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Master Colloquium
Module number:
170 202
5 CP
2nd term RUB students,
4th term Tongji students
1 term
Kind of course:
Combination of colloquium, workshop and/or field trip
Contact hours:
30 hours
120 hours
Number of participiants:

Preconditions to participate:
Successful completion of all modules of the 1st (RUB students) or 3rd (Tongji students) term.

Learning outcome:

Knowledge: The students learn about a wide range of transformation projects and research questions.

Competencies The students are able to discuss adequately to the Master course level, i.e. they discuss empirical examples from transformation of urban landscapes on an advanced level of scientific reflection. They are competent to put the case studies presented in a wider scientific context. in Being able to generalise they will have upgraded their power of judgement.

Skills: The advanced students are capable to present and discuss their own contributions and those of their fellow class mates in an intercultural context, taking into account the various disciplinary contexts of the presenters, be it students of experts.


The colloquium is the central platform of the second term of the Bochum part of the study program. Here, external and internal inputs are given by experts from outside the university and by the students themselves.

In individual speeches the Chinese students will outline their Master thesis topics and discuss with the German students and respective supervisors. The German students individually develop ideas for their research fields for their future master theses. The presence of external experts that have not accompanied the students in the TransLabs will activate the students to clarify their findings and defend their ideas.

Additionally, invited international experts report on projects and trends in the transformation of urban landscapes and discuss them with the students. Alternatively, field trips to outstanding transformation projects outside of the Ruhr area are carried out and discussed.

Teaching methods:
individual reading, group discussions, oral presentation and defense

Mode of assessment:
A jury of academic teachers (Master thesis supervisors) ranks the student’s oral presentation and related defense from one selected topic of a TransLab case study.

Conditions for granting credit points:
regular attendance and participation in discussions, oral presentation of a possible research field for the future master thesis (German students) or Master thesis topic (Chinese students)
Weight of the mark for the final score:
Person in charge of the module:
Teaching staff
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