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Bayreuth Summer University for Intercultural German Studies

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European Studies

Course Type: Language Course & Specialised Course
Period:06.08. – 30.08.2019
Target Group:Medium and Upper Levels (B2-C2), students of all disciplines, graduates of all disciplines. This course is for anyone who has an interest in European issues.
Requirements:German language skills level B2 or higher, minimum age: 17.
Important Information: 

This course consists of 28 hours per week:
20 hours of language course in the morning from 9 am to 12:30 pm and 
8 hours of specialised course in the afternoon from 1:30 pm to 3 pm.
 
With regular attendance and a successfully passed final exam, you will receive ECTS credits for this course.
 
You may choose from the culture programme in the afternoon and evening according to your interests.

Cost:Course fee 759 € + registration fee 100 € + accommodation


The significance of Europe is becoming increasingly important in the political thought and historical understanding of Germany. The goal of the course is to trace the opposing developments of globalisation and regionalisation from a German point of view. 

Intercultural Language Course
The language course in the morning equips you with the necessary linguistic and regional background knowledge for the in-depth specialised course in the afternoon. Within each level, all courses deal with the following regional topics with varying degrees of difficulty:

  • Germany Through Foreign Eyes
  • Everyday Life in Germany
  • Regional Variety
  • Cultural Variety
  • Germany in the World

"German as a foreign language" consists not only of vocabulary and correct sentence structure. Germans also structure their conversations in a particular way and adhere to a culture-specific set of values. This adherence to culture in communication is a particular focus. Therefore a connection between foreign language and foreign understanding is formed.
 
Before the start of the summer university, you will be allocated to the course which is most suitable for you by means of an assessment. You strengthen your German language skills through dealing with stylistics, idiomology, and vocabulary relevant to the issue. Aspects of German literature, culture, and society will be analysed and discussed. You can also give your own presentation if you wish. 

Specialised Course "European Studies: Germany in the Political, Economic, and Cultural Network"
In this course you look at Europe from a linguistic, political, sociological, and historical perspective.

Overview of the course content: 

  • Selected aspects of European history
  • Comparative sociological analyses
  • The role of the German language in Europe
  • Identity discourse in the European Union
  • Economic perspectives

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