The coursework stage At the four-semester coursework stage, you will attend a total of four courses. Added to this, there are the integration courses. We distinguish between basic courses, specialist courses and integration courses. You can select specialist courses and basic courses according to your requirements. The two integration courses are compulsory if you do not hold an equivalent degree (HSG degree). Basic courses demonstrate the development of a research area in social, cultural and organizational sciences with the help of examples. These courses also serve to introduce doctoral students to interdisciplinary research contexts: as a cultural scientist, you will become acquainted with the social sciences’ approach to reality; as an economist, you will learn how to interpret a symbolic aspect. The courses are consecutive and last two semesters. Specialist courses present for discussion areas that are currently being researched by the Chairs and researchers involved in the DOK. Unless you write your thesis within a specialist research area yourself, these courses will provide you with an opportunity to advance your interdisciplinary education. Integration courses familiarise you with core components of the HSG management knowledge. It is not only if you work in the private or public sector that you will increasingly be confronted with issues of management and financial organization; this will also happen if you opt for an academic career. The integration courses will provide you with the requisite know-how.