Methods Center

Studies and teaching

Assistant Professorship

The assistant professorship is a part of the university-wide project “Study Successfully in Tübingen,” (ESIT), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. It is not specific to any subject but is an offer for the entire Faculty. The refresher courses in methods of empirical social science research offered in this context are aimed particularly at students transitioning from their Bachelor’s to their Master’s.

The assistant professorship’s program includes:

  • 1-4 day compact courses in the lecture-free period and events during the semester to obtain practical methodological skills,
  • E-Learning (online and via apps),
  • Advising on the use of methods and events such as the annual Spring and Summer Schools.

Here you can find current courses of

Summer term 2019

Winter term 2018/2019

More information on Campus.


ESIT-Methodendozentur

Credits for Assistant professorship Classes

  • These courses are not a replacement for the institutes’ regular compulsory courses.
  • Participation: Participation is generally possible for all students, and they can get credit for participation (e.g. as an elective area). The students will receive a certificate of attendance.
  • Assessed coursework: In individual cases, it is possible to get credit for assessed coursework. “Individual cases” include reasons that prohibit a student from attending another compulsory course, e.g. illness, reconcilability of career and studies, family reasons, stays abroad. It is also possible to get credit for make-up work (especially in the transition from BA to MA).

What is "ESIT"?

The program "Study Successful in Tübingen" (ESIT) aims at creating better conditions and more quality in teaching. ESIT supports students and lecturers at the University of Tübingen across faculty boundaries and courses of study. In order to establish a new culture of teaching and learning, ESIT is implementing the following four packages of measures:

"Learning to study successfully - optimising guidance and practical orientation"
"Successfully learn to study - ensure success"
"Learn to teach successfully - promote better teaching"
"Promoting the development of innovative curricula and practice-oriented teaching modules"

More information here.

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