GERM W80 German Interim Abroad. Participants engage with and improve their knowledge of the German language and culture on this study experience, which includes stays in Schleswig-Holstein, Berlin, locations in former East Germany, and in southern former West Germany. Activities include four home stays, lectures, discussions, interviews, tours, and attendance at cultural and social events. Course participants choose where they will travel independently during the last five days. Course goals include active participation in course activities, growth in intercultural sensitivity, gains in mastery of the language, and increased understanding of various religious, political, and broadly cultural phenomena of Germany. Students will be assessed on their individual vocabulary acquisition, submission of an examination of a current issue in German society based upon two interviews, and submission of at least two analytic journal entries. This course may fulfill an elective in the German major & minor. Prerequisites: German 301 and permission of the instructor. Course dates: December 28 - January 27. Fee: $2700 and up to $600 for personal and final-week costs. M. Buteyn. Off campus.
GERM 122 Intermediate German. This course is the second in a closely integrated sequence involving two semesters and the interim. The sequence is intended for students who have completed one to two years of high school German but who, on the basis of a placement test, are not prepared for 201. It is also open to students who show strong language aptitude in German 101, providing an accelerated core track. The course includes a strong emphasis on oral interaction and intercultural learning. Evaluation is based on tests, quizzes, class participation, and an exam. Prerequisite: GERM 101/121. D. Smith. 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
IDIS W40 Transforming Cambodia. Course dates: January 4-24. Fee: $3900. D. Dornbos Jr., L. De Rooy, P. Dykstra-Pruim (Calvin College), S.K. Lee, H. Kim (Handong Global University). Off campus.
IDIS W81 Chinese Characters: Origins & Meanings. L. Herzberg. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.