Gutenberg International School (GIS) – Courses for Exchange Students

UPDATE: Information for the Summer Semester 2021 (04 March 2021)

Dear exchange students, in the summer semester it will be possible to study digitally. This means all compulsory classes can be attended digitally; exceptions are classes which cannot be offered in a virtual form. This may include practical lab courses, teaching in the medical field with patients, practical sports courses, studio art work or music courses. Voluntary additional classes on-campus may be possible if the pandemic situation allows for it. These should be preferentially directed at students who so far have not had any experience with on-campus classes. Since this will be very different from subject to subject, your best way to stay informed about the format courses will take place in your subject is the student advisor there.

Still, you can find the preliminary downloadable version of the list of courses in languages other than German here and in the download section of this page. Please be aware that most of the courses are now linked with the general course catalogue so you are able to access more information about the courses. Please also mind that if there is a red dot in front of the title of the course in the course catalogue, it means that this course will be offered online. It may occur that during the next weeks more courses will be switched to online and receive the red dot, so please check back on a regular basis. We will also regularly update the list in order to provide you with all information necessary. Also the course program of the Gutenberg International School has been updated now, but there will likely be more courses coming. We thank you very much for your patience!

Please note the information regarding the coronavirus pandemic and teaching at JGU, available at     https://www.studying.uni-mainz.de/corona/.

 

Info: For an overview of GIS special courses & courses offered in foreign languages in earlier semesters, please look at our archive.

GIS Special Courses in English for Exchange Students - Summer Semester 2021 - History & Culture

Course description

The course is designed to provide an introductionary overview about German history since the 20th century for incoming students of all academic disciplines. Moreover, in this class advanced students will be guided in more specialized and source-based research.

This seminar will analyze the last hundred years of German history since the end of World War I. Our main points of interest will be the unstable democracy during the Weimar Republic, the rise of national socialism and the Nazi rule, the years after WW II different until the division of Germany in two states and their developments in the time of the Cold War. The fall of the Berlin wall and the reunification process will lead us to the interpretation of the “Berlin Republic”. Our course will include the discussion of recent challenges like growing nationalistic populism, environment matters and pandemic. Our spectrum includes the broad spheres of politics, economy, culture and society. We will critically reflect different “national narratives” and examine positions of historiographic interpretations.

The course is designed to provide an introductionary overview about German history since the 20th century for incoming students of all academic disciplines. Moreover, in this class advanced students will be guided in more specialized and source-based research.

Recommended reading list
Mary Fulbrook, A History of Germany 1918–2014: The Divided Nation, Chichester 42015
Peter C. Caldwell/Karren Hanshew, Germany Since 1945. Politics, Culture and Society, London 2018.

More literature in class.

Additional information
Wednesday 10-12 am, class online. Tutorial recommended, but not mandatory.

Grading: Individual choices a. written exam 60 minutes (depending on the development of the pandemic)
OR oral exam (15 minute, depending on the development of the pandemic)
OR term paper

Regular credits: 5 ECTS.
The number of the ECTS (3-7 class + 3 tutorial/0 no tutorial) depends on the workload. Therefore, it can individually be adjusted according to the requirements of the sending university.

Assignment: Homework, online-presentation in online-class.

The class will be held online (MS Teams). All material will be provided in Moodle.
Online-participation is recommended, but voluntary.

Time: Wednesdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: online

Credits: 5 ECTS (+ 3 ECTS for the tutorial)

How to register

Course offered by History: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The modern Rhine-Main area looks onto a rich history characterized by a multitude of diverse cultures. Its location in the heart of Europe allows us to regard it as a true cultural hub.
This interdisciplinary and primarily archaeological course aims at introducing students of all disciplines to a selection of sites and finds throughout the above mentioned timeline - focussing only on significant historic events - and to the currently main applied methods.

It is open to all exchange students and all students of the JGU and consists of a seminar (2 hrs) and an obligatory tutorial (2 hrs). Both will be held online on a web based conference system. Please ensure that you are equipped with a web cam, in order to participate in the interactive course.

A field trip to some prominent sites in Mainz (in person) will be offered towards the end of the course, if possible. Should the pandemic situation not allow this, you will be offered a virtual excursion instead.
You are required to undertake 2 oral online exams (each ca. 15 mins and you have the choice between a German and an English version) which you will have to pass with at least 50% each to receive your credit points (8 ECTS in total). Apart from that you are invited to contribute a short presentation (10-15 mins.) and/or to hand in a seminar paper (in German or English), should you require it. After receiving your results hereof, you of course would be free to decide whether it should be included in your course grading or not.

Time: Mondays, 12:15 - 13:45 & Fridays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: online

Credits: 8 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by History: Attention: a JGU email address is necessary for your registration to participate in this course! Send an email to jreissma@uni-mainz.de providing the following information:
• your first and your last name (!)
• your „Matrikelnummer“ (!)
• your field of study/subject, semester (= how many semesters have you studied so far?) and your home university’s name (!)

Should you have any questions in advance, please don´t hesitate to contact the above e-mail-address.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Why is Champagne since about 100 years considered to be the nec plus ultra of sparkling wines and
not, for example, Sekt from the Mosel valley, Prosecco from Italy or Cava from Spain? And why are
these specialty products in an often-emotionalised way connected to a very specific territory?
This course will be devoted to the “reputation history” of a wide variety of iconic European specialty
products, such as, for example, Roquefort cheese, saffron, truffles, Champagne, port wine, marzipan,
and caviar. It offers a set of instruments that will help to analyse the components of specialty
product reputation, but it also provides conceptual tools that shed light on the complex of typicality and
regional identity.

This seminar will be offered as a block seminar:
information session Wednesday 14th April 2021, 17:00-18:00

session 1A Friday 23rd April 2021, 9:30-17:30
session 1B Saturday 24th April 2021, 9:30-13:00

session 2A Friday 7th May 2021, 9:30-17:30
session 2B Saturday 8th May 2021, 9:30-13:00

 

Recommended reading list

Typicality in History : Tradition, Innovation, and Terroir
Ceccarelli, Giovanni / Grandi, Alberto / Magagnoli, Stefano (eds.)

Bruxelles, Bern, Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien: Peter Lang, 2013
476 pp., 12 ill., 33 tables

ISBN 978-2-87574-007-6 pb. (Softcover)
ISBN 978-3-0352-6328-2 (eBook)

Since the lecturer is hard of hearing, he cannot, unfortunately, offer a lecture format via Zoom,
videoconference, Skype or any other digital medium. He will therefore offer the course in a format of
written assignments. These written assignments will also be decisive for the assessment of the
course.

Real, i.e. “live” teaching will only be possible if face masks are not mandatory anymore, since the lecturer, regrettably, also faces great difficulty in communicating with masked people.

Time: see course description
Location: online

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by History: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Culture Studies I focuses on American history from early settlement to the 20th century while Culture Studies II puts a stronger focus on current topis in American culture. Both courses are offered in several parallel courses. For more information including times and locations please see course catalogue below.

Credits: 4 ECTS for each course

How to register

Course offered by American Studies: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Culture Studies I:  Course catalogue (Online)

Link: Culture Studies II: Course catalogue (Online)

 

Course description

The 2020 Presidential Election in the US took place in a deeply divided nation. The frictions between the presidential candidates as well as the challenges to the outcome of the election eventually resulted in violent protests bordering on sedition in Washington, D.C. Political polarization and lack of political consensus, however, is not a completely new phenomenon in Americna history. In this class, we will put these recent events in historical context by studying contested presidential elections of the 19th and 20th centuries. We will investigate the Constitutional framework for the election of a president as well as the role of presidential elections in resolving underlying divisive political conflicts and shaping the future development of the United States.

Course materials will be made available on the university's learning platform (LMS) at the beginning of the semester. Regular online class meetings will be conducted via MS Teams.

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Kurs angeboten von American Studies: Bitte benutze das Formular "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (nach deiner Immatrikulation an der JGU).

Time: Tuesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: online

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Culture Studies I & III English Literature & Culture offer an introductory insight into British history and culture. Both courses are offered in several parallel courses. For more information including times and locations please see course catalogue below.

Credits: 4 ECTS for each course

How to register

Course offered by English Literature & Culture: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Culture Studies I:  Course catalogue (Online)

Link: Culture Studies III: Course catalogue (Online)

 

Course description

Students learn about the most important theoretical accesses to geo-ethical perspectives on cultural and human geographical issues in the context of globalisation; they will acquire skills enabling them to understand theoretical perspectives and to independently transfer them to current problem areas. Therefore, students develop the ability to critically and reflexively design, present and defend their own theoretical positions on the basis of arguments. The mutually dependent written works, i.e. essay and paper, strengthen the participants’ reading and writing skills.
The course is an interdisciplinary seminar. We cooperate from the perspective of different disciplines, particularly human geography and social ethics (theology and philosophy).  For each session participants have to read a paper which will be discussed intensively. During the session, students will give an interdisciplinary introduction to these papers and structure the discussion (max. 30 minutes). Each session will be concluded by a joint evaluation. The duration of each session is slightly longer than usually (2:15pm-4pm).

Time: Thursdays, 14:15 - 16:00
Location: online

Credits: 2 or 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Geography: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Parallel zu den Geschichten des kommerziellen Films wurden die Geschichten des Experimentalfilms historisch als Erzählungen von großen Individuen, typischerweise weißen Männern, geschrieben, die große Kunstwerke schufen. Zahlreiche Bücher und Artikel erzählen neben biografischen Berichten über die Macher auch die Produktionsgeschichten und Textanalysen der Filme. Es ist wichtig, sich daran zu erinnern, dass es in der Tat die Historizität der Experimentalfilme selbst war, die eine Schlüsselrolle dabei spielte, ein Umdenken in der Filmgeschichtsschreibung anzustoßen. (Man denke nur an die Bedeutung von dem Filmemacher Ken Jacobs' Arbeit für Tom Gunnings einflussreichen Konzept eines Kinos der Attraktionen.) Aber wie sieht es mit der Historiographie des Experimentalfilms aus? Wie hat sich diese im Laufe der Jahre verändert? In diesem Seminar werden wir uns mit einigen neueren Büchern befassen, die versuchen, unser Verständnis der Geschichte des Experimentalfilms neu zu gestalten, indem sie über Filmemacher*innen und sogar Filme hinausgehen und Themen wie die Überschneidungen zwischen audiovisuellen Medien und bildender Kunst, Materialität und Ökologie, Gender und Dekolonisierung berücksichtigen.

Time: Wednesdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: online

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Film Studies: ! Course only open to students of the Humanities and Social & Cultural Sciences ! Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

How is the history of experimental Film (or Underground Film or Avant-Garde Cinema) related to the development of film festivals? Were experimental films relying on specific and specialised events for their exhibition and distribution and is this mode still in practice? Were the major film festivals always engaged with the world of experimental cinema during its development and has this relationship changed in the 21st century? Starting from the earliest screenings in New York City galleries and major museums like New York and San Francisco's MoMAs, we will briefly look at film societies, like Amos Vogel's Cinema 16, and observantly tiptoe through the collectives, coops, studios and kino-clubs in order to examine in detail the histories of some of the earliest specialised festivals, including Experimentl in Knokke-le-Zout, the Ann Arbor Film Festival (aka the 16mm Film Festival), GEFF (Zagreb), Oberhausen, the festival d'Hyeres or Cinéma Différent (Paris). We will consider if and why there was a hiatus in the 1980s and '90s and which other festivals appeared in the meantime. Finally, we will thoroughly investigate the resurfacing of experimental film and, particularly, its relationship to film festivals in the last 20-25 years. From "Views from the Avant-Garde" (NYC) and IFF Rotterdam's experimental film sections, to the explosion of "experimental-minded" documentary festivals like FID Marseille, to a long list of both specialised festivals that emerged in this later period as well as bigger festivals which developed a steady relationship with this film form, like TIFF (Toronto), the Berlinale, Venice. While addressing mutual connections between histories of experimental film and film festivals, we will also explore specific histories and practices of film and film festival curatorship.

Time: Thursdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Ort: to be announced - likely online

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Film Studies: ! Course only open to students of the Humanities and Social & Cultural Sciences ! Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Each week, students will be directed to texts to read and assimilate. It is a requirement of this course that students complete all readings before class as these serve as the basis for the week’s discussions. They may also be required to lead the discussion.
The course materials are presented in lectures, readings, video recordings and sound recording compilations.
Projects: Students are required to do a group project for this class.
This is a semester course, which serves as an introduction to the study of the African music in a constellation of the world’s musics. The course introduces students to the concepts and issues in the study of world music, and the aesthetic principles in African music. The course content concentrates on indigenous musics from South and West Africa as well as the role of cultural diffusion and exchange in the development of musical styles such as Hip-Hop as illustrated at the hands of intra-African and cross-continental musical traditions. The themes associated with the course are wide-ranging. They include overlapping areas of consideration that range from the purely musicological (e.g. structural and formal aspects of a music), the sociological (e.g. music’s relationship to performance-practice and social function; as well as the intergenerational transfer of skills and knowledge), the aesthetic and psychological (e.g. the musician and listener’s subjective experience) to a further array of intertwining influences such as geography, history, musical technology and language.

Time: canceled
Location: canceled

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Anthropology and African Studies: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Scientific controversies in geology and earth science have been widely discussed within philosophy of science.  At the beginning of the 19th century, the debate between catastrophist theories of the earth and Lyell's uniformitarianism achieved wide attention, and philosophers of science like William Herschel and William Whewell, in their writings on the nature of science, frequently referred to geology and its development.  Martin Rudwick's seminal account of The Great Devonian Controversy is probably still the most outstanding study in (integrated) history and philosophy of science we possess.  The history of the seemingly belated acceptance of theories of continental drift in the mid-20th century was used by philosophers to support nearly every model of scientific change ever proposed (Popper's, Kuhn's, Lakatos's, Laudan's), or accounts of social epistemology (Miriam Solomon), or of the pursuit-worthiness of new ideas in natural science.

The focus of the seminar will be on the most famous controversies in the history of geology --- the controversy between Neptunism vs Plutonism about the origin of stones, between uniformitarianism and catastrophism about how to inquire the history of the earth, and the debate about continental drift in particular -- and how they have influenced and shaped the way philosophers think about scientific change and progress.

The seminar will be held in English.

Time: Thursdays, 14:15 - 15:45
Location: online

Credits: 5-8 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Philosophy: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

This course aims at introducing students to the current (state-of-the-art) research concerning issues related to non-dominant, less-widely spoken, often marginalized and endangered linguistic communities in different parts of the world. A special focus, though, in the course is paid to regional and minority/heritage language (RMHL) issues in Europe. In the course, students are introduced to different theoretical approaches and research directions concerning minority and heritage languages. In addition, students explore historical, sociopolitical and economic implications for language policies and practices concerning RMHL, and critically discuss the role and symbolic values attached to these languages in different speech communities. The topics of the course include (but are not limited to) language ideologies/attitudes toward minorities, minority language policy and planning, language loss, death and endangerment, language revitalization and reclamation, language shift and maintenance, family language planning, linguistic human rights, among others.

Time: Wednesdays, 12:00 - 14:00
Location: online

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Northern European & Baltic Languages and Cultures: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Biblical texts serve different claims and groups in the public discourse. In class we shall discuss some of recent issues as the global ecological crisis, the gender debate, migration, racism and trauma. We shall investigate how the religious heritage, especially the scriptures back up ethical decisions and underlying principles. This leads to a consideration of the interpretation process in the classroom, in scholarly debates and in the reception history at large. We shall highlight underlying presuppositions and their ethical impulses.

We shall investigate how this is realized in different contexts. The course offers an insight in European, North-American, Asian and Postcolonial discussions of these issues. Students are asked to engage with the different contexts and their own one.

1. To develop skills in intercultural and ethical study of biblical literature through attentive reading of biblical passages and assessment of secondary interdisciplinary literature and through the input of the teacher.

2. To introduce students to key concepts within intercultural Bible hermeneutics, gender theory, and ethics.

3. To get acquainted with different social and cultural contexts and to recognize how this influences the construct of gender and ethics in the ancient biblical world and in today´s contexts.

4. To heighten awareness of hermeneutical and ethical issues at stake in the interpretation of biblical texts and to equip students with methodologies to relate ancient and contemporary issues.

Time: Wednesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: online

Credits: 2 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Protestant Theology: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

With this tutorial, the History Department wants to address the incoming international students from all faculties at JGU Mainz. The course is designed to give insight into academic work of history based humanities in the German university context. The course will deal with the basics of scientific techniques, like research, presenting and writing. Focus areas will be work with library resources, the arrangement of oral presentations as well as the writing of varied academic literature. The teaching language will be both English and German, adjusted according to the language abilities of the participants. There are two options:

1. Tutorial (3 ECTS)
The tutorial can be taken independently (3 ECTS). Students will receive 3 ECTS for the successful participation in this tutorial. If desired the tutorial can be graded.

2. Tutorial + Course A or B (8 ECTS)
The tutorial (3 ECTS) can be taken together with the history classes for incomings (5 ECTS).

Time: to be announced
Location: online

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by History: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: to be announced

 

GIS Special Courses in English for Exchange Students - Summer Semester 2021 - Social Sciences & Society

Course description

CRiSS is a recurring lecture series organised by the Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media and Sports of Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz. Members from all of the faculty's disciplines - Communication Science, Educational Science, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Sports Science - present their current research projects and provide an insight into their research activities. The lectures are held in English to also enable an international exchange - with international students as well as visiting researchers.

Time: Wednesdays, 18:15 - 19:45
Location: online

Credits: 2 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Course open to all exchange-students. Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation). Registration possible in any of the subjects of Faculty 02.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

This course is designed to introduce the basic theories and concepts of international relations, and to familiarize the students with the way these are applied in the political science context to understanding of contemporary international issues. The course is organized in two parts, the first part concentrates on the main theories of international relations. The second part of the course will focus on case studies, application of the theoretical knowledge on current issues.

 

Time: Tuesdays, 12:15 - 13:45
Location: to be announced - likely online

Credits: 3 or 5 or 9 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Political Science: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

In Germany, we live in the privileged situation of a free, democratic media system - but even a glimpse to some of our neighbours within the European Union presents a different situation. The lecture will introduce you to a variety of media landscapes around the world, give an overview on structural conditions and restraints for journalists within different countries and look at press and media freedom worldwide. Certainly, the effects of globalization on journalistic work and the reception of it will be an important aspect, too. Within the lecture we will skype, meet and talk with different journalists and academics with a research focus on media and journalism from around the world to underpin the theoretical inputs with first-hand experiences.

Time: Thursdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: online

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Communications: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Israeli society is diverse in terms of nationality, ethnicity, geography, religion, religiosity, economy, etc. The aim of this course is to give an introduction of the socio-cultural fragmentation of Israeli society today and to explore the roles of media (technologies and discourses) and social constructions in shaping and modifying the relations between different groups in the society. The course addresses the theoretical and practical issues arising from the fragmentations and diversity of Israeli society.

Students can pass an exam at the end of the semester to get a grade.

The course is going to be a digital course. There will be a mix of pre-recorded sessions and "live" videoconferences. The digital course takes place on Moodle.

Time: Wednesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: online

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation) in any subject of Faculty 02.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

The aim of this course is to examine the role of new media technologies among different groups and in political and social movements in Israel. The seminar will focus on the social, political, and cultural implications of digital media in Israel today, including the political power of digital media, its role in political conflicts, and the various roles of digital media. How do media help or hinder the creation of new leadership in specific communities? How are media used to promote political change? How do different groups react to new media? What are the risks of the use and overuse of digital platforms?

Active participation is required for successfully completing the course and obtaining the credits. Students can pass an exam at the end of the semester to get a grade.

The course is going to be a digital course. There will be a mix of pre-recorded sessions and "live" videoconferences. The digital course takes place on Moodle.

Time: Tuesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: online

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation) in any subject of Faculty 02.

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

In this seminar, we will deepen and apply the knowledge of media geography theory acquired in the winter semester. The seminar will focus on how geography and different media formats (e.g., film, photography, video games, graffiti and street art, sound and music, advertising, etc.) are related and can be researched. The topics are not only addressed in the seminar sessions – a major activity is the creation of a media geography blog in which participants work on different topics. The blog is also the graded project for successful module completion.

Students will deepen their knowledge of media geography and are able to apply this knowledge to topics relevant to research and everyday life contexts.
Students will learn about the connection between geographical perspectives and media forms as well as specific subdisciplines of media geography.
Students will implement these topics as a final project in an academic multimedia blog and gain skills in the field of academic blogging

Requirements:

Group work: Preparation of a media-geographical topic. This should not be a "classic" presentation, but the topic should be presented as, for example, a video, podcast, scrollytelling, or similar. The presentation is prepared in a way that it can be asynchronously reviewed by the course participants (prior to the discussion, see next point).
Each group furthermore chooses a specific research paper on the subject. The study serves as discussion input for weekly meetings.

Time: Tuesdays, 10:15 - 11:45
Location: online

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Geography: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

Films like The Battle of Algiers (1966), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Sex and the City 2 (2010) and Encounters at the End of the World (2007) bring places like the French colonial empire, the “Orient,” Antarctica, and cities like New York to our computers, cell phones and living room couches, creating contact that might not otherwise exist with those places. Importantly, this contact is based upon media representations, rather than personal experience. This class explores how media represents and stages places and builds the conceptual foundations to understand and question the effects that media produce in our everyday lives. Besides focusing on places, this class has a general “Diversity Emphasis,” meaning it is geared towards better understanding gender, race, class, ethnicity and sexual orientation.  Therefore, course material involves explicit representation of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race or social class and tackles how to apply them as analytical categories.

Course Objectives:
Students will demonstrate their understanding of contemporary theories of media.
Students will deepen their knowledge on how to recognize the processes through which identity (political and cultural) is produced through media and geography.
Students will 1) define well known key geographic concepts (space, place, landscape) and 2) critique the ways that particular places are represented in popular media.
Students will craft an argument about how geographic factors influence the production and consumption of certain media.

Requirements:

In addition to completing the provided online modules, the following must be accomplished (graded items). Information on the assessed tasks will be provided during the kick-off event:Weekly performance review via quizzes and small assignments (25%)
Short, pre-recorded presentation (25%)
Final paper (50%)

This is an online-only course with no compulsory attendance. Presence is only required for a kick-off event (April 12th, 18:00 CET).

Time & Location: no attendance required

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Geography: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

to be announced

Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Law: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: to be announced

 

Course description

The tutorial (3 ECTS) introduces students from abroad to the techniques of academic work within the German university context. By attending this tutorial students will be able to meet the formal requirements concerning literature research, oral presentations and term papers which are also very useful for other courses they will attend while studying at the JGU Mainz.

Course Work: To successfully take part in the tutorial students will have to fulfill the following requirements:

Short oral presentation + term paper + class participation - In the tutorial, the students obtain 3 ECTS credits for participation, written term paper, short oral presentation, and homework assignment.

Time: to be announced
Location: online

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by Faculty 02: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation) in any subject of Faculty 02.

Link: to be announced

 

Course description

We are a group of students from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (JGU) and organize our own conference from students for students. Because we study a variety of subjects (humanities, social sciences and natural sciences) we try to provide a conference with an interdisciplinary claim. If you want to join our organization team, feel free to contact us.

Time: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking
Location: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking

Credits: possible, please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

How to register

Please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

Link: Website

 

GIS Special Courses in German for Exchange Students - Summer Semester 2021 - Learning German

Course description

The ISSK offers German courses on the level A1-C2 along with the studies for students in the following study programs:

  • ERASMUS
  • International exchange programs (international partnership programs)
  • English study programs
  • Study programs with exemption from the DSH and German language requirements
  • Other international students in B.A. and M.A. degree programs
Courses on level A1-B2

The ISSK German courses that can be taken parallel to the various courses of studies are addressed to students who are already enrolled in a study program at Mainz University (JGU).

Classes at levels A1, A2, B1, B2.1, B2.2 meet twice a week for a total of 6 academic units per week and run throughout the semester teaching period.
For every course which you have successfully completed you can obtain 6 ECTS credit points.

Prerequisites for a graded course certificate and 6 ECTS credit points are the following:

  • regular attendance
  • active participation
  • preparation of homework tasks
  • plus some additional shorter tests and a successful final exam.

Times & locations: see course program below

Credits: 6 ECTS

How to register

Please find information on registration here: https://issk-en.uni-mainz.de/german-as-a-foreign-language/german-courses-for-international-students-enrolled-in-a-study-program/

Link: Courses

 

Courses on level C1-C2

SB1: German C1 courses accompanying the studies (SB = “studienbegleitend”)

Prerequisite for admission: good knowledge of German at an advanced level (i.e. with completed B2.2 level)
Target groups:

  • Students who have passed the DSH exam with the result DSH-2 and achieved between 60 and 67% in one or more sections
  • Test-DaF graduates with the result 4xTDN4, 3xTDN4 and 1xTDN5, respectively
  • ERASMUS students or ‘program students’ (= participants of study courses with mandatory language requirements) who have reached C1 level in the placement test or in a previous course

Course offerings include independent modules of 2-4 semester hours (SWS) each that have to be taken successively.

 

SB2: German C2 courses accompanying the studies

Prerequisite for admission: very good knowledge of German (i.e. a high or completed C1 level)
Target groups:

  • Students with a DSH score of 75% or TestDaf with score TDN 4455
  • ERASMUS students or program students who have reached a high C1 level or a C2 level in the placement test or in a previous course

The focus of these courses (with 2-4 semester hours per week) is academic German or German for Specific Purposes.

Times & locations: see course program below

Credits: 2-6 ECTS

How to register

Please find information on registration here: https://issk-en.uni-mainz.de/german-as-a-foreign-language/german-courses-for-international-students-enrolled-in-a-study-program/

Link: Courses

 

General information

Der Kurs richtet sich an ausländische Studierende auf Masterniveau, Promovierende, Postdocs, Gastwissenschaftler*innen und Mitarbeiter*innen der JGU mit einem abgeschlossenen B1-Niveau.
Da das Ziel des Kurses eine erste gezielte sprachliche Vorbereitung auf den Berufseinstieg für Akademiker in Deutschland ist, ist der Kurs für Teilnehmende vorgesehen, die nach dem Studium oder der Promotion einen berufsbezogenen Aufenthalt in Deutschland planen.

Inhaltlich liegt der Fokus deshalb auf Themen wie Studium/Promotion in Deutschland, Arbeitswelt, Bewerbungstraining, Interkulturelle Kommunikation im Studium und Beruf.
Im Bereich der Grammatik werden die wichtigsten Inhalte der Basisgrammatik A1-B1 wiederholt und gefestigt sowie neue grammatische Phänomene der B2.1 Stufe eingeführt.

Der Kurs führt in zwei Schritten zum B2-Niveau:
Schritt 1: WiSe 2020/2021 > Deutschkurs Studium & Beruf B2.1
Schritt 2: SoSe 2021 > Deutschkurs Studium & Beruf B2.2

Additional information
Please contact: piestrad@uni-mainz.de

Time: Tuesdays, 13:00 – 15:30 & Thursdays 13:00 – 16:15 (synchronous & asynchronous phases)

Credits: 7 ECTS

How to register

Please use the following link to register for the course: https://issk-en.uni-mainz.de/german-as-a-foreign-language/german-courses-for-international-students-enrolled-in-a-study-program/

Link: Courses

 

Course description

The course "Konversationskurs Deutsch" is aimed at exchange-students from all academic fields who want to improve their oral expression in German. The main focus is on speaking freely which will be trained by talking about current and regional/national topics.

Literature: Materials will be distributed during the semester.

Time:

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 - Course A: language level A2-B1

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 13:30 - Course A: language level A2-B1

Location: both courses online

Credits: 1-4 ECTS (depending on form of examination)

How to register

Course offered by German Studies: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation). !!!Please also send an email with your level of German proficiency (if already available) to gis@international.uni-mainz.de!!!

Link: Course A & Course B

 

Course description

In dieser Übung werden zentrale Bereiche der Grammatik des Deutschen behandelt wie etwa Wortart-, Satzgliedbestimmung und Satzstruktur. Ziel ist die Vermittlung eines fundierten grammatischen Basiswissens, das sowohl für ein Linguistikstudium als auch für den Deutschunterricht an Schulen eine wesentliche Voraussetzung ist.

!!!Please be aware: These courses do not serve the aim of language acquisition and are no courses in which you practice German grammar, as they are linguistic courses intended for a German native speaker audience!!!

Recommended literature:
* Gallmann, Peter et al. (2017): Schülerduden. Grammatik. 8., komplett überarb. u. aktualis. Auflage. Mannheim: Dudenverlag.
* Pittner, Karin/Bermann, Judith (2015): Deutsche Syntax. Ein Arbeitsbuch. 6. Auflage. Tübingen: Narr.

Time: see course catalogue
Location: online

Credits: 1-4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by German Studies: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

to be announced

Time: Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30
Location: online

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by German Studies: to be announced

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

to be announced
Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Course offered by German Studies: to be announced

Link: to be announced

 

Course description

to be announced

Time: Wednesdays, 18:15 - 19:45
Location: online

Credits: 5 ECTS (+ 3 ECTS for the tutorial)

How to register

Course offered by History: Please use the form "Anmeldung Lehrveranstaltungen für Austauschstudierende" (after immatriculation).

Link: Course catalogue

 

Course description

We are a group of students from the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz(JGU) and organize our own conference from students for students. Because we study a variety of subjects (humanities, social sciences and natural sciences) we try to provide a conference with an interdisciplinary claim. If you want to join our organization team, feel free to contact us.

Time: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking
Location: please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking

Credits: possible, please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

How to register

Please inquire with Dr. Daniel Schmicking (schmicki@uni-mainz.de)

Link: Website

For an overview of special courses for exchange-students in earlier semesters, please visit our archive.