German Culture & Society"German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context"
Business"International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment"

You can set your priority either for the module "German Culture & Society" or the module "Business". The courses  take place at the same time!  You have to choose one course.

Each module is automatically complemented by the course "Intercultural Competence" as well as the German Language Course. Here you can find a detailed programme overview.

German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context

Class hours
Monday to Friday 1.00 - 2.30pm CEST

Cynthia Chalupa

Language of instruction

Course Description and Objectives

"German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context" is a culture course designed to introduce students with all levels of German proficiency to the period of history in Germany spanning from 1871 to the present. The course is centered on questions of German identity as they are addressed in art, literature, film, and historical texts created during the historical period studied. The course will focus on the history of the German nation but will also allow students to work creatively through discussions about art and literature and through creative writing activities.   

Students will read authentic texts in translation that explore the meaning of German identity and the history of Germany as a nation. The content of the course is designed to examine the question "Was ist Deutschland?"  Through readings and written assignments, students will attempt to formulate an answer to that question that has both public and personal relevance. Class time will be devoted primarily to the discussion of reading assignments to which students will respond individually, in small groups, and together as a class.  In order to maximize work on reading comprehension, all readings should be done outside of class prior to the session during which they are discussed. Assignments will include readings and discussion questions, web research, and a culminating oral presentation. Most homework assignments and work outside of class will take the form of written responses.

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • engage in complex conversations and exchange opinions on the question of German identity from the Kaiserreich to the present;
  • understand and interpret complex written language on a variety of topics by analyzing, summarizing, and discussing authentic texts;
  • present information, concepts, and ideas by participating in group discussions and debates, conducting interviews and presenting information, and creating skits/role-plays;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the perspectives of Germany by identifying and describing important aspects and challenges of German and the German experience;
  • reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines and gain insights into German-speaking culture by reading and interpreting authentic texts and examining other cultural products (films, songs, media, etc.);
  • demonstrate an understanding of German-speaking culture by comparing it with their native cultures through the analysis and summarization of authentic texts, films, and cultural practices;

Course Material

Course reader comprised of a variety of authentic texts, works of art, literary selections, and homework assignments.

International Management in an Inter-Cultural Environment

German A. Zarate-Hoyos

Course syllabus (pdf)

Course description
Global production chains and foreign direct investment flows have accelerated as globalization has reached all corners of the world. As a result managers from around the world will have to operate in competitive and diverse international settings. In a competitive environment, managers have to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand the international context in which firms compete and to operate effectively in cross-national interactions. These skills are necessary for managers operating abroad or at home because both will most likely have to manage an increasing level of workforce diversity in local and global organizations. We will read articles, case studies and chapters and learn about globalization, global production, and foreign direct investment through country studies while also discussing topics such as ethics, culture, diversity, leadership, cross-cultural communication and human resource management.

Learning objectives

  • To understand global trends in global production chains and foreign direct investment.
  • To analyze case studies dealing with human resource management in international settings.
  • To critically analyze theories regarding culture, diversity, leadership and cross-cultural communication.

Course materials

  • International Management, Culture, Strategy and Behavior by F. Luthans and J. Doh, McGraw Hill, 9th edition, 2014.
  • Country Studies:
  • Rising Stars in Emerging Markets by Yogesh Borkar, Create Space, 2013.
  • P.E.S.T. Analysis handout.
  • Are Emerging Markets the Next Developed Markets”, Black Rock Investment Institute, August 2011.
  • “The Ever-Emerging Markets, Why Economic Forecasts Fail”, R. Sharma, Foreign Policy, Jan/Feb 2014, pp. 52-56
  • Other articles and case studies as needed

The second part of the programme are the German language courses, offered on different levels, as well as a seminar on "Intercultural Competence".

German Language Courses

Learn German! German is a fascinating language and enables you to talk to people in Germany and Austria as well as in parts of Switzerland, Italy, France and Belgium. There are also many people in Eastern Europe who are speaking German as a foreign language.

German language courses accompany the seminar programme. ISU Fulda offers German language courses on five levels according to the Common European Frame of Reference (CEFR):

Basic Level 1 (A1 CEFR)Beginners with no knowledge of German
Basic Level 2 (A2 CEFR)Students with little knowledge of German
 Intermediate Level 1 (B1 CEFR)Students with a basic knowledge of German
 Intermediate Level 2 (B2 CEFR)Students with a good basic knowledge of German
 Advanced Level (C1 CEFR)Students who can speak and write German fluently

The programme fee covers one language course at your level including all course materials.

In order to allocate you to the right course, there will be an assessment test at the beginning of our programme which all participants should take. This will help us to find the right level for you. You can be certain that you will be placed in a course which is neither too difficult nor too easy for you.

You will be taught by highly qualified instructors of German as a foreign language who will pay special attention to your personal learning needs and interests.
We reserve the right to adjust German course levels according to the numbers and skills of participants.

Intercultural Competence

Class hours:
Because there will be participants from different time zones we will give the seminar at two different times, in the morning and in the afternoon.
Each participant can choose the early or the late date according to her or his time zone.

Collette Wanjugu Döppner

Course description & objectives:
At the end of the course the students will be able to talk about and critically discuss topics like:

  • What is culture? Your Culture and the German Culture then and now
  • What is intercultural communication and competence and why do we need it?
  • Migration in Germany at the moment
  • European politics and dealing with migration currently in Europe
  • Look at the main concepts of culture, stereotypes, prejudices, values and migration. Stereotypes of own country and also Germany will be discussed
  • Cultural dimensions and differences- focus on German and participants’ cultures. E.g. Direct and indirect (high and low context) communication and how it influences our environment and the people we interact with.
  • Our cultural values and how they influence us and those we interact with- migrants’ values and how they influence the new culture or are influenced in the new culture
  • Discuss migration’s impacts on individual, community, and national identities
  • Work in a team with team members from different cultures
  • promote and regard cultural diversity as an opportunity

Course material:
Course reader comprised of a variety of authentic texts, works of art, literary selections, and homework assignments.

Academic Director

Prof. Dr.

Thomas Schittny

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