Philosophy/Ethics for teaching degree programs

Degree
State Examination
Requirements
General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
Language requirements
DSH 2
Admission restriction
No
Selection procedure
No
Application period winter
Until Jul 31
Place of study
Eichstätt
Start of the program
Winter semester
Standard length of the program
9 Semester
Semester fee
56,00 Euro
Part-time studies possible
No

Overview

The contents in the subject Philosphy/Ethics are essentially derived from philosophical ethics as the central scientific reference discipline of the subject, but questions of religion and politics also play a role. Since these topics are directly related to the lifestyle of schoolchildren, the practical activity allows for an intensive and personal contact with pupils beyond the teaching practice.

The program in detail

Contents

Classical works of ethics

The classical works of philosophical ethics, as they have been handed down to us in the writings of thinkers such as Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas or Immanuel Kant, form the basis of this degree program and are an important point of reference for teaching philosophy/ethics. The purpose of studying to become a teacher of philosophy/ethics must always be not to understand these thoughts as dead educational goods, but to create a lively dialog with the current realities of pupils’ lives.

Systematic ethics

Ethics as a science does not primarily consist of a historical sequence of positions of "great thinkers". Philosophy and ethics above all constitute an attempt to deal with the problems and conflicts of human life, science, in politics and society as well as in many other areas in a scientific way and to find answers to central human questions.

Christianity and world religions/philosophy of religion

Since Philosophy/Ethics or Ethics is a substitute subject for religion in the curriculum of public schools in Bavaria, and since many people associate lifestyle issues with religious questions, Christianity and the other world religions also form part of the curriculum. By imparting knowledge on the contents of faith, ethics and cults of the various denominations, the study program aims to create the basis for promoting mutual understanding of religions and denominations in ethics classes and to make a contribution towards interreligious dialog. This requires, not least, an understanding of what religion is and how it can be relevant to people. This content is an essential part of the philosophy of religion.

Didactics of ethics

Didactics of ethics

The field didactics of ethics deals with the ethical, cultural and political conditions and possibilities of processes of ethical education. Within the framework of the teaching degree program, special emphasis is placed on concepts of methodical-didactic teaching methods in order to prepare students for their future careers both with theoretical content and practical approaches. But also questions about the connection between one's own teaching activities and their significance for the ethical development of pupils play a role in this context.

Program structure extension

Studienverlaufsplan_TSG_Drittfach_Ethik_Grund-Mittel-Realschule
Elementary school (Grundschule) / secondary school (Mittelschule) - (available in German)
Studienverlaufsplan_TSG_Drittfach_PhilosophieEthik_Gymnasium
Secondary school - Gymnasium (available in German)

Rankings and assessments

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KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.

"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.

More ranking results

Career possibilities and professional fields

Career prospects

Since the subject Ethics has been newly regulated by law in recent years, it is to be expected that public schools will show an increased interest in graduates of the subject. Based on experience in other German states with the introduction of similar subjects, the career prospects can be considered to be good.

The KU

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Campus

Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.

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What sets the KU apart

Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.

It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.

Do I have to be Catholic in order to study at the KU? Do I have to deal with Catholic contents during my studies?

No, the KU is open to students of all faiths and beliefs.

At the KU, just as at all state universities, there is freedom of research and teaching. This means that our degree programs focus on the subjects for which you have enrolled – free from external influences.

As a student at our University, you will notice what our understanding of being a Catholic University means for us in one thing in particular: The University’s focus is on the individual person. The talents and potential of all those who teach, study, work and carry out research at the KU form our most important foundation – regardless of their religion or beliefs, nationality, ethical, cultural or social background, disabilities, gender, sexual orientation or age.

This is why we promote your best possible academic education through personal support and an ideal staff-to-student ratio. At the same time, the KU is more than just a place for earning your degree: We attach particular importance to imparting social skills and advancing our students’ sense and value orientation in addition to providing them with a high level of academic and methodical qualification.

Our aspiration for our University is to build bridges between science and society and to make knowledge available for society as well as to integrate impulses from outside the University into our research and teaching practice. We aim to make a valuable contribution to social coexistence, to the free democratic basic order and to preserving creation. 

Isn’t Eichstätt quite small for a university town?

With a population of around 15,000, it is probably the smallest university town in Europe. For our students, this means living and learning in a friendly and informal atmosphere. Whether it is on the way to a lecture in the morning, at the canteen for lunch or in the pub in the evening, you will often come across people you know. It is easy to meet people in Eichstätt! By the way, the KU’s “living room” is the Theke, a bar run by students for students. Here, people meet for parties, jam sessions, karaoke evenings or a cozy round of table football.

A small town also means short distances: The library, the swimming pool, the cinema or the supermarket – everything can be reached in a few minutes on foot or by bike. The town is located right in the heart of the Altmühltal natural park – a real paradise for climbers, canoeists, hikers and cyclists just around the corner.

Should you still reach a point when you feel too cooped in, you can breathe big city air easily near Eichstätt. Ingolstadt with its 135,000 inhabitants is only a few kilometers away and offers a variety of shopping and nightlife options.

Can I also study at the KU if I have completed the Fachabitur?

Yes, you can study certain degree programs at the KU with a subject-specific university entrance qualification (Fachabitur). These are: Social Work (BA) and Religious Education (BA).

 

The location

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University town of Eichstätt
Willibaldsburg
Willibaldsburg
Bootsfahrer auf der Altmühl
Canoeing on the Altmühl river
[Translate to Englisch:] Biergarten
Relaxing and celebrating in beer gardens

Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities. 

The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.

More on the study location Eichstätt

Advisory Service

Some offers and study conditions are different for international students – our International Office is happy to provide help and support. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team. We are happy to accompany you on your way to the KU and hope that we can welcome you in person soon!

David Guevara
David Guevara
Coordinator Welcome Services and International Campus
Building Domplatz 8  |  Room: DP8-203 | Campus Eichstätt

Application

The application process for international applicants is now completely digital. You can register online in our application portal and carry out and submit your application. After you have carried out the application and uploaded your documents, you do not need to send your documents to us again by post. You do have to submit certified true copies only if you are admitted at the time of enrollment.

Depending on the course of study, you may be asked for information on internships, professional experience, etc. Please upload the relevant documents in the upload area for all the information you provide, even if these are not mandatory fields!

Before you start the application process, please read the additional information on this page, in particular the information on the respective (German) language requirements and university entrance qualifications.

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