Lüneburg, Germany
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Lüneburg, Germany

Course Information: 2018 Summer Sessions I & II

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.

Courses

You will enroll in three to six credits per session. At least one 3-credit course is required each summer session. Course availability is contingent upon student interest and enrollment and is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.

German Language Studies

Summer language courses are intensive, with one to six credits of German taught in each five-week session. Language courses have a maximum enrollment of 15 students each. German Conversation is highly recommended to complement Intermediate German I through Advanced German II.

Session I

Session II

  • Survival German I (GER/WLL, 100-level, 1 credit) This course is for those students who are not taking intensive German language. It is designed to help students assimilate in the community.
  • Elementary German II (GER, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one semester of college German.
  • Intermediate German II (GER, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: three semesters of college German.
  • German Composition II (GER, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college German.
  • Advanced German II (GER, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: seven semesters of college German.
  • German Conversation I (GER/WLL, 200-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: two semesters of college German.
  • German Conversation II (GER/WLL, 300-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: four semesters of college German.

German and European Studies

Taught in English

The following courses help provide a multi-disciplinary perspective to your studies.

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

U.S. Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I

Dr. Nancy Landrum | Loyola University Chicago

Course offered:

Dr. Landrum teaches sustainable business courses at Loyola University Chicago.  She is co-author of Sustainable Business: An Executive’s Primer, co-founder of the Sustainable Business Network of Central Arkansas, and Principal at Sustainable Business Design Consulting.  She has received awards for sustainability research, teaching, and service, including 2011 Eco-Hero of Arkansas. 

Session II

Dr. Dean Fairbanks | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Fairbanks has an M.A. in Geography from UC Santa Barbara. His Ph.D. is from University of Pretoria, South Africa in Sustainable Ecological Management. He teaches geography, planning, and geospatial technology courses. He worked for Nelson Mandela’s government in the 1990s and taught in universities throughout Southern Africa for ten years.

Course Descriptions

Advanced German I

Summer Session I (German; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narratives, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, the meaning of vocabulary in precise context, and serve as the basis for subsequent discussion. Each week complex grammatical topics are introduced and practiced through written and oral exercises. Basic or general notions of style are presented, and students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: six semesters of college German. (Session I)

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Advanced German II

Summer Session II (German; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narratives, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, the meaning of vocabulary in precise context, and serve as the basis for subsequent discussion. Each week complex grammatical topics are introduced and practiced through written and oral exercises. Basic or general notions of style are presented, and students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college German. (Session II)

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Elementary German I

Summer Session I (German; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. (Session I)

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Elementary German II

Summer Session II (German; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college German. (Session II)

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European Environmental Resiliency: Beyond Sustainability

Summer Session II (Environmental Science, Geography; 300-level; 3 credits)

Geographic analysis of European regions interaction with the environment. Examines natural and human systems, resources, population, energy, and pollution. Develops an appreciation of the beauty, balance, and complexity of natural systems and Europe’s successes and challenges in attaining harmony with them. We will learn how various European states strive to live within environmental limits, to be sustainable, by understanding environmental “control” is illusionary. Enhances awareness and perception of each member state’s role in and with the environment in the context of climate change. This course will focus on the positive aspects of environmental awareness and the people making change. This course has an additional fee for field trips.

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German Composition I

Summer Session I (German; 300-level; 3 credits)

Students are required to write compositions regularly. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises which the student does outside of class. New grammatical topics are introduced with exercises reinforcing the use of those elements. Part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion, vocabulary building and more. Prerequisite: four semesters of college German.

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German Composition II

Summer Session II (German; 300-level; 3 credits)

Students are required to write compositions regularly. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises which the student does outside of class. New grammatical topics are introduced with exercises reinforcing the use of those elements. Part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion, vocabulary building and more. Prerequisite: five semesters of college German.

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German Conversation I

Summer Session II (German; 200-level; 1 credit)

This course is designed to improve the knowledge, listening and expressive capabilities of intermediate language students. Students will not only learn necessary vocabulary to express oneself in daily situations but also in more complex situations through conversation and free discussion of contemporary topics, using visual material, listening comprehension exercises and articles from German newspapers and magazines. The first part of the class will deal with different conversational themes such as telephone conversation, train station, travel agency, etc. Related vocabulary will be introduced. Students will practice new vocabulary with role playing, class discussion as well as real life situations.

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German Conversation II

Summer Session I (German; 300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (German; 300-level; 1 credit)

The objective of the course is to facilitate the acquisition of language necessary to express oneself in daily situations as well as in more difficult contexts. The first part of the class will deal with different conversational themes such as telephone conversation, train station, travel agency, etc. Related vocabulary will be introduced. Students will practice new vocabulary with role playing and discussion. The second part of the class concentrates on discussion and oral presentations.

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German Culture

Summer Session I (Anthropology, Political Science; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Anthropology, Political Science; 200-level; 1 credit)

This class offers an introduction to German history and geography as well as to contemporary topics and events in German society and politics. The main focus of this class will be a closer look at a nation that has gone through many critical changes in history and its impact on German cultural values and standards.

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German Fairy Tales

Summer Session I (300-level; 1 credit)

Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and the Bremen Town Musicians are world famous. This course offers an introduction to the Fairy tales collected in the 18th and 19th century by the Grimm Brothers. Students will read several of the Grimm’s fairy tales as well a review core grammar topics using fairy tale based vocabulary and context. Taught in German.

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Government and Politics in Germany

Summer Session I (Political Science; 400-level; 1 credit)

With Europe largely in ruins after World War II, victors and the vanquished faced a daunting task of rebuilding virtually every aspect of their countries. Germany emerged from the war as a country divided politically as well as geographically. West Germany, benefiting from the wealth and strength of the post-war United States, developed a capitalist democracy aligned with Britain and France and other European democracies. East Germany became one of several Warsaw Pact Soviet satellite countries with a communist-style government and economy. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1980s, the end of East German communism quickly followed and Germany was reunited for the first time in almost fifty years. Students taking this course will gain an understanding of the dynamics in Germany and Europe and how this area of the world may play a major part in the 21st century. (Session I)

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Intermediate German I

Summer Session I (German; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize learning the structure of the German language. Classes are divided into three components: structure, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related by common topics. The courses include a rapid review of basic elements. Students will also begin to write short compositions regularly. Prerequisite: two semesters of college German. (Session I)

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Intermediate German II

Summer Session II (German; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize learning the structure of the German language. Classes are divided into three components: structure, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related by common topics. The courses include a rapid review of basic elements. Students will also begin to write short compositions regularly. Prerequisite: three semesters of college German. (Session II)

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Survival German I

Summer Session II (German; 100-level; 1 credit)

This class is designed to help students smoothen their stay in Lüneburg, Germany. A working basic knowledge of German will be provided, including a general introduction to common vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. General sentence structure, verb endings in present tense, pronouns and the accusative case will be part of this. Useful phrases and sentences will help students to interact comfortably with German speakers in a variety of basic situations such as introducing themselves, making appointments, ordering in a restaurant etc. Emphasis is placed on oral communication and precise pronunciation. Class activities will consist of role playing, games, songs and practical exercises.

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Sustainable Business Management

Summer Session I (Management; 300-level; 3 credits)

To introduce students to the emerging field of sustainability in business and the growing focus on the social, environmental, and economic performance of businesses. The course presents the scientific, moral, and business cases for adopting sustainability.

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The Expanded European Union

Summer Session II (Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

In this course, we first outline the history of the EU, its major institutions and the treaties and conferences which defined the Union through 2003. Next, the domestic politics of EU members Britain, Germany, France and Italy - and their attitudes toward enlargement of the Union - will be examined. Following this, we look at EU expansion through the eyes of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Baltic countries. Areas of conflict and cooperation will be outlined, with special attention paid to the Euro, foreign and security policy, agricultural policy, immigration and environmental issues. (Session II)

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