Welcome to the Service Pages Created by the Dean’s Office

This website features hyperlinks to other websites. While there is an English version of many of these sites, some of them are only available in German.

Click here to view the first page of services for staff members (downloads and links)

Click here to view the departmental calendar

Departmental Mailing Lists

The Department of Economics has four mailing lists:

  1. vwl-aktuell (address: vwl-aktuell is the internal list for the Department’s (male and female) professors and staff members (including CDSE doctoral students).
  2. vwl-femalefaculty (address: vwl-femalefaculty is the internal list for the Department’s female professors and staff members (including female CDSE doctoral students).
  3. vwl-talks (address: vwl-talks is the (public) mailing list used to announce presentations and talks held at the Department.
  4. vwlstudium (address: vwlstudium is used to inform all students of Economics about changes to scheduled lectures, presentations, job vacancies at the chairs, examination results, and much more.

As a professor and staff member at the Department of Economics, you are automatically included in the vwl-aktuell and if so vwl-femalefaculty mailing list. You are also given the rights required to send e-mails to all four mailing lists (to prevent spam mails, all e-mail addresses must be registered before they can be used to send e-mails to the mailing lists; please inform the dean's office if you would like to send mails from more than one account or if your e-mail address has changed). All mails sent to the vwl-talks mailing list are automatically forwarded to the vwl-aktuell list. Therefore, if you are subscribed to vwl-aktuell, you do not need to sign up to vwl-talks.

If you would like to receive the mails sent to the student mailing list, please sign up here: Please use one of your alias e-mail addresses to receive these e-mails (or otherwise inform the dean's office about your subscription, because an additional step is needed to allow sending from the same address). Shortly afterwards you will receive an e-mail asking you to confirm your request. You can also unsubscribe from the mailing list(s) using the link above.

To send out information to the members of a mailing list, simply send your e-mail to the mailing list e-mail address provided above. So, to contact the members of vwl-talks, for example, simply send your mail to

Schedule for the Advanced Phase of the Bachelor's Program

Click here to view the schedule 2021/22 for the advanced phase of the bachelor’s program (find out when the registration week for seminars takes place, when block seminars start, etc.).

The schedule for 2022/23 is available here.

Mandatory Consultation on the Advanced Phase of the Bachelor's Program

You can find information on the consultation required for the advanced phase of the bachelor’s program, in line with §13 of the examination regulations, on this site. Students are free to choose their advisor, who is usually a (junior) professor or a senior academic staff member at the Department of Economics or an associated professor at ZEW. Students must bring a list of the elective courses they are planning to visit (based on the comments provided by the chairs in the course catalog) and this form to the consultation. After the discussion, the advisor is to sign both documents. During the consultation, the advisor should verify whether restrictions in the elective area are being observed (students who started studying prior to 2016 should see subject-specific attachment 1 and subject-specific attachment 2, whereas students who started studying in 2016 or later should see these versions of subject-specific attachment 1 and subject-specific attachment 2; students are responsible for ensuring the provisions outlined in these documents are observed).

The student’s choice of minor subject may lead to exceptional requirements. This means that the student may need advice in the first semester. Such advisory sessions have been carried out by the dean's office since 2007 to ease staff members’ workloads. If a student wants to begin studying a minor subject in an advanced semester (for example, they want to attend a course in Business Administration in semesters five and six), you must give your permission for them to do so.

Supervising Bachelor’s Theses

When it comes to supervising bachelor’s theses, the following points apply:

  1. A topic is allocated to the student by the supervisor directly; the topic does not have to go through the examination committee.
  2. Once the topic has been allocated, please inform the Student Services office (studienbuero-vwl of the title of the thesis, the name of the student, and the date that the topic was allocated (and, if applicable, the date on which the second topic was assigned) as soon as possible. You can find the relevant form to do this here.
  3. Please also inform the Student Services office of the day on which the thesis was delivered by the student. 
  4. You can ask the student to submit a digital copy of the thesis so that you can run a check for plagiarism. In accordance with the examination regulations, the student must confirm, in the signed declaration submitted with the thesis, that they agree to their thesis being checked for plagiarism. If this is not the case, you can refuse to correct the thesis. As it stands, plagiarism checks are not carried out centrally.
  5. If a student falls ill and needs to extend the thesis preparation period, they must submit an extension request to the examination committee. Your approval of the extension is required. The examination committee keeps the medical certificate submitted by the student and informs the Student Services office of its decision.
  6. Please send your assessment directly to the Student Services office. Submitted bachelor’s theses are kept by the chair. One copy can be used, for example, for the correction of the thesis, the other copy is to be stored.

Information on How to Create Course and Module Descriptions

In the documents linked below you can find information about how to create course and module descriptions for the bachelor's and master's program, using the standardized patterns provided. Additional information will hopefully help you with the phrasing of the competences which students should have acquired after the completion of the respective course.

Information in German language

Infomation in English language