ONLINE WINTER COURSE - OUR RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The International Winter University at Kassel is held every year during the winter season. It offers seminars related to Renewable Energies and German Culture and is designed for international students and graduates. As a participant at the International Winter University you can choose one module and combine it with the German language course, which are included in the program fee. All seminars will be taught mainly by faculty members of the University of Kassel from the respective disciplines.
Our commitment to academics and scholars around the world is to continue to run the program however possible, but due to current unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic situation, the International Winter University Kassel 2021 will be held ONLINE from January 3 to January 23, 2021, allowing everyone who wishes to participate in our program but cannot travel to Kassel the opportunity to join our program and earn credits.
The ONLINE IWU 2021 will be organized in cooperation with the Fulda University of Applied Sciences and the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences. Using Adobe Connect, each University will offer its own Academic Program, while the German Language Courses will be offered jointly.
The module can be chosen freely based on personal interest. Previous knowledge in the selected field can be useful for the completion of the module, however the admission to the program is not restricted to students or graduates of a same or similar subject.
ACADEMIC + LEISURE TIME ProgramS
Module: Environmental Engineering - Renewable Energy Sources
4 ECTS credits
The seminar takes a closer look at Renewable Energy Sources embedded in the German Energy System Transformation ‘Energiewende’ from a German and European Perspective
The wind energy class starts with a short introduction into history and development of wind turbines. Furthermore the lecture will cover topics concerning wind turbines such as the basics of wind energy physics, technical and economic issues. The installation, operation and maintenance of wind turbines will be taught along with facts about onshore and offshore wind farms and their pros and cons.
The lecture deals with basic principles of solar cells and components of PV-systems for different applications. The development of grid connected systems in Germany is discussed – large systems and building integrated systems - as well as PV-applications for rural electrification.
Solar Thermal Technology
Solar thermal systems cover the basics of sky geometry and solar radiation. Different types of solar collectors will be introduced and explained in detail. Applications like small & large scale systems and solar water storages are part of the class.
GIS as a Linkage Tool
Geographic Information System (GIS) provides the basic structure and architecture for regional and urban planning systems and allows multi-level access. Modern GIS is used as a linkage and communication tool between the potential estimation of renewable energy and modern planning processes.
The hydro power class consists of topics like technological basics of hydro power and different types of water turbines.
Hydro power and hydromorphological requirements as a tool to evaluate the energetic and economic impacts of hydropower in Germany will be taught.
As a preparation for the exam, the international students attend a tutorial in the last week of the IWU. Our tutors summarise and review the content of the lectures with the students and clarify remaining questions.
Students have to write an exam covering all seminar topics at the end of class.
Module: German Cultural Studies - Reflections on German History, Literature and Art
4 ECTS credits
Reflections on German History: Literature and Art of the 19th and 20th century
In this seminar we will take a closer look at the so-called `Goethe-Zeit`. We are going to try to understand what led to Nietzsche’s dictum that Goethe himself was culture. In order to do so, we will have a look at his major works and will be introduced to Goethe’s concept to bring poetry and science together within the thinking. Thus, we will analyse Goethe as a scientist, i.e. Goethe’s theory of colour and the “Goethe-Elephant.”
In the second part of the seminar we will focus on the second half of the 19th century, during which time Nietzsche proclaimed the superman (“Übermensch”) in accordance with his central thesis of the “will to power.” This thesis had a great impact on the following decades as did his diagnoses concerning a fundamental change in the hierarchy of values
which describe the Christian morality as “overcome”. Nietzsche’s type of thinking was later called “philosophy of life” and influenced many authors like Thomas Mann.
The seminar closes with a third topic: Revolutionary art movements in Germany. On a excursion to Weimar, a small town in Thuringia which had become a cultural melting pot during Goethe’s time, we will see many cultural relicts of the time and we will explore the artefacts of the revolutionary art movements in Germany, like the ‘Bauhaus’, which was founded in Weimar, and Expressionism.
Further field trips include visits of museums in the Kassel area, like the Museum of the Brothers Grimm or the Ottoneum, which was the first fixed theatre in Germany and serves as a place for exhibitions these days. Among others, it is famous for the so-called ‘Goethe Elephant’, which Goethe used for his studies.
The content of this seminar is influenced and led by the areas of interest on the students’ part. The lecture will hence put special emphasis and provide background information on particular topics the students want to know more about.
- Sheehan, James J.: German history 1770 - 1866. Oxford 1989.
- Milward, Alan & Saul, S.B.: The economic development of continental Europe 1780 - 1870. London 1973.
- Kitchen, Martin: The political economy of Germany 1815 - 1914. Montreal 1973.
- James, Howard Mumford: Revolution and Romanticism. Cambridge, London 1974.n.n.
Further material will be provided during the course.
Our language course, which we offer at different levels, is always included.
German Language Course
30 Contact Hours, 3 ECTS credits
Studying German in Germany and practicing your skills in everyday situations is a very effective way to improve your German.
We offer 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.
In addition to the academic programs we offer several leisure time activities and supplemental programs e.g. Opening and Closing Ceremony, an info session „Study in Hessen“ as well as some leisure activities such as campus tour, which are also organized in a virtual form.
ONLINE IWU 2021 Daily Schedule
The preliminary schedule for the Online IWU 2021 can be downloaded here: Online IWU Kassel 2021 Schedule
Please allow some minor changes in the schedule.
Feel free to use the time zone converter below to check the schedule in your local time
DATE + tuition fee
The ONLINE IWU 2021 will be held from January 3 - 23, 2021 and the fee is 990 EUR
Application Deadline: November 15, 2020
The fee includes:
- One academic course
- One German Language Course
- Online Leisure program
- Technical student support with Adobe Connect during every seminar
- Student Support via e-mail
- Tutorial for the Engineering Course
- Academic Transcript and, if required, a certificate of participation