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university courses for the summer semester 2023

Global Challenges Research Seminar (10 CP)

Prof. Dr. Thomas Lontzek and Prof. Dr. Michael Schneider

The seminar is linked to the activities of the newly established Global Challenges Lab. Students are introduced to relevant aspects of sustainable development in a global context and have the opportunity to conduct independent and innovative research based on quantitative decision-making techniques. Very strong analytical and methodological skills are a prerequisite for the successful completion of the seminar.

In the first part of the seminar, both lecturers present their research fields and provide tutorials on academic writing and presentation skills. In the second part, teams of two or three students develop a topic and conduct research, typically centered around models of optimal decision-making from economics or prescriptive analytics. The teams are constantly supervised by the lecturers. Students present their work (20 min presentation + 10 min discussion) and write a short paper in the style of a Science “Reports” article. Upon successful completion of the Research Seminar, students will have the opportunity to apply to the Honors Program of the Global Challenges Lab.

  • Language: English
  • Max number of participants: 12
  • Eligibility: MA WiWi, MA BWL, MA WirtIng
  • Credits: 10 CP
  • Grading: presentation (50%) + research paper (50%)
  • Registration: see RWTH website
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