DSI Minor Digital Skills

With the «DSI Minor Digital Skills», the Digital Society Initiative (DSI) is designing a new interdisciplinary minor study program for students of all disciplines at the Master's level with a scope of 30 ECTS.

The program is scheduled to start in HS24; individual modules, such as the module «Machine Learning - an Interdisciplinary Introduction», will be offered through the School for Transdisciplinary Studies (STS) starting in HS22.

Curriculum and competences

Digitalization is fundamentally changing science and society at an ever-increasing pace. This process challenges existing paradigms, enables new approaches to research and teaching, and requires new competencies in a rapidly changing social reality. It is the task of all scientific disciplines and of society as a whole to critically reflect on and shape these developments.

In the DSI Minor Curriculum, the interdisciplinary examination of the topic of digital transformation is to be mapped. The DSI Minor Digital Skills thus enables students from all faculties of the UZH in the network of DSI lecturers to acquire the skills needed to meet the challenges of digital transformation and also to take advantage of its opportunities. Interdisciplinary teaching/learning settings are planned in the curriculum for this purpose, which allow critical reflection, promote mutual understanding of different questions, approaches and methods, and enable the acquisition of digital skills. The examination of ethical and legal issues in connection with digitalization runs like a thread through the entire curriculum.

The following competences should be aimed for in the DSI Minor Digital Skills:

  • Students reflect on the Digital Transformation, they are able to classify the topics of digitization and issues in this context, and they critically consider the social implications of the Digital Society.
  •  Students practice self-reflection in the context of the Digital Transformation and gain insights from this at the level of the individual.
  • Students are able to successfully work on projects in interdisciplinary groups without conflict and with innovative approaches.
  • In doing so, they recognize that scientific work involves different questions, approaches and methods depending on the discipline.
  • You evaluate your goals, the process and the results according to ethical principles.
  • You clarify project-related legal issues.
  • You are able to collect and process information in digital form.
  • Students apply digital skills across disciplines in their project. To do this, they supplement their individual technical skills, for example in the areas of machine learning, natural language processing, cybersecurity, blockchain and in many others.
  • Students are able to prepare and present their project results in different forms and ideally also make them usable (outreach).

Community of Practice and student participation

In the «Community of Practice», lecturers, students and «facilitators» work together on the conception of the new study program. Other interested members of the UZH are cordially invited to participate.



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