Silhouette Universität Witten/Herdecke
Much freedom and high-level teaching Much freedom and high-level teaching
Free choices and high-level teaching
  • Has a Master’s in Philosophy and Culture; is now a Philosophy PhD student
  • Was engineer, investment banker, film producer and economist
  • Loves art and culture
Much freedom and high-level teaching Much freedom and high-level teaching
Free choices and high-level teaching
  • Has a Master’s in Philosophy and Culture; is now a Philosophy PhD student
  • Was engineer, investment banker, film producer and economist
  • Loves art and culture
Faculty of Humanities and Arts

What Sets Us Apart

Humanities Meet the Arts and Politics
Studium fundamentale (Stufu) – thinking beyond
Creating one’s own profile
Practice through project work and co-operations
Master’s programme research colloquium
Homo sapiens digitalis
Digital Transformation & Social Responsibility Masterstudiengang - Studentin arbeitet am Notebook

What Concerns Us and Who We Are

Humanities and Arts seminar
Humanities and Arts seminar
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The Faculty of Humanities and Arts – Studium fundamentale – teaches and researches in the fields of philosophy, cultural studies, politics and arts. The faculty’s special interest focuses on the comparison of old and new media: language, image, sound, script, print and digital media. We foster practice-oriented teaching and research and facilitate the access to professions such as curator or dramaturge, literary agent or cultural manager. Here is more information on our profile. More on our profile (in German)

Why study at the Faculty of Humanities and Arts?

  • Understanding and shaping society
  • Analyzing complexity
  • Intensive discussions
  • Practice-oriented teaching and research
  • Learning interdisciplinary thinking and acting
  • Creating own foci based on unrestricted course selection
  • Actively shaping the university
  • Developing skills and personality
  • Personal atmosphere and excellent supervision
  • Many contacts to creative industries and art professionals
Lehrveranstaltungen im Studium fundamentale

We ask our scholars: "What is cultural reflection to you?"

Prof. Ingo Ernst Reihl, University Musical Director
Cultural reflection has been my daily work as a conductor – for 30 years. To carry out comparative research on this cultural reflection and to pursue an interdisciplinary line of thought is my work as a faculty member.
Prof. Ingo Ernst Reihl, University Musical Director
Prof. Dr. Werner Vogd
Culture seems to be the certainty about how we see and experience ourselves and our world. Cultural reflection means breaking up these routines. As a consequence, crises emerge and subjectivity may experience itself as being free.
Prof. Dr. Werner Vogd
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Loske
To me, cultural reflection means thinking about concepts, about physical and social surroundings, within which we act as individuals or members of a group. So the focus is not on wind turbines and solar systems, but also and above all on thinking about ways of life, social practices and acting politically, simply about culture.
Prof. Dr. Reinhard Loske
Prof. Dr. Dirk Rustemeyer
Everybody practising cultural reflection exercises the art of observation. Good observers are experts in comparing things, smart in setting examples and adept in creating images. They are interested in the irritations leading to differences in humans, things, actions, diction, emotions or organizations.
Prof. Dr. Dirk Rustemeyer
Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker
Cultural reflection adds negativity to relations. Like a contrast medium.
Prof. Dr. Dirk Baecker
Prof. Dr. Martin W. Schnell
Ethics always is!
Prof. Dr. Martin W. Schnell
Prof. Dr. Claus Volkenandt
Cultural reflection claims that the arts are not only cultural practices, but also allow insight into the culture in which they are created. They are not only the expression of a culture but also a source of knowledge with a value of its own. In dealing with the arts I am able to better comprehend culture.
Prof. Dr. Claus Volkenandt
Prof. Dr. Julia Genz
Cultural reflection is concerned with the perception of differences. To recognize the other in one’s self and the self in the other is not always easy. Literature can be a place that facilitates and fosters the perception of differences.
Prof. Dr. Julia Genz
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gramelsberger
'Reflection is nothing else than the attention paid to what is inside us,' writes the philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in his Nouveaux Essais sur L’entendement humain in 1704. But how and by which means is what is inside us being shaped? To shed light on exactly this topic is the aim of cultural reflection.
Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gramelsberger
Prof. Dr. Martin Woesler
Unreflected culture is concerned with the present, is intuitive and ordinary, and may even lead to blindness and fanaticism. Only reflection allows for critical distance, the awareness of one’s self, the change in perspective.
Prof. Dr. Martin Woesler
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kettner
Reflection understands and changes cultural forms and their operations. The reflection of culture and the culture of reflection together create moments of an open process of the evolution of meaning – and form a dynamic part of modern culture themselves: experiencing and understanding again and again why the given things are the way they are and how they could also be different.
Prof. Dr. Matthias Kettner

Art in Practice at the Faculty

Rehearsal at knut’s
Rehearsal at knut’s
Studium fundamentale seminar: “Sounds happen”
Studium fundamentale seminar: “Sounds happen”
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Whether orchestra, vocals, dance, drama, fine arts or literature – all students have the opportunity to learn activities in the arts depending on their own preferences and interests. The faculty offers much space for gathering creative experiences and going through design processes step by step. In addition to gaining expertise, the faculty’s primary educational objective is to train reflectivity and develop one’s personality. Both are especially fostered by activities in the arts. Presenting the achievements publicly is an important practice at Witten/Herdecke University. More information (in German)

Our Degree Programmes

Our Bachelor’s and Master’s degree courses deal with current key issues in culture and society. The aim of the programmes is to impart academic and social skills: The students shall be able to act responsibly. The Faculty offers a two-semester “Culture and Society” orientation course for beginners.

Research

Research at the Faculty of Humanities and Arts combines social science, cultural and humanistic methods. We consider science and arts as being equal partners for reflection. Many of our issues are to be seen within the context of an increasingly digitalized society.

Information on research, doctoral and postdoctoral studies (in German)

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Do you have questions about Studium fundamentale?
Jennifer Schuster
Do you have questions about Studium fundamentale?

Jennifer Schuster

Fakultät für Kulturreflexion - Studium fundamentale
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Sekretariat Studium fundamentale

Phone: +49 (0)2302 / 926-816

E-Mail: Jennifer.Schuster@uni-wh.de

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