n.BA.BT.GKS2.21HS (Societal Context and Language 2) 
Module: Societal Context and Language 2
This information was generated on: 21 June 2024
Societal Context and Language 2


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 2nd 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 Social Contexts and Discourse 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies GKS classes serve to teach cultural competence and historical-political awareness. In addition to this, students gain knowledge of a variety of work techniques. The GKS 2 module focuses on reflection on and discussion of various topics. For this purpose, the module teaches a variety of necessary reading and argumentation techniques.
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.
The students will acquire the skills to cope 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:
  • Ethics in research and science
  • Psychology in literature and film
  • Writing Workshop
  • Between economy and politics
  • Humans - Monsters – Androids
Please bear in mind that these topics may change.
Follow-up Modules -
Methods of Instruction  Lectures and exercises
Digital Resources Moodle
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 28
 Guided Self-Study 18
 Independent Self-Study 14
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance -
Assessment Written exam at the end of the semester (100%)

If there is a low number of participants, the lecturer may change the form of a repeat examination after consultation with the head of the study programme: e.g. an oral examination can be used to replace a written one. Please report any changes to the form of examinations by e-mail to pruefungsadmin.lsfm@zhaw.ch and Cc. Head of study programme.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments The Social Contexts and Discourse 2 module is part of the Discourse and Critical Thinking 2 module group.

Participation in the Culture Days is a mandatory part of the module.



Course: Societal Context and Language 2
Societal Context and Language 2


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