n.BA.BT.GKS1.21HS (Societal Context and Language 1) 
Module: Societal Context and Language 1
This information was generated on: 24 April 2024
Societal Context and Language 1


Version: 3.0 start 01 August 2023


Study Programme Biotechnology
Regulations Applicable RPO, 29 January 2008, School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Academic Regulations, 15 Dec. 2009, Annex for the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree programme
Module Type  
X Compulsory Module    Elective Module    Optional Module
Planned Semester 1st Semester
Module Coordinator Karin Altermatt
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 58 04 / karin.altermatt@zhaw.ch
Karin Altermatt and various lecturers
Entrance Requirements None
Learning Outcomes and Competencies GKS classes serve to teach cultural competence and historical-political awareness. Students also learn the fundamentals of scientific work and writing through completion of a written assignment.
Discipline specific skills:
Students are encouraged to understand social reality as something that has been shaped by history and which is therefore also able to be shaped. Orientational knowledge in a complex world is increased by allowing space for reflection and critical thinking.
  • They will also be able to formulate their thoughts into clear arguments.
  • They will question supposedly inevitable social constants and learn to incorporate their own points of view.
  • They will be able to reflect on societal issues from multiple perspectives and approach them analytically.
  • They will be able to participate in controversial discussions in a factual, cooperative and solution-oriented manner.
Interdisciplinary skills:
Students will be able to understand and compose scientific texts and will improve their oral and written communication skills.
  • Students will be able to explain the rules and conventions of scientific writing.
  • They will apply this knowledge through a written assignment.
  • They will be able to formulate their thoughts in a manner that is appropriate to the addressee both in writing and orally.
Students will gain the skills necessary to deal with challenges in both their studies and their professional lives.
  • They will have the ability to deal with tasks in a problem- and solution-oriented manner.
  • They will develop their self-competence (motivation, self-discipline, critical faculties).
  • They will increase their social competence (ability to engage in dialogue, ability to reach a consensus, ability to work in a team).
Module Content Students choose a course from a range of different topics. For example:
  • Transparency and Mystery in Literature and Film
  • Migration and Racism
  • Concepts of nature in the course of time
  • The history of the future
  • The history of images and signs
Please bear in mind that these topics may change.
Follow-up Modules Social Contexts and Discourse 2
Methods of Instruction  Lectures and exercises
Digital Resources Moodle
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 25
 Guided Self-Study 30
 Independent Self-Study 5
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance -
Assessment 100% coursework assignment (report/portfolio written in pairs)
If a student fails the module, the following applies:
  1. The entire module can be repeated, in which case a new assignment must be submitted.
  2. The assignment can be repeated, in which case the existing assignment may be improved, or a new one can be submitted.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The Social Contexts and Discourse 1 module is part of the Discourse and Critical Thinking 1 module group.



Course: Societal Context and Language 1
Societal Context and Language 1


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