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Courses - January Term 2022

Choose one of the courses below. Suggested credit hours are in parentheses. Credits for each course are equal to U.S. credits based on one credit for a minimum of 15 classroom hours plus home study. Classes are taught Monday through Friday for a total of 45 hours. Courses have 5 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. All courses are taught in English except for “Berlin in the Winter” language course. The German language course is available at 2 levels: Elementary and Intermediate. Please note that courses are subject to change.

German 101/201 (3) | German Language - Berlin in the Winter

This course is specifically designed for those seeking instruction in the German language and is available at Elementary and Intermediate levels. The course can be combined with an English subject course and is suitable for participants who really want to discover Berlin with extra weekly cultural and social activities offered.

An online placement exam before departure determines the appropriate language level for you. German language classes are taught for 45 contact hours for 3 credits and appear on a Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin transcript. Each course is divided into grammar, conversation, vocabulary and culture and is taught in German. There is a maximum of 15 students in each class.

History/Political Science/Sociology 316 (3) | Nazi Germany - Rise and Fall

In two world wars Germany tried to dominate the globe and all major decisions were made in the capital Berlin.

Why was Germany such an aggressive power until 1945? How did Hitler manage to gain and keep power? Why were many Germans Nazis and deeply racist? How was the life of ordinary people during the war? Why did the Nazis kill millions of Jews and other innocent people in concentration camps? What were the long-term effects of World War II? What happened to the Nazis after the war?

The course will provide answers to such questions via readings of texts from political science, sociology and history, while also taking the opportunity to explore the locations in which the events between 1933 and 1945 took place.

After a brief introduction to the historical and ideological backgrounds which led to the rise of the Nazi Regime, we will turn to a detailed analysis of the event history which led to World War II. Finally, we will discuss the effects of World War II, on world history; e.g. the Cold War, European Integration, etc.

Law 315 (3) | Introduction to International Economic Law

Multinational companies such as Google or Apple self-evidently act on a global stage, but today even small businesses participate in international trade. The integration of national companies and the elimination of barriers of trade no longer restricts development to a solely national level. With the growing importance of international commerce, the need for an ‘International Economic Law’ arises. Common principles of Economic Law will be examined by analyzing leading decisions by international courts. A substantial part of the course will be dedicated to classroom discussion of real-life cases. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the core branches of International Economic Law, the underpinning institutional frameworks and dispute settlement mechanisms.

Only open to undergraduate law or economics students and/or students with a strong interest in the topic.

Students interested in this class will need to write a one-page motivational letter describing their interest and background in the subject matter as well as listing previous courses taken either in the field of law, religious or cultural studies, social sciences, European studies to show their experience in the matter.

Religion/Cultural Studies/Jewish Studies 308 (3) | Interreligious and Intercultural Tensions in Germany

Follows the complex trajectories linking interreligious and intercultural narratives in Germany today. How does the culture of memory in Germany, with its Christian frame and Jewish focus converge and diverge with more recent narratives of migration that have made Islam a visible presence in Germany? Students will interrogate this topic through dedicated lectures, workshops, and site visits to museums and other venues.

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