Seminar Program

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

Was ist Deutschland?
Culture and Communication from 1871 to the present


CLASS HOURS

  • Week 1: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30-11:45
    Thursday, 20.00 (film and discussion)

  • Week 2: Monday 8:30-11:45, 13.30-16.45
    Tuesday, 8:30-11:45 & 13:30-16.45 (exam)

  • Week 3: Monday-Wednesday, 8:30-11:45
    Thursday, 10:15-11-:45, 13:30-16:45

PROFESSORS
  • Collette Wanjugu Döppner (cwanjugudoeppner@gmail.com)

INFORMATION ON THE COURSE CONTENT

COURSE DESCRIPTION & OBJECTIVES

This seminar is designed to introduce students at all levels of German proficiency to German history and culture (1871-present) and to the concepts of intercultural communication and competence. The course is built around questions of German identity as they are addressed in art, literature, film, and historical as well as present-day texts. Students will examine issues of prejudice, stereotypes, and the challenges of intercultural communication and work creatively through discussions about art, literature, culture, and politics. 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

After completing this course, students will be able to:
  • engage in complex conversations about the question of German identity since the establishment of Germany as a nation;
  • 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 in a formal format;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of Germany by identifying and describing important aspects and challenges of Germany 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, art, 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.


COURSE MATERIALS

Course reader comprised of a variety of authentic texts, works of art, literary selections, and homework assignments.

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE


Monday through Thursday from 8:30 to 11:30.

Weekend excursions, which emphasize a hands-on experience of German culture.

Business: International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment

International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment

CLASS HOURS

- Class Time and Room number: Mon - Thur 8:30-11:30

PROFESSOR

-Name: German A. Zarate-Hoyos

-Office:                                        - Office hours:

-Email: german395@gmail.com- Phone:

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, 9th edition, 2014.
- Country Studies: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/frd/cs/cshome.html
- 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 Investment Institute, 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 (based on weekly power point presentations)

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, 4 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%


1.0

very good: an outstanding achievement



1.3

80-90%


1.7

good: an achievement substantially above average requirements


2.0


2.3

70-80%


2.7

satisfactory: an achievement which corresponds to average requirements


3.0


3.3

60-70%


3.7

sufficient: an achievement which barely meets the requirements


4.0

0-60%


5.0

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





NEW: Art and Society

ART & SOCIETY

CLASS HOURS

Week 1: Wednesday-Friday, 8:30-11:45

Week 2: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:45

Week 3: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-11:45

Thursday, 13:00-14:30

PROFESSOR

Name: Ricardo Pimentel

Office:

Email: ricardoroquepimentel@gmail.com

1)INFORMATION ON THE COURSE CONTENT

COURSE DESCRIPTION

From prehistoric cave paintings, to religious frescos in renaissance cathedrals, or to the grafitti in the streets of contemporary cities, it’s a common sense idea that every society has always found its specific ways and means of representing itself.

With this in mind, this course proposes an overview on the relation between art and society, with a focus on how the art object has been reaching its audience in different cultural contexts, covering from late medieval and early renaissance periods to the present days.

This time frame is chosen considering the Printing Revolution, in fifteenth-century Europe, a pin point for an era of mass communication which permanently altered the structure of society, and that was defining for the way we still nowadays perceive literature, visual arts, music, theater and film.

Whenever necessary, theoretical aspects will be accompanied by practical exercises that may involve drawing, filming, sound recording and writing, not with the purpose of creating artistic objects but instead to allow a hands-on approach to some of the topics presented.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The course will do an introductory approach to the study of culture in a global and intercultural context, that will focus on aspects that could help us analyze artistic phenomena and its relation to society.

The method used is a comparative analysis of artists, artistic movements and paradigmatic works of art, in order to understand the dynamic interaction between visual arts, music, theater, film and literature. These examples will be interpreted regarding fundamental questions and theories about the arts and specific forms of media, as well as their specific historical contexts and the Zeitgeist of an entire culture or period.

The main objectives are:

-to develop a working vocabulary to critically evaluate a work of art

-to discuss the roles of both high culture and pop culture within society.

-to identify an existing family tree in Western culture and its relation with non-eurocentric practises.

COURSE MATERIALS

Course reader comprised of a variety of authentic texts, works of art, literary selections, and homework assignments.

TENTATIVE CLASS SCHEDULE

Date

Time

Topic

Reading/ Assignments/ Additional Practice Materials

Wed.

03. Jan

8:30-11:45

Overview of the theories of representation from ancient Greece to postmodernity.

Course reader, research, multimedia documentation,

Thu.

04.Jan

8:30-11:45

The Medieval period. Iconography and the symbolic representation in western and oriental societies.

See above

Fri.

05. Jan

8:30-11:45

The Renaissance. Humanism and the rise of the Bourgeoisie. Linear perspective. Gutenberg and the Printing Revolution. Shakespeare and the Globe.

See above

Mon.

08. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Edo period. Kabuki Theatre. Ukiyo-e printing art: The Floating World of the hedonistic 17th-19th century Japan.

See above

Tue.

09. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Enlightenment and Neoclassicism. Return to ancient Greece. Reason over superstition. The rise of the public sphere.

See above

Wed.

10. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Modernism(I). 19th century Industrial Revolution. From romanticism to the vanguards in early 20th century. Photography and society. The invention of cinema. The end of the “real” in representation. Impressionism. Dadaism. Surrealism Russian constructivism. German expressionism.

See above

Thu.

11. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Modernism(II). The post-industrial society. Post World War II.Theatre of the Absurd. Abstract expressionism. Pop Art. Minimalism.

See above

Mon.

15. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Postmodernism(I). The dematerialization of the art object. Conceptual art. Fluxus. “The end of History”. Skepticism, irony and the rejection of ideologies. The Return of the Real: art-as-simulacrum.

See above

Tue.

16. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Postmodernism(II).Pop culture, subculture and counterculture. Grafitti, hip hop and raves: reclaiming the public space. Digital media and the virtual space

See above

Wed.

17. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Presentations

See above

Thu.

18. Jan

8:30- 11:45

Presentations

See above

2)INFORMATION ON CLASS PARTICIPATION, ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMS

ASSIGNMENTS

Primarily readings or web research assignments with accompanying short-answer questions and multimedia support documentation.

Students will conduct research on a topic of their choosing about which they will present.

In addition, there will be continuous tutoring regarding media support suitable for the presentation

EXAMS

Due to the short duration of the course, instead of exams, students will complete research and conduct a presentation in the end of the program. This will present as the sum of the students inquiry on they’re

PRACTICE MATERIALS

N/A

PROFESSIONALISM & CLASS PARTICIPATION

Frequent and active participation, willingness to self-reflect, willingness to work in groups/teams, thorough and conscientious preparation outside of class.

MISSED CLASSES

Frequent unattendence (actions in consultation with the ISU management)

3)FORMATION ON GRADING AND ECTS

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

The course grade is based on homework, class participation, and a culminating presentation.

Class Participation

30%

Homework

20%

Presentation

50%

Total

100%

Upon successful completion, 4 ECTS will be awarded for the class.

GRADING SCALE:

Percentage

Description

A90>100%

1.0

very good: an outstanding achievement

1.3

B80>90%

1.7

good: an achievement substantially above average requirements

2.0

2.3

C70>80%

2.7

satisfactory: an achievement which corresponds to average requirements

3.0

3.3

D60>70%

3.7

sufficient: an achievement which barely meets the requirements

4.0

F0>60%

5.0

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

This course description was issued on: Sep. 2017