Study Abroad in Salzburg, Austria

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Study Abroad in Salzburg: Courses

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Students choose up to 5 semester courses. Credits are shown in parentheses. Courses may change at the discretion of the University.

European Studies Program

Although German language is not mandatory, AIFS strongly recommends that students take it while studying in Salzburg so they can truly make the most of their time in Austria and fully immerse themselves in Austrian life. A placement exam upon arrival determines appropriate levels. Students are advised to gain pre-approval for several different levels of German from their academic advisor in the U.S. to ensure that they receive credit for the course that they test into after arriving in Salzburg. Each course is divided into grammar, conversation, vocabulary and culture with regular tests, a mid-term and final exam. The language courses meet for a total of 45 hours of instruction and are recommended for 3 semester credits.


GERM 101 (3)
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.

GERM 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.

GERM 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.

GERM 301 (3)
Intermediate German II

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.

GERM 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.

Courses taught in English


AHST 303 (3) fall only
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.

AHST/ANTH 304 (3) spring only
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.

HIST 301 (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.


BUSI/ECON 301 (3) spring only
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.

BUSI/ECON 313 (3) fall only
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.

BUSI 315 (3) spring only
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.


POLI 305 (3) fall only
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.

POLI 307 (3) fall only
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.

POLI 309 (3) spring only
European Integration
This course examines historical development and theoretical implications, European Union institutions and their decision-making processes and recent political developments.

HIST/POLI 325 (3) spring only
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.

POLI/ECON 320 (3) fall only
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.

ENGL 302 (3) spring only  
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).

ENGL 310 (3) fall only
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.

MUSC 301 (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.

PHIL 301 (3) fall only
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.

SOCI 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.

GERM/HIST 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.

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