Our definition of key competences

 
We define key competences as general abilities, elements of knowledge and strategies which can be learned. Learning these will allow a person with his/her individual disposition to acquire competences which can then be transferred to new situations, opening up new courses of action and enabling him/her to meet both their own needs and those of their society.

 

If you would like to learn more about our definition of key competences and our didactical approach we recommend that you take a look at the book „Schlüsselkompetenzen im Hochschulstudium“, written by members of our staff.

 

We divide key competences into four areas and define these as follows:

Self-competence

The skills/abilities and the fundamental and strategic knowledge…

…which enable an individual to act/take action confidently, with motivation, self-sufficiently and in an organised manner, to reflect on their personal actions as well as on the actions of others, and to develop their own ability to take appropriate action.

Competence in assertiveness, self-organisation, self-motivation and in dealing with new and different/unknown situations

This includes the following modules:

  • Self-Management/Empowerment
  • Competence and Personality
  • Introduction to academic work
  • Academic work: qualitative research methods
  • Simply lead – yourself and others
  • Inner creativity and knowledge management

 

Social communicative competence

The skills/abilities and the fundamental and strategic knowledge…

…to communicate in a process-oriented manner, to express oneself, to understand another person’s position and thereby to recognize potential conflicts and resolve these. This requires competence on verbal, non-verbal, intercultural and interactional levels.

This includes the following modules:

  • Communication and Leading Discussions
  • Project Communication and Processes of Change
  • Team Development and Processes of Change
  • Science Communication
  • Intercultural communication
  • Communication und presentation skills
  • Facilitation and Presentation
  • The Art of Rhetoric
  • Conflict Management

 

Expertise

The skills/abilities and the fundamental and strategic knowledge…

… which can generate a capacity to act - with a widely diverse transdisciplinary application - thanks to competences acquired from relevant areas of expertise. At present the focus is on entrepreneurial, juristic and IT competences and language acquisition.

This includes the following modules:

  • Practical IT modules with exercises
  • Introduction to business start-ups and strategic management
  • Understanding commercial enterprises – managing projects
  • Marketing for Humanities scholars
  • Unternehmerisches Denken und Handeln
  • Entrepreneurial thinking and actions

 

Social competence

The skills/abilities and the fundamental and strategic knowledge…

…to reflect critically on social problems in political, ecological, economical and ethical-cultural fields of action/areas of activity, in order to shape processes of change.

This includes the following modules:

  • A new way of learning! Developing personality through social commitment
  • The “burnout society” – social change and burnout
  • Flight and migration as a social challenge
  • A good life for all? Naïve Utopia or real chance?
  • Thinking globally, acting locally in Kiel
  • Intercultural learning in practice: volunteer to be a studies mentor for international students
  • Student education initiatives