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Diversity of Knowledge

»Diversity of Knowledge« is an interdisciplinary study programme for students from all faculties. Sciences, social sciences and humanities students make use of concrete objects to conduct practical investigations into the history of knowledge and science.


The actual programme (summer semester 2019)





The Concept


‘Anyone who only understands chemistry, doesn’t even understand that correctly.’

- Georg Christoph Lichtenberg -


Fig.: Martin Ibold


Applied interdisciplinarity and critical self-examination – these are key concepts to the learning process in the »Diversity of Knowledge« seminars. The General Studies 2.0 study programme bridges disciplinary cultures and unites sciences, social sciences and humanities students in dialogue. The courses offer students of all disciplines the chance to cast a practical light on the history of knowledge and science. Supposedly reliable knowledge appears in a new light, creative thinking and unusual approaches are encouraged.

The history of knowledge and science is taught in the study-programme seminars using selected objects of knowledge – such as for instance Foucault’s pendulum, the radio or the primordial dinosaur. Concrete objects such as these are particularly well-suited to illustrating and exploring transitions and connections between the separate disciplinary cultures and to promoting dialogue between students of different disciplines.  

»Diversity of Knowledge« sees great potential in students’ heterogeneity and specialisation. The interdisciplinary approach allows knowledge and experience to be brought to bear from each individual discipline while allowing the individual disciplinary perspective to be questioned repeatedly in critical self-examination.

Through joint project work, in which students might for instance develop radio features, exhibitions or apps, their understanding for the mechanisms of interdisciplinary work will be further honed.



An insight into »Diversity of Knowledge« from winter term 2015/2016 by visiting professor Sebastian Vehlken.
In this video he introduces himself and his courses.