Intermediate German: Perspectives on German-speaking Cultures

This course offers a contemporary, interactive, and interdisciplinary approach at the intermediate level to the study of the German language and German-speaking cultures. It introduces students to the analysis of topics such as education, family values, traditions, work ethic, urban life, multicultural society, migration, consumption of resources, politics, identity, stereotypes, and cultural heritage, as well as notions relevant for intercultural communication, such as politeness and formality of interactions. This course aims to promote an in-depth cross-cultural understanding by exposing students to a large variety of print and electronic media, film, music, literature, and other forms of cultural expression. Students perform individual reflection tasks and work in small teams and other collaborative formats that allow them to consolidate and expand their understanding and their writing and speaking skills, as well as to refine their grammatical and lexical competence in a culturally rich context.

Credits: 3 Cr.