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Lüneburg Courses – 2021 Summer Session 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 enrollment and is subject to change.

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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

  • Summer Session I
    German 100-level 1 credit Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    German 100-level 1 credit Taught in German

    The objective of the course is to facilitate the acquisition of basic language patterns and pronunciation necessary to express oneself in daily situations. The class will deal with different conversational themes such as situations at the university, during lunchtime, telephone conversations, at the train station, travel agency, etc. Students will have the opportunity to practice language skills through in-class games and listening exercises. Students will also learn key daily vocabulary for navigating the city.

  • Summer Session I
    German 100-level 4 credits Taught in German

    This course is designed for students with no prior knowledge of German. This class introduces German grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students will learn greetings and useful expressions as well as basic skills in reading, writing, listening, above all, speaking. At the end of the class students will be able to engage in simple conversations with native speakers and navigate German speaking towns and cities.

  • Summer Session I
    German 200-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of German, focusing on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through active preparation for/and participation in classroom activities. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in the context of modern German culture in an immersive environment.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    German 300-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of German language students. Students will analyse written text, summarize readings, and practice using new vocabulary in written expressions.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    German 400-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced German language students. Students will analyse written text, summarize readings, and practice using new vocabulary in written and oral expressions.

    Prerequisite: six semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    German 200-level 1 credit Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    German 200-level 1 credit Taught in German

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    German 300-level 1 credit Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    German 300-level 1 credit Taught in German

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level German

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    German 100-level 1 credit Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    German 100-level 1 credit Taught in German

    The objective of the course is to facilitate the acquisition of basic language patterns and pronunciation necessary to express oneself in daily situations. The class will deal with different conversational themes such as situations at the university, during lunchtime, telephone conversations, at the train station, travel agency, etc. Students will have the opportunity to practice language skills through in-class games and listening exercises. Students will also learn key daily vocabulary for navigating the city.

  • Summer Session II
    German 100-level 4 credits Taught in German

    This class introduces German grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Students will learn greetings and useful expressions as well as basic skills in reading, writing, listening, above all, speaking. At the end of the class students will be able to engage in simple conversations with native speakers and navigate German speaking towns and cities.

    Prerequisite: one semester of college-level German

  • Summer Session II
    German 200-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of German, focusing on listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through active preparation for/and participation in classroom activities. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in the context of modern German culture in an immersive environment.

    Prerequisite: three semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session II
    German 300-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of German language students. Students will analyse written text, summarize readings, and practice using new vocabulary in written expressions.

    Prerequisite: five semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session II
    German 400-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced German language students. Students will analyse written text, summarize readings, and practice using new vocabulary in written and oral expressions.

    Prerequisite: seven semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    German 200-level 1 credit Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    German 200-level 1 credit Taught in German

    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.

    Prerequisite: two semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    German 300-level 1 credit Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    German 300-level 1 credit Taught in German

    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.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level German

German and European Studies

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

Session I

  • Summer Session I
    History Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    In order to understand the most infamous two decades of German history, its processes and society, we look back in history and uncover key moments that likely built the foundation for a totalitarian system of hitherto unknown extremes. Some of these catalysts can be found in traditions and events that transpired within the past 60-100 years. After this introduction of cultural, economic and political factors, special attention will be paid to the impact that these factors had on the daily lives of Germans at the time. This includes antisemitism, gender relations, education, youth culture, resistance movements, and more. Finally, special attention will be paid to the post 1945 period, what with its foundation of two separate German states, and the way that these two dealt with their past. The seminar closes with a look at the presence of these topics in unified Germany, with a particular focus on the politics of memory and the memorial culture challenged by the recent surge of right-wing nationalism. The schedule may change due to current events.

  • Summer Session I
    Film German 200-level 3 credits Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    Film German 200-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course examines German Cinema in a chronological order, starting with the silent era in the '20s, which includes the beginnings of the sound era and its technical innovations, and concluding with cinema under the Nazis and post-WWII. Thereby, the focuses will be on specific West and East German film genres like "Heimatfilm" and "Red Western". Movie night sessions may be open to other students as well. Most of the movies analysed and screened will have English subtitles. The assigned literature is available in English.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology Political Science 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology Political Science 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

    This class offers an introduction to German culture, history, geography, contemporary topics, and events in German society and politics. Students will develop a historical and theoretical foundation for effectively analyzing the impact of historical events on German cultural values.

  • Summer Session I
    300-level 1 credit Taught in German

    This course will cover fairy tales collected by the Grimm brothers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will learn about the structure of German fairy tales, develop proficiency in grammar, vocabulary, and expressions. Students will also be introduced to the elements of German fairy tales such as fantasy, magic, horror, and romance.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    Geography Natural Resources 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    An interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth’s environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/historical/political perspectives.

  • Summer Session I
    Political Science 400-level 1 credit Taught in English

    This course will cover the major events and developments in German history focusing on World War II and the changes to institutional structures in Germany following its defeat. Students will develop the historical and theoretical foundation necessary to effectively analyze the German constitution and evaluate the role of parliament, legislation, the Chancellor, and the President.

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology German 300-level 3 credits Taught in German

    All cultures have developed their myths and legends, consisting of narratives of their history, religions, and heroes. Myths and legends hold symbolic meaning, and this is a major reason why they have survived. They are the authority in the study of existentialism and annotations of myths are necessary.

    In this course the emphasis is put on two major fields:

    •Different myths from Antiquity to Modern Age. A special attention will be given to Greek, Roman and North-European Mythology.

    •Special topics such as mythological places and creatures etc.

    The globalizing postmodern world evokes the need for understanding different, old cultures within its specific historical contexts. The human search for an explanation of the world through basic principles (God, universe, nature, and man) and their relation to each other is a legitimate academic approach.

    In this context, the course proposes to study how man has created a system of myths, legends and symbols throughout history in different cultures that produced a series of modern phenomena and cultural conventions connected to its specific localizations.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level German

Session II

  • Summer Session I
    Film German 200-level 3 credits Taught in German
    Summer Session II
    Film German 200-level 3 credits Taught in German

    This course examines German Cinema in a chronological order, starting with the silent era in the '20s, which includes the beginnings of the sound era and its technical innovations, and concluding with cinema under the Nazis and post-WWII. Thereby, the focuses will be on specific West and East German film genres like "Heimatfilm" and "Red Western". Movie night sessions may be open to other students as well. Most of the movies analysed and screened will have English subtitles. The assigned literature is available in English.

    Prerequisite: four semesters of college-level German

  • Summer Session I
    Anthropology Political Science 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled
    Summer Session II
    Anthropology Political Science 200-level 1 credit Taught in English Cancelled

    This class offers an introduction to German culture, history, geography, contemporary topics, and events in German society and politics. Students will develop a historical and theoretical foundation for effectively analyzing the impact of historical events on German cultural values.

  • Summer Session II
    German 200-level 3 credits Taught in English

    Introduction to the culture and civilization of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, both in historical/political perspective and contemporary society. The student will study the characteristics and the customs of the Germans by observing daily life as well as through readings and class discussions.

  • Summer Session II
    Anthropology History Political Science 300-level 3 credits Taught in English

    With new state-formation, democratization processes and economic transformation in Western Europe, a (re-) emergence of collective identities constructed along cultural, ethnic and religious lines across state boundaries can be observed. They have the inherent potential for profound processes of renewal as well as for violent conflicts. How do specific ethnic and religious groups, society and politics react? What are existing patterns for managing diversity and what new policy models and programs for management of cultural and social pluralism emerge? What happens to minorities involved in these change processes? In this class students will debate diversity and conflict in civil society to get a better understanding for peaceful and democratic decision-making.

  • Summer Session II
    Economics Political Science 400-level 3 credits Taught in English

    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.

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.edu

Quick Details

2021-22 App. Cycle

Spring: Open

2022-23 App. Cycle

Summer Sessions: Opens 9/1
Fall/Yearlong: Opens 9/1
Spring: Opens 9/1

Eligibility

Preferred GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

US Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | German

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