Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria

Study Abroad in Salzburg: Courses

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Following the mandatory German language orientation students can choose up to 5 semester courses. Credits are shown in parentheses. Courses may change at the discretion of the University of Salzburg.

European Studies Program

All students take a mandatory 2-week orientation German language course. A placement exam after arrival determines appropriate levels. Students are advised to gain preapproval for several different levels of German from their academic advisor in the U.S. to ensure that they can receive credit for the course that they test into after arrival in Salzburg. The intensive language course meets for a total of 30 hours of instruction. Each course is divided into grammar, conversation, vocabulary and culture with an exam at the end. Orientation courses are worth 2 credits.

Orientation language courses

German 101 (2) | Elementary German I

Students with no previous German or with only one semester in college usually place into this level. Topics include functional uses of the language as well as grammar, cultural themes, introductions, exchanging information, writing letters, the present tense, the noun and the cases, personal pronouns and possessive pronouns, sentence structure, questions, prepositions, list of irregular verbs, basic communication and listening comprehension.

German 102 (2) | Elementary German II

Students with very little previous German but not real beginners usually place into this level. The course covers communication techniques, writing letters, present tense, present perfect tense and future tense, use of cases, pronouns, sentence structure, questions, prepositions, irregular verbs and grammar suitable for students who have already covered the fundamentals.

German 201 (2) | Intermediate German I

Students who have studied German throughout high school and continued with one semester in college, or students who have two to four semesters in college, usually place into this level. Topics include grammar, communication and speaking techniques, listening and comprehension, analyzing texts and training in everyday situations typical of students studying at the University.

German 301 (2) | Intermediate German II

Students with at least six semesters of college German, experience living in a German-speaking country or German study on a regular basis since elementary school usually place into this level. Topics include communication techniques in everyday situations; listening comprehension, short reports, personal statements, arguing in discussions, reading comprehension, analysis of authentic texts, synonyms and paraphrasing; appropriate use of vocabulary in context and grammar.

Semester Courses

Courses are recommended for 3 semester credits. Although German language is not mandatory after orientation, AIFS strongly recommends students take German language while studying in Salzburg. Ten students are required to confirm a course. For a supplemental fee, students who wish to receive an extra credit for their German language course may be able to take an additional 15 hours of language study for a total of 60 hours and 4 credits. Please discuss with your Admissions Officer upon application.

German language courses

German 102 (3) | Elementary German II

Starting with a review of material covered in German 101, this course covers grammar suitable for students who have already covered the fundamentals. Topics include communication techniques, writing letters, present tense, present perfect tense and future tense, use of cases, pronouns, sentence structure, questions, prepositions, irregular verbs.

German 201 (3) | Intermediate German I

Students who have studied German throughout high school and continued with one semester in college, or students who have two to four semesters in college, usually place into this level. Topics include grammar, communication and speaking techniques, listening comprehension, analyzing texts and training in everyday situations typical of students studying at the University. Basic grammar is a prerequisite although a brief review is given at the start of the semester.

German 301 (3) | Intermediate German Advanced

Students must be able to write a German text demonstrating familiarity with main aspects of text production and grammar. Topics include: readings from modern literature and newspaper articles; oral communication; discussion; short reports; text analysis; development and usage of extended vocabulary.

German 401 (3) | Advanced German

Designed to prepare students to attend regular courses at the University and to complete the required written work in German. Students entering this course should be reasonably able to understand and write a scholarly text in German using complex structures and vocabulary; listening and reading comprehension and special chapters of difficult grammar.

German 405 fall only (3) | Kreatives und Praktisches Schreiben (Creative and Practical Writing)

Students write in German. Attention is paid to style appropriate to the nature of a subject and use of suitable, specialized vocabulary, including the use of elaborated grammar.
Prerequisite: Students must be attending Advanced German.

German 406 spring only (3) | Deutsch Aktuell (Contemporary German)

The aim of this course is for students to gain expertise and confidence in speaking by using their grammar knowledge in conversation. Small classes provide the opportunity for intensive practice. The student must have a sufficient range of language to be able to express viewpoints and develop arguments using complex sentence structure. Solid grammar competence is a must.
Prerequisite: Advanced German.

Courses taught in English

International Relations

Politics 305 fall only (3) | What Are Those European Socialist Ideas About? A History of European Socialist Thinking

International references about “European socialist ideas” are often used to support or discredit ideas. But what is progressive thought in Europe nowadays? This course draws on the history of progressive thought in Europe focusing on the debates, the revisions and the renewal from 1850-2010, from Marx, Bernstein, Crosland to Hobsbawm and the ideas of the European post-industrial left.

Politics 307 fall only (3) | Protection of Human Rights

Examines: legal aspects and achievements regarding human rights and the role of international organizations such as the United Nations and Amnesty International. Current examples of human rights violations are addressed through oral presentations, group projects and discussion.

Politics 308 fall only (3) | International Conflicts and Conflict Resolution

Types of political conflict and violence on individual, group, state and interstate levels; general theoretical understanding of conflict and violence; the ethics of conflict and methods of conflict resolution are discussed.

Politics 309 spring only (3) | European Integration

This course examines: historical development and theoretical implications, European Union institutions and their decisionmaking processes and recent political developments.

Politics 311 spring only (3) | The Rise of the Right: A History of Fascism

A comparative study of European and non-European fascism from the end of WWI to the present. The course focuses on a variety of fascist movements in Europe, South Africa, Argentina and Iraq. The return of fascism, neo-Nazi violence, immigration issues, ethnic cleansing and the growth of the radical right in the former communist countries are also examined.

Politics/Economics 320 fall only (3) | International Political Economy

The link between economics and politics in international affairs is examined as well as different competing economic orders (East versus West and North versus South) plus the management of international economic relations since 1945; the role of international institutions such as the IMF, World Bank and GATT.

Business and Economics

Business/Economics 301 spring only (3) | Europe and the Global Economy

Specific economic goals and achievements of the one-time Eastern bloc countries as they strive to establish functioning market economics are examined plus the effects of these developments on the economy of Europe and the world. Changed roles of international institutions, their consequences and multinational business opportunities, are also discussed.

Business/Economics 313 fall only (3) | International Management Strategies

The course focuses on features of strategic management and planning and their application in an international field as well as scenario technique and portfolio analysis. Students learn to create their own strategies. Prerequisite: One college level business or economics class.

Business 315 spring only (3) | Communication Skills for Management

The course will focus on planning for effective communication and working visually using various media as well as how to make effective presentations. Students are expected to present ideas to the class and accept constructive criticism from the group.

Arts and Humanities

Art 303 fall only (3) | European Art and Architecture I: Renaissance and Baroque

Trends in European painting, sculpture and architecture from the 14th to 18th centuries are examined together with the influence of Italian artists on Austria and the development of Baroque art and architecture in Italy and Austria.

Art/Anthropology 304 spring only (3) | Austrian Folk Art and Folk Customs

This course examines folk art and customs of Austria, concentrating on Salzburg and Tyrol provinces and including visits to the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum in Innsbruck, National Costume Museum and Open Air Museum.

Art 307 spring only (3) | European Art and Architecture II: Post-Baroque to the Present

This course covers the development of European art and architecture since the Baroque era. Major works of this period reflect the complex and wide ranging changes, developments in thought, attitudes and major social and political upheavals of the time.

History 301 spring only (3) | World War II and Central Europe

The causes, course and consequences of World War II. How the conflict and its aftermath affected Central Europe in general and Austria in particular. Eyewitnesses are invited to class meetings to discuss their experiences with students.

Literature 302 spring only (3) | Concepts of Heroism in Western Culture

Concepts of heroism in the literature of six epochs or cultures: Classical/Mythological, Medieval/Christian, Renaissance, Age of Reason, Romantic and Modern. Examples vary but these are typical archetypes studied: Hercules, Achilles, Beowulf, Siegfried (Medieval), Mark Anthony (Shakespeare), Robinson Crusoe (Daniel Defoe), Werther (Goethe), Siegmund and Siegfried (Richard Wagner).

Literature 310 fall only (3) | Atrocity and Modernism: The Literature and History of 20th Century Europe

This course gives an overview of the relationship of material change, literary form and ideas. Writers include Kafka, Sartre, Brecht and Anna Akhmatova. Imaginative writing in periods of war and oppression, notably Stalinism, Nazism and the Holocaust.

Music 301 spring only (3) | Music in the Age of Mozart

Although the course provides an overview of the whole Baroque and Classical period, emphasis is laid on Mozart, Salzburg’s genius loci, and students will be able to re-live much of what is taught by course-related field trips in Salzburg and Vienna.

Music 302 fall only (3) | Music from the Romantics to the Present Day

A survey of the great composers and their works from the origins of Romantic composition in Schubert to modern twelve-tone. Emphasis is placed on the contribution of Austrian and German composers—Schumann, Wagner, Liszt, Bruckner, Mahler, Richard Strauss and Schoenberg.

Philosophy 301 fall only (3) | The Modern European Mind

Formative political, social and philosophical ideas of thinkers of past centuries are examined. Writers who originated or popularized them include Kant, Mill, Bentham, Hegel, Marx, Engels and Popper.

Sociology/History 312 (3) | Contemporary Austrian Culture

Gives students an insight into contemporary Austrian culture with a focus on education, family, ethnicity, political culture, media, the Roman Catholic Church, attitudes to welfare and business and leisure trends. Independent field research and the presentation and discussion of course topics is required.

Courses taught in German

Basic German is used and students are given assistance when required to ensure they fully understand the classes.

Courses in German

German/History 307 (3) | Hitler und das Dritte Reich (Hitler and the Third Reich)

Adolf Hitler is analyzed as a psychological phenomenon and a study in tyranny. His personality is set against the complex historical situation that facilitated his rise to power: the political, economic and social climate that provided a fertile basis for the use of political terror and the first effective employment of mass propaganda as a political weapon.

German/Music 308 fall only (3) | Mozart und Seine Welt (Mozart and His World)

Appreciation of Mozart’s music through a heightened understanding of his life, the world in which he lived and worked and of the works of contemporary composers. Visits to relevant sites in Salzburg.

German/Music 312 spring only (3) | Musik: Hören und Verstehen (Music: Listening and Appreciation)

Appreciation of classical music, focusing on Austria as the center of European music. Development of musical instruments, music of the Renaissance and the Baroque, the Vienna Classical Cycle (Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven), the Romantic Movement (Schubert, Brahms and Bruckner) and the 20th century (Mahler and Webern). Excursions to a master class at the Mozarteum University of Music, a rehearsal of Salzburg’s Mozarteum Orchestra and to a violin maker.

University of Salzburg Courses

Students with at least two years of college level German can matriculate directly into the University of Salzburg courses and study alongside home students. Dates and fees differ to the European Studies Program. Students interested in this option should contact the AIFS Admissions Officer.