The societal transformations driven by the impact of current pandemic, globalization, wider recognition of diversity, environmental changes, economic and financial crises as well as political debates are taking place in both Colombia and Germany. How do the sociocultural, political, economic and info media processes in each society act on each other? Is the worldwide pandemic accelerating or decelerating the transformation processes in Colombia and Germany? What are the common challenges in both countries through their transformations? We are inviting you to the collaborative working and online teaching experience of a lecture series at the partner universities in Colombia and Germany.
The world is undergoing rapid critical change that is putting social and political orders to the test. Politics, science and each individual face the challenge of mastering these developments while holding society together and securing democracy and freedom for tomorrow. Societal transformation refers to "profound and sustainable nonlinear systemic change" (Linnér & Wibeck, 2020). The concept is increasingly used in international sustainability policy and broadens the perspective of related concepts such as sustainable development, green economy, socioeconomic change or environmental policy to include a systemic, global perspective. If societal transformation is to succeed, we need to understand and consider different perspectives, create new narratives, balance interests, negotiate solutions, seek compromises and convince the skeptics.
This is precisely the goal of this lecture series: to bring different academic perspectives from two world regions into dialogue, to create a space for discussion about the concept of societal transformation, and to provide insight into the complex processes of digitalization, diplomacy, climate, inclusion, health and other issues in Germany and Colombia
The speakers in the lecture series will each offer disciplinary perspectives on global developments, contexts and policies that make global developments easier to understand. In subsequent discussion rounds, points of interest can be explored in greater depth and further questions can be discussed.
Guide on how to enroll in the course (PDF).
Supported by the DAAD with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), the DIES Partnership “Higher Education Partnership Colombia - Potsdam” (HEPCoPa) aims to optimize the institutional management and strengthen the future-oriented aspects digitalization and quality management in the context of teaching and learning. The University of Potsdam, the Asociación Colombiana de Universidades (Colombian Association of Universities), the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana section Cali, the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana section Bucaramanga and the Universidad de Caldas thus join the DAAD partnership program to expand their internationalization profile as well as increase of international competitiveness. The sub-project Internationalization through Digitalization aims to conceptualize and implement multiple blended learning scenarios to explore the conditions of success for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL). The central tasks are to reconcile dynamically occurring short-term projects such as non-curricular, innovative cross-campus teaching collaborations and strategically defined long-term development goals such as internationalization.