Course Offerings HS 2020

Courses marked with an asterisk * can only be attended by participants of the DSI Excellence Program. The remaining courses are also open to other doctoral students, provided that there are enough places available. In case of doubt, please read the information on the target groups of a course in the UZH course catalogue. You can find the course offerings under Further Offers > UZH Digital Society Initiative Excellence Program.

The course language of all courses is English. As a rule, the courses are held by at least two lecturers from different faculties (exceptions are possible).


Unless otherwise stated, the courses listed below are booked via the UZH module booking tool. Please note the booking information as well as the booking and cancellation deadlines listed in the UZH course catalogue!

Start of the booking period: 13.08.2020 (10:00).

Registration and Cancellation Terms & Conditions

  • Module bookings in the module booking tool can only be made within the module booking period and only after payment of the semester fees.
  • You are responsible for monitoring your bookings and cancellations. This includes checking whether the bookings or cancellations you have made have been carried out correctly.
  • Cancellations can be made using the module booking tool until the cancellation deadline. After the cancellation deadline, cancellations are only possible in exceptional cases and you must contact the DSI Program Coordinator to do so. Cancellations where only the lecturer is notified are not valid.
  • For technical reasons, there are no waiting lists for courses booked via the module booking tool. We recommend that you use the UZH module booking tool to check for available space, especially 2-3 weeks before the course starts (in the period between the cancellation and booking deadline).

Performance Assessment and ECTS Credits

  • For a booked course, the performance assessment must be passed, regardless of whether ECTS credits are needed or not. Otherwise the course is considered as "failed" in your transcript of records.
  • ECTS credits can only be earned if the course's performance assessment is passed.
  • It is up to the faculties to decide whether a successfully completed DSI course will be considered as a curricular part of the doctoral program and whether ECTS credits will be credited. There is no general entitlement to the recognition or crediting of performance. It is therefore strongly recommended that doctoral students inform themselves about their institute's regulations regarding recognition and crediting before they take a course offered by the DSI. Ideally, recognition and crediting should be discussed with the supervisor before registration.
  • For participants of the DSI Excellence Program, successfully completed DSI courses are part of their DSI program requirements. Some institutes may consider simultaneous crediting of ECTS credits to the respective doctoral program as double crediting. In such a case, the participant may have the choice of crediting the performance either to the doctoral program or to the DSI program requirements (except for compulsory courses).

Course Categories

The courses that count towards the DSI Excellence Program are divided into three categories.

Compulsory modules: These courses must be successfully completed by the participants of the Excellence Program. In case of space limitations, participants of the Excellence Program have first priority.

DSI core elective modules: These courses can be chosen by the participants of the Excellence Program. The courses are offered by the DSI. In case of space limitations, participants of the Excellence Program have first priority.

Other core elective modules: These courses can be chosen by the participants of the Excellence Program. The courses are offered by other organisational units (e.g. by different faculties), but can be credited to the DSI Excellence Program. There is no prioritization for participants of the Excellence Program in case of space limitations.




DSI compulsory modules Dates (, Place
Boot Camp*

7.9. (09:00 - 20:00), 8.9. (09:00 - 18:00), 9.9. (09:00 - 17:30); DSI Event Room SOC-E-010

Interdisciplinary Reading Club *

16.9., 5.10., 26.10., 18.11., 9.12., 17.3., 14.4., 28.4., 19.5. (17:00 - 18:30, this course runs over 2 semesters); Online

Introduction to Data Regulation

18.9. (08:30 - 17:30); DSI Event Room SOC-E-010

Data Management & Integration

4.11., 6.11. (09:00 - 17:30); Online. OLAT-page with materials:

DSI Professor Pitches

2.11., 9.11., 16.11., 23.11., 30.11., 7.12., 14.12., 21.12., 18.1., 1.2., 8.2., 22.2., 1.3., 8.3., 15.3., 22.3. (16:15 - 17:30); Online. The detailed agenda with the topics can be found here.

(There is no booking for this course. The attendance of the Excellence Program participants will be checked at the events; they must attend at least 12 of the 15 events and will have priority if space is limited.)


DSI core elective modules

The DSI does not yet offer elective modules in the HS 2020.


Other core elective modules

Political Behavior and Digital Media*

14.9., 21.9., 28.9., 5.10., 12.10., 19.10., 26.10., 2.11., 9.11., 16.11., 23.11., 30.11., 7.12., 14.12. (14:00 - 15:45); Online   OLAT link (To get access to the OLAT page please send an email to the professor or to the DSI Program Coordination.)

Introduction to Data Science for Doctoral Students For doctoral students in computer science and DSI program participants. The course takes place online. Some lectures and exercises take place on Tuesdays and Fridays (15.9. - 18.12. (12:15 - 13:45)), oral exam on 19.1.