Research, Communication and Decision-Making Skills


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Certificate programme

In the certificate programme, you take modules worth at least 15 credit points, you are enrolled as a student at Leuphana University of Lüneburg, you have access to all the university's resources, you take examinations and you receive the university certificate "PS Individuale" as your degree.

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Module studies

You complete the module studies with an examination and receive the specified credit points. These can be credited towards a Bachelor's or Master's degree. The modular study programme is interesting for you if you only want to book a single module. At the end, you will receive a certificate with a detailed list of your achievements.

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Module participation

Participation in the module takes place WITHOUT an examination. You do not receive any credit points. Credit points are important if you want to have them credited towards a Bachelor's or Master's degree. You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the module.

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Courses of this module
F5.1 Problem Solving and Design Thinking
F5.2 Communication and Negotiation Skills
Product information "Research, Communication and Decision-Making Skills"

The implementation of human rights-based governance requires a strong understanding of social dynamics and norms as well as very good research skills. In Module 5, you will therefore get to know different approaches and techniques of problem solving so that you will be able to develop innovative and creative solutions to governance and human rights issues. Through this module, you will learn how to come up with sound decisions. Moreover, this module will help you to develop and enhance your communication and negotiation skills.

is restricted access: Yes
Requirements - university entrance qualification: Not required
Requirements - one year of work experience: Not required
Requirements Language: English: TOEFL Internet (92 points); IELTS (Acad. Level 6.5 points); CAE/CPE (Level C1, Grade B); TOEIC (720 points listening/reading, 310 points speaking/writing); if necessary, individual examination.
Requirements Expertise: None
Topic: Politics & Governance, Soft skills & competencies
Format of course: (Vor-Ort-)Präsenz und Online
Level: Master
Course language: English
Study programme
Governance & Human Rights Go to study program website
Number of credit points / ECTS: 5
Workload Contact time (in hours): 40
Workload self-study time (in hours): 85
Examination: inter-course examination (Module exam)
Exam format: Assignment, Presentation
Further exam format: Assignment, Presentation

You will acquire foundational knowledge about:

  • Typology of problems,
  • Non-essentialist perspectives on problems as social constructions;
  • Different strategies for finding solutions to complex problems (e.g. in the context of governance and human rights).

You will try out and develop practical skills helpful to:

  • Identify and analyse human rights and governance problems;
  • Set up a research design to approach complex problems;
  • Find creative, collaborative and efficient strategies in dealing with and solving complex problems.

This course is based on a three level concept of competency:

  • You will develop the Knowing component of your communication and negotiation competency: you hear and read about concepts and discuss them.
  • You develop the Doing component of your communication and negotiation competency: you apply your knowledge in games and other exercises.
  • You start developing the Being component of your newly acquired knowledge and practical skills: Academic learning is most effective when it is sustainably transferred into the real life situations.
The objective of this course hence is to enable you to develop effective negotiation mindsets.

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