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Call for Applications: Teaching assignments in the Berlin Perspectives module for international students (winter semester 2019/20)

As part of the Berlin Perspectives module for international exchange students, the bologna.lab is offering up to 12 supplementary teaching contracts (Lehraufträge) per semester.

Teaching assignments for English-speaking seminars


Deadline for proposals for the Winter Semester 2019/20:

31 May 2019


Download: Call for applications for the winter semester 2019/20 as pdf document.


As part of the Berlin Perspectives module for international exchange students, the bologna.lab is offering up to 12 supplementary teaching contracts (Lehraufträge) for the Winter Semester 2019/20 (mid-October to mid-February).

About Berlin Perspectives

Berlin Perspectives is an interdisciplinary elective module at bachelor level aimed at international exchange students of all disciplines who are studying for a semester or two at Humboldt-Universität and whose knowledge of the German academic language and culture are not yet advanced enough to allow them to complete all their courses in German.

Berlin Perspectives aims to include the students’ diverse backgrounds and experiences into an intercultural learning process to encourage a multifaceted International Classroom.

Throughout their semester students develop content knowledge as well as intercultural and academic skills, while at the same time learning to reflect critically on the cultural and linguistic positionality of knowledge.

Developing international teaching competence

Concerning lecturers Berlin Perspectives offers the opportunity to sharpen and expand their international teaching profile and to further develop their teaching skills within a diverse, intercultural learning setting.

During the semester Berlin Perspectives supports lecturers via ongoing peer support as well as intercultural training workshops, which we offer free of charge to our teaching staff.


Berlin Perspectives is a regionally anchored seminar programme. Berlin - in all its historical and socio-cultural diversity - serves as a prism through which students get to grips with aspects of German history, culture, art and society.

Berlin Perspectives seminars are offered within the following subject areas:

  • Cultural Studies
  • Social and Political Sciences
  • Language and Literature

Language and Methods

Seminars are taught in English, German or in bilingual formats. Berlin Perspectives is situated with the EMI spectrum (English as a medium of instruction in Higher Education), and encourages polyglot and multi-perspectival learning within this heterogenous learning setting. To this purpose, we look not only for course content of a high academic standard, but also specifically for a clear, didactic concept of how to communicate the course contents in an International Classroom.

Seminars are open to students of all disciplines. Berlin Perspectives seminars use a variety of interactive, student-centered working methods to provide them with subject knowledge and key skills required for independent academic work (graduate attributes). We specifically welcome interdisciplinary course proposals and proposals which favour diverse learning and assessment methods. In consultation with teachers, assessments can be completed in German or English (and in other languages).

Application requirements

We are looking for committed academics from the arts and humanities, social sciences and economics, who are willing to bring their linguistic and academic skills to bear in helping to shape the Berlin Perspectives module.

We would like to see:

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • An interest in multilingual and intercultural academic teaching and in connecting academic and linguistic training
  • Experience in dealing with international and heterogeneous groups of students
  • Experience in teaching non-native speakers
  • An interest in higher education didactics
  • Proficiency in e-learning methods (Moodle)

The teaching assignment includes participation in three staff meetings per semester.

For English course proposals, please submit the following:

  • Letter of motivation
  • Academic CV
  • Course proposal (2-3 pages) in English including the following information:
    • Course title and description (either weekly or bi-weekly course)
    • Relevance of topic for Berlin Perspectives / target student group
    • Learning objectives: What will students learn and why is it important?
    • Subject area: Cultural Studies, Social Sciences, or Language and Literature.
    • Short description of individual course sessions
    • Course assessment. We welcome diverse, non-traditional assessment forms, that encourage students to critically reflect on their learning process
    • Bibliography
  • Commentary on language and methodology of your course, bearing in mind a culturally diverse seminar group
  • Short course description in English, which may be used as the basis for the Humboldt-Universität course directory.
  • For applicants from non-EU countries: Please note that a valid work permit is required for a teaching assignment (Lehrauftrag) in Germany.


Please note: Lectureships are paid in accordance with the regulations of Humboldt-Universität (winter semester 2019/20: 37,50 € per course hour (45 min) + 21,00 € per student assignment). Travel costs cannot be reimbursed.



Application procedure

Please send your complete application - preferably in digital form as one single pdf file - to:


Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Berlin Perspectives
Dr. Monika Sonntag / Dr. Stefanie Rinke
Hausvogteiplatz 5-7
10117 Berlin