Introduction to Communication and Cooperation Strategies

Andrea Schaffar
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023S, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04485


Social dynamics, communication and cooperation are part of everyday life and are underlying everything we in do in professional and private settings. Analysing these dynamics helps to better understand different settings and can be a tool for various topics: Planning a project, building a team, designing research processes, shaping an intervention, and developing a communication strategy, a.s.o..

In this course we are addressing dynamics and processes that are usually not part of our conversations in daily life: How do individuals navigate their surroundings? How do teams and groups form and interact?  What is the purpose of organizing and how are organisations working? How can cooperation on different levels be designed? And finally: What is the role of communication in all of this? What are the differences between face to face and Online-conversations and -settings?

All these questions are relevant for social sciences and research as well: Therefore, the implementation and development of social skills into research will be another cross disciplinary connection tackled in the course.

The seminar is structured as a participatory workshop with an emphasis on practice and exercises. Students are invited to bring examples, materials, observations, and their experiences to class.

Emphasis of the summer semester: Participation, Organizing and Designing

  • Workshop design
  • Process design
  • Handling of organizations
  • Presenting: Doing, developing and designing presentations
  • Communication: Communication formats like press releases, articles, etc.;
  • Designing communication processes,
  • Project management

Questions addressed: How can cooperation on different levels be designed? What is the role of communication in all of this? What are the differences between face to face and Online-conversations and -settings? What are different formats and practices for communicative actions? How does presenting work and what does a fitting presentation look like?

Examination Modalities

- Contribution to the discussions

No absence without prior excuse, 80 %  attendance

- exercises in group settings: designing and presenting a communication plan for a project

- presentation and discussion of findings

- tasks and practices related to the contents of the lecture


Students from other departments, faculties and universities are invited to participate.

Key Words

communication, cooperation, social dynamics, social interaction, teams, groups, organizations


21 March 2023, 13:45–18:00 CDS Studio
18 April 2023, 13:45–18:00 CDS Studio
04 May 2023, 13:45–18:00 CDS Studio
09 May 2023, 13:45–18:00 CDS Studio
21 June 2023, 13:45–18:00 CDS Studio

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas 4-6: Study Area 5: Communication and Cooperation Strategies 569/022.05

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: Free Electives 569/080.80

Design: Specialisation in Communication Design (1. Section): Methodological and Theoretical Basics: Communication Theory - Introduction 577/103.05

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Global Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities: Foundation: Communication and Cooperation Strategies 700/005.12

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible