With the concept of the thematic semester, we, as the Department of Social Economics, want to face the constant task of bringing socially relevant questions and problems into academic discussion. In doing so, we want to contribute to the further development of university teaching in a problem-oriented, socially relevant and practice-oriented manner, in order to organize "scientific freedom in social responsibility" true to the mission statement of our university and thus "contribute to the development of a humane, democratic and just society".
The term thematic semester describes the joint, interdisciplinary treatment of a socio-economic topic over one or more semesters. In this way, problem-oriented teaching and research is carried out, larger contexts are understood and scientific projects are taken up from the social development. In this way, an interdisciplinary, more practice-oriented contribution to science and society is pursued.
Current! Social polarization in times of the Corona crisis
To mark the occasion, the thematic semester of 2019/2020 "Social Polarization" will be digitally supplemented: Social Polarization in Times of the Corona Crisis
The current CoVid 19 pandemic and the measures to contain it reveal existing social imbalances. Numerous economists are expecting a dramatic collapse in global economic growth, the unemployment rate in the USA has recently risen more sharply than at any time since the Great Depression, and in many countries the health care systems are threatening to collapse. Social inequality continues to increase in the wake of this, which right-wing forces are responding to by intensifying exclusion. But the crisis also opens a new window of opportunity for sustainable development: production is being transformed at breakneck speed, large financial resources beyond the black zero are being mobilised, international cooperation is being stepped up and the relationship between the welfare state and the market is being rebalanced. The ancient Greek meaning of "krísis = decision" can thus be taken quite literally. These are all questions and problems that we have always been dealing with in social economics from an interdisciplinary perspective. They become all the more urgent in times of crisis. In the context of the thematic semester we therefore want to deal with the causes of the current crisis and the possibilities for social action. We want to discuss what the current crisis means for the socio-economic, political, cultural and ecological polarization of society and what conclusions can be drawn from it.
Thematic semester 19/20: Socioeconomic perspectives on social polarisation
In view of the increasing polarisation and problem situations, we as society and science are at a crossroads: are we making a contribution "to the development of a humane, democratic and just society" (UHH's mission statement) or are we content with the status quo and thus contributing to a progressive polarisation? During the thematic semester we will therefore ask ourselves how exactly the global polarization processes are interrelated at the socio-economic, political and cultural levels and how we as the Faculty of Social Economics can contribute to solving these questions.