change).The instructor was very knowledgable and we had several good discussions. He provided many book suggestions to further deepen our knowledge on the topic. The whole course was very unstructured though and there was no clear learning goal. We mainly learned about the topics we chose to give presentations on, no clear overview or basis was given. Many lectures were cancelled and the demand of the lecturer was pretty low (have not gotten my grade yet but compared to UCF courses it's a very easy and lenient course).2Very lowDisagreeNeutralAgreeAgreeAgreeStrongly disagreeStrongly disagreeNeutralAgree