Since winter term 2003 a lecture on civic education is part of the history studies for trainee teachers. Staff members of the BIM (Sabine Mandl, Helmut Sax, Dorothea Steurer and Katrin Wladasch) drafted this first course in cooperation with the University Institute of Economic and Social History which has been held since 2003.
The course focuses on human rights and emphasises interdisciplinary and didactic approaches. Topics such as principles of the political system, democracy, women's rights, media, anti-discrimination, business and human rights, child rights, civil society, etc. and how to make them a subject of school teaching are at the centre of the course.