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INDP 372: Bavarian Highlights Travel Seminar, Spring 2007:

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Images: Statesmen | Modern politics | Holy Roman Empire Maps |
Delchamps Recital Hall, in Smith Music Building, 7:30-9:10 pm
Instructors: Frau Karen Hyman, <kHyman>, FL 309, x.4525 | Dr. Jeremy Lewis, jLewis>, FL 209, x.4521
Dr. Jackie Trimble, <jTrimble>, FL 306, x.4435 | Travel Director: Ms. Jane Williams, <travel>, CL 102, x.4534
Thanks to those above for content; page by Jeremy Lewis, revised 28 Apr. 2007 with session titleguest speakers; comments welcome.
Audiovisual materials will only be used where time and equipment permit.  See APTV documentaries' list below.
Spring '07 NO classes: 8-9 Mar. (winter break), 26-30 Mar. (spring break), 6 Apr. (Good Friday), W 11 Apr. (Senior test), T 8 May (Dead Day).
[Objectives] [Attendance] [Honor Code]
[Schedule] Week: [01] [02] [03] [04] [05] [06] [Test] [07] [08] [09] [10] [11] [12] [13] 14] [15] [Final]
[Other Dates] [Content] [Introductory] [Travelling] [Fairytales] [Politics & Society] [Resources]

  • Seminar Objectives:
  • Students will be able to converse in German language in travel context
  • Students will gain an understanding of fairytales and to relate themes and be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the subject
  • Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of German geography, history & politics
  • Students will be prepared for international travel and understand travel policies and procedures
  • Student learning outcomes will be documented by increased scores from the seminar pre-test to the post-test
  • Required text:
  • Langenscheidt Pocket Phrasebook - German, 2006 edition (see College Bookstore).
  • Class Attendance:
  • You are expected to attend all class meetings, to arrive on time, to be prepared for and par¬ticipate in every class, and to complete all assigned work and deliver it on time.  Late work will not be accepted.  Unexcused  absences will affect your grade.  Excused absences are those incurred because you are participating in an official College activity or because you are ill.  If you will miss a class meeting to participate in a school-related function, notify Frau Hyman or Mrs. Williams (by email or a written note) in advance.  If you are absent because of illness, you must at the first class meeting after your recovery be prepared to  provide a written excuse signed by a medical professional.
  • You should note the College-wide class attendance policy stated in the 2006-2007 Huntingdon College Catalog (p. 32):
  •     "All students are required to attend, at a minimum, 75% of the meetings of every class in which they are enrolled.  Individual faculty may set more stringent attendance policies.  Failure to meet minimum attendance requirements will result in a failing grade.
        Students are expected to arrive for class on time.  Failure to be punctual may, at the discretion of the instructor, be recorded as an absence.  Individual faculty may set more stringent policies regarding prompt attendance."
  • Be aware that any absence, excused or not, counts against this minimum.  This class meets 14 times this semester. 75% of 14 is 10 so if you miss more than four classes you will not pass the course regardless of your grades.  Absences incurred prior to registering for the seminar are counted as absences.  Being more than fifteen minutes late to this class will constitute an absence.

  • Successful completion of the seminar, including any tests and examinations, with at least a "D", is required in order to travel - no exceptions.
  • Honor Code:
  • Each Huntingdon College student has dedicated himself/herself to the principles of the Honor Code published in the Student Handbook. The Honor Code includes the following statement:
  •     "Anyone who violates the Honor Code by cheating, plagiarizing, copying and receiving credit for another student's work, or anyone who knowingly participates in the defrauding or deceiving of any faculty member for the purpose of meeting scholastic requirements is subject to trial by the College Judicial Council. It is the duty and privilege of a student to request that another student report him or herself for infractions of the Honor Code."
    Procedures in this class will reflect trust in each student’s adherence to the principles of the Honor Code.  Any violation of this trust will result in an assigned “F” in the course and further action by the Judicial Council.
  • Disabilities:
  • Huntingdon College makes every reasonable accommodation for disabilities that have been processed and approved through our Disability Services Committee in accord with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. In order to request disability-related services at Huntingdon College, students must self-identify to the Disabilities Intake Coordinator, Ms. Sandy Montgomery, and provide appropriate and up-to-date documentation to verify their disability or special needs. After the accommodations have been approved by the Disability Services Committee, the 504 Coordinator, Dr. Sid Stubbs, will notify your professor(s) of the Committee’s decision. If you have any questions regarding reasonable accommodation or need to request disability-related services, please contact Disability Services at (334) 833-4432 or email disabilityservices@huntingdon.edu .
  • Seminar Schedule:
  • Week 1, 22 Jan.'07, Introductory Session:
  • Travel information, itinerary review, syllabus review and assignment, by Ms. Jane Williams (Travel Director)
  • assisted by faculty: Frau Hyman (German)
  • Weekly sessions 2-12: one hour of conversational German language and travel tips (Frau Hyman), followed by one hour of fairytale literature (Dr. Trimble) or geography, politics, history & society (Dr. Lewis)
  • Week 2, 29 Jan. Pre-test (for assessment) and introduction to Conversational German & Fairytale Literature
  • Week 3, 5 Feb. Conversational German; Geography & Society
  • Week 4, 12 Feb. Conversational German & Fairytale Literature
  • Week 5, 19 Feb. Conversational German; Economics & Political Institutions
  • Week 6, 26 Feb. Language & travel; Fairytale Literature
  • Week 7, 5 Mar. Midterm exam.  Language & travel; Contemporary Political Institutions
  • Week 8, 12 Mar. Language & travel; Fairytale Literature
  • Week 9, 19 Mar. Conversational German; Holy Roman Empire
  • (Spring Break, 26 Mar. No class.) Practice your conversational German
  • Week 10, 2 Apr. Conversational German; German Empire
  • Week 11, 9 Apr. Guest speakers: Klaus und Brigitte Guenzel on German security policy issues, and German life; Fairytale Literature
  • Week 12, 16 Apr. Conversational German; Modern German Political History
  • Week 13, 23 Apr.  Conversational German; additional Modern German Political History, with illustrations by video.
  • Weekly sessions 14-15:
  • Week 14, 30 Apr. Travel practicalities discussion, with Ms. Williams
  • Week 15, 7 May (final day of classes at HC) Final examination in class
  • Attendance is required for the post-test, in the HC Final Examination Period: 08:30-10:30, T 15 May
  • Other Dates:
  • Mon, 21 May   7:30 a.m. Begin check-in in Smith Lobby to receive travel documents
  • Vehicles can be left in the Wilson Parking Lot
  • 8:30 a.m. Mandatory class session begins
  • 10:30 a.m. Invocation and board buses according to assignments
  • 3:45 p.m. Groups #1 and #2 will begin boarding Delta flight #14
  • Dinner will be served enroute to Frankfurt
  • 5:30 p.m. Groups #3 and #4 will begin boarding Delta flight #20
  • Dinner will be served enroute Frankfurt
  • Tues, 22 May   7:45 a.m. Flight #14 scheduled arrival in Frankfurt
  • 9:20 a.m. Flight #20 scheduled arrival in Frankfurt
  • Wed, 30 May   9:00 a.m. Groups #1 and #2 will begin boarding Delta flight #27
  • CONTENT:
  • Introductory Session: two hours of practical travel tips, rules and advice, by Ms. Jane Williams,
  • assisted by faculty: Frau Hyman, Dr. Trimble and Dr. Lewis
  • content may vary from this suggested list.
  • Passports
  • Rule of Three
  • Cinderella Rule
  • Lobbyists' Party
  • Moneybelts and purses
  • Dry flight rule (but drink water)
  • Luggage issues, both carry-on and checked bags
  • Security issues with toiletries and sharp objects
  • Bus & train card for Munich
  • Conversational German (Frau Hyman): first hour of sessions 2-9,
  • Meeting people
  • Accommodations
  • Travel
  • Eating and drinking
  • Shops, mailing,
  • Practical Travelling tips (Frau Hyman, assisted by faculty and staff), such as (but content may vary):
  • limited shopping hours
  • (till four weekdays, till 6 on Saturdays,closed Sundays except at stations, even many small restaurants closed Sundays)
  • Euro currency
  • Euro Central Bank website
  • Economist tables (rear pages) of currency movements
  • Euro is very expensive while dollar is so low
  • Approximate prices
  • shopping exercises provided??
  • Public Transport:
  • riding streetcars with desire (well, passes), color coding of lines, following subway maps
  • subway map following classroom exercises provided
  • Walking around
  • Crossing streets, street signs,
  • street map following classroom exercises provided
  • Airport issues:
  • Security now makes returning with presents more difficult
  • Security issues: leave your knives and automatic weapons at home
  • Don't crack jokes about terrorism around the airport
  • Euro makes purchasing large gifts very expensive
  • Need to carry passports (and student ID) and may have to show ID to police and shopkeepers
  • Emergency passports, etc: US consulate may only be able to offer limited assistance
  • Flight etiquette and airport guidance, customs issues upon return
  • ATL airport: after ticketing, you'll have to walk your cases over to scanning
  • ATL is crowded: will have to queue up tightly and stick together
  • ATL has automatic subway train from security to E concourse for international flights (far end)
  • Returning at ATL: you'll have to pass Customs and then return cases to conveyor belt, pick up at other end of airport.
  • Hotel issues:
  • Hotel may lock doors late evening
  • Breakfast provided [check with Ms. Williams] likely to be continental version of "Full English Breakfast," keeps you going
  • Dining etiquette:
  • Do not sit in stammtisch (reserved tables for local regulars), but do share tables if crowded
  • Yes, McDonald's does sell beer and wine with the McNuggets.  Stay sober.  See crossing streets and night life advice.
  • Night life etiquette
  • The consequences of drunkenness, getting lost -- or finding an ardent admirer -- are HUGE when in a foreign justice system
  • Midnight curfew in hotel lobby
  • Enjoy the lobby party with your friends -- don't inconvenience the whole group by violating curfew
  • German Literature: fairy tales [not first Monday of each month]
  • Sessions F1 and F2: Introduction to Fairytales [Lecture PPT]
  • History
  • origins and definitions
  • oral and written traditions
  • Literary Considerations
  • structure
  • themes and archetypes
  • characters
  • writers and the Grimm truth
  • contemporary implications and cultural uses
  • Sessions F3 and F4: Sex, Spells and Happily Ever After
  • Sessions F5 and F6: Evil Stepmothers, Absentee Fathers and Orphans
  • Sessions F7 and F8: Good Girls, Beasts and Moral Lessons
  • Websites (tentative):
  • http://www.ucs.mun,ca/~barker/fairies/index2.html
  • DRAFT of content on Geography, History, Politics and Society (but content may vary):
  • Session P1: German Geography and Society [Maps]
  • Neighboring states
  • Regions of Germany
  • Population, age structure
  • religions, literacy, social classes
  • sports, education
  • Session P2: German Economy and Political Institutions
  • Economy
  • GDP, currency, budget, inflation
  • Unemployment, labor practices
  • reunification costs
  • sectors
  • Exports & imports
  • Inequality
  • Strengths
  • Military sector
  • Political Institutions
  • Federal system
  • Constitution
  • Executive
  • elections
  • Legislature
  • elections
  • Judiciary
  • Political parties
  • Pressure groups
  • Session P3: Contemporary, reunified German political institutions and leaders
  • Session P4 and P5: Modern German political history:
  • Early history of the Germanic tribes (100 BC – AD 300)
  • Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation (843-1806)
  • Luther & reformation
  • Restoration and revolution (1814-71)
  • Second German Empire (1871-1918)
  • Bismarck, Nietzsche and the Kaiser
  • Weimar Republic (1919-33)
  • Versailles Treaty, Hyperinflation, Great depression
  • Third Reich (1933–45)
  • Division and reunification (1945-90)
  • Current Germany
  • Websites:
  • Brief explanation of Film on Library reserve, All Quiet on the Western Front
  • Brief explanation of films on library reserve, Das Boot; Cabaret (contains street scenes of Munich)
  • Dachau, the work camp for religious and political dissidents, now restored
  • scene from Band of Brothers film, of liberation of camp
  • Websites:
  • Session P6: German Politics: the postwar democratic miracle and the European Union
  • Brief explanation of film on library reserve, Goodbye, Lenin
  • Websites:
  • Session P7 and P8: Modern German Issues [Maps, images]:
  • Terrorism, Sports, Society and Business
  • Reunification: rise of the East, Chancellor Merkel, reunification tax, rebuilding of Berlin
  • Profile of Merkel's first year, from Economist.
  • reassertion of foreign policy; limitations of military
  • leadership of EU and Euro
  • role of women, child care, abortion
  • education system, decision on tracks at 12 years
  • Websites:
  • Personal Budget Calculator
  • Resources:
  • My recommended reading and listening:
  • Instant Immersion German, $20; a bunch of CDs with language drills.
  • phrase book & CD: Essential German Travel Pack;  (Dorling Kindersley, about $10)
  • guide book, with maps, descriptions and images: Eyewitness Series, Top Ten, Munich. (Dorling Kindersley, $10)
  • background book: David Conradt, The German Polity (Norton).
  • Recommended travelogues, APTV documentaries, listed for this term:
  • Smart Traveller TV series (mostly on High Def channel only) with serious presenter.
  • Globe Trekker series (mostly on High Def channel only) with young, hippie style presenter.
  • Rick Steves' series and guide /phrase books.  (In academic baby boomer style, but not programmed for spring '07. Get 'em on DVD.)