Lüneburg, Germany
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Course Information

Lüneburg, Germany | 2017 Summer Sessions I & 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 interest and enrollment and is subject to change. Please visit the USAC website for complete course descriptions and prerequisites.

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 I is highly recommended to complement Intermediate German I through Advanced German II.

Session I

  • Survival German I (GER/WLL, 100-level, 1 credit) This course is for those students who are not taking intensive German language. It is designed to help students assimilate in the community.
  • Elementary German I (GER, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: none.
  • Intermediate German I (GER, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: two semesters of college German.
  • German Composition I (GER, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: four semesters of college German.
  • Advanced German I (GER, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: six semesters of college German.
  • German Conversation II (GER/WLL, 300-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: four semesters of college German.

Session II

  • Survival German I (GER/WLL, 100-level, 1 credit) This course is for those students who are not taking intensive German language. It is designed to help students assimilate in the community.
  • Elementary German II (GER, 100-level, 4 credits) Prerequisite: one semester of college German.
  • Intermediate German II (GER, 200-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: three semesters of college German.
  • German Composition II (GER, 300-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: five semesters of college German.
  • Advanced German II (GER, 400-level, 3 credits) Prerequisite: seven semesters of college German.
  • German Conversation I (GER/WLL, 200-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: two semesters of college German.
  • German Conversation II (GER/WLL, 300-level, 1 credit) Prerequisite: four semesters of college German.

German and European Studies

Taught in English

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

Session I

Session II

To request a course syllabus: syllabus@usac.unr.edu

U.S. Professors

Local faculty teach most USAC courses; however, the following U.S. professors are also teaching as Visiting Professors.

Session I

Dr. Romuald K. Afatchao, University of Idaho

Course offered:

Dr. Afatchao is a clinical professor and the associate director of the Martin Institute and the Program in International Studies at the University of Idaho. He is the president and executive director of the Institute for Community Partnership and Sustainable Development with more than 10 years of experience in international development.

Session II

Dr. Nik Janos, California State University, Chico

Course offered:

Dr. Janos' work is at the intersection of urban, environmental, and global studies. Engaging with students and a wider public, he runs the Green Space Notes blog. He is also an avid traveler, having been to the majority of the European countries, along with Cuba and Guatemala.

Course Descriptions

Advanced German I

Summer Session I (German; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narratives, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, the meaning of vocabulary in precise context, and serve as the basis for subsequent discussion. Each week complex grammatical topics are introduced and practiced through written and oral exercises. Basic or general notions of style are presented, and students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: six semesters of college German. (Session I)

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Advanced German II

Summer Session II (German; 400-level; 3 credits)

This course is designed to improve the knowledge and expressive capabilities of advanced language students. Readings of narratives, poetry, essays and journalism are analyzed for style, the meaning of vocabulary in precise context, and serve as the basis for subsequent discussion. Each week complex grammatical topics are introduced and practiced through written and oral exercises. Basic or general notions of style are presented, and students work to strengthen their own personal style through frequent written assignments. Prerequisite: seven semesters of college German. (Session II)

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Elementary German I

Summer Session I (German; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. (Session I)

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Elementary German II

Summer Session II (German; 100-level; 4 credits)

Introduction to the language through the development of language skills and through structural analysis. The fundamentals of grammar (all verb tenses), vocabulary, and useful expressions are studied. The objective of these courses is to build reading, writing, listening, and above all, speaking skills. Prerequisite: one semester of college German. (Session II)

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German Composition I

Summer Session I (German; 300-level; 3 credits)

Students are required to write compositions regularly. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises which the student does outside of class. New grammatical topics are introduced with exercises reinforcing the use of those elements. Part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion, vocabulary building and more. Prerequisite: four semesters of college German.

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German Composition II

Summer Session II (German; 300-level; 3 credits)

Students are required to write compositions regularly. Part of the class is used to correct the compositions or exercises which the student does outside of class. New grammatical topics are introduced with exercises reinforcing the use of those elements. Part of the class is utilized for selected readings, discussion, vocabulary building and more. Prerequisite: five semesters of college German.

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German Conversation I

Summer Session II (German; 200-level; 1 credit)

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.

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German Conversation II

Summer Session I (German; 300-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (German; 300-level; 1 credit)

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.

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German Culture

Summer Session I (Anthropology, Political Science; 200-level; 1 credit)
Summer Session II (Anthropology, Political Science; 200-level; 1 credit)

This class offers an introduction to German history and geography as well as to contemporary topics and events in German society and politics. The main focus of this class will be a closer look at a nation that has gone through many critical changes in history and its impact on German cultural values and standards.

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German Fairy Tales

Summer Session I (300-level; 1 credit)

Snow White, Hansel and Gretel, and the Bremen Town Musicians are world famous. This course offers an introduction to the Fairy tales collected in the 18th and 19th century by the Grimm Brothers. Students will read several of the Grimm’s fairy tales as well a review core grammar topics using fairy tale based vocabulary and context. Taught in German.

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Government and Politics in Germany

Summer Session I (Political Science; 400-level; 1 credit)

With Europe largely in ruins after World War II, victors and the vanquished faced a daunting task of rebuilding virtually every aspect of their countries. Germany emerged from the war as a country divided politically as well as geographically. West Germany, benefiting from the wealth and strength of the post-war United States, developed a capitalist democracy aligned with Britain and France and other European democracies. East Germany became one of several Warsaw Pact Soviet satellite countries with a communist-style government and economy. When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1980s, the end of East German communism quickly followed and Germany was reunited for the first time in almost fifty years. Students taking this course will gain an understanding of the dynamics in Germany and Europe and how this area of the world may play a major part in the 21st century. (Session I)

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Intermediate German I

Summer Session I (German; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize learning the structure of the German language. Classes are divided into three components: structure, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related by common topics. The courses include a rapid review of basic elements. Students will also begin to write short compositions regularly. Prerequisite: two semesters of college German. (Session I)

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Intermediate German II

Summer Session II (German; 200-level; 3 credits)

These courses emphasize learning the structure of the German language. Classes are divided into three components: structure, conversation and reading/writing, each of which is related by common topics. The courses include a rapid review of basic elements. Students will also begin to write short compositions regularly. Prerequisite: three semesters of college German. (Session II)

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International Environmental Issues

Summer Session I (Environmental Science, Geography; 200-level; 3 credits)

Globalization has both increased awareness of the interconnectedness of economics, people, politics, security and development with environmental issues and in many ways has helped to cause environmental degradation in many corners of the globe. Designed for individuals who have an interest in understanding environmental issues from a global perspective, the course focuses on various social and physical issues related to the environment and natural resources using economic development and human population dynamics as a backdrop. The focus of the students work will be based on a multifaceted analysis of current key environmental issues in various regions and in the wider world.

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Survival German I

Summer Session II (German; 100-level; 1 credit)

This class is designed to help students smoothen their stay in Lüneburg, Germany. A working basic knowledge of German will be provided, including a general introduction to common vocabulary, grammar, and syntax. General sentence structure, verb endings in present tense, pronouns and the accusative case will be part of this. Useful phrases and sentences will help students to interact comfortably with German speakers in a variety of basic situations such as introducing themselves, making appointments, ordering in a restaurant etc. Emphasis is placed on oral communication and precise pronunciation. Class activities will consist of role playing, games, songs and practical exercises.

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The Expanded European Union

Summer Session II (Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

In this course, we first outline the history of the EU, its major institutions and the treaties and conferences which defined the Union through 2003. Next, the domestic politics of EU members Britain, Germany, France and Italy - and their attitudes toward enlargement of the Union - will be examined. Following this, we look at EU expansion through the eyes of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and the Baltic countries. Areas of conflict and cooperation will be outlined, with special attention paid to the Euro, foreign and security policy, agricultural policy, immigration and environmental issues. (Session II)

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The Politics of Sustainability

Summer Session II (Political Science; 300-level; 3 credits)

This course takes a critical examination of the idea of sustainability, a word that is ubiquitous, but often lacking in political coherence. To do so we will use the renewable energy transition as a lens to discuss issues of climate change, production/consumption, nature, and social equity. We will compare developments in Europe and the United States to understand how technology, politics, economics, and social practices facilitate, or hinder, efforts at building a post-carbon economy and politics. Attention will also be placed on the developing world, particularly energy use and equity in China and sub-Saharan Africa.

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Quick Details

2017-18 App. Cycle

Summer II (5 weeks): Contact USAC

Fall: Open

Yearlong: Open

Spring: Open

2018-19 App. Cycle

Application opens 9/1:

Summer I (5 weeks)

Summer II (5 weeks)

Summer I & II (10 wks.)

Eligibility

Minimum GPA: 2.5

Program Type

Specialty

Credits

U.S. Credit

Program Capacity

60 students

Instruction

English | German