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The Impact of Gender and Diversity on Careers and Studies

Module name (EN):
Name of module in study programme. It should be precise and clear.
The Impact of Gender and Diversity on Careers and Studies
Degree programme:
Study Programme with validity of corresponding study regulations containing this module.
Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020
Module code: MST2.GDB
Hours per semester week / Teaching method:
The count of hours per week is a combination of lecture (V for German Vorlesung), exercise (U for Übung), practice (P) oder project (PA). For example a course of the form 2V+2U has 2 hours of lecture and 2 hours of exercise per week.
2V+2S (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits:
European Credit Transfer System. Points for successful completion of a course. Each ECTS point represents a workload of 30 hours.
Semester: according to optional course list
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Project with presentation (possible as group work)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
All study programs (with year of the version of study regulations) containing the course.

KIB-GD (P241-0411) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2021 , optional course, non-technical
KIB-GD (P241-0411) Computer Science and Communication Systems, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2022 , optional course, non-technical
MAB_19_4.2.1.31 (P241-0411) Mechanical and Process Engineering, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2019 , optional course, general subject
MST2.GDB Mechatronics and Sensor Technology, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2020 , optional course
PIB-GD (P241-0411) Applied Informatics, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2017 , optional course, not informatics specific
Workload of student for successfully completing the course. Each ECTS credit represents 30 working hours. These are the combined effort of face-to-face time, post-processing the subject of the lecture, exercises and preparation for the exam.

The total workload is distributed on the semester (01.04.-30.09. during the summer term, 01.10.-31.03. during the winter term).
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Dipl.-Ing. Irmgard Köhler-Uhl
Professor*innen der htw saar
Externe Referent*innen

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Learning outcomes:
After successfully completing this module, students will understand how gender and diversity influence how personal everyday life, society and science are structured. They will understand the relevance of gender and diversity issues for their studies, future profession, society and their social environment, as well as theories and concepts of diversity, difference and intersectionality. They will be familiar with the different diversity factors (age, ethnic origin & nationality, gender & gender identity, physical & mental abilities, religion & belief, sexual orientation and social origin etc.), as well as their interaction and the associated dominance structures and inequality relations. Students will be able to identify and classify current social issues and the problems resulting from them. They will become familiar with ways of dealing with problems and their possible solutions.  

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Module content:
Cross-faculty topics on diversity and equal opportunities in academic and professional life.
- Managing diversity in organizations
- Intersectionality in the context of gender and diversity
- The legal framework of gender and diversity
- The responsibility of design in society based on the example of gender & diversity
- Gender-sensitive construction
– Dealing with sexual harassment and discrimination
– Diversity as a factor - Inclusion - Opportunities and Challenges
– Gender identity and sexual orientation
– "Social origin" as a diversity dimension, based on the example of students from non-academic families
– Reconciling work and family - parenthood as a diversity dimension
– Diversity and economic success - A contradiction?
– Women at the helm - "How did I end up here?" - Occupational roles and stereotypes using the example of female pilots
– Gender equality in art and culture - How can we counteract the structural inequality suffered by women?
– Effects of study and career choices from a gender perspective

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Recommended or required reading:
Will be announced in the course.

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