How to find courses for your Learning Agreement

Guide for incoming students of philosophy

Some general notes:

  • In Augsburg you are able to choose courses for one (your next) semester at a time only; there are some lectures regularly repeated, others are changing; all forthcoming courses will be announced about two months before the semester begins.
  • Repeated philosophy lectures are: a) every Winter: Philosophiegeschichte der Antike & Philosophiegeschichte der Neuzeit, b) every Summer: Philosophiegeschichte des Mittelalters & Philosophiegeschichte der Gegenwart, c) Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie, Philosophie des Geistes, Analytische Sprachphilosophie, Erkenntnistheorie, Metaphysik, Phil. Gotteslehre, Religionsphilosophie, Allg. Ethik I/II, Phil. Anthropologie every 2-3 semesters.
  • Please register for your courses online in Digicampus; your Login ("RZ-Kennung") to Digicampus will be given to you with your enrolment papers.
  • Details on all lectures/seminars are found in Digicampus as well


Types of courses and ways to earn credits in philosophy

Almost all courses are 90-minutes-courses taking place one time per week. Roughly said you will get about 4-6 credits (= LP = Leistungspunkte) in a "Seminar" as well as in a "Vorlesung". You don't need to take a regular bachelor's module exam (Modulgesamtprüfung) for bundles of courses except if this is required by your home university.
Usually you will just take single exams per course to gather your credits.

Modes of teaching: There is an important difference between a Vorlesung (lecturer talking only) and a Seminar (students and lecturer reading a text together, discussing it and presenting papers; need to participate regularly).

Overview of the courses currently offered

The type of a course is indicated by the following letters:

V = Vorlesung
Credits: mostly oral exams (30 minutes), covering selected (4LP) or all (6LP) topics/areas of the lecture

PS = Proseminar, seminar for beginners
Credits: presenting a paper alone or in a group (3LP); additionally writing a shorter essay of 7-10 pages (5LP)

S = regular seminar
Credits: participation/presentation of paper (4LP); additionally writing an essay of about 10-15 pages (6LP)

HS = Hauptseminar, seminar for advanced students
Credits: participation/paper, additionally writing a longer essay of 15-20 pages (7LP)
To participate in a Hauptseminar you should be in your 2nd/3rd year of philosophy at least. Also your german language skills should be high, because you need to write a longer essay.

Ü = Übung, eg. the beginnner's courses in formal logic
Credits: written exercises or exam (5LP)

Special rule for Erasmus-Students: You will get 4LP/Credits for participating-only in regular seminars, even if you don't present a paper there. A presentation in about 1-2 seminars per semester is recommended, though, for training purposes and especially if you plan to also write an essay - which gives you 6LP/Credits.

You are supposed to collect 60 ECTS Credits in one year. If you are not sure about the difficulty of a certain course talk to the lecturer who offers it. Discuss the learning agreement with your home university's examination office or your Erasmus-Administrator (see all Administrators of Augsburg, ordered by subjects) to see which courses/exams are eligible for your studies there.


Exam enrolment: You DON'T have to register for your exams online in STUDIS like the local BA-Students, but will get course certificates ("Scheine") instead to prove that you have taken an exam. Get the course certificate here on the pages of AAA, fill out the first part, attach it to your essay or ask the lecturer to sign & confirm your credits after the seminar or exam.

The dates of your oral exams are determined individually with each lecturer. Also the deadline of your written essays mostly depends on the lecturer. Please make sure that after you took an exam your Schein is signed by the lecturer and also that the right amount of credits is written on it.


Further Information:

For general information regarding incoming students please visit the pages of Akademisches Auslandsamt (International Office). There you'll also find an ERASMUS-Guide.