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Humanities in a technical-scientific world

Faculty I Humanities

Ionische Säule

When the former “Technische Hochschule” was re-established as the “Technische Universität Berlin” in 1946, the university’s new mission was to forge a forward-looking educational policy that would embed the teaching of technological skills and scientific expertise into an ethical orientation towards humanistic cultural values. The mission of the faculty today is to “advance the humanities in a technical-scientific world”. Our core academic tasks: to actively conduct research on the inherent conflictual relationship existing between the spheres of culture and the humanities on the one hand, and the natural, technical and humanities sciences on the other, to form forward-looking networks, and to impart this knowledge in a decidedly proactive manner.

The Bachelor degree program “Culture and Technology” uniquely expresses TU Berlin’s specific educational profile: the program’s curriculum purposefully combines the cultural sciences, core humanities subjects, and career-oriented courses. Program graduates can then continue their studies in nine research-oriented Master’s programs. These include graduate degree courses in “Philosophy of Knowledge and Science”, which examine the cognitive and normative roles of science in ‘human life-worlds’. The Master program “History and Culture of Science and Technology” challenges students to question the historical genesis of our modern technical-scientific world. “Art History and Art Technology” is dedicated to studying, preserving and transmitting European artistic and architectural heritage. “Historical Urban Studies” investigates how spaces that are home to urban life have become the locus of the modern history of civilization. The Master degree program “Communication and Language” emphasizes linguistics, media studies, German as a foreign language, and more hands-on applications in the area of communication science. Students also acquire the language skills they will need to work in media-related foreign language environments and intercultural contexts.

“Audio Communication and Technology” explores the production, dissemination and reception of audiovisual content via electronic media in a modern information and knowledge society. “Educational Studies – Organ-ization and Advice” addresses empirical educational research and the related education policy frameworks and impacts.

Twelve Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses imparting vocational and workplace skills round out our accredited academic program, the only syllabus of its kind in Berlin. The curriculum is geared to future-oriented research and career fields that can mediate and integrate values and scientific and cultural forms of knowledge.

The research profile of Faculty I is characterized by four internationally networked academic programs, which are closely linked to the university’s six core research fields:
The aim of the “Knowledge Research” Innovation Center is to examine the interfaces and interactions that exist between various types of knowledge and knowledge cultures. The generation of new knowledge is the focus of the program.

The research focus “Cultural heritage as a resource” critically examines technical and artistic artifacts in their roles as storehouses of cultural knowledge and in terms of what role they might play in the future.
Research activities in the “Conditions governing educational processes” serve to establish a theoretical conceptualization and empirical description of the socio-cultural, societal/individual aspects and factors that make up and support educational and learning processes, or that hinder them.

Faculty I actively examines the issue of “Interdependence of culture and technology”, i.e. the exploration of the interactions occurring between techno-logy and spiritual culture, for instance as reflected in world views, symbols or technology and as instruments of artistic creativity.

The “Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Gender Studies” and the internationally renowned “Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism” are further important contributions to TU Berlin’s excellent reputation in the humanities. 

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