Call for Applications for the Coming Semester

Call for Applications Winter Semester 22/23

Dear students! Alternative Lehre is the place for autonomous and critical education! Here you have the opportunity to create and experience teaching yourself, but also to educate yourself and others. The Alternative Lehre will take place again in the coming semester. The main topic this time is resistances.

In the alternative courses, students are offered the opportunity to deepen topics that are perhaps not sufficiently covered in teaching or are to be considered from a perspective that does not occur in the university mainstream. The Alternative Lehre is a framework organized by the AStA in which students of all subjects can take their education into their own hands. The goal is to enable critical self-education in order to give the student body the opportunity for autonomous teaching and learning. Away from the pressure to perform and the pressure of exams, marginal, but therefore not less important perspectives, which have no place in regular teaching, can also be taken into account here. The Alternative Lehre wants to create an antipode to this – an alternative.

The Alternative Lehre is taking place for the fifteenth time this semester and the experience of the past semesters has shown that it is precisely the seminars and events here that enable a sustained engagement with theory and from which one can draw with the most.
Through the equal discussion between the tutor and the participants, all people involved can broaden their perspective and gain new views. Because there is no coercion or pressure, purely interest-driven education can be experienced. Let’s take our education into our own hands and become proactive and creative!

We are now looking for committed students who would like to give alternative courses on exciting and current topics. The form of the event, whether it is offered alone or with others and how often it should take place, as well as the format – you decide.

In order to offer an alternative to the often rushed teaching schedule and to create the opportunity to learn and discuss content collaboratively and at eye level, we would like to create a good framework and set up a versatile alternative teaching program. We will take care of the organizational work for rooms, schedules, advertising of the teaching program, etc. For your time and effort you will receive a compensation, which is based on the current AStA hourly rate and takes into account up to two teachers as well as preparation and follow-up time. We also cover the costs for material – so you can concentrate on your content!

So, apply with your seminar proposal and promote the critical engagement with relevant content at the university! The events can be offered by all students of the university, as long as the concept is coherent. Simply fill out the form at the bottom of the page or send us your concept to . Application deadline is October 09.

The Guiding Theme in the Winter Semester 2022/23 is “Resistances”

Current world events are marked by crises and challenges. In addition to the ongoing Corona pandemic and Russia’s aggressive war against Ukraine, these and other events also exacerbate the enormous inequality and social injustice. But they also give rise to a wide variety of resistances.

On the one hand, there are movements that abuse the concept of resistance in order to put themselves in a legitimate position. There are, for example, the Corona deniers and opponents of the measures, who try to present themselves as “resistance” against a supposed “Corona regime”. But also the Russian army has tried to frame its war as a “special operation”, as a “resistance” against Ukrainian Nazis and thus to legitimize it.

On the other hand, there are also actual resistant movements that are trying to find answers to the challenges of our time and to lend weight to their demands through resistant practice. Examples include the longest hospital strike of nurses in North Rhine-Westphalia that took place this year, the strike of dockworkers in Hamburg and the climate demonstrations in and around Hamburg at the beginning of August.

But resistance can not only appear as an emancipatory practice, but can also be encountered in everyday life. Everyday life at university is no exception. Resistance can arise, for example, when applying for BAföG.
Now, in the winter semester, new freshmen are coming to the university again. Especially for people who are beginning their studies, the university can also produce a lot of resistance. On the one hand, this can be inner resistance, when one is confronted with points of view that at first seem alienating and trigger a feeling of unease in oneself. Such resistances must first be worked through in order to be made productive. But how can this be done?
But other things can also make it difficult to start studying: do I perhaps not have German as my first language or do I not come from a household that gave me educational language and therefore have to deal with linguistic resistance? Do I perhaps have a reading and spelling disability and cannot cope with the sometimes heavy reading load?

All these different aspects of resistance can be taken up in the Alternative Lehre. Be it a reading circle that wants to look at theories of resistance, be it a seminar that wants to examine historical resistance movements, or be it a methods seminar that wants to address the resistances that (beginning) students face. Of course, this is just to illustrate the range and to serve as an example and inspiration.

Get creative, be critical and apply with your concept!


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