Lüneburg, Germany
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Lüneburg Courses - 2020 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

  • 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.
  • Level 1: Elementary German I (GER, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: none.
  • Level 2: Intermediate German I (GER, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college German.
  • Level 3: German Composition I (GER, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college German.
  • Level 4: Advanced German I (GER, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: six 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.

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.
  • Level 1: Elementary German II (GER, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one semester of college German.
  • Level 2: Intermediate German II (GER, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: three semesters of college German.
  • Level 3: German Composition II (GER, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college German.
  • Level 4: 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. Rachel Halverson | University of Idaho

Course offered:

Dr. Rachel J. Halverson is a Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at the University of Idaho. She specializes in German language and post-war German culture, film, and literature. She is the recipient of university, state, regional and national awards, including the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation Postsecondary Teacher Award and Goethe-Institute/AATG Certificate of Merit.

Session II

Dr. Nik Janos | California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Janos’ work is at the intersection of urban, environmental, and global studies. Engaging with students and a wider public, he runs the Green Space Notes blog. He is also an avid traveler, having been to the majority of European countries, along with Cuba and Guatemala.

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. Written and auditive texts are analysed, vocabulary enlarged in order to increase fluency in oral and written expression. Each week complex grammatical topics are introduced and practised through written and oral exercises. Basic or general notions of style are presented, and students work to strengthen their own personal style through written assignments and a presentation.

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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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Food, Culture and Politics

Summer Session II (Anthropology, Sociology; 300-level; 3 credits)

What and how do humans eat? This course answers this seemly simple question by examining the social and cultural contexts of food production and consumption in a cross-cultural and historical perspective. Attention is paid to food systems at interconnected scales from local to global and identity formation from individuals to whole cultures.

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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 I (German; 200-level; 1 credit)
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 I (German; 100-level; 1 credit)
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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Sustainability in a Cultural Context: Nature and the Environment in German Art, Literature, and Film

Summer Session I (Art, General Humanities And Social Sciences; 200-level; 3 credits)

This course will examine the cultural trope of nature and the environment and its portrayal, both historically and contemporaneously, in German art, literature, and film through the cultural lens of Germany’s current commitment to sustainability. Modern Germany is the most densely populated country in the European Union with major urban centers that present environmental challenges to their inhabitants. This reality creates a tension between the cultural legacy of the pristine environment portrayed historically in German art, literature and film and its contemporary depictions. By examining the prominent role nature and the environment historically and currently plays in cultural artefacts, students will gain an nuanced understanding of post-unification Germany’s commitment to sustainability, environmentally sound practices and preservation of its natural resources.

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The European Union: Processes, Dynamics, and Structures

Summer Session II (Economics, Political Science; 400-level; 3 credits)

The course provides a general introduction to the European Union. Students learn about political theories of integration and study how scholars explain the establishment of the EU and its impact on the nation states and their economies. After examining the history of European integration and the political and economic context in which it developed, we cover the main institutions and their role in day to day politics. In the final part of the class, we analyze core EU policies, such as security, trade, social and economic policies.

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