Contextual Studies Programme Contextual Studies offers students general academic training aimed at complementing their core studies. SHSS areas of study are offered primarily within Contextual Studies, which makes up 25% of the overall course of studies. The complexity and accelerated pace of change of today’s life and working world challenge the intellectual abilities of social actors just as much as ongoing global developments. Therefore, the task of our Contextual Studies programme is to situate core disciplinary studies within social, political, historical, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts. The taught courses offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences during the one-year Assessment Level are divided into two areas: language training and the development of reflection skills. From the latter area, students are required to choose two compulsory electives from History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. Each of these subjects provides an exemplary introduction to its fundamentals and basic questions, in order to lay a solid foundation for the more advanced and more in-depth classes offered in the humanities and social sciences in the following semesters. Our Bachelor-level courses reflect the full range of fields taught and reseached at the SHSS. These include courses aimed at developing reflection skills, such as Ethics, History, Legal History, Philosophy of Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, and a number of other courses offered on an alternating basis. They also include offerings aimed at developing cultural competence: language classes, cultural studies seminars on German-, English-, French-, Italian-, and Spanish-speaking cultures, on the cultural and social history of Russia, and on East Asian cultures. Seminars involve four-hour sessions devoted to the in-depth study of the respective subject matter. SHSS courses at Master’s level are essentially interdisciplinary and include • Events offered jointly by a member of the SHSS faculty and a member of the core faculty, • Events that are in themselves interdisciplinary, • Events complementing a core Master’s programme with a humanities, cultural studies, and social sciences perspective.