Uni-Tübingen

Course Schedule

The Tübingen - Virtual Intercultural Preparation Package includes various courses on topics such as German language, culture, politics and society as well as intercultural communication.

You can choose up to two courses plus the Buddy Program.

Participation in the courses is free of charge.

More information on the courses and detailed syllabi can be found by clicking on each course below.

Course descriptions

Welcome to Tübingen – a digital German Beginners' Class

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

Learn German and get a (virtual) impression of the inviting atmosphere of Tübingen! This course will cover all aspects of German needed for conversations and communication routines in everyday life. Lessons are lively and communicative, connecting intense language training with general knowledge of Germany and Tübingen.
Classes are available on diffferent levels:
Elementary German I (European Framework of reference: A1)
Elementary German II (European Framework of reference: A2)

Learning objectives

Depending on your language level, you will…

  • learn to communicate in the German Language
  • develop your communivative skills on a variety of topics
  • develop reading and writing
Method of instruction

Distance learning. Courses run 3 academic hours each (1 h = 45 minutes).
Classes will be taught via Zoom (90 minutes/week) and the Tübingen’s Content Management System (ILIAS) (45 minutes/week).

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

Weekly assignments, quizzes

Credits & Grading

4 ECTS

The grade of the course will be calculated by the results of regular assignments.

Course language

German

Number of places

15 per course

Course Instructors

Ute Link, Helena Schaal, Marie-Sophie Kasten, Eva Muré

Schedule

Courses take place Tuesdays at 5.00 pm (CEST)

First lesson on Tuesday, October 12, at 5.00 pm (CEST)

Please note: If you want to attend one of our German beginner classes and already have some knowledge in German please take the following online test:
https://unitc-my.sharepoint.com/:b:/g/personal/qz5kr01_cloud_uni-tuebingen_de/EVCDZrUUVAhIlWyA3gnB6ggBeqXZcxpWy02T6bJKQxKv_A?e=pa4u4X

At what level do you want to learn German, A1 or A2? First, please choose the appropriate test. Take the test until you feel that it is becoming too difficult. Then click on the button "einreichen" for the results.

You will be asked for an email address to send the results to - please send this test to info@virtual-prepackage.uni-tuebingen.de at the latest by AUGUST 28! Your registration for a German language class will not be considered without an official test result which has to to be emailed to us by this deadline!

This does NOT apply if you do NOT have any prior knowledge in German.

Welcome to Tübingen – a digital German Class (Intermediate Level)

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

Learn German and get a (virtual) impression of the inviting atmosphere of Tübingen! This course will cover all aspects of German needed for conversations and communication routines in everyday life. Lessons are lively and communicative, connecting intense language training with general knowledge of Germany and Tübingen.
Level of this class: Intermediate German (European Framework of Reference B1)

Learning objectives

Depending on your language level, you will⋯
- learn to communicate in the German Language
- develop your communivative skills on a variety of topics
- develop reading and writing

Method of instruction

Distance learning. Courses run 3 academic hours each (1 h = 45 minutes).
Courses will be taught via ZOOM (90 minutes/week) and Tübingen's Content Management System (Ilias) (45 minutes/week).

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

Weekly assignments, quizzes.

Credits & Grading

4 ECTS

The grade of the course will be calculated by the results of regular assignments.

Course language

German

Number of places

15 per course

Course Instructor

Carina Marquardt

Schedule

Course takes place Wednesdays at 8.00 pm (CEST)

First lesson on Wednesday, October 13, at 8.00 pm (CEST)

Please note: If you want to attend our German intermediate class please take the following online test:

! Once you click on the link you have to take the test immediately (max. 50 minutes). You cannot open the test twice!
https://www.bookwidgets.com/play/sHbApkPS-iQAFTPd2fAAAA/QCLRUQY/einstufungstest?teacher_id=6379652254793728

Please take the test at the latest by AUGUST 28! Your test result will be automatically sent to us. Your registration for a German language class will not be considered without an official test result which has to to be submitted to us by this deadline!

 

A digital Kiswahili Beginners' Class

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

This course will cover all aspects of Kiswahili needed for conversations and communication routines needed in everyday life. Lessons are lively and communicative connecting intense language training with general knowledge of Kiswahili and Rwanda and East Africa.
Level of this class:
Elementary Kiswahili I (European Framework of reference: A1)

Learning objectives

Depending on your language level, you will:
- Learn to communicate in Kiswahili Language;
- Develop your communicative skills in variety of topics;
- Develop reading and writing.

Method of Instruction

Distance Learning. Courses run 3 academic hours each (1h = 45 minutes). Courses will be taught via ZOOM (90minutes/week) and Tübingen Content Management System (45 minutes/week).

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

Weekly assignments, quizzes.

Credits & Grading

4 ECTS

The grade of the course will be calculated by the results of the regular assignments.

Course language

English

Number of places

15/class

Course instructor

Dr. Wallace Mlaga

Schedule

Courses take place Mondays at 8.00pm (German Time)

First lesson on Monday, October 11, at 8.00pm (German Time)

A digital Wolof Beginners' Class

Living and studying internationally: an intercultural exploration [CEFR B1/B2]

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content   

Students from multiple countries will start with an introduction into intercultural topics, review necessary conversation management devices and have self-guided discussions in groups of 2/3. Students will be provided with suggested talking points for discussion for each meeting and other resources. At the end, the groups will meet together, discuss the outcomes and have a general Q&A session. Course material will be provided except for independent reseach. Sample topics students will discuss: family structure and roles, being a guest/host, dealing with the pandemic, being a students in the higher education system, political parties, dealing with racism and right-wing movements.

Learning objectives    

By the end of the course, students will: know about topics of intercultural discourse, build and consolidate core B1/B2 vocabulary, use conversation management devices to describe intercultural items, compare sample topics on international/-cultural level, express opinions and give presentations.

Method of instruction    

Courses will meet online via Zoom and ILIAS (content management system of Tübingen University), as well as in small independent groups of 2-3.

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

Successful completion of B1 or B2 courses or certificate (CEFR) or on-line C-test of English proficiency 55 points or higher or equivalent

Credits

4 ECTS

Course language

English

Number of places

21

Course instructor

Marc Strain

Schedule  

Course takes place Wednesdays at 5.00pm (German Time)
First lesson on Wednesday, October 13, at 5.00pm (German Time)

Please note: If you want to attend one of our English Language Classes please take the following online test:

https://hermes-pc-2.d7.verwaltung.uni-tuebingen.de/cgi/ctest.fcgi?testid=120
If the test doesn't upload automatically, please click on the button "continue" or email us:

infospam prevention@virtual-prepackage.uni-tuebingen.de
Please take the test at the latest by AUGUST 28! Your test result will be automatically sent to us. Your registration for an English Language Class will not be considered without an official test result which has to to be submitted to us by this deadline!

Think Globally: International Tridems on Global Issues [CEFR C1]

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content     

Active participation in online course, presentations, independent research and group work in tridems, forum postings (about tridem meetings) and final reflection paper. Course materials will be provided by the instructor and augmented by independent research.
Course Dates: (1) Oct 13; (2) Oct 27; (3) Nov 17; (4) Dec 01; (5) Dec 08 from 5-7:30pm (CET)
Tridem Dates: 3 times between (1) and (2); 3 times between (2) and (3)/(4), therefore you meet more often in small groups than as a class.
Please do not underestimate the time commitment and expectation of working independently for this course.

Learning objectives    

Bringing together international students from multiple countries to discuss and enhance their views on topics such as: cultural stereotypes, sustainability, public health, equal opportunity, freedom of speech. Students will also reflect on effective academic communication.

Method of instruction    

Course will take place online. Presentations and research for roles in two panel discussions will be prepared independently and with teams prior to meetings in Zoom. Also students will prepare by listening/reading.

Academic hours    

3 academic hours/every second week (1h = 45 minutes)

Course requirements

On-line test of English proficiency 85 points or higher or equivalent C1 level

Credits

4 ECTS (partial credit possible)

Course Language

English

Number of places

21

Course Instructor

Rachel Thoma

Schedule

Course takes place Wednesdays at 5.00pm (German Time)

First lesson on Wednesday, October 13, at 5.00pm (German Time)

Please note: If you want to attend one of our English Language Classes please take the following online test:

https://hermes-pc-2.d7.verwaltung.uni-tuebingen.de/cgi/ctest.fcgi?testid=120
If the test doesn't upload automatically, please click on the button "continue" or email us:

infospam prevention@virtual-prepackage.uni-tuebingen.de
Please take the test at the latest by AUGUST 28! Your test result will be automatically sent to us. Your registration for an English Language Class will not be considered without an official test result which has to to be submitted to us by this deadline!

Germany - NOW!

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

The course Germany - NOW!  takes you on a tour of Germany in the 21st century: people, places, politics, popular culture. What is the German nation debating? You will discover that some debates are shared in your home countries whereas others seem to get more attention in Germany, or even only there. Using different media we will explore (in self-study, in small group discussions and in the plenary forum) the historical, geopolitical and cultural reasons for this. Some key words here: monetary (dis)union, the new extreme right, xenophobia/racism, climate change, a new global player, the post-Merkel era, the post-Yogi-Löw era, regional vs. federal, food, music, literature, education.. You may pick what is offered or you can bring your own ideas to the table. There will be readings, images, and clips to analyze. The goal is to learn about Germany but also to turn our global classroom as debating floor. Our lingua franca shall be English, but you will learn German expressions that have resonated, e.g. Angela Merkel’s Wir schaffen das!

Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will

  • have a broad knowledge of ongoing debates in Germany.
  • be acquainted with some German public personae and have taken virtual tours of Germany, not least, a tour of Tübingen.
  • know more about the German public sphere and how it is shaped.
Method of instruction

- Distance learning.
- 3 academic hours/week (1 h = 45 minutes).
- Courses will be taught via ZOOM (90 min)
- a LMS will complement the course (Moodle / ILIAS)

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

- you have to feel confident enough to speak up in English!
- weekly assignments
- regular participation in the Zoom sessions, incl. debates, presentations

Credits & Grading

4 ECTS

The grade of the course will be based on the results of the assignments and the performance in class.

Course language

English

Number of places

20

Course Instructor

Karen Diehl, PhD

Schedule

Courses take place Tuesdays at 6.30 pm (CEST)
First lesson on Tuesday, October 12, at 6.30 pm (CEST)

Access tour Germany

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

In this course, we will tour the most exciting places in Germany and discuss the most interesting topics of contemporary Germany. Using different media, we will explore topics regarding politics, society, economy, and the refugee situation. Through group and class-wide discussions, we learn about the effects the Cold War had on Germany, virtually visit the student city of Tübingen, understand Germany’s plan to exit the use of fossil fuels, and discuss political strategies on national and European levels. This course is a great opportunity for you to learn about Germany, dig deeper in a specific topic, present to your classmates, and draw comparisons to your home country.
Come on board and fasten your seatbelt!

Learning objectives

By the end of the course you:

  • Are able to draw comparisons between Germany and your home country in regard to the topics discussed.
  • Understand core elements of the German state and cultures.
  • Have extended your digital literacy.
Method of instruction

Distance learning
Classes will be taught via Zoom (90 minutes/week) and the Tübingen’s Content Management System (ILIAS) (45 minutes/week)

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

1 Presentation (15-20 minutes), short assignments, 3 quizzes, final project

Credits & Grading

4 ECTS

The grade of the course will be calculated by the results of regular assignments.

Course language

English

Number of places

20

Course Instructor

Lucas Ogden

Schedule

Courses take place Tuesdays at 6.30pm (German Time)

First lesson on Tuesday, October 12, at 6.30pm (German Time)

Intercultural Communication "Insight Germany - (Ex)Change your Perspectives"

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

Intercultural competence has become an important skill for students in both academic and professional contexts. In this course, we will focus on living and studying in Germany (e.g. university system, types of courses, teaching and learning styles, student life). We will also take a closer look at models and theories for describing culture and intercultural communication and how these are reflected in the academic culture and day-to-day interactions among students and between students and instructors. Topics will include: how does culture influence our perception? What role do verbal and non-verbal elements play in intercultural communication? What constitutes intercultural competence? Participants will have the opportunity to reflect their own cultural background, gain valuable insights into new cultures and countries and share their perspectives with international classmates and Tübingen students.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will:

  • know more about living and studying in Germany
  • learn various approaches and concepts that describe culture
  • develop an understanding of cultural orientations in Germany
  • be able to specify and reflect your own culture and perceptions
  • develop and hone skills important for intercultural competence development
Method of instruction

Distance learning
Classes will be taught via Zoom (135 minutes/week) and the e-learning platform Moodle

Academic hours

3 hours/week on zoom

Course requirements

Short weekly assignments, e-portfolio

Credits & Grading

4 ECTS

The grade of the course will be calculated by the results of regular assignments.

Course Language

English

Number of places

20

Course Instructor

Janine Zellner

Schedule

Course takes place Thursdays at 5.00pm – 7.15pm (German Time)

First lesson on Thursday, October 14, at 5.00 pm (German Time)

Without interference and regardless of frontiers: Freedom of Expression in Europe Today

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content:

What is freedom of expression? How is it being endangered today in Europe? This course focuses on the importance of freedom of expression as a basic human right and as a core value of democratic societies and of today´s Europe. After a short introduction to the European Human Rights protection system, the students will be confronted with authentic cases of violation of freedom of expression and will discuss the problems occurring when trying to limit it.   

Learning objectives:

The aim of the course is to provide for an informed understanding of the importance of freedom of expression in contemporary Europe. At the end of the course students will be familiar with the theoretical and practical approaches to the basic human right of freedom of expression and its implementation  

Method of instruction:

Distance learning

Courses will be taught via ZOOM (90 min/week) and ILIAS (content management system of Tübingen University) (45 min/week).

Academic hours:

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements:

The course does not require any previous knowledge and is aimed at students interested in human rights theory and implementation who want to deepen their knowledge in European basic rights politics. A good command of English (B2 CEFR) and the willingness to actively participate are required. The course is designed for students from different countries and with different academic backgrounds.

Credits & Grading:

4 ECTS

The grade of the course will be calculated by the results of regular assignments and active participation.  

Course language:

English

Number of places:

20

Course instructor:

Dr. Germana Favognano

Schedule:

Courses take place Mondays at 5.00 pm (CEST)

First lesson on Monday, October 11, at 5.00 pm (CEST)

Waging Peace through Intercultural Understanding

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

The course provides students with a unique opportunity to develop a global diversity perspective in communication and dialogue. Students will explore their own identity and positionality in the world in a way that allows them to develop empathetic skills that are critical to developing a more secure, healthy, and just world. Utilizing the skills of appreciative inquiry, appreciative curiosity and a variety of dialogic techniques, students will be able to engage some of the world’s most compelling issues: immigration, poverty and development, extremism, xenophobia/racism, sexism, religious, cultural, and political divisions. The class will build upon the philosophies of Intergroup Dialogue, Global Citizenship, Mobility Studies and Multiculturalism, Anti-Racism and Post-Ethnicity, Anti-Extremism, Post-Colonial International Relations.

Learning objectives

Students will:

1) build foundational knowledge of critical issues; integrate that knowledge through readings and deep reflection.

2) develop own guidelines for engagement to develop a deep connection to one another via facilitated dialogue centered on appreciative inquiry and curiosity

3) communicate across diverse communities, increase global awareness

Method of instruction

Interactive zoom seminars with parts lecture, parts discussion, breakout rooms, required readings, student presentations and papers.

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

Active participation, response essay, research presentation, research paper.

Credits

4 ECTS

Graded on response essay, class research presentation, research paper.

Course language

English

Number of places

20

Course Instructors

Dr. Philipp Kneis & Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes

Schedule

Courses take place Fridays at 5 pm (CEST)

First lesson  on Friday, October 15, at 5 pm (CEST)

Exploring Cultures, Expanding Perspectives: A Virtual Voyage into each others' Worlds

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

What makes your culture unique or different? What principles does your culture share with other cultures? How do we reconcile when our perspectives clash with others?
Investigate the views, perceptions, and characteristics of your culture and explore those of your classmates. This course is a collaborative online international learning model, that is project-based and student-driven.

Students are expected to select from topics such as: National or regional stereotypes; Taboos; Social and group identities; Gender Identity and Sexuality; Religion; Educational and Academic Systems; Underrepresented Groups; Popular and Traditional Culture: Music, Literature, Sports, Media; Historical Perspectives on historical events; Globalization and international politics; or any other approved topic.

Students are expected to share openly and listen graciously.

Learning objectives

In this course students will:

  • Investigate and share aspects of their home culture(s) through topical exploration, survey, and readings
  • Learn the cultural perspectives of their classmates through presentations, active listening, and appreciative inquiry
  • Expand their own intercultural perspectives through fostered discussion with their international classmates
Method of instruction

International Virtual Exchange. Student driven and project based.

Courses will be taught via ZOOM (90 min/week) and ILIAS (content management system of Tübingen University) (45 min/week)

Academic hours

2 hours/week on Zoom + 1 hour/week on learning platform

Course requirements

A good command of English (B2/C1 CEFR) and the willingness to actively participate are required. Students are expected to engage in respectful, interpersonal dialogue with one another.

Credits & Grading

4 ECTS

The grade of the course is based on regular participation, response essay, topic presentation, and final paper.

Course Language

English

Number of places

20

Course Instructor

Dr. Philipp Kneis, Dr. Allison Davis-White Eyes

Schedule

Courses take place Fridays at 8.00 pm (CEST)
First lesson on Friday, October 15, at 8.00 pm (CEST)

European Identities in a Globalizing World

Buddy- and Tandem Program

Tü-VIPP Buddy Program – getting to know Tübingen student life from afar

Syllabus (printable PDF)

Course content

Studying at a foreign University is very exciting – even more if the studying takes place virtually. To support you during your digital experience at the University of Tübingen and to promote an intercultural exchange we have set up a Buddy program. In this Buddy program, a student of the University of Tübingen teams up with a participant of the Tü-VIPP. The Buddy Program aims to initiate a cultural exchange between international students and the Tübingen students, to expand one’s own cultural horizon, as well as the strengthening of intercultural skills and competences. The Buddy Program will allow you to get to know German student life first-hand and to make friends.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course you will:

  • know more about living and studying in Germany
  • have gained practical intercultural competences
  • have established an international network in Tübingen (and hopefully even globally)
Method of instruction

Common ('Stammtisch' every 2 weeks, 90 minutes) and individual (between the Buddies without ‘instruction’) Zoom sessions
Course will be initiated via Zoom (90 minutes) and through individual online meetings (might be via Zoom, FaceTime, Skype etc.)

Academic hours

3 hours/week on Zoom (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)

Course requirements

Regular online meetings with your buddy, active participation in the 'Stammtische', protocol/portfolio (for obtaining ECTS)

Credits & Grading

Tübingen Students can obtain ECTS for participating in the 'Stammtische' (at least 3x) and for filling in the Buddy protocol/reflection portfolio.

Course Language

English

Number of places

20

Coordinator

Martina Gebhard (tbc)

Schedule

Online Stammtisch will take place Mondays at 6.30 pm (German Time) every second week.

First session on Monday, October 18, at 6.30 pm (German Time)

Please note: If you want to participate in the Digital Buddy Program please fill in the following form:
https://forms.office.com/r/CXAs0WbMEk

Please complete the form at the latest by AUGUST 28! Your registration for the Buddy Program will not be considered without your complete application form which has to be submitted to us by this deadline!

“Stay/Get in touch with Germany via Tandem”

Program description (printable PDF)

Course Content

The Tandem Program is a program where two people with different mother tongues form a language partnership or tandem, who meet regularly via Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or Line Call, etc. to learn each other's languages. At the same time you can get to know each other's culture better. Language learning in tandem can, for example, complement a language course, but it can also take place completely independently. The Tandem Program can be a chance to get to know someone from Tübingen online before heading to Germany.

About

Find more information about the Tandem Program here:

uni-tuebingen.de/en/1088


You can sign in for the program here: forms.gle/BEKmcQo3ZUwiJNyc9

 

Time of the courses

Please be aware that all course times are indicated as "Central European Summer Time" (CEST) - thus, the local Tübingen time in April.

To find a "translation" to your local time please use a time calculator such as this one.

In case of doubts please check the time again with your teachers.