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CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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CIEE Language Courses
Upon arrival in Berlin, Language and Culture students are administered a short German Language assessment to determine their proficiency level. Absolute beginners are exempt. Students are then placed into appropriate German language classes according to knowledge and proficiency.
CIEE German courses are designed to help students rapidly improve German, whether they are beginners or nearly fluent speakers. At all levels, there is a focus on listening, reading, speaking, writing, self-correction, socio-cultural competence and Self-reflection. CIEE Berlin follows the standards set forth by the Goethe Institute Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a Foreign Language). Courses are taught by qualified faculty with degrees in German language learning or equivalent certificates.
CIEE Area Studies Courses
Berlin City Stage: Performance in the German Metropolis
Students in this interactive course explore the diverse and exciting capital city of Berlin through the lenses of theater, performance and urban studies. Emphasis is placed on the city as a complex series of formal and informal stages on which both grandiose and everyday performances are enacted and observed. The course emphasizes several forms of Berlin theater and features lecture, workshops, and regular attendance at diverse performances.
Funky Berlin: Radio Production, Propaganda and Story Telling
The German word for radio is "Funk." This intensive, hands-on, laboratory course teaches students to make radio while exploring the history, places, and people of Berlin. Students will sharpen their research and reporting skills, develop interview techniques, and develop editing and production skills. Local site visits to historically significant studios and current, state-of-the-art production facilities introduce students to the history of German radio innovation. Students also explore the important historical influence of radio as tool of Nazi and Cold War propaganda.
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 are 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 run through this course. This course also examines the worldwide influence of German architects with careful attention to distinctions between German and American styles and the interplay therein. Site visits throughout Berlin, drawing, and photography will sharpen the student’s eye for detail. Sites include the buildings of Unter den Linden and the Museum Island, Tempelhof Airport, Potsdamer Platz. Guest lecturers augment the curriculum.
German Business in a European Context
What is the secret to the robust German economy? How does Germany manage to “ride out the storm” of the Euro Crisis and remain a stalwart of European export power? Can Germany continue to maintain its traditions of quality and innovation in the face of increasing global competition? This course addresses these questions, examining the structure and dynamics of German business and the German economy, as well as topics such as government regulation, the role of trade unions in shaping the economy and economic policy, the German education and training system, the German economic relationship to the EU with specific attention on the Euro crisis, and the German place in the global economy.
German History 1871 to the Present
This course covers 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. Students examinethe Prussian and German Empires, World War I and the resulting collapse of the monarchy, and 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. The course also covers 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. Finally, we’ll cover of the 1989 “peaceful revolution,” when East Germany rapidly collapsed,. the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany, with its hopes, fears, benefits and challenges.
Modern German Cinema
This course surveys German film history, exploring trends and movements throughout the decades as exemplified in variety of important and influential productions. Through lecture, readings, and discussion students explore fundamental debates over film in Germany as an aesthetic, social, political and entertainment medium for “the masses.” Students learn about the communicative elements of film as a medium and the common strategies employed in the critique of film. Throughout the semester, students view and critically assess a selection of influential German films, dwith special attention to their historical context (early pre-WWI, Weimar, Nazi-era, Cold War (East vs West), post-reunification, current movements. Students also visit the renowned DFFB film school in Berlin and the Babelsberg film studio in neighboring Potsdam. Students will attend Berlin-based film festivals including the Berlinale International Film Festival (Spring term).
Modern German Literature 1900 to the Present
Germany is has long been considered “Das Land der Dichter und Denker -- The country of poets and thinkers” and as such literature and philosophy have been intimately tied to German consciousness. This course focuses on translated works of fiction as mirrors on German experiences from 1900 to the present day. Students read and analyze novels, stories, poetry and song lyrics reflective of 20th Century Zeitgeist during the WWI period, the Weimar Republic, the Nazi era and WWII, the Holocaust, the Cold War and Reunification. Students also study accompanying history texts and works of sociology, commentary, and period journalism to place novels into essays into their proper social and historical context.
Policy and Politics of German Environmental Sustainability
This course looks at the complex intersection between German politics and environmental policy. Students examine various cutting edge environmental technologies and practices aimed at ecological sustainability and delve into the debates, power struggles, and political wranglings to promote or thwart these efforts. They examine the debates and various trade-offs surrounding the following issues: nuclear power, wind power, waste water purification, bicycle infrastructure, solar power collection, and greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll survey the positions of the major political parties,as well as the role of German NGOs and other influential bodies. We’ll also examine the important role of the European Union regulatory bodies and global and transatlantic considerations.. Each semester, students will complete a case study on a topic presently debated in Germany.
Seminar on Living and Learning in Berlin: Intercultural Communication
The CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning takes an experiential, developmental, and holistic approach to improve intercultural development among students. In this course, students acquire intercultural concepts and skills applicable to their daily experiences in Berlin. Active reflection helps deepen their understanding of the complexity and diversity of German core values and cultural practices, encourages them to develop a more nuanced awareness of cultural background, and helps them develop the ability to successfully handle the natural tensions of intercultural encounter. Through readings, field reports, discussions, and experiential assignments, students are supported and challenged to better adapt to life in Germany. The Seminar facilitates students’ intercultural interactions during their time abroad and positions them to approach future experiences with cultural difference more actively, openly, and effectively.
Transatlantic Relations: Germany, Europe and the United States
Through periods of war and peace, tension and détente, Germany and the United States have been closely tied to one another. This course examines the transatlantic relationship between Germany and the U.S. within the context of European and global politics and power. Focus is placed on key historical events, related diplomacy, and the role of the press and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) following WWII and leading up to the current National Security Agency (NSA) spying scandal. Students will explore differing values and general conceptions and mis-conceptions held among German and American leaders and citizens on both sides of the Atlantic (including anti-Americanism and anti-Europeanism), and examine examples of cooperation, competition, military- and economic-alliances secrecy, and transparency through historical case studies.
Touro College Berlin Area Studies (sample course list)
Advanced Business Applications
Comparative Economic Systems
Fundamentals of Computer with Microcomputer Applications
History of Science
History of the Holocaust
International Marketing Management
International Trade & Monetary Systems
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Psychology
Modern Jewish History
Organizational Theory & Behavior
Principles of Finance
Principles of Macroeconomics
Psychology of Motivation
Real Estate Principles
Topics in Management
Topics in Marketing