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Course Offerings

UNO-AYA courses combine with University of Innsbruck courses to provide a rich palate of opportunities for AYA students.  Some courses are offered regularly, others vary each semester.  There are a few AYA program requirements, but there is no one complete set of fixed course offerings.  Every attempt is made to customize course schedules to meet individual needs.  Regardless of whether you have no prior German knowledge or enough German to qualify for full immersion, it is important that you communicate directly with the resident director regarding course possibilities.

Required Courses
German Grammar and/or
German Conversation, Composition, Culture at appropriate level
A&S 2900 Europ. Civilization: Central Europe/Austria/Tirol (fall)
HIST 3595 AYA Special Topics in Hist.: Modern Austria (spring)

Please note that upon request, internships in various fields may be offered for credit as well.

University of Innsbruck Course Catalog
This link is set to search for courses which have English as the language of instruction. You can personalize your search by selecting other languages and certain colleges and fields of study.

Please communicate directly with the Resident Director Dr. Margaret Davidson regarding course possibilities, syllabi, and other course details. You can contact her by email:
margaret.davidson@uibk.ac.at

Selected Optional Courses

Please note that the list of courses below are only examples of courses that have been offered in the past, not a guarantee of availability:

American Studies - English
Arts & Sciences
Business - Management
Earth & Environmental Sciences
Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts (FTCA)
Fine Arts
Foreign Languages (other than German)
German Language and Literature
History
International Studies
Management
Music
Philosophy
Political Science
Sociology

AMERICAN STUDIES/ENGLISH

Several interesting offerings in language, literature and cultural studies, taught in English, are offered each semester through UIBK.  Topics vary.  Please ask for specifics.

ARTS & SCIENCES

A & S 2900  European Civilization:  Field-Based Learning
This course is subtitled “Central Europe/Austria/Tirol” and has two intents: 1) to provide a broad-based introduction to Austria, your host country, and to Central Europe, and 2) to encourage insights into what factors are determining in the mindsets and lifestyles of Austrians.  Selected readings and exercises will focus especially--but not exclusively--on history, language, literature, anthropology and music.  In addition to required work in the classroom and interaction with local residents, politicians and businesspeople, students will be asked to select an appropriate, approved topic for individual field work in consultation with the instructor and to present a written and oral report on this topic at the end of the semester.  Weekly field trips are integral to the course.  Open to all AYA and a limited number of UIBK students.

BUSINESS - MANAGEMENT

MANG 3595 International Art Management
Taught by a practicing and award-winning artist /sculptor and successful organizer of international exhibits, this course will allow students the opportunity to view first-hand a wide-range of European art while learning fundamentals of the art business.  Students will be introduced to rules of international art management and acquire knowledge of how art galleries and auction houses work.  They will learn how to handle public relations, art-sponsoring and how to open new market sectors.  Course work conducted in part in the instructor’s studio will encourage an appreciation for the processes involved in producing art, as well as the methods used in promoting it.  Field trips to museums, galleries and auction houses will allow students to take advantage of the wealth of art available for viewing, while learning the mechanisms of the trade.  The focus and intention of this course is to give students a fundamental practical knowledge of the business of art.  This course may be taken for Fine Arts or Management credit and is open to all AYA students.

Other Business courses regularly taught in English at the University of Innsbruck:
International Trade
International Monetary Economics
Crisis Management
International Management
Specialisation: Management (advanced module)
Specialisation: Finance & Banking (basic module)
Specialisation: Finance & Banking (advanced module)
Specialisation: Tourism  (advanced module)
Specialisation: Marketing  (basic module)
Specialisation: Marketing  (advanced module)
Specialisation: Retailing  (basic module)
Specialisation: Retailing  (advanced module)
Specialisation: Human Resources Management  (basic module)
International Institutions
European Union

EARTH & ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

EES 2096 Special Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences : Alpine Geology    

FILM and THEATRE ARTS

FTA 3595  Stage Design  
This course deals with the principles of design and scale perspective for stage scenery including light architecture as a substitute for traditional scenery, and the fundamental techniques required for the execution of scenic designs. Drawing techniques focused on scale drawing, foreshortening and light and shadow as employed in scene design will be taught. Field trips to theaters and galleries will allow students to achieve a first hand experience with applied arts and modern stage design. The focus and intention of this course is to give students a fundamental practical knowledge of the business of scenic designs.

FTA 4900/G Internship in Film, Theatre andCommunication Arts
Offered in the fall and spring semesters only. Prerequisite: consent of department. Each semester the department makes available a limited number of internships with theatres, radio and television stations, film studios, the city of New Orleans, and other film, theatre and communication arts-related agencies. Interns usually work 15 hours a week at times mutually agreeable to the individual and the agency. In addition, interns must attend discussion sessions on campus and complete written assignments. The intern’s work will be evaluated by both the agency supervisor and the course instructor.

Other FTA courses regularly taught in English at the University of Innsbruck:

Children’s Literature in Story and Film
Media Analysis
Intercultural Communications

Theatre Workshop (Each Spring Semester only)
Film Club (each semester)

FINE ARTS

FA 3595 Drawing in Europe
This course combines practical drawing kills with an appreciation of European art history and architecture.  Europe offers a spectacular venue for a drawing class, with its unique natural settings, as well as opportunities for first-hand observation of centuries of European art and architecture.  The course takes full advantage of the surroundings, and provides you the opportunity to record your European experience using basic materials such as pen, pencil and sketch pad, along with photographs and other elements such as ticket stubs, postcards, and other memorabilia.

FA 3595/MANG 3595 International Art Management
Taught by a practicing [editor’s note: an award-winning] artist /sculptor and successful organizer of international exhibits, this course will allow students the opportunity to view first-hand a wide-range of European art while learning fundamentals of the art business.  Students will be introduced to rules of international art management and acquire knowledge of how art galleries and auction houses work.  They will learn how to handle public relations, art-sponsoring and how to open new market sectors.  Course work conducted in part in the instructor’s studio will encourage an appreciation for the processes involved in producing art, as well as the methods used in promoting it.  Field trips to museums, galleries and auction houses will allow students to take advantage of the wealth of art available for viewing, while learning the mechanisms of the trade.  The focus and intention of this course is to give students a fundamental practical knowledge of the business of art.  This course may be taken for Fine Arts or Management credit and is open to all AYA students.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES OTHER THAN GERMAN

The possibilities here are many, depending on level, wants and needs. 

GERMAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Depending upon the results of student placement tests, the options are many.  For those who do not qualify for full immersion, language courses are usually taken through the UIBK Deutsch als Fremdsprache (German as a Foreign Language) series at the appropriate level for each student.  These are normally 8-hour courses each semester (equivalent of two semesters in U.S.).  Beginning levels to advanced are available.

GER 3002 German Phonetics/History of the German Language
This course is conducted as historical linguistics with the subtitle: History of the German Language.  Unless all students taking this course have sufficient proficiency in German, class sessions will be conducted in English, with pronunciation practice in German .  This course may be taken for linguistics credit by non-German majors.  Open to all AYA students

GER 3101 A Survey of German Literature
This course will concentrate on German literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. However, in order to encourage a better understanding of the literature produced in the last two centuries, and to provide a general survey of German literature in a truer sense, students will be introduced to the history of German language and literature from its beginnings. The course will aim for a general understanding of linguistic and literary periods, the different literary genre, and concepts such as themes and motifs.  A varied selection of works and authors connected with different periods up to about 1970 will be read and/or discussed.  Since this course is being conducted in Innsbruck, Austria, Austrian poets and writers will be included.  Conducted in whole or in part in German, the class sessions will also provide students the opportunity for grammar review and practice in spoken German.  Required readings each week are to be prepared in advance for class discussion.  The required reading material will be used to enhance the linguistic elements of our work, as well as to encourage an overall appreciation for the historical, geographic and cultural aspects of studying a language and its literature.  For students with sufficient German proficiency only.

GER 3402/ENGL 3595 Masterpieces of German Literature in Translation
This course involves the reading and discussion of great works of literature from the German language during a two-hundred year period from roughly 1750-1950.  Considerations of what “great works” means must by course definition be included, and students are expected to read the primary works and consult secondary literature with the questions in mind: What constitutes a “masterpiece”, in our case of German literature, and is this to be distinguished from masterful writing?  We will consider various literary genre, narrative methods, motifs and Zeitgeist.  German as well as English-language versions of the assigned readings will be distributed to each student.  This course is being conducted in Innsbruck, Austria, as part of the Academic Year Abroad (AYA) program.  Therefore, despite the course title, immersion-track students participating in this course must do the readings and submit written work in German if they need German credit for home institutions.  Secondary literature in English may and should be consulted for class presentations.  Open to all AYA students.  Can be taught in English or German, depending upon student needs.  May be taken for German or (English) Literature credit.

GER 3100.1 Readings in German Culture and Civilization
Readings in German of selected works with discussion in English, analysis and cultural background. Recent cultural developments in the German speaking world will also be covered.

GER 3100.2 Readings in German Culture and Civilization
This course is being conducted in a special version with an emphasis on German film with the subtitle: “German Culture through Film”.  Offered on site in Innsbruck, Austria with the Academic Year Abroad (AYA) program, this course combines required readings, class discussions, film viewings and analyses.  Students are challenged to experience their immersion in a German-speaking country from the perspective of films not only as story tellers, but also as embodiments of cultural information.  German-language films from selected periods and places will be analysed in terms of plots, directors, actors, movie styles, film history and cultural content.  Guest lectures by film and media studies faculty from the University of Innsbruck will enhance students’ appreciation of German film history and techniques.  The shape of individual assignments might vary depending upon levels of German proficiency, but all students will be required to select one film for individual and extensive written analysis, with a synopsis presented in class.  This will allow students to gear the course as much as possible to their own interests and/or majors.  Hence, this course may be of interest even to those outside German or Film Studies, such as students of Education, History, Literature, Political Science, or Sociology.  Open to all AYA students. 

GER 3191, 3192, 3193          Special Readings in German
Readings, conferences and papers under the direction of a member of the faculty.  The corse allows the student to correlate and supplement the work covered in the departmental courses.  Each course may be repeated, but combined credit may not exceed six semestre hours.
This is used for individual work overseen by Dr. Davidson, and may include primarily grammar and/or composition work in German, based upon special assigned readings, or other special work.

HISTORY

HIST 3595  Special Topics in History:  Modern Austria
Since the year 996, when Austria’s name was first documented as Ostarrichi--or Eastern Realm of the Holy Roman Empire--Austria has played a significant role as the political, economic and territorial crossroads of Central Europe.  During more than six centuries of imperial Habsburg rule beginning in the late 13th century, Austria became a vast and complex empire going beyond the borders of the Holy Roman Empire and exercising tremendous influence through the end of the 19th Century.  With the 20th Century, however, things changed dramatically.  This course focuses on Austria after the end of the powerful Habsburg Empire in WWI, i.e.: Austria during the First Republic up to the Anschluß; Austria as part of the Nazi Empire and Austrians as perpetrators of the Holocaust; Austria as a bridge between East and West during the Cold War up to present-day Austria as a member of the European Union.  This course includes a two-day fieldtrip to the former concentration camp at Mauthausen and to Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” at Obersalzberg, and a three-day trip to South Tirol.

INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

IS 4998 Internship in International Studies 
Prerequisites: consent of the director of International Studies. The internship requirement for the IS degree includes at least 3 but no more than 6 hours of credit. A 3-hour credit involves 120 hours of work during the semester or summer term. The internship may be either student-initiated or faculty/administrator-initiated. Internships are available in local consular offices, corporations, and non-governmental and governmental agencies, or can be arranged through our international exchange partners abroad.

A number of Internship Opportunities are also available.

European Business
European Union
International Communications

MANAGEMENT
See above under BUSINESS/MANAGEMENT

MUSIC

MUS 1003 Early Jazz
This course will be conducted in Innsbruck, Austria, as part of the University of New Orleans’ Academic Year abroad (AYA) program.  The cities of Innsbruck and New Orleans are sister cities, so taking a course on Introduction to Jazz/Early Jazz in Innsbruck makes a lot more sense than may seem at first glance.  Austria is a country renowned for its classical music and musicians, but jazz is also a particularly beloved form of music here as well.  Swing, big band and jazz were music forms brought by the American troops who liberated Europe from Nazi oppression at the end of WW II, and so jazz also has a symbolic significance in Austria.

This course will introduce students to some basic concepts of music in general and to the principal factors which make music “jazz” in particular.  Beginning with the music elements which culminate in the New Orleans improvisational jazz sound, the course will follow the style changes through Kansas City, Chicago and New York.  The course will end with a study of the larger ensembles that develop the swing/Big Band Jazz of the mid-20th Century. Lectures, required readings and discussions will be augmented by listening to music both in and out of the classroom.  Jazz performances in and around Innsbruck will be included in the course content.  Final grades will be determined by a combination of class participation, field participation and final exam.

MUS 3595 AYA Special Topics in Music
Academic Year Abroad: Special Topics in Music.  This course is only offered through UNO’s Academic Year Abroad (AYA) in Innsbruck, Austria and can be repeated once for credit.

PHILOSOPHY
There are occasional UIBK offerings in English through the Departments of Philosophy and of Christian Philosophy.  Please ask for details.

PHIL 3595 Academic Year Abroad Special Topics in Philosophy                       3 cr.    
This course is only offered through UNO’s Academic Year Abroad (AYA) in Innsbruck, Austria and can be repeated once for credit.

POLITICAL SCIENCE - SOCIOLOGY

POLI 3595 Academic Year Abroad: Politics in Austria
This course focuses on the politics in Austria since restoration of sovereignty with the State Treaty of 1955.  There will be a cursory overview of the history of Austrian government (e.g. Holy Roman empire of the German Nations, constitutional monarchy of Austria-Hungary, the First Republic to 1938, restoration of the parliamentary democratic Austrian Republic in 1945), before turning to the politics of Austria since 1955 with an emphasis on current affairs. Covered topics include: Austria and the Marshall Plan, Austria and the European Union, the structure of the Austrian republic, the Austrian parliament, the Austrian political parties, the Austrian federal president, the Austrian economy and educational system, religion and politics in Austria, mass media in Austria, , differences between American and Austrian politics, goals of the Schüssel government(s), Jörg Haider's role in recent Austrian politics, the three Austrian Jubilees of 2005, and politics in Tirol.  Students will meet for question and answer sessions with local and regional representatives of several parties (e.g. at City Hall in Innsbruck and at the Tirolean Statehouse) and witness firsthand the Innsbruck elections in April, 2006.

POLI 3595: U.S. Counterterrorism Strategies 1980 – 2009
Counterterrorism has been an important aspect of U.S. foreign policy for many decades. However, its importance as a highly publicized and politicized issue has only recently gained intense public awareness and scrutiny. Within the public domain, the average Western citizen knows very little about terrorism aside from the limited information and political rhetoric broadcast by the media. For a better understanding of terrorism and the methods used to counter it, one must look beyond popular and political rhetoric which has a tendency to taint general perceptions of the phenomenon while favoring the promotion of fear. This course is designed to explore U.S. counterterrorism policy by analyzing political rhetoric and policy documents vis-à-vis scholarly perceptions and recommendations for coping with the terrorism phenomenon. Its purpose is to locate discrepancies and similarities between the two disciplines, while comparing how former U.S administrations have approached the issue. Individual topics will compare the counter-terrorism policies of five U.S .presidents; spanning nearly thirty years and both political parties.

SOC 3595 Academic Year Abroad: Special Topics in Sociology 3 cr.
This course is only offered through UNO’s Academic Year Abroad (AYA) in Innsbruck, Austria and can be repeated once for credit.

There are frequent UIBK course offerings in English through these departments, but they vary by semester.

 

Examples of Courses taught in English at the University of Innsbruck:

"Business Process Management"
"Business Strategy and Environment"
"Staffing in the 1990's Entrepreneurship"
"Linguistics and Mass Communication"
"Media Workshop"
"The Concept of Knowledge in Practical Philosophy"
"Chaucer and Sir Gawain"
"Women Writers: J. Austin to M. Atwood"
"Images of America in Film"
"Chemistry Topics Seminar"



Innsbruck University School of Management
Courses taught in English

Winter Semester:
7,5 ECTS credits per course

International Trade
International Monetary Econommics
Business in Asia & Emerging Markets&
Intercultural Communication 
International Management&
Specialisation: Management (basic module);
Specialisation: Finance & Banking (basic module)
Specialisation: Finance & Banking (advanced module)
Specialisation: Finance & Banking (basic module)
Specialisation: Tourism  (basic module)
Specialisation: Marketing  (basic module)
Specialisation: Marketing  (advanced module)&
Specialisation: Retailing  (basic module)
Specialisation: Human Resources Management  (basic module) 7,5 ECTS credits


Summer Semester:
7,5 ECTS credits per course  

International Trade
International Monetary Econommics
International Entrepreneurship
Intercultural Communication
International Management
Specialisation: Management (advanced module)
Specialisation: Finance & Banking (basic module)
Specialisation: Finance & Banking (advanced module)
Specialisation: Tourism  (advanced module)
Specialisation: Marketing  (basic module)
Specialisation: Marketing  (advanced module)
Specialisation: Retailing  (basic module)
Specialisation: Retailing  (advanced module)
Specialisation: Human Resources Management  (basic module)

Student workload per semester:
30 ECTS credits ( Four courses at 7,5 ECTS credits each.)


 

 

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