Seminarprogramm

Culture and Society: German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context

COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES

This seminar is designed to introduce students at all levels of German proficiency to German history and culture from 1871 to the present as well as the concepts of intercultural communication and competence. The course is centered on questions of German identity as they are addressed in art, literature, film, and historical texts created during the historical period studied. Students will also examine issues of prejudice, stereotypes, and the challenges of intercultural communication. The course will allow students to work creatively through discussions about art and literature and through creative writing activities. Students will also explore culture firsthand through academic excursions both locally and in Berlin focused on experiential learning.

Students will read authentic texts in translation that explore the meaning of German identity and the history of Germany as a nation. The content of the course is designed to examine the question Was ist Deutschland  Through readings and written assignments, students will attempt to formulate an answer to that question that has both public and personal relevance. Class time will be devoted primarily to the discussion of reading assignments to which students will respond individually, in small groups, and together as a class.  In order to maximize work on reading comprehension, all readings should be done outside of class prior to the session during which they are discussed. Assignments will include readings and discussion questions, web research, and a culminating oral presentation. Most homework assignments and work outside of class will take the form of written responses.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course, students will be able to

·       engage in complex conversations and exchange opinions on the question of German identity from the Kaiserreich to the present;

·       understand and interpret complex written language on a variety of topics by analyzing, summarizing, and discussing authentic texts;

·       present information, concepts, and ideas by participating in group discussions and debates, conducting interviews and presenting information, and creating skitsrole-plays;

·       demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of Germany by identifying and describing important aspects and challenges of German and the German experience;

·       reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines and gain insights into German-speaking culture by reading and interpreting authentic texts and examining other cultural products (films, songs, media, etc.);

·       demonstrate an understanding of German-speaking culture by comparing it with their native cultures through the analysis and summarization of authentic texts, films, and cultural practices.


Final letter grades for the course are 93 percent (A)


90-92 (A-)
87-89 (B+)
83-86 (B)
80-82 (B-)
77-79 (C+)
73-76 (C)

Business: International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment

International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment

CLASS HOURS: 8:30 am Building N Room 101

PROFESSOR :German A. Zarate-Hoyos

1)INFORMATION ON THE COURSE CONTENT

COURSE DESCRIPTION

-Global production chains and foreign direct investment flows have accelerated as globalization has reached all corners of the world. As a result managers from around the world will have to operate in competitive and diverse international settings. In a competitive environment, managers have to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand the international context in which firms compete and to operate effectively in cross-national interactions. These skills are necessary for managers operating abroad or at home because both will most likely have to manage an increasing level of workforce diversity in local and global organizations. We will read articles, case studies and chapters and learn about globalization, global production, and foreign direct investment through country studies while also discussing topics such as ethics, culture, diversity, leadership, cross-cultural communication and human resource management.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

-To understand global trends in global production chains and foreign direct investment.

-To analyze case studies dealing with human resource management in international settings.

-To critically analyze theories regarding culture, diversity, leadership and cross-cultural communication.

COURSE MATERIALS

-International Management, Culture, Strategy and Behavior by F. Luthans and J. Doh, McGraw Hill, 7th edition, 2009.

-Country Studies: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html

-Investing in Emerging Markets, 1st edition by J. Marr and C. Reynard, Wiley & Sons, 2010.

-Rising Stars in Emerging Markets by Yogesh Borkar, Create Space, 2013.

-P.E.S.T. Analysis handout.

-Are Emerging Markets the Next Developed Markets”, Black Rock InvestmentInstitute, August 2011.

-“The Ever-Emerging Markets, Why Economic Forecasts Fail”, R. Sharma, Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb 2014, pp. 52-56

-Other articles and case studies as needed

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE

-Description of class schedule as planned

Date

Time

Topic

Reading/ Assignments/ Additional Practice Materials

Week 1


Globalization and International Linkages

Country Studies / PEST Analysis

Country presentation

Week 2


Organizational Culture and Diversity

Case studies

Case study presentation

Week 3


Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

Emerging Market presentation

Final exam

2)INFORMATION ON CLASS PARTICIPATION, ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMS

ASSIGNMENTS

-Three class presentations

-One case study write-up

EXAMS

-One Final comprehensive exam

PRACTICE MATERIALS

-See Course materials

PROFESSIONALISM & CLASS PARTICIPATION

-Students are expected to be in class and actively participate in discussion. A grade will be assigned for attendance and participation.

MISSED CLASSES

-Attendance is part of the grade so everybody will receive the same attendance points. Two points will be deducted for each missed class.

3)INFORMATION ON GRADING AND ECTS

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

-Class presentations30% (10% each presentation)

-Attendance20%`

-Participation20%

-Final exam30%

-Upon successful completion, 3 ECTS will be awarded for the class.

According to the rules of ECTS, one credit is equivalent to 25-30 hours student workload.

GRADING SCALE:

-Description of the grading scale

Percentage

Grade

Description

90-100%

15 points

1.0

very good: an outstanding achievement

14 points

13 points

1.3

80-90%

12 points

1.7

good: an achievement substantially above average requirements

11 points

2.0

10 points

2.3

70-80%

9 points

2.7

satisfactory: an achievement which corresponds to average requirements

8 points

3.0

7 points

3.3

60-70%

6 points

3.7

sufficient: an achievement which barely meets the requirements

5 points

4.0

0-60%

4 points

5.0

not sufficient / failed: an achievement which does not meet the requirements

3 points

2 points

1 point

0 points

This course description was issued on: 09/01/2016