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Didactics at the Faculty of Social Sciences


Fachdidaktik der SozialwissenschaftenThe Master of Education degree in the subject Social Sciences replaces the previous teaching certificate course and conveys not only scientific but also didactic contents.

About us

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A Master of Education for the subject Social Sciences for teaching at grammar schools and comprehensive schools is offered at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum. According to the Bochum model in teacher training the determination for a teaching degree is made after finishing the Bachelor degree course in order to give students occupational options for other careers (Polyvalency model).

During the university training phase we aim to give the students theoretical-analytical knowledge and instruments for fulfilling, designing and reflecting the future practice as a Social Sciences teacher. Studying specific didactic theories, problems and methods, the basic principles of empirical teaching research as well as evaluation procedures is in the centre of the didactic studies in the Master of Education Social Sciences.

The starting point of the didactic studies in the subject Social Sciences is the understanding of didactics of an interdisciplinary mediation science. Knowledge in Social Sciences, Didactics, Educational Science and Psychology of Learning are combined (scientific knowledge). General knowledge of the students and the teaching patterns of teachers are also integrated (job-know-how of teachers).

In the periods of work experience the students are taught to teach along the learned criteria on the one hand and on the other hand to use and critically reflect the acquired knowledge in their first teaching attempts. The work experience is accompanied by a preparation and a follow-up seminar. During the work experience the students are guided and visited by the respective lecturers.

Our didactic self-concept and the specification of the tasks are the reason for the reflection and action competences being the most important didactic competences for students studying for a teaching certificate in Social Sciences.

Teaching Staff

Our teaching staff:

We all have long years of experience at various general and vocational schools and also in adult teaching. We are therefore familiar with the complex and often contradictory demands teachers are faced with every day.

 

Consultation hours

Dr. Dieter Nelles´ consultation hours:
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Friedrich A. Mühlhoff consultation hours:
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Consulting

Advice on the Master of Education is given by Dr. Dieter Nelles. This applies to the obligatory consulting before you start studying as well as queries to the course of the studies, individual modules and examination requirements.

Answers to the most important questions about the Master of Education here.

Information on the writing of papers here.

Description of the modules here.

Für allgemeine Fragen zur Fachdidaktik der Sozialwissenschaften wenden Sie sich bitte an:sowifd@ruhr-uni-bochum.de