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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Required CIEE Courses
ARCH 3001 GGAD
Future Cities Design Studio
For the first time in history, the majority of human population now lives in cities, a milestone that coincides with the awareness that earth’s systems are increasingly influenced by human activity. This studio supposes extreme solutions to an extreme predicament, asking the question: How will future cities simultaneously serve demanding human populations and support natural systems? The studio views the forms, systems, and technologies of the city collectively and synthesizes urban studies with the field of ecology. The host city is explored at multiple scales and students are guided by experts through scientific research and design experimentation towards radical but inspirational solutions for the future ecocity. Credit: 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
ARCH 3002 GGAD
Future Cities Seminar
The course will study Berlin and its surroundings, for it is here that a rich variety of trendsetting projects of sustainable design can be experienced firsthand. These community development and building projects offer exciting solutions for public participation, the use of recycled energy, efficient lighting, natural materials, converted infrastructure, and ecological/political coordination. The students will visit a number of these projects during the scheduled fieldtrips. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ARCH 3003 GGAD
Science, Engineering and Technology Workshops
In a series of hands-on workshops, students learn about tools and technologies with the capacity for profound impact and systemic change, especially in an age of urbanization and climate change. The course takes the position that future designers will need to create highly reactive and flexible environments. The course focuses on technologies that enable this: computational design, environmental simulation, advanced materiality, and rapid prototyping, and is organized in a survey to accommodate students with diverse interests and experience levels. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
PC laptop (preferred)
Macbook (partitioned with bootcamp)
Intel i5 or i7 processor or AMD equivalent
Open GL 2 video card or equivalent
8GB of Ram minimum
100 GB memory (internal and/or external)
Windows 7 or 8 64 bit OS is preferred
MacBook Pro with Windows BootCamp (Please set up boot camp prior to arriving in Berlin as your university IT department can help you set this up)
Rhino 5 64 bit on Windows (*not* MAC/OSX, use bootcamp) or latest version
Grasshopper 3d 09.0075 or latest version
Mesh Tools Add-On
Mesh Edit Add-On
Multiple button mouse with scroll wheel
CIEE Elective Courses
ARCH3002 BRGE / URBS 3001 BRGE
German Architectural History and Theory
This course provides students with fundamental knowledge of the German architectural tradition through a historical survey of key buildings and urban spaces. Political, cultural, historical and technological factors will be closely studied as influences on the process of design and final built forms. The themes of creation and destruction, growing and shrinking cities and sustainability will run through this course. This course will also examine the worldwide influence of German architects with careful attention paid to distinctions between German and American styles and the interplay therein. Site visits throughout Berlin, drawing and photography will be used to sharpen the student’s eye for detail. Sites include, the buildings of Unter den Linden and the Museum Island (by Schinkel, Prussian classical), Tempelhof Airport (by Speer & Sagebiel fascist), Potsdamer Platz (by Jahn and Piano, modern). Guest lecturers and ongoing lectures at the UdK augment the curriculum. Credit 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
ARCH 3001 BERL
Monument, Memorial and Public Space in Germany (1919-Present)
This course looks at the important role that monuments, memorials and public spaces have played in Germany’s turbulent modern history. Weimar designs, Fascist Nazi designs and the stark contrasts between former-East and former-West German places and spaces are highlighted as expressions of cultural values and dictated doctrine shaped by the powerful and complex historical forces of war, politics, aesthetics and collective memory. In addition, postwar and post-Wall ruins and rebuilding efforts shed light on what today is saved, what is erased and what is honored on the German landscape. Particular attention is given to Holocaust memorials and places of remembrance. Themes of pride, shame, memory and collective consciousness run deeply through this course. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3001 BRGE (ENG)
German History: 1871 to Present
This course examines the eventful and tumultuous decades of German history since the founding of the federal monarchy in 1871 under German Emperor Wilhelm I and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck. It investigates the Prussian and German Empires, World War I and resulting collapse of the monarchy, the promise and failings of the Weimar Republic accompanied by the rising political extremes of communism and fascism that gave way to the terror of Hitler and the Nazi Party. World War II and the accompanying murder of millions during the Holocaust resulted in total defeat for Germany, which then fell into forty years of occupation and division during the Cold War. As a result of the 1989 “peaceful revolution” East Germany rapidly collapsed. The fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification meant that the two Germanys (East and West) were once again one country accompanied by hopes, fears, benefits and continued challenges.
This course will ask central questions surrounding nation and nationalism, industrialization, governance, social policy, democracy, freedom and oppression. Students will be encouraged to reflect on the German experience as a nation “too big for Europe, but too small for the world.” Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
HIST 3003 BRGE / GEST 3001 BRGE
Berlin: The Capital of the 20th Century
Berlin was the stage upon which the drama of the turbulent 20th century played out. In the 1920s, Berlin defined what it meant to be modern: it was the intellectual fulcrum of a liberal republic and a glamorous café society. But that republic was unstable, and soon a fascist government destroyed this atmosphere of tolerance and many of the great works of art and literature created by its talented freethinkers. After 1945, the bombed out city became a frontline of the Cold War, but with the fall of the Wall in 1989, Berlin began a new era as a center of creativity. Berlin’s fascinating and turbulent past make it the perfect place to study what 20th century modernity means, and what the future of modernity might hold. This course combines seminars and site visits to study the cultural and historical meaning and legacy of the 20th century using Berlin as a case study. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
GERM 1001 BRGE
German Language - Beginning I
German 1001 presumes no formal knowledge of German and provides an introduction to all elements of the German language. By way of a communicative approach – this course is taught primarily in German, but grammar instruction may be provided in English as we start out – you will learn to read, write, listen, and speak basic German. Additionally, you will gain familiarity with German-speaking cultures through exposure to various media and fun projects. This course will provide you with the basis for navigating a variety of simple situations in German. By the end of the semester, you should be able to speak and write in complete sen ences about where you live, family and friends, and what you like to do in your free time. You will master fundamental vocabulary pertaining to family, school, daily activities, telling time, travel, restaurants, professions, and more. You will be able to express preference and op nions in both the present and past tense. Additionally, you will receive a solid foundation in grammar points that you will use during all future study of German (verb conjugation, asking questions, word order, modal and two-way verbs, pronouns, possessive adjectives, prepositions, past perfect, future tense, no inative, accusative & dative cases). Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
GERM 2001 BRGE
German Language – Intermediate I
Like our elementary courses, this class is designed to practice and improve all four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) in a highly communicative classroom setting. We will systematically review grammar and deepen our understanding thereof, but will do so in the context of working with and through materials designed to introduce you to German culture. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
GERM 3001 BRGE
German Language – Advanced I
This class is designed for advanced learners of German language. It will review and deepen students’ knowledge of German grammar with an increasing focus on stylistics in both oral and written speech. Students will read, write and perform in a variety of genres and do so in a way that helps students to better understand their German environment and exposes them to the rich cultural life of the city of Berlin. Taking advantage of the location, students will go on short field trips, try out their German with native informants and German students, and create presentations about current events in the city. Credit: 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.