Seminar Program 2021


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FD 1: German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context Literatur

Hessen International Winter University 2021: Curricular Outlines

Culture and Society: German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context

This seminar is complemented by the seminar Intercultural Competence
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-       Mo-Fr 21:00 to 22:30 CET (Berlin, Germany: UTC +1)
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-       Cynthia Chalupa



-       English



This seminar 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. 


Learning Objectives

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


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FD 2: Business Simulation

Hessen International Winter University 2021: Curricular Outlines

Business: Business Simulation

This seminar is complemented by the seminar Intercultural Competence

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Class Hours

  • Week 1 – 3 (January 04-22, 2021): Monday-Friday, 9-10.30 pm (CET, Berlin UTC +1)


Information on the Course Content

Course Description & Objectives Students can correctly assess the business situation and competitive position of their company during a computer-based business simulation. They can apply management methods and models in order to make sound decisions under uncertainty. Moreover, students gain skills in convincing management communication and presentation. Regarding the team collaboration they organise the to-dos in their international corporate team themselves and can make, justify, defend and present decisions and understand the processes of group dynamics.

Objectives in detail:

  • Understanding corporate planning and planning processes
  • Discussing and deciding on targets and strategy
  • Analysis of business parameters using IT-based planning models
  • Analysis of business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Preparing and holding convincing management presentations
  • Formulating and arguing the reasons for decisions under uncertainty
  • Monitoring and controlling strategic and operational decisions
  • Reporting
  • Self-organisation of students within their corporate team

Course Materials

The software, participant manual, decision forms, teaching presentations and further materials are distributed in advance. The participant manual has to be studied before course start.

Class Schedule

Week 1 (04.01.-08.01.2021)

  • Introduction to the course
  • Teambuilding and management roles
  • Software setup and modus operandi
  • Fundamentals of Strategic Management
  • Test Period 1
  • Start of the graded game: Period 1

Week 2 (11.-15.01.2021)

  • Review of period 1
  • Period 2 and analysis of results
  • Period 3 and analysis of results
  • Fundamentals of Management Communication
  • Shareholder Meeting / Presentation of economic situation after 3 of 6 periods

Week 3 (18.-22.01.2021)

  • Feedback on Shareholder Meeting presentations
  • Period 4 and analysis of results
  • Period 5 and analysis of results
  • Period 6
  • Assignment for final presentations
  • Final presentations

Information On Class Participation, Assignment And Exams

Professionalism & Class Participation

Excellent performance in this course requires thorough and conscientious preparation outside of class. Working with class material outside of class and actively participating in class will help students develop and defend their strategic path in the game and find their role in the management team.

Missed Classes

Because students are constantly making decisions and analysing results in class, their participation is necessary. Therefore, frequent absences can lower the course grade.

Grading & ECTS

There are three parts of the final grade:

  • Shareholder Meeting Presentation: 20%
  • Final presentation: 50%
  • Performance during/result of simulation: 30%

Upon successful completion, 4 ECTS will be awarded for the class.

Grading scale

Percentage / Description
A (90-100%); 1.0-1.3; very good: an outstanding achievement
B (80 - 90%); 1.7-2.3; good: an achievement substantially above average requirements
C (70 - 80%); 2.7-3.3; satisfactory: an achievement which corresponds to average requirements
D (60 - 70%); 3.7-4.0; sufficient: an achievement which barely meets the requirements
F ( 0 – 60%); 5.0; not sufficient / failed: an achievement which does not meet the requirements


Each seminar (FD 1 or FD 2) is automatically complemented by the seminar Intercultural Competence (FD 3) and the German Language Course

FD 3: Intercultural Competence

Hessen International Winter University 2021: Curricular Outlines

Culture and Society: Intercultural Competence

This seminar is complemented by one of the seminars


- German History, Culture, Literature in an Intercultural Context


- Business Simulation

Preliminary version



-       Because there will be participants from different time zones we will give the seminar at two different times: 09:45-11:15 CET and 17:45-19:15 CET (Berlin, Germany: UTC +1).
Each participant can choose the early or the late date according to her or his time zone.

-       The seminar takes place every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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-       Collette Wanjugu Döppner




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