Drexel Spring Break in Germany: Berlin Identity
In this course, students will read and analyze different aspects of German culture such as architecture, film, history, literature and religion. Students will not only increase their language skills but also examine the importance of these cultural determinants and how they have shaped the identity of Berlin and its citizens. The course will take place online during the winter term of 2016-17 and during spring break in Berlin. Students will engage in online discussions, reflective narratives, site visitations, and engagement with local communities and reflective group sessions.
Expected Learning Outcomes for the online as well as the onsite portion of the course:
- Increase of advanced language skills according to ACTFL (American Council On Teaching of Foreign Languages) as well as CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)
- Gain knowledge of cultural aspects and the ability to identify how they have helped the identity of Berlin over the last 100 years
- Enhance critical understanding of the importance of cultural markers in German identity negotiation process
At the end of the course, students have begun to capture and fully understand not only language but cultural knowledge as well. At this level of German language competence, they will have fine-tuned their knowledge of German culture by focusing on an in-depth academic analysis of the cultural aspects of Berlin, by emerging in the German culture through the exploration of places and through engagement with its citizens. Student openness, knowledge, and adaptability at this point are fully developed, and they are aware of the most appropriate use of the German language in any context, allowing them to arrive at the level of full intercultural communication skills that are expected at this level, namely level 3.
Part 1 of the course takes place during winter term as online course. Part 2 of the course takes place in Germany. Students will engage in discussions and keep a diary of their journey.
Students will be registered for GER 430 Jewish Identity in Modern Germany for 1 credit as part of their spring term course load.
All students must take GER 430 Berlin Identity for 3 credits as a part of their winter term course load in order to be eligible for this program. The winter course is taught in a hybrid format (online and on-campus). Thus student will receive a total of 4 credits.
Simone Schlichting-Artur, Ed.D., Teaching Professor
Arrival Date: March 25, 2017
Departure Date: April 1, 2017
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.
- Tour of historical landmarks of Jewish culture with representative of the German community
- Guided tour of Sachsenhausen concentration camp
- Visit to Jewish Synagogue and meeting with Rabbi
- Meeting with Jewish community members
- Meeting with JAC representative
- Visit Jewish Museum in Berlin
Due November 15, 2016 - $25 application fee + $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15, 2017 - $200 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
Included in Program Fee:
- On-site transportation (excluding airport transfer)
- Guided tours, entrance fees
- Two group meals
Not Included in Program Fee:
- Round trip airfare** ($900)
- Lunches and most dinners ($200)
- Passport ($140)
- Spending Money ($150)
- Non-US citizens may be required to apply for a visa*
- US citizens are not required to obtain a visa. Other nationalities should confirm on the German Embassy website.
- **Students will be provided a suggested flight itinerary to/from Berlin.