Educational Science, with a Focus on intercultural, media & adult education (B.A.)


Study Program:   Educational Science
Department:  Human Sciences
University Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Program type:  Full Time, Face-to-Face Teaching, basic
Language of tuition: German
Beginning of the program: Fall trimester
Normal program length: 3 years

Advisor of the degree: 

Prof. Dr. Dominic Busch


               I.      Description of the study program

The overall objective of the study program Educational Science, with a Focus on intercultural, media & adult education is to enable the students to analyze educational processes of adults in their social and institutional preconditions, to initiate such processes, to guide them, support them on a counselling basis and to organize them. Thereby in particular medial, intercultural and conflictive communicative educational contexts are being taken in consideration.

Against the background of a basic education that is orientated towards the curricular recommendations of the “Deutschen Gesellschaft für Erziehungswssenschaft (DGfE)”, the study program Educational Science focusses upon:


(1) Adult and continuing education and Organizational Education,

(2) Media Change, Learning and Teaching with Media as well as Educational Research and Media Education,

(3) Intercultural and Comparative Education, Intercultural Communication and Conflict Research.


Graduates of this study program acquire by this profile a highly attractive qualification profile that is orientated toward social, in particular cultural, media and economic developments that features above all the following key competences:


  • analytical competence, to describe phenomena of the medial, economic-sociodemopgrahic change, the intercultural communication as well as social conflicts and the meaning for educational processes therof by relevant theories, to understand and to explain them


  • methodical competence, to develop focus-related problems and to examine them empirically by means of qualitative and quantitative tools of social research as well as


  • practical competence, to organize, to provide advice on and to improve pedagogical practice on the basis of empirical and theoretical findings, , , to evaluated pedagogical interventions and to impart this general knowledge in not genuinely pedagogical contexts (e.g. Politics, Economics, Bundeswehr)


             II.      Prerequisites for entry

A prerequisite for entry is he General University Entrance Qualification. Specific previous knowledge is not necessary.


           III.      Preparing for the study program

As a preparatory reading (no compulsory reading) we recommend the following books:

  • Dörpinghaus, Andreas; Poenitsch, Andreas & Wigger, Lothar (2008). Einführung in die Theorie der Bildung. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft.
  • Gudjons, Herbert (2008). Pädagogisches Grundwissen: Überblick - Kompendium -Studienbuch (10. Auflage).Stuttgart: Uni Taschenbücher Verlag.
  • Raithel, Jürgen; Dollinger, Bernd & Hörmann, Georg (2009). Einführung Pädagogik: Begriffe - Strömungen- Klassiker - Fachrichtungen (3. Auflage). Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.



           IV.      Abilities and Interests

Students should have basic abilities with regard to systematic thinking and methodic acting, they should show willingness for interdisciplinary work and, in particular, be interested in educational-scientific problems. The willingness to reflect one’s own educational biography as well the interest in “other” cultures and in digital media are advantageous.


            V.      Structure of the study program

The study program comprises ten subject areas covering basic as well as consolidating aspects of Educational Science in general and of Intercultural and Comparative Education, Educational Research and Media Education as well as Learning and Teaching with Media, as well as Adult Education in particular.

The normal completion length for the Bachelor program is three years in the course of a “normal program”. In order to achieve the qualification for enter the Master’s Program after the 7th trimester, it is necessary to complete the “intensive program”. This reduces the time to degree for the Bachelor by two trimesters.

In the first academic year, a pedagogical, sociological, psychological and research-methodical basic knowledge is imparted to the students. by means of compulsory introduction modules. In compulsory modules that are likewise designed as introductions, the fields of Adult and Continuing Education, Organizational Education, Educational Research and Media Education and Learning and Teaching with Media, Intercultural and Comparative Education, Intercultural Communication and Conflict Research, are dealt with on a basic level. Furthermore, two seminars from the compulsory accompanying program studium plus need to be completed. At the end of the first academic year, the first part of an internship needs to be undertaken usually during the mester berak. In the second academic year, all ten subject areas offer consolidating modules to the students consisting of three lectures each. By the free choice of six from ten consolidated compulsory elective modules, the students are acquainted with exemplary, problems that are related to the foci of the program.

The students are hereby enabled to question the social conditions of their main areas of interest. In addition to this there is the compulsory training course from the accompanying program studium plus. At the end of the second academic year there the second part of the internship is undertaken. The third academic year is dedicated in the “intensive program” to the completion of the Bachelor’s program by undertaking the bachelor’s thesis and the beginning of the Master’s program. The Bachelor’s thesis has to be undertaken in one of the ten teaching areas in the 7th trimester. In the “normal program”, the students complete both remaining compulsory elective modules within the third academic year and complete the bachelor’s thesis in the 9th trimester. With the bachelor’s thesis the students furnish prove of successfully having completed the bachelor’s program and of their ability of independent scientific work.


           VI.      Vocational Images

The competence profile acquired in the program opens up perspectives for various fields of acting within as well as outside the Bundeswehr. By setting their foci, students are provided with a variety of occupational options: They are education for activities within the field of the development, implementation and evaluation of educational media.

Furthermore, graduates can work in the fields of general, cultural, medial, political and artistic continuing education as well as in the fields of occupational and in-house continuing education, personnel development and organizational education as well as in different areas of counselling. In addition, occupational options arise in the diversity management, in the intercultural conflict prevention and conflict work or in the pedagogical structure and organization of offers of intercultural counselling and continuing education.


         VII.      Further Information

For further information on the study program Educational Science, with a Focus on intercultural, media & adult education (M.A.) please visit the page: At the Universität der Bundeswehr München you also have the option, to conduct parts of your program abroad. Information regarding programs and partner universities is provided under:


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