Seminar Program

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


Prerequisites:
Interest in German Culture and English language skills of at least level B2

Course Description:
You already know something about German culture, but what is Germany really? What importance do the last 130 years hold for German culture?  Why and how did certain events take place and how has Germany come to terms with them? In this course, we will address these questions in the context of years spanning 1871 to 2000. Using films, works of art, music, literature, and eyewitness reports from the past 130 years, we will try to establish a more clearly defined image of Germany.
We will discuss this issues in a intercultural context.


Presence

Active involvement in daily class sessions and sessions outside the formal classroom.

Grades

TOTAL POINTS: 100 

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