Certificate: Gender and Diversity Skills

Diversity in language, society, research and practice

Recognize diversity and commonalities, value individuality, reflect on one’s own actions, and commit oneself to treating each other with respect. The certificate gives students and doctoral researchers the opportunity to deal with questions of gender and diversity discursively in theory and practice, and to obtain an additional qualification.

You are a student or a doctoral researcher at the University of Stuttgart and are interested in the perspectives of other people? You would like to look more deeply into the topic of gender and diversity, enhance your profile, and obtain an additional qualification in this field?

Then you are very welcome to complete the certificate „Gender and Diversity Skills: Diversity in language, Society, Research and Practice”. The certificate is offered by the Language Center, the Gender Consulting Service, and the Vice Rectorate for Diversity and Internationalization and can be obtained as of the summer semester 2021.

A change of perspective

The certificate is intended to give orientation and food for thought in different areas of the gender and diversity topic as well as provide the opportunity to get to know the perspectives of other people. The skills gained are key qualifications in demand at universities, in science, research, business and non-profit organizations. 

You can select areas of specialization in module B/B1 and module C. The following topics can be selected:

  • Insights into gender and diversity research
  • Dimensions of diversity and intersectionality
  • Social and political participation
  • Individuality, identity, and stereotypes
  • Representation and power structures
  • Values and norms
  • Diversity and gender in the media, the arts, and science
  • Future scenarios
  • Gender equality policy, gender mainstreaming, and diversity management
  • The relevance of gender and diversity in the natural, engineering, and social sciences as well as in the humanities
  • and more


The certificate is interdisciplinary and comprises the three module areas "Language", "Research and Society" and "Practice". These modules may be taken in any order. Candidates may self-schedule over how many semesters they wish to spread their studies for the certificate.



Our language is an important means of representing the thoughts and attitudes of our society. Gender- and diversity-sensitive language helps to communicate in an inclusive and appreciative way and to recognize all people in their individuality as an enrichment for our society.

The two self-study online courses (Ilias) Power Workout in Gender-Sensitive Language and Power-Workout: Diversity-Sensitive Language offer you food for thought, material, and exercises. The time required for each course is 180 minutes maximum. There will be a short test at the end of each course. You can start the course at any time and manage your own time. You can also attend these courses independently of the certificate.

Both online courses are the basis for a critical essay on the topic of “diversity-sensitive language”. The length of the essay should be approximately 9,000 characters without spaces. The work will be supervised by members of the certification team. You can get writing advice from the Writing Workshop at any time.

In order to provide you with the broadest possible insight into gender and diversity issues, we will bring you together with experts, diversity actors and guest speakers on the topics of gender and diversity in an interdisciplinary lecture series.

Attend the lecture series Gender and Diversity in Language, Society and Practice (2 SCH). The lecture series is offered every semester, with a changing program. You can also take it as a key-competencies course. 

As a proof of achievement, you will have to create a process portfolio of critical (self-)reflection. You can find further information in the respective Ilias course. You can sign up either with C@AMPUS or directly with us.

If you wish to acquire more knowledge beyond the basic certificate and enhance your profile, you can voluntarily attend any number of additional topic-specific, proposed courses.

If you wish to attend a course that is not on the list of proposed courses, but that you think might be suitable, you can also get credit for it in consultation with the certification team and the lecturer of the course. It does not matter which department offers this course. The lecturer of the course decides on the proof of achievement (passed / failed).

The aim of this module is a short independent and practice-oriented consolidation. This allows you to set thematic priorities, but also to develop skills in areas such as academic work and project management as well as explore possible areas of work for compatible further qualifications or for professional goals.

You can do an internship or job shadowing in a thematically relevant institution (also outside the university), or you can carry out an independent project (e.g. event organization, a short academic paper, a presentation, or similar). At the end of the module, you will have to write a short project report (approx. 3,000 characters). Your approximate total workload, including the report and independent study, should be at least 90 work hours.

Module C must be discussed and approved with us prior to commencement. We will also give advice and support as supervisors and will be happy to answer your questions at any time.

Joining Ilias and course completion

You can find further information in the Ilias course for the certificate. By joining, you automatically sign up for the certificate, but you can leave at any time. If you have made the required achievements and want to receive the certificate, you can find the application form there.

Ilias course for the certificate

If you have questions or suggestions regarding the certificate or the individual components, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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Anna-Maria Wenzel-Elben, M.A.


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Manuela Schlummer-Held


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