Gutenberg International School (GIS) – Courses for Exchange Students

UPDATE: Information for the Winter Semester 2020/21

Dear exchange students, due to the corona pandemic the organisation of the winter semester 2020/21, unfortunately, is taking a little bit longer than expected. As soon as we receive new information concerning the type of semester happening at JGU and the course offer we will share them with you. Still, you can find the first rough and preliminary downloadable version of the list of courses in languages other than German here and in the download section of this page, even though the list ist not complete yet and information concerning ECTS credits are still partly missing. We will update the list on a regular basis in order to provide you with all information necessary. Unfortunately, we cannot link the courses to the course catalogue for more information on the courses yet, either, but we will do that as soon as its is technically possible. We thank you for your patience!!!

Please note the information regarding the coronavirus pandemic and teaching at JGU in winter semester 2020/21, 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 - Winter Semester 2020/21 - History & Culture

Course description

to be announced

Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

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

The Thirty Years' War marks the end of the confessional conflicts in the Holy Roman Empire. Recent research, however, emphasizes less the religious character of the war, but rather portrays it as a struggle for hegemony in Europe. The lecture approaches the war from a wide range sources and aims to deepen central aspects of a conflict that marked an important shift in the European balance of power.

Recommended literature:

Wilson, Peter H.: Europe's tragedy: a history of the Thirty Years War, London 2009. Wilson, Peter H.: The Thirty Years War. A Sourcebook, Oxford 2010.

If you prefer to train your German reading skills, I recommend the following literature:

Gotthard, Axel: Der Dreißigjährige Krieg. Eine Einführung, Stuttgart 2016 (utb. Geschichte); Kampmann, Christoph: Europa und das Reich im Dreißigjährigen Krieg: Geschichte eines europäischen Konflikts, Stuttgart 2008; Schmidt, Georg: Der Dreißigjährige Krieg, München 2006 (Beck Wissen); Ders.: Die Reiter der Apokalypse. Geschichte der Dreißigjährigen Krieges, München 2018.

Zeit & Ort: The seminar will most likely take place digitally in weekly sessions on Skype for Business or MS Teams!!!

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

to be announced

Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: to be announced

 

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

Link: Culture Studies II: 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

Link: Culture Studies III: 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: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

Credits: 3 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: Course catalogue

 

GIS Special Courses in English for Exchange Students - Winter Semester 2020/21 - Social Sciences & Society

Course description

Students of the social sciences from all over the world taking part in this seminar (5 ECTS) will get the opportunity to view Germany from various perspectives within the social sciences. The seminar will provide insights into a wide range of topics related to German society, politics, media and culture.

The lecturers, who are social scientists themselves, will teach and discuss different perspectives on the multiple course topics. Within the seminar‘s interdisciplinary approach students are encouraged to contribute by actively sharing their views on the topics at hand as the seminar’s concept is a highly interactive one.

To successfully take part in the seminar students will have to fulfill the following requirements:

Oral presentation + written exam + class participation

In the seminar, the students obtain 5 ECTS credits for participation, written exam, oral presentation, and homework assignment.

!!! The seminar will probably only take place until the end of 2020. Further information will follow !!!

Time: Wednesdays, 16:15 - 17:45
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

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

This course invites exchange students and regular JGU students as well as students from all FORTHEM partner universities to actively participate in intercultural dialogue. On the one hand, participants attend an intense training in intercultural communication. They reflect their cultural backgrounds and learn how it shapes their appearance and perception in international contexts. On the other hand, participants gather international teamwork experience. In small groups, they produce animated videos receiving professional support by the JGU centre for audio-visual production. At the end, participants have not only learned to engage professionally and confidently in intercultural communication but also expanded their international network.

Due to the corona-situation, the course originally planned in Mainz is likely to take place as an online course. However, as coordinators, we will do our best to offer students many opportunities to meet (physically or virtually), get involved and network with other course participants, thus ensuring a comprehensive international experience.

Time:

1. Friday, 6 November 2020, 10:00 - 11.30: Introductory session
2. Wednesday, 25 November - Sunday, 29 November 2020: Block session with intercultural   
communication training
3. The rest of the course is presumably offered as asynchronous online teaching

Ort: most likely 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

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: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

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

Link: to be announced

 

Course description

Media discourses, technologies, and public opinions play significant roles in promoting a democratic culture, behavior, and society. Therefore, media establish, serve, and bring forth new spaces for information flow. One of the primary roles of the media in democratic societies is publicizing essential issues surrounding policy-making and human rights, especially in times of national or regional crises (e.g., natural disasters, wars, terrorist attacks, pandemics).

Focusing on the social, political, and cultural implications of the COVID-19 crisis, the aims of this seminar are to comparatively examine the role of media and public opinion in these times. In order to address these aims, the seminar will seek to answer various questions: What are the similarities and differences in public opinion between Israel and other countries (e.g., Germany)? How does media use to promote behavior? How do the public in different countries react to (legacy and digital) media coverage and (mis)information? What challenges do different countries (e.g., Israel vs. Germany) face in an international crisis (e.g., COVID-19)?

In this seminar, students will be required to read and prepare literature, prepare and give short presentations, collect data, and write a final paper.

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.

Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

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

This seminar aims to examine the role of new media technologies in the context of authoritarian closed communities, with a specific focus on the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel. The seminar will focus on the social, political, and cultural implications of digital media in the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel today, including digital media’s political power and various roles, especially its role in forming safe spaces and reframing the community’s boundaries. To address these aims, the seminar will focus on mapping the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel from a historical and contemporary perspective, understanding the relationship between religion and state in Israel, and focusing on the important role of technologies in general and media technologies in particular in the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel.

In this seminar, students will be required to read and prepare literature, prepare and give short presentations, collect data, and write a final paper.

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.

Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

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

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.

!!! The tutorial will probably only take place until the end of 2020. Further information will follow !!!

Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

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

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 - Winter Semester 2020/21 - 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: to be announced

Link: to be announced

 

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:new registration period 03.04.2020 - 15.04.2020

Please find information on registration here: to be announced

Link: to be announced

 

General information

Im Wintersemester 2019 /2020 finden am Internationalen Studien- und Sprachenkolleg (ISSK) ein Deutschkursfür internationale Studierende der JGU statt, die nach dem Studium einen berufsbezogenen Aufenthalt in Deutschland planen und sich bereits während des Studiums sprachlich auf das Arbeitsleben hierzulande vorbereiten wollen.

Literature
Fokus Deutsch
Erfolgreich in Alltag und Beruf B2
Verlag Cornelsen
ISBN 978-3-06-020991-0

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

Time: to be announced


Credits: 7 ECTS

How to register

Please use the following link to register for the course: to be announced

 

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: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

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: to be announced

 

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: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

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

 

Course description

to be announced

Time: to be announced
Location: will be held online

Credits: 4 ECTS

How to register

Kurs angeboten von Germanistik: to be announced

Link: to be announced

 

Course description

to be announced

Time: to be announced
Location: will be held online

Credits: 4 ECTSHow to register

Course offered by German Studies: to be announced

Link: to be announced

 

Course description

to be announced

Time: to be announced
Location: to be announced, if face-to-face teaching is possible

Credits: 5 ECTS

How to register

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

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

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