Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness The Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness courses at the Master’s Level develop the skills necessary to systemically approach interdisciplinary and cultural issues. We have combined the Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness courses (approximately 45 per semester) at the Master’s Level into one group and into 8 clusters. This is done to help illustrate the thematic interrelation of the courses and provide you with some orientation. Individual courses can belong to more than one cluster. All courses from all clusters can be chosen freely. Your choices are not restricted with respect to the various clusters. Critical Thinking is the capacity to develop sound systematic analyses of intellectual problems and cultural issues. Cultural Awareness is the ability to understand other cultures, their standards and values, lifestyles and concepts of order, institutions and history, language and art. The course in Critical Thinking and Cultural Awareness at the Master’s Level promote these skills by addressing a wide range of issues. In some cases, the issues are closely related to the core subjects, at times they are related to the conceptual models and instruments of other disciplines. You must therefore take an interdisciplinary approach. For respectful contact with other cultures and for successful intercultural communication, foreign language skills are a necessity. HSG students must become proficient in two foreign languages at the Bachelor’s Level. External Master’s students must demonstrate proficiency in two foreign languages as a part of supplementary work. Information on recognised external language certificates can be found in the download area. The language courses at the Master’s Level are no longer for credit. Gender and Diversity The freely selectable courses in Gender and Diversity can be found in both pillars of the Master's Level. Here we demonstrate to you the theoretical and practical skills required of executives and specialists when dealing with gender and diversity.