Seminar Program

Please choose one of the following courses and make sure it is offered in your desired language. All classes take place at the same time, so it isn't possible to choose more than one.
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ISU Fulda reserves the right to make changes to the course schedule.

Was ist Deutschland: German History, Culture, and Literature from the Kaiserreich to the EU (Weeks 1-4, Language: German )

Prof. Dr. Cynthia Chalupa

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

Course Description:
You’ve been learning German and 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.

Goals and Content:
The course will cover the following topics:

  1. Germany in the 19th Century: Industrial Innovation and the Development of a Unified Nation
  2. Germany in Turmoil: Art and History at the Turn of the Century
  3. War and Rebuilding: 1914-1949 (WWI, Weimar Republic, Holocaust, Third Reich, WWII, Economic Wonder)
  4. Two Countries, Two Worlds (GDR/FRG)
  5. A Global Player: Germany in Europe and the EU

Dr. Cynthia Chalupa is associate professor of German at West Virginia University. She earned her doctorate in 2001 from the Ohio State University. Her dissertation addressed the mirror motif and crisis of language in the works of Rainer Maria Rilke, Georg Trakl and Ilse Aichinger. Her research areas include fin-de-siécle German-language literature, contemporary pop literature, the image of mountaineering in German culture and history, and foreign language pedagogy.

Music Therapy – Sound and Health. The power of music in a changing world (Weeks 1-4, Language: English)

Dr. Wolfgang Meyberg


There are no prerequisites for enrollment in the music therapy seminar. The participation does not require any special musical abilities!

Course Description:

All over the world music is known to be a method of health care and recovery. Sounds, rhythms and melodies activate human beings, give access to their creative resources and let them experience relief and relaxation. This seminar will deal with:

- The role of music in ancient healing traditions

- Challenges of music therapy in the world of today

- Music for relaxation and mindfulness: improvised sounds and melodies   on Tibetan Singing Bowls, Ocean Drum, Rain Stick, Kalimba/Sansula (AfricanThumb Piano) and other instruments

-Drum circle: basic techniques, rhythms and combinations

-Intermedial conceptions for creative interaction and communication


Dr. Wolfgang Meyberg is a professor for music at the University of Applied Sciences Fulda. He received his M.A. in Expressive Therapies at Lesley University (Cambridge/USA) and earned his PhD from Oldenburg University (Germany). Dr. Meyberg has many years of experience as music therapist in psychatric hospitals for children and adolescents. His work is strongly influenced by the personal encounter with old healing traditions in West Africa (Ghana), East Asia (South Korea) and North America (USA).

International Health Aspects on Stress Management (Weeks 1 through 4, Language: English)

Dr. Ted Coleman


There are no prerequisites per sé for this course.  The only requirement is a desire to learn about health as a multi-dimensional concept (with emphasis on the causes and effects of stress) and to explore and practice ways to handle stress in the healthiest ways possible.

Course Description:

In this four-week course, we will explore basic concepts of “health” from various historical perspectives and focus on a modern, ecologic perspective as the framework for understanding stress.  We will identify sources of stress in various cultures and societies, discuss how stress can affect health and well being, and explore ways to deal with stress effectively.

This course is open to everyone, and based on previous reviews, will provide meaningful personal experiences as well as necessary and valuable professional insights. It will be especially helpful academically for students of health, humanities, medicine, nursing, psychology, social work, sociology, and other human services.

Course Objectives:

At the completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Define “health” from an ecologic standpoint;
  • Distinguish among various theories of health and disease;
  • Develop or adopt a functional definition of “stress;”
  • Articulate phases of the General Adaptation Syndrome;
  • Describe how stress affects health;
  • Consider the benefits of mindful stress management;
  • Demonstrate a range of stress management techniques;
  • Assess personal responses to stress and stress management.

Dr. Ted Coleman was a faculty member at Cal State, San Bernardino (CSUSB) from 1983 to 1985. After pursuing a variety of other career opportunities, he returned in the fall of 2006 to Chair the Department of Health Science and Human Ecology. His background includes teaching at Purdue University, Utah State University, and Kennedy-Western University as well as national and international consulting and training, hospital administration, and corporate training. Research interests include the area of thanatology (the study of death, dying, grief, and mourning); the effects of effective patient training on glycemic monitoring and control (i.e., how people with diabetes keep track of and maintain proper blood glucose levels); health status and the influence of internalized homophobia in gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals; health issues of men; and various health concerns of individuals with autism and their families.

Cultural, Intercultural, and Social Dimensions of Globalization -- Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication & Migration (4 Wochen , Sprache: Englisch)

Collette Wanjugu Döppner


Proficiency in English and an interest in intercultural communication issues

Course Description:

Intercultural communication is said to be source of misunderstanding and breakdown – that’s one side; the other side is creative solutions and synergy. In times of globalization intercultural competence seems to have become more relevant than ever.

In this course we will do both, look at intercultural issues from various aspects, like communication and foreign language learning, the body, values and gender, and also do practical things in order to become aware of the richness and potentials of cultural diversity, in general as well as from the perspective of the participants. We will work with many examples, participants’ own experience and the outcomes of group activities.

Course Objectives

The aim of the course is that participants
- will gain greater awareness of aspects of other and one’s own culture and how that relates to communicating and identity;
- will see how understanding and mutuality in communication is a process of rapport and negotiation;
- will increase their confidence in dealing with other cultures and with foreign language situations in a creative way.