Study Program

Relating to the overall topic of “New Perspectives for a Globalized World: Environmental and Cultural Dimensions” the programs of International Summer University Kassel include the seminars listed below. All seminars will be taught by faculty members from the respective disciplines of the University of Kassel.

Classes meet daily in the mornings or afternoons. Each seminar consists of 20 contact hours and is worth 3 credit points. You can choose one module and participate in up to 2 seminars and the German Language Course. Tuition includes two seminars of your choice and the German language course. The modules can be chosen freely upon personal interest. Eventhough previous knowledge in the selected field of topic can be useful for the completion of the course, the admission is not restricted to students of a similar subject. 


ENGINEERING MODULE

Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Adaptation to the consequences of climate change, such as extreme weather conditions and changing rainfall distribution is one of the major challenges facing science and technology. Climate projections indicate a number of challenges we have to confront. This course is intended to provide an overview of adaptation requirements, especially in areas of importance for business and society which stand to be affected by climate change. In particular, the commercial sectors of tourism and health, transport and energy technologies, not to mention agriculture, forestry, and water management, are of major significance.

Problems posed by climate change, with specific reference to the region of North Hesse, will be examined in order to develop and implement possible strategies of adaptation.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with climate change adaptation strategies, delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields.
All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. They also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

COURSE MATERIALS

Introductory recommendation before the course starts: The Global Status Report REN21- Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century: http://www.ren21.net/ren21activities/globalstatusreport.aspx

All further material will be given during the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change

Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energies

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The seminar is geared mainly towards students with a technical background, particularly the engineering sciences. This Environmental Engineering course focuses on the specific subject area Renewable Energies.
The class provides the opportunity to learn more about German and European perspectives on energy while covering topics such as wind energy, photovoltaic, geothermal technologies, hydropower and solar thermal technology.

Field trips demonstrate the real life environmental and economic impact of these new and promising technologies.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with environmental engineering and renewable energies, delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields. All lectures are additionally attended by tutors who supervise the students throughout the series. These tutors also accompany the students on field trips and help them prepare for the final exam.

COURSE MATERIALS

Introductory recommendation before the course starts: The Global Status Report REN21- Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st century: http://www.ren21.net/ren21activities/globalstatusreport.aspx

All further material will be given during the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Environmental Engineering and Renewable Energies

Introduction to Earthquake Engineering

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The student will be made familiar with methods and recent developments in the multidisciplinary field of Earthquake Engineering, including an introduction to tectonics and seismology, earthquake risk modelling and own investigation in a street survey. The course combines lectures, exercises and practice.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Students should develop a first understanding of the multi-disciplinary and complex nature of problems in earthquake engineering by acquiring basic knowledge in seismology, the behavior of structures and the seismic risk of large urban centers. They should also develop an initial understanding of modern methods to mitigate seismic risk through the improvement of the building stock.

COURSE MATERIALS

All material will be given during the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Introduction to Earthquake Engineering

Risk Management in Environmental Engineering Risk Control

COURSE DESCRIPTION and LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The course is focused on understanding and applying risk assessment and management techniques pertaining to: Worker Safety and Health; Environmental Safety; and the prevention and mitigation of potential accidents and emergencies. Students taking this class will be able to: identify hazards, assess their risk of these hazards; and define controls to eliminate and mitigate risks.


References:

Bruce Main: Risk Assessment Basics and Benchmarks (2004)

Materials by Sverdrup Corporation:

  • Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
  • Preliminary Hazard Analysis
  • Risk Assessment Concepts

All further material will be given during the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Risk Management in Environmental Engineering



CULTURE MODULE

Interactive German Studies & Cultural Studies:

The German Fairy Tale: Looking-glass of Society

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This seminar is an introduction to the foundations of critical theory in Fairy Tale Studies (in the historical and social context of the early 19th century), as well as an investigation of the Brothers Grimm and their impact on the development of the genre. Students will discover the international aspect of these regionally collected fairy tales with an in-depth look at the contribution of Kassel’s Dorothea Viehmann. Kassel offers students a unique opportunity to follow the traces of the brothers Grimm in the place where they collected the fairy tales. In addition to attending lectures, students will explore Kassel’s museums, libraries, parks and historical sights. Finally, students will experience how Kassel’s brand new Grimm museum developed and continues to develop its exhibition concept.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

- The students will be acquainted with recent theories of Fairy Tale Studies.
- They will apply different methods of text analysis.
- They will find out regional and international aspects of the works of the Brothers Grimm.

COURSE MATERIALS

  • The following titels will be provided during the course (in excerpts):
  • Brüder Grimm: Kinder- und Hausmärchen. Ed. by Heinz Rölleke. Berlin 1980ff.
  • Kathrin Pöge-Alder: Märchenforschung. Theorien, Methoden, Interpretationen. Tübingen 2007.
  • Hans-Jörg Uther: Handbuch zu den “Kinder- und Hausmärchen” der Brüder Grimm. Entstehung – Wirkung – Interpretation. Berlin, New York 2008.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - The German Fairy Tale: Looking-glass of Society

German History and Politics of the 20th Century

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In this course, students will analyze the specifically German elements of 20th Century History. How was it possible that a “Kulturnation”, a people who brought forth outstanding results in music, philosophy, literature, and science, initiated the worst known crime in history, the Holocaust? Was there an especially German approach to dealing with the challenges of modern and post-modern societies? How were questions of gender inequality and racial minorities answered in 20th Century Germany? How did German identity develop, change, invent, and re-invent itself from 1871 to present? How did defeat in two world wars, division of the country into two hostile blocs, successful reunification of the two Germanies, integration into the European Union, and the pressures of global capitalism lead to the German nation as we experience it today?

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • The course will use a mixture of lecture and seminar-style method. Students will read primary and secondary sources. The content will be usually presented via power point presentation and class discussion. The class will explore historical sites in Kassel and will visit the former Nazi concentration camp in Breitenau.
  • The participants will gain insight into the significance of cultural and historical events in German history.
  • They will be able to exhibit awareness of cultural and historical differences between the culture of German-speaking countries and the student’s native culture.

COURSE MATERIALS

The following titles will be provided during the course (in excerpts):

  • Volker Berghahn, Modern German: Society, Economy and Politics in the 20th Century. Cambridge University Press 1988, 2nd Edition.
  • Christopher Browning. Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. Harper Collins 1992.
  • Mary Fulbrook. Divided Nation: A History of Germany 1918 – 1990. New York OUP 1992.
  • Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan: Germany and Globalization. Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2008
  • Donald S. Gochberg (Ed.). The Twentieth Century. Classics of Western Thought. Volume IV. Harcourt Brace Jovanovich College Publisher. Orlando 1980.
  • Mark Mazower. Dark Continent. Europe’s Twentieth Century. Random House. New York 1998.
  • Alison Owings. Frauen. German Women Recall the Third Reich. New Brunswick, New Jersey, London. Rutgers University Press 2005.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - German History and Politics of the 20th Century

Intercultural Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Intercultural communication skills belong to the key competences for successful communication in international teams and a globalized world. On the basis of various intercultural theories, students will work on case studies and simulations in order to develop a deeper understanding of the complex processes of intercultural interaction.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • The students will be acquainted with recent theories of culture and communication
  • They will learn to interpret case studies
  • They will apply theory in role plays and simulations

COURSE MATERIALS

Literature:

  • Culture's consequences: Comparing values, behaviours, institutions and organizations across nations, Geert Hofstede., 2001 2nd edition, Thousand Oaks; CA: Sage Publications
  • Riding the waves of culture: Understanding diversity in global business, Alfons Trompenaar, Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaar, 1997, New York: McGraw- Hill.
  • Mind your manners, John Mole (3rd edition), 2003, London: Nocholas Brealey Understanding cultural differences, Edward T. Hall, 1990, Yarmouth: Intercultural Press

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Intercultural Communication



NANO MODULE

Nano Science

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The study of objects at the nanoscale, a dimension 10 thousand times thinner than a human hair, is intriguing. Gold particles change color, molecules conduct electricity without loss, and biological machines enable movements and govern our sense of time. This course is designed to take a balanced approach to the nanoworld and to introduce it from physical as well as from biological and chemical points of view. Topics include inorganic nanoparticles in everyday life, modern carbon-based materials, new photonic devices for medicine, energy, and information technology.

The course is intended for students with a good foundation in the physical sciences.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

The interdisciplinary seminar is built around a series of lectures concerned with nano sciences, delivered by professors from diverse disciplines. Students learn from and are inspired by leading academics working at the forefront of their fields. All lectures are additionally attended by a tutor who supervises the students, accompanies them on the Lab visit and helps them prepare for the final exam.

COURSE MATERIALS

There is no textbook that covers the diversity of material presented in this course. All lecturers will provide handouts to accompany their presentation. Hard copies and pdfs will be distributed at the beginning of the course.

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Nano Science

Intercultural Communication

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Intercultural communication skills belong to the key competences for successful communication in international teams and a globalized world. On the basis of various intercultural theories, students will work on case studies and simulations in order to develop a deeper understanding of the complex processes of intercultural interaction.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • The students will be acquainted with recent theories of culture and communication
  • They will learn to interpret case studies
  • They will apply theory in role plays and simulations

COURSE MATERIALS

Literature:

  • Culture's consequences: Comparing values, behaviours, institutions and organizations across nations, Geert Hofstede., 2001 2nd edition, Thousand Oaks; CA: Sage Publications
  • Riding the waves of culture: Understanding diversity in global business, Alfons Trompenaar, Charles Hampden-Turner and Fons Trompenaar, 1997, New York: McGraw- Hill.
  • Mind your manners, John Mole (3rd edition), 2003, London: Nocholas Brealey Understanding cultural differences, Edward T. Hall, 1990, Yarmouth: Intercultural Press

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Intercultural Communication



Sport Module

Sport Science and Activity Course (Rowing)

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Both courses may be taken together or one of them in conjunction with courses from other modules (e.g. the sport seminars can be combined with "Adaption Strategies to Climate Change" seminar from Engineering Module or other classes). English is the intended language of the Sport Module courses. They will last two weeks each and take place in the Institute for Sports and Sport Science (Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaft) at its site on Damaschkestraße at the University of Kassel. 

SPORT SCIENCE

For the ISU 2017, the sport science course will focus on “Motor Learning and Applications” including practical exercises. True to the motto "technique is everything" students will learn about general movement processes of the human body and possible optimizations for smoother motion sequences and effective results in sports. The intended instructors are teachers from the University of Kassel or guest docents from foreign partner universities. A contemporary English textbook will be used. 

ACTIVITY COURSE (ROWING)

The activity course will be a rowing course, as the University of Kassel has special opportunities for rowing due to a recently-constructed boathouse at the Fulda river within Kassel‘s city limits. During such activity courses the social functions of sports impart their effects through group engagement, shared physical exercise, and fatigue experiences (as well as through feelings of success and defeat). A visit to a German sport event is also included in the module in order to allow the participants to have a view into German sport culture. However, the primary goal of the activity course is learning and completing movement skills and safety behavior of rowing. The participants will learn motor skills and their biomechanical origins as well as how to understand and apply which teaching methods should be used for these skills. Boat equipment from the University of Kassel is available for course participation. 

FURTHER SERVICES

The university‘s fitness studio will also be available to students for their individual training goals. The participants will have internet access through the University of Kassel’s WLAN network. 

Every course will include at least one assistant who will support the students and be available for questions. 

COURSE MATERIALS

DOWNLOAD: Complete Course Outline - Sport Science Course and Activity Course


LANGUAGE COURSES

German as a Foreign Language (40 hours)
 
Studying German in Germany and practicing your skills in everyday situations is a very effective way to improve your German.

The ISU Kassel offers German language courses at three different levels - depending on the number of participants and their German language skills. Students will be assigned to the level that best fits their competence.

Our language courses are designed to fit the criteria of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (European Language Portfolio). The ISU program offers courses at the following levels: A1 (beginners) and, depending on the level of the participants, A2, B1, B2 and C1. The description explains which language skills you will have AFTER the course [... more Information].

The applied teaching and learning methods are based on a progressive and innovative concept which includes, among others, team work, games, and CALL (computer-aided language learning), etc. Students will study in small groups and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Our experienced teachers are carefully selected. They are especially qualified for teaching German as a foreign language.


Here you can find the weekly schedules of ISU 2015 for your reference. Please allow for minor changes in the schedule.

Engineering Module

Culture Module

Nano Module


Profile of the International Summer University
Programs

Engineering Module
Culture Module
Nano Module
Sport Module
Additional language courses are offered

Degree  Transcript of records
Credits Up to 9 ECTS credit points
Duration About 4 weeks
Number of participants About 50 students per year
Program language English
Test performances Tests and participation in the modules
Tuition fees EUR 2,190, payment received on or before April 01, 2017 enjoy an early-bird discount of EUR 200.
Location Kassel
Start of studies June 23, 2018  -  July 21, 2018