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Series: Science Studies
10 Years of the Munich Model

63 Are Universit ies Specif ic Organisations? CHRISTINE MUSSELIN Introduct ion A few decades ago, highlighting the organisational specificity of univer- sities was a common exercise. Most publications – from the Merton school of writings stressing the exceptional character of the academic profession to the decision-making analysis led by J. March and his col- leagues (Cohen/March/Olsen 1972) that characterized universities as or- ganized anarchies in which the garbage can model of decision making prevails – concluded that universities were not

University of Klagenfurt 14 Alexander Onysko With the 21st century now well under way, academic research and teaching in- stitutions have realized the necessity to critically engage with the digital transfor- mation of societies. Pushing the boundaries of understanding the transformative potential of digital media, their affordances, their risks, and their potential to fos- ter humane values is of utmost importance for academic institutions all around the world. It is not only themere technological progress in itself which propels human- ity forward but also, and

Thomas Jefferson’s University An Architectural Masque DAVID BELL THE JEFFERSON ENIGMA Thomas Jefferson was unquestionably the most enigmatic of America’s founding fathers. His imposing intellect, thirst for knowledge, and desire to apply that knowledge in pursuit of his dream for the life, liberty, and happiness of the indi- vidual combined with a surprising degree of naiveté and self-deception to create an elusive character that sometimes baffled his friends. His enemies believed his espousal of science, objectivity, and the dispassionate pursuit

291 Karin Wenz Digital Media@Maastricht University Problem-Based Learning as an Approach to Digital Literature The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Maastricht University and the Uni- versity College offer courses with an interdisciplinary goal in mind. These courses are planned and organized by a team of 2-3 colleagues, who are spe- cialists in the field. I myself do not teach a separate course on digital literature but do give an introduction to digital literature and art as part of my courses on digital media and on narrative media, and also an

4 The University of Oxford 4.1 The Oxford Myth The University of Oxford has always occupied a central role in British society. This becomes particularly clear when looking at Elitist Britain?, a report published in 2014 by the UK government’s Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission1. The study’s results are summarised as follows: “This research highlights a dramatic over‐representation of those educated at independent schools and Oxbridge across important institutions in the UK” (SMCPC 2). The report draws attention to the connection between education and

Urban Appropriation at the University The Impact Lab “Green City – Just City?” BEATRICE WALTHALL AND TILMAN REINHARDT Figure 8: Land der Zäune Photo credits: Beatrice Walthall and Tilman Reinhardt 92 | BEATRICE WALTHALL AND TILMAN REINHARDT INTRODUCTION This paper presents the Impact Lab “Green City – Just City?”, a novel teaching format at Humboldt University of Berlin, as an innovative form of urban appropriation through knowledge production. In the Impact Lab stu- dents from different disciplines (law, geography and resource

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