The areas of concentration bundle together course offerings from the Humanities and Social Sciences with a clear reference to themes from the core subjects, connecting elements of theory and practice. The following areas of concentration are offered: History, Society, Creativity, Cultures, Media, Law, Technologies, Responsibility – and a so-called Open Area. Students have three possible ways of taking areas of concentration in the framework of Contextual Studies. Firstly, they can freely select from the entire course offerings; secondly, they can place a thematic focus in one of the areas of concentration by choosing all courses from one area; or thirdly, they can complete this thematic focus by means of an interdisciplinary workshop.
The Workshop format offers an innovative learning experience. Students are enabled to make connections and correlations between different courses, and to bring core and context together in an integrative sense; they also receive regular feedback from both teachers and fellow students. The Workshops thereby offer a space for deep learning. For areas of concentration that are completed with a Workshop, evidence of a student’s accomplishment will be given separately in a supplement to the diploma.