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The Big Bang Theory Syndrome: Why Should We Care About Stereotypes?

Module PH8120

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH8120 is a semester module in English or German language at Bachelor’s level und Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Catalogue of soft-skill courses

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH8120 is Elena Hassinger.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

Which stereotypes exist and how do they affect our behavior and that of others? What consequences do stereotypes have on our career as a male/female scientist? How can we consciously deal with and react to the structural mechanisms induced by gender roles? 

 

This interdisciplinary seminar aims at raising consciousness about existing differences that female and male scientists encounter during their career. It is directed to both men and women who want to sharpen their perception, professionalize their interactions and their appearance and take decisions based on well-defined criteria rather than stereotypes.

 

After finding out about prevailing stereotypes in our daily life, we will discuss concrete contexts where stereotypes strongly affect our choices: employee selection, leadership, and career paths.

Learning Outcome

After the successful participation in this module the students will

·      Recognize stereotype perception

·      Know the main gender differences encountered during a career in a scientific context

·      Be able to argue, based on scientific studies, against standard opinions devaluating women

·      Be empowered to make informed career choices standing social pressure for stereotypes and typical roles

·      Be able to design and carry out an interactive teaching unit about a scientific study to the group of participants

Preconditions

Willingness for critical self-reflection

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

TypeSWSTitleLecturer(s)Dates
PS 2 The Big Bang Theory Syndrome: Why Should We Care About Stereotypes? Hassinger, E. Fri, 08:00–20:00
and singular or moved dates

Learning and Teaching Methods

The block seminar will be divided in teaching units of two SWS according to the different topics.

Every unit will be prepared by a group of students under guidance of the teachers. The group will first give a presentation of around 20 min followed by a discussion. Afterwards, the leading group will conduct an activity of their choice that will consolidate the content and actively involve all participants of the seminar. This might for example take the form of a group exercise or a game. In the end, the learning outcomes will be shortly discussed in the group.

Media

Student presentations, literature review, discussions, role games, group exercises …

Literature

Will be provided.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The achievement of the competencies given in section learning outcome is tested exemplarily at least to the given cognition level using final projects independently prepared by the students. The exam of about 70 minutes consists of the presentation of the project’s results and a subsequent oral exam.

For example an assignment in the exam might be:

  • In small groups, design an interactive teaching unit about a scientific study related to the seminar subject
  • Teach your unit to the seminar participants
  • Discuss the learning outcomes with the group

Current exam dates

Currently TUMonline lists the following exam dates. In addition to the general information above please refer to the current information given during the course.

Title
TimeLocationInfoRegistration
Prüfung zu Rollenbilder in "The Big Bang Theory": Können Stereotype unsere Karriere beeinflussen?
Sa, 29.6.2019 Dummy-Termin. Leistung wird im Rahmen der Veranstaltung erbracht. bis 28.6.2019
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