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Course list for winter semester


At the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences we are offering an 'English Course Program' each winter semester. The courses listed below will be complemented by additional courses that change each academic year. For students with a German Language Level of B2 or higher all courses with German as language of instruction can be studied as well.

During the summer semester exchange students are welcome to study at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences as well. Please note that the classes will mostly be offered with German as language of instruction.

We are more than happy to provide further information via e-mail.

This course aims to provide exchange students with a basic knowledge on the German educational system and on educational and rehabilitation services for people with special needs. Every week the students visit another institution in the area of rehabilitation, early intervention and/ or special needs education/ inclusion to find out more about the above-mentioned aspects and get in contact with the leader of the institution, who are holding the lectures. The students are allowed to try out some activities and gain some practical experience. We cooperate with schools for children with special needs, sheltered workshops, rehabilitation departments etc.  

Credit Points: 9

Students will have the opportunity to carry out their own study project in the area of education – participation - inclusion. Topic, research question and methodology can be developed by the students themselves. Lectures contain information about literature search, different databases, research standards and citation. At the end of the semester the students will present and discuss their results. 

Credit Points: 6

Within this course the students will have the opportunity to develop a critical point of view on the connection the two topics ‘disability’ and ‘culture’. 

Disability as a social phenomenon is strongly interconnected with assumptions on humanity and personhood, health and illness, social roles and normality. Support structures such as the family network or social organisations have a strong influence on the lives of persons with disabilities and their families and form the background for active participation and inclusion. In this course the students will deal with different texts on disability and socio-cultural working on the following topics: 

  • How do socio-cultural circumstances shape the meaning of disability? 
  • Which role do assumptions on personhood, social roles and normality play? 
  • What does this mean for our practical work as rehabilitation workers, social workers, teachers or educationalists? 

  Credit Points: 3

In this course the students are working in the “study lab”. Students will get to know some technical devices for people with special needs, so called assistive technologies. At the faculty of rehabilitation sciences students have the opportunity to experience the usage of technical aids themselves. Modern technologies, particularly the computer and information technology offer a variety of options to compensate the challenges of daily life for people with disabilities (for example wheelchairs, programmes for communicative support etc.) The students elect assistive devices and participate in small exercises. 

Credit Points: 3

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Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

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