Choice between Free Electives and Contextual Studies

By signing below I show my support of the petition for right to choose between courses from contextual studies and courses considered free electives for MiQEF students. The current curriculum requires students to take courses from contextual studies, six credits in leadership skills and twelve credits in critical thinking and cultural awareness which amount to 20% of total credits. However, MiQEF students should have the possibility to choose between courses from contextual studies and free electives. Some of the reflections triggering the general dissatisfaction with the current situation are as follows: - Graduate studies should give students an opportunity to sufficiently specialize in their area of interest to gain relevant skills for their future careers (whether in academics or business). After students complete the basic and necessary compulsory subjects they should be given the possibility to chose in which areas they want to specialize. The current dissatisfaction with the situation shows that students would prefer to specialize in fields which are better integrated with the core curriculum and allow them to deepen their knowledge in fields related to their major. - The quality and variety of courses from contextual studies are not high enough, especially for non-German speaking students. It often leads in students choosing subjects they are not interested in and that have little value for their future career plans. Again, students should be given the choice to opt for other subjects. - The attractiveness of the program for prospective students could be enhanced considerably, if it were not compulsory to take subjects from contextual studies. Therefore this petition calls for the introduction of a right of choice between free electives and courses from contextual studies. This would widen the options of students without putting students who would like to take courses from contextual studies at a disadvantage.

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This petition was started on the initiative of graduate students of the Master in Quantitative Economics and Finance.

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