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Business

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

30

The Stock Exchange as a Corporate Finance Hub

What does the stock exchange mean in regards to financing a company, its importance for the economy, and its mode of operation?

o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Helmut Pernsteiner

45 min.

Unlimited

31

Controller: "Inspector" or "Tax Man"?

The course will look at a controller's basic tasks and job demands. School students will also have an opportunity to learn more about the controlling system by learning to use planning tools and seeing how various business decisions can affect a company's success and liquidity.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Birgit Feldbauer-Durstmüller, Dr. Bernhard Gärtner

60 min.

40 Persons

History

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

32

Does Globalization Have a Past?

The presentation reveals that much-touted globalization is not a particularly "new" thing, but just a new "stage" in the centuries old interconnections of different world religions. The course focuses on migration as well as the exchange of ideas.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Marcus Gräser

30-45 min.

200 Persons

Sociology

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

33

Women Can't Park, Men Can't Listen?

Society's social design of gender leads to stereotyping and prejudices about women and men, sometimes even being explained as biological differences. This course looks at the differences and inequalities between the sexes that have been socially constructed.

Kristina Binner, M.A.

45-90 min.

40 Persons

34

Who Lives Well in Austria? A Sociological Approach

A recent social report stated that assets in Austria are unequally distributed. Austria is one of the world's richest countries but yet the number of those living in poverty or on the verge of living in poverty is on the rise. Why is that? What are the issues in the fight against poverty? What measures are effective enough to reduce poverty? The presentation explores these questions and provides insight into poverty research.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Alfred Grausgruber

45-90 min.

Unlimited

35

How Disproportionate are Life Opportunities in Austria?

Social inequality is multifaceted and manifests itself in unequal educational and health opportunities, inequality between the sexes, and various risks of falling into poverty. What factors determine the differences between opportunities in life and having a piece of the pie? What is the role of educational certificates, a job, an immigrant background? This presentation offers insight into key questions and challenges of sociological research on inequality and provides concrete examples through academic studies and discussions about the relationship between policies and the (re)-production of social inequality.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Johann Bacher & Team

45-90 min.

Unlimited

36

"In Reality, Reality is Actually Quite Different..."

Social sciences focuses on so-called "social" reality that works according to its own rules and laws. Social reality is determined by many factors, also the way in which we experience ourselves in relationships with others and how we shape these relationships. This presentation talks about interpersonal communication, cooperation, and conflict behavior.

Assist. Prof. Dr. Franz Wagner, PhD

ca. 90 min.

25 Persons

37

Social Background for Violence in Children's Homes

Excessive violence against children in public foster care homes cannot be explained only by blaming the personal misconduct of some teachers and staff. This presentation looks at the social and historical background of violence against children and teens and invites participants to discuss the topic.

a.Univ. Prof. Dr. Meinrad Ziegler

30-90 min.

30 Persons

Business Informatics

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

38

The Fascination of Science

Learn more about what scientists and researchers do: The presentation outlines the occupational demands of a scientist. Research findings are demonstrated through films and live demonstrations.

o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Gustav Pomberger

45 min.

Unlimited

39

"Comprehand" - Solving Problems Caused by Misunderstandings Through Interactive Computer Systems

"Comprehand" is an interactive tabletop interface that allows people to coordinate various views of their work in order to achieve better work results.

Dr. Stefan Oppl

90 min.

30 Persons

40

Learning to Understand, or: How Does Meaning Come About in the World?

In the western knowledge society, learning almost has dogmatic significance. The danger of knowing 'too much', but understanding little, is growing. Through discourse, we will actively listen in order to refelct on the essence of knowledge. If students are interested, we can address e-learning elements.

o.Univ. Prof. Dr. Christian Stary

45 Mmn.

15 Persons

Economics

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

41

Classroom Games - Experiments in Economics

Students will take part in an experiment to learn about economics in a fun way by making decisions regarding production at a fictitious company in order to generate as much profit as possible. The goal is to illustrate various market forms and how the consequences affect companies and private households.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Rudolf Winter-Ebmer & Dr. Franz Hackl

90 min.

30 Persons

42

Why is There A Sovereign Debt Crisis?

Why do countries need to borrow money? Historically, how have individual EU countries experience debt crisis? How have the EU, the European Central Bank, and important countries reacted to these situations? What does this mean for Austria?

Dr. Jakob Kapeller, Dr. Stephan Pühringer

60 min. incl. a discussion

Unlimited

Philosophy & Philosophy of Science

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

43

Academic Writing and Academic Work

What is the truth? Can you define the truth? Can you get to the truth? When can one be certain that something is completely correct? How does 'scientific theory' actually work? Is 'academic knowledge' better than 'common sense'? How do you conduct a scientific/academic study? How does one write a scientific/academic paper? This course serves to help prepare graduating school students in the 8th class to write the required academic paper.

Dr. Elisabeth Menschl

100 min.

30 Persons

Statistics

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

44

Planning Efficient Industrial Experiments: Helicopter Design

Industries require that product quality be experimentally tested and optimized during manufacturing and service processes. The required experiments must be conducted as efficiently as possible in order to keep costs down. This is the subject of statistical experimental design; principles and procedures are explained through the classic paper helicopter experiment by George P. Box.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Werner Müller

45 min.

35 Persons

45

CSI Statistics - The Data Detectives

Analyzing data gives us more information about our lives - population pyramids, the PISA study, and facts & figures about climate change (depending on topicality). Statistics is the key to these findings.

a. Univ. Prof. Andreas Quatember

90 min.

35 Persons

Cost Accounting

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

46

Calculating and Managing Costs - What For?

Cost and cost management tasks are explained using a mock company. Practical examples are used to show how tools are implemented in order to calculate cost and benefits and maintain accurate operational control of the company.

MMag. Judith Frei

30-45 min.

40 Persons

International Management & Business Psychology

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

47

Setting Out and Arriving: Escape, Life, and Integration in Austria (MORE INFORMS)

The JKU's "MORE" program gives qualified refugees initial access to university education. The program serves as a "bridging program" and prepares students for university courses by offering German language courses. Those in the MORE program are accompanied by "buddies" (JKU students and employees). The workshop focuses on MORE students and the story of their escape and current life in Austria. The 'buddies' talk about how they support integrating refugees.

Assoc.Univ. Prof. Dr. Nicole Kronberger; a.Univ. Prof. Dr. Erna Szabo; MORE Students and "Buddies"

90 min.

30 Persons

Media Psychology

Course No.

Title

Course Description

Instructor

Length

Capacity

48

Web 2.0, Social Media, Streaming & Co

The workshop provides a brief overview on the opportunities and risks as well as the external and secondary effects of media aimed at a teen’s life. Relevant media psychological theories and terminology are explored and there is illustrative insight into current research being conducted in the field. The workshop aims to find answers together such as: How is media-conveyed communication difference from direct ‘fact-to-face’ communication? What can we learn from tv shows and why do I remember more from a tv show than what I learn in class? What does my social media profile say about my personality?

Mag. Fabiola Gattringer & Team

45-90 minutes

Unlimited

49

Media Competency - Sustainable Internet Use and Digital Knowledge Management

The internet – your friend and helper? It depends on skills and taking a responsible approach. Media competency has long been more than just entering the right words into an online search engine. The workshop provides insight into various facets of media competency, highlights opportunities to use the internet efficiently to manage information and also shows the risks. In addition to conveying practice-oriented theories in media psychology about internet use and media consumption, the course takes a closer look at current research and its applications for teens.

Mag. Fabiola Gattringer & Team

45-90 minutes

Unlimited