Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.
CIEE Study Center Syllabi
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Each area studies course includes 45 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours. Language courses include 60 contact hours for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter hours.
The 8-week CIEE full-time internship (200-240 internship hours) with a hybrid integrated academic seminar includes 30 contact hours for 6 semester / 9 quarter hours.
Students may choose between any of the 6-week courses offered through the Open Campus program in Block I. Sample course descriptions follow:
ARCH 3002 BRGE / URBS 3001 BRGE
German Architectural History and Theory
This course examines the dynamic history of the German architectural tradition, beginning with the baroque, and then proceeding through Neoclassicism, Historicism, Modernism, and ending with the rise of the “starchitect.” The influence of political, cultural, technological, and historical factors will be emphasized as influences on the process of design and construction. Throughout the course, representative architectural examples in Berlin will also be studied. As the German art critic and journalist Karl Scheffler wrote in 1910, “Berlin is a city condemned forever to becoming and never to being.” As those words indicate, the city is a particularly rich site to observe how numerous competing political visions and social movements influenced the capital’s architecture and urban development.
(GI) PUBH 3006 BRGE / INRE 3008 BRGE
Contemporary Challenges in Global Health
In this course students examine the economic, cultural, ethical, and structural challenges faced by health care systems today. The course explores different approaches to health care system organization and financing, strategies for using limited resources, and challenges to providing universal access to health care. Students address specific approaches to these challenges, with a comparative focus on European countries and the United States.
(GI) JOUR 3001 BRGE
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the theories and techniques of journalism, with an emphasis on fairness and accuracy of journalistic coverage of diverse, multi-ethnic communities, the role of journalism in democratic societies, news values and ethics, and reporting and writing techniques. All this is done with a special comparative focus on the situation of journalism in the country of study, in Europe as a whole and the U.S. Using specific examples from especially the first two geographical and political areas, students examine the influence of journalism on politics, business, and society. Being in a vibrant European capital, with dozens of newspapers, magazines, and new media produced here, students experience the location and organizers of the most influential national press briefings as well as attend an editorial board meeting of one of the most popular daily newspapers. They will also pay particular attention to the role of foreign correspondents. Much of the coursework will include practical reporting, with students developing a journalism portfolio based on weekly exercises.
(GI) MKTG 3001 BRGE
Students will gain an understanding of the issues and processes involved in developing an international marketing and branding strategy and plan, as well as the execution of marketing and PR operations on an international scale. Course content and practical assignments focus on real-world problems such as identifying and evaluating opportunities in international markets, developing and adapting marketing tactics in relation to multiple, specific national market needs and constraints, and coordinating marketing and branding strategies in global markets. Guest lectures by local business professionals and company visits provide first-hand context and experience for the issues explored in the course.
POLI 3001 BRGE
Politics of the European Union
This course provides an overview of the process of European integration from the post-World War II era to the present. Students study the functions and power distributions of the EU legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Students also analyze the politics of policy making in different arenas such as the single market, the Euro, and external trade policy. Non-economic policy areas such as foreign and security policies are also addressed. Current dissensions and dysfunctions within the EU are examined and debated from the perspectives of democratic theory and collective action theory. Classroom content is supplemented and enhanced by debate meetings with EU representatives and other EU experts in Berlin, as well as a field trip to the European Parliament in Strasbourg and/or the European Commission in Brussels. The following are among the questions addressed by the course: How severe is the “democratic deficit” of which the EU suffers according to many critics, and how can it be remedied? What is the cost and the benefit of the increasing centralization of power with the Commission in Brussels and the Parliament in Strasbourg? What is to be learned, empirically and theoretically, from the EU as the world’s most complex political system currently comprising 28 member states – with possibly more to come? What are the achievements and failures of the EU, measured against “the idea of Europe”, i.e., the creation of a peaceful and prosperous union that resolves its differences and conflicts non-violently? How far should European political and economic integration go? Where does Europe end, geographically and ideationally?
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 sentences 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 opinions 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, nominative, accusative & dative cases).
GERM 2001 BRGE
German Language – Intermediate I
German 2001 is the continuation of the Elementary German sequence (1001 & 1002). 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.
GERM 3001 BRGE
German Language – Advanced I
This course is designed for students who can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. The goal of the course is to enable students to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party; to produce clear, detailed text on a range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a specific issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various perspectives or options.
All students enroll in the 8-week CIEE Global Internship with hybrid integrated academic seminar and then will have the option to choose one of the two elective courses.
Required CIEE Internship
INSH 3806 HYBR
The CIEE Global Internship program combines a full-time internship with a hybrid integrated academic seminar to provide professional exploration and specific skills development, enhance intercultural understanding, and a contextualized real-world work experience in a local or multi-national company or organization. Students will be assessed via assignments and activities that include but are not limited to the following: online discussion forums, small group peer coaching, reflective papers, individual or small group presentations, analysis of readings, an informational interview and internship work plan, and feedback from the internship supervisor.
CIEE Elective Courses
Students choose one of the following courses:
(GI) COMM 3301 BRGE
Intercultural Communication and Leadership
In this course, you will develop skills, knowledge, and understanding that will help you more appropriately and effectively engage, communicate, and lead in local as well as other intercultural contexts. Course participants explore a variety of topics in intercultural communication based in the context of students’ experiences abroad, and practice intercultural learning processes that can be applied when working across cultural differences in a wide variety of common contexts. Students increase their cultural self-awareness and develop critical personal leadership skills that equip them to become more effective citizens and leaders in an increasingly interdependent world.
(GI) BUSI 3007 BRGE
Doing Business in Europe
This course aims to provide an introduction to the related influences of business, society, government and culture in the region and link these influences to students’ experience within their professional internship program and academic coursework. Using our location of Berlin as our beginning reference point, this course will review Europe’s economic and cultural contexts and major changes. We will explore the shared cultural history and diversity across the region (for purposes of this course, we will focus on the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Germany, and Italy). Through small group work and individual inquiry, we will strive to focus on gaining an understanding of the major cultural groups in each country, their heritage and business activities along with the country’s current challenges and opportunities for trade and expansion within the region and globally. By using current business cases and media coverage of economic, political and business issues, we will focus on what we as outsiders to the region need to quickly assess and integrate into our business approaches for success in the region.