Fachschaften Student Representation within the Faculties
The Fachschaften and the Fachschaft Council (FSR)
The students of a specific subject jointly form a Fachschaft. Officially, a Fachschaft Council is made up of some elected students of this Fachschaft. The size of the Fachschaft Council part depends on the number of students in the respective department, division or unit. The formula is: one Fachschaft Council seat per 100 students.
In everyday Fachschaft life, the Fachschaft Council is actually made up of any students who are interested in getting involved in its work. This then means open Fachschaft work, i.e. anyone can get involved and anyone can vote on actions.
The activities of the Fachschaft Council offer students opportunities to get together to think about study contents, to discuss what role their subject or the whole academic/scientific undertaking has to play in society. Discussions on the way knowledge is conveyed, on how teaching is organized and on the respective goals also take place in the Fachschaft. In many cases, this leads to mass action for better examination conditions and against study regulations which could do away with the last remaining freedom in students' studies.
Due to this variety of interests, the focus of the work of the Fachschaft often represents discussion of the students' own self-awareness in terms of content and political views, and here such debate often takes place in working groups, autonomous seminars or study collectives with a defined topic focus. Thus the work of the Fachschaft gives each student who gets involved an opportunity to exchange new views and ideas on political questions or on matters related to the specialist field.
In order to advance and disseminate the content of these discussions, Fachschaften organize information and discussion events, ring lectures and exhibitions. Not to be forgotten are the Fachschaft cafés, magazines and the parties, which all represent an indispensable tool in exchanging views and ideas with others. The Fachschaften are also largely responsible for organizing the introductory events and counseling for the new intake of first semester students.
The times of Fachschaftsrat meetings/office hours as well as the names of contact persons can be found on the notice boards or in the alternative study guide or from the AStA.