Course Overview

Study Business, Economics, International Relations, Management, Political Science, Psychology, and more in Heidelberg, Germany

All courses are taught in English and credits are issued by the University of the Incarnate Word (a regionally accredited U.S. university) so that students can efficiently work towards graduation while experiencing student life the German way. Each course is suggested for 3 US semester credits, unless otherwise specified.

Students requiring the extra AACSB accreditation for their business courses may request a transcript from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), which is an official affiliate university and School of Record (SOR) for the ESC program (an additional non-refundable transcript fee of $500 will apply).

ESC semester students are encouraged to also take one course at SRH University. The offered courses are taught in English and are attended by students from Germany as well as the SRH international students. Courses at SRH University are concentrated into shorter 5 week blocks, and students take one SRH course per semester.

This course allows students to make the most of their cultural excursions both academically and personally. Students will gain academic credit for the field trips and professional visits which are built in to the program by writing up personal reflections and connections to other areas of study in the form of short papers, journals and blog entries. This course may be cross-referenced with Topics in Comparative Politics and Topics in International Relations. It is an advanced study in political science focusing on comparative politics or international relations. The course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
This is a representative survey of the visual arts from the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and Europe to the late medieval period preceding the Renaissance. The historical context of the civilizations that produced these images will also be discussed. Students should obtain an understanding of the formal, intellectual, and spiritual values of these early monuments that constitute a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
This course is an in-depth examination of corporate finance and capital budgeting. Capital budgeting is the process of developing a firm's investment policy by selecting among alternative opportunities. Thus, one purpose of this course is to provide students with tools and to familiarize them with concepts that can be used to analyze investment decisions within a firm. A second goal is the examination of issues related to capital structure, the mix of debt and equity used to finance the firm's investments.
Students will learn to understand how individual behavior and group dynamics affect and are affected by organizational settings. Topics such as Motivation, leadership, teamwork, and communication are being addressed. The course provides insights into the study of organizations as social systems; the dynamics of change in organizations, industries and markets; and the relationships between organizations and their environments.
International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing.
This intensive course covers all aspects of successful language learning: developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Project work and extra-curricular activities further enhance autonomous learning behavior and German language use outside the classroom. The course provides students with a basic knowledge of German covering vocabulary and grammar structures necessary for conducting simple everyday conversation. Instruction is based on the stages of the CEFR (A1-C1).
This course is meant to introduce students to the darkest chapter of German history. The land of Luther, Bach and Goethe is also the land of Hitler and the Holocaust. After the unification of a Prussian-dominated smaller Germany the country played a pivotal role in the European balance of power, yet for a long time did not find a satisfactory identity. The aftermath of World War I plus long-standing anti-Semitism and social tensions helped pave the way for Hitler’s rise to power and unleash another world war including genocide.
Learn the concepts and terminology utilized in the study of communication, especially intercultural communication. Understand the importance of culture in the communication process, and how culture affects both the verbal and nonverbal forms of communication. Make students sensitive to the difficulties involved in all forms of intercultural communication, including interclass and interethnic communication.
In this class, we will focus on how managers can use accounting information to assist them in making decisions and how accounting information can be used to control the actions of other members of the firm. This orientation contrasts with financial accounting where the focus is on accounting disclosures for parties external to the firm. The course will cover the vocabulary and mechanics of cost accounting, basic issues involved in the design of a cost accounting system, and the role of management accounting in decisions concerning resource allocation and performance evaluation.

Special Topics Courses - only taught in Fall 2016

This course is designed to present a comprehensive, systematic and practical framework for understanding people as consumers – the underlying subject matter of all marketing decisions. We will not only look at the why and how of consumer purchasing, but what happens prior to the purchase (e.g., how do consumers find alternatives) and after the purchase (e.g., how do consumers use and dispose of products). Throughout the semester we will draw upon the social sciences to evaluate the influence of psychological, sociological, ecological and technological factors that affect individual consumer behaviors and behavioral models, which predict behavior. We will use basic quantitative and qualitative methodologies for evaluating consumer behavior and developing appropriate marketing strategies.
Living in another country, even for a short period, allows one to develop a sense of cultural empathy and understanding that cannot be replicated within your home country. This course helps students not only think more deeply about their own cultural identity, but helps them build a framework for understanding one of the most pressing issues of our time, how to manage the greater than 50 million refugees across the world. We will examine the issue from an academic and personal perspective interacting with the local community in Heidelberg and beyond as we review myriad of sources from poems, to news articles, to journal articles, to works of art.
This course provides an overview of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a means to address social problems through the interplay between corporations, governments, intergovernmental institutions, investors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and consumers. To this end we start with an historical examination of the role of the firm in building communities and advancing industrial and economic development. We then turn our focus to contemporary issues for a more detailed investigation of the social, political, and economic impacts of corporate sponsored social initiatives.
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COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE SRH UNIVERSITY HEIDELBERG
Only one course can be taken during each 5-week block.

August 29 – September 30
During the course, students will understand Business Administration as a descriptive and decision-orientated science. They will be taught the cross-functional disciplines of business, and how the development and implementation of strategy involves these disciplines.
The goal of the course is to go through the entrepreneurial process with its 3 phases, the identification phase, the development phase, and the realization phase. Each session includes some theoretical basics, group work, and a presentation.
October 17 – November 18
Upon successful completion of the course students should have a basic understanding of the structure and functioning of the Market, and understand factors affecting both production companies, of investment and consumer goods, as well as commercial enterprises. The student will understand the underlying distribution systems and the central instruments of sales management and can identify the corresponding structures in practice.
November 21 – December 23
(Enrollment in this block requires student to stay in Heidelberg until Saturday, December 24)
The International Accounting module provides an introduction to the framework, concepts and practices associated with international financial reporting standards. Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of accounting. The role and use of accounting information by external decision makers will be emphasized. Students will perform an in-depth analysis of financial statements and annual reports. Furthermore the differences between IFRS and national accounting systems (particularly HGB) will be emphasized. On successful completion of the course, students should be able to understand and to use financial statements that are based on IFRS.
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GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum

Students may take Intensive German Language Courses at all levels at the ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum. Intensive Courses are held for 20 or 25 hours per week, and students are advised to get pre-approval from their home universities for evaluation of transfer credit.
This course allows students to make the most of their cultural excursions both academically and personally. Students will gain academic credit for the field trips and professional visits which are built in to the program by writing up personal reflections and connections to other areas of study in the form of short papers, journals and blog entries. This course may be cross-referenced with Topics in Comparative Politics and Topics in International Relations. It is an advanced study in political science focusing on comparative politics or international relations. The course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
The purpose of this course is to give the student knowledge of art from specific cultures and periods of time from the Renaissance through the Twentieth Century. The student will be able to identify individual pieces of art, analyze those works both verbally and in writing, present logical deductions about the work based on his/her own observations and knowledge obtained from material presented in the text and in lectures, and finally to compare and contrast art from different time periods to understand how one influenced the other. Among the skills attained will be the ability to consciously analyze the development of an individual artist’s work within the context of his or her time and his society, as well as knowledge of the development of art that takes into account its cultural, social, economic and historical realities. Prerequisite: ARTH 2361
International Marketing examines the overall changes marketers must consider when planning and implementing marketing activities outside the home market. Students will develop basic principles of effective analysis and decision making in regards to adaptation or standardization of marketing practices such as segmentation, targeting, positioning and the development of a marketing mix to fit the needs of international or global markets.
This course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a cultural statement.
This intensive course covers all aspects of successful language learning: developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Project work and extra-curricular activities further enhance autonomous learning behavior and German language use outside the classroom. The course provides students with a basic knowledge of German covering vocabulary and grammar structures necessary for conducting simple everyday conversation. Instruction is based on the stages of the CEFR (A1-C1).
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of politics in Europe. Students will develop a core body of knowledge concerning the political systems in Europe. Students will also be introduced to the political systems of selected nation-states in Europe.
This course studies the political, economic, and religious expansion of Europe from the 15th century to World War I; the rise of the modern state system and the nature of modern society since the French Revolution; the ideological roots and nature of totalitarianism as well as the role played by Europe in world affairs from the Cold War to the 1990s; the collapse of the Soviet Union and of Yugoslavia; and the ongoing efforts to create a united European Continent.
This course is an introduction to major philosophical traditions around the world, which may include Japanese, Chinese, South Asian, Arabic, Persian, American Indian, Latin American, African, and Western philosophy. Students in this course will be reading materials from outside the traditional canon of Western philosophy. Efforts will be focused on questions of knowledge and reality, value and society, God and cosmos. Students from all disciplines will gain important skills in reading the values and concepts developed in various human cultures. Material will be drawn from Asian, African, Latin American, and other traditions. Students will study ideas from around the world that have entered into the stream of intellectual history; they may also study ideas from less conspicuous sources - in particular, from the many unexamined traditions of indigenous peoples. As a result, students will advance in their general ability to express ideas and analyze arguments.
Learn the concepts and terminology utilized in the study of communication, especially intercultural communication. Understand the importance of culture in the communication process, and how culture affects both the verbal and nonverbal forms of communication. Make students sensitive to the difficulties involved in all forms of intercultural communication, including interclass and interethnic communication. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
During the course students will explore the concept of cultural identity through the current refugee crisis. The issue is examined from academic and personal perspectives by interacting with local officials, volunteers, and by visiting companies, museums, and non-profit organizations in Heidelberg. The hands-on, seminar format course is designed to develop not just content knowledge, but also to build skills in independent critical thinking, writing, and public speaking.
This course studies individual behavior and attitudes as influenced by other individuals and groups, and considers issues such as conformity, attitude formation and change, attraction, aggression, prejudice, and altruism.
This course will provide an introduction to cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychology is the study of how people perceive, act, communicate, and reason. As such, this course will cover a variety of cognitive processes, including vision,attention, memory, language, reasoning and decision making.
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COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE SRH UNIVERSITY HEIDELBERG
Only one course can be taken during each 5-week block.

January 9 - February 10, 2017
Theories and concepts used in managing business personnel. Topics include: personnel planning, recruiting, selection, compensation, separation and retirement. Prerequisites: BMGT 3340 and Junior standing.
Upon successful completion of the course students should have a basic understanding of the structure and functioning of the Market, and understand factors affecting both production companies, of investment and consumer goods, as well as commercial enterprises. The student will understand the underlying distribution systems and the central instruments of sales management and can identify the corresponding structures in practice.
February 13 - March 17, 2017
Theories and concepts used in managing business personnel. Topics include: personnel planning, recruiting, selection, compensation, separation and retirement. Prerequisites: BMGT 3340 and Junior standing.
Upon successful completion of the course students should have a basic understanding of the structure and functioning of the Market, and understand factors affecting both production companies, of investment and consumer goods, as well as commercial enterprises. The student will understand the underlying distribution systems and the central instruments of sales management and can identify the corresponding structures in practice.
After having completed this course successfully, students will have grasped the fundamental structure of cost and activity accounting. Thus, they should be able to understand the relevant make-up and procedures in simple cost calculation systems used by companies and organizations and interpret reports generated from these systems. In addition they should be capable of carrying out some simple tasks in real systems after having been given some instruction.
April 3 - May 12, 2017
This course provides knowledge and insights on how firms design and deliver products and services to their customers, how manufacturing and service firms associate themselves with suppliers and distributors in efficient supply-chains, and how managers use optimization techniques to improve quality and increase productivity. This operations perspective is essential to understand how firms compete in the marketplace, add value for their customers, and pursue profitability.
After participation in this course, students will be prepared to solve fundamental problems in investment and financing. Students learn the meaning of cash flow in an enterprise's functions.
After having completed this course successfully, students will have grasped the fundamental structure of cost and activity accounting. Thus, they should be able to understand the relevant make-up and procedures in simple cost calculation systems used by companies and organizations and interpret reports generated from these systems. In addition they should be capable of carrying out some simple tasks in real systems after having been given some instruction.
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GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum

Students may take Intensive German Language Courses at all levels at the ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum. Intensive Courses are held for 20 or 25 hours per week, and students are advised to get pre-approval from their home universities for evaluation of transfer credit.
Additional courses for summer 2017 to be determined. Please make sure to check back for updates.

International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing.
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of politics in Europe. Students will develop a core body of knowledge concerning the political systems in Europe. Students will also be introduced to the political systems of selected nation-states in Europe.
This course allows students to make the most of their cultural excursions both academically and personally. Students will gain academic credit for the field trips and professional visits which are built in to the program by writing up personal reflections and connections to other areas of study in the form of short papers, journals and blog entries. This course may be cross-referenced with Topics in Comparative Politics and Topics in International Relations. It is an advanced study in political science focusing on comparative politics or international relations. The course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
This intensive course covers all aspects of successful language learning: developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Project work and extra-curricular activities further enhance autonomous learning behavior and German language use outside the classroom. The course provides students with a basic knowledge of German covering vocabulary and grammar structures necessary for conducting simple everyday conversation. Instruction is based on the stages of the CEFR (A1-C1).

Special Topics Courses

Each summer the ESC has specially selected courses taught by visiting UIW faculty members.
Click here for a list of courses offered in Summer 2017 only.

Download course syllabi

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum

Students may take Intensive German Language Courses at all levels at the ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum. Intensive Courses are held for 20 or 25 hours per week, and students are advised to get pre-approval from their home universities for evaluation of transfer credit.
This course is set up with an inter-disciplinary approach on doing business in Germany. It consists of a number of topic-related excursions and classes, which are taught by three different instructors. First, students gain an insights into historical reasons of the current German economic situation as well as the special relationship in Germany between employers and workers’ representatives in large companies. Second, students are introduced to the legal aspects of doing business in Germany by American lawyer, who has been active in international law for three decades. Last but not least, a third instructor focuses on the management aspects referring to his own hands-on experience as the representative of several U.S. states in Germany for many years as well as particular cases of US-German business contacts.
This course studies the political, economic, and religious expansion of Europe from the 15th century to World War I; the rise of the modern state system and the nature of modern society since the French Revolution; the ideological roots and nature of totalitarianism as well as the role played by Europe in world affairs from the Cold War to the 1990s; the collapse of the Soviet Union and of Yugoslavia; and the ongoing efforts to create a united European Continent.
Learn the concepts and terminology utilized in the study of communication, especially intercultural communication. Understand the importance of culture in the communication process, and how culture affects both the verbal and nonverbal forms of communication. Make students sensitive to the difficulties involved in all forms of intercultural communication, including interclass and interethnic communication. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
This intensive course covers all aspects of successful language learning: developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Project work and extra-curricular activities further enhance autonomous learning behavior and German language use outside the classroom. The course provides students with a basic knowledge of German covering vocabulary and grammar structures necessary for conducting simple everyday conversation. Instruction is based on the stages of the CEFR (A1-C1).

Special Topics Courses

Each summer the ESC has specially selected courses taught by visiting UIW faculty members.
Click here for a list of courses offered in Summer 2017 only.

Download course syllabi

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum

Students may take Intensive German Language Courses at all levels at the ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum. Intensive Courses are held for 20 or 25 hours per week, and students are advised to get pre-approval from their home universities for evaluation of transfer credit.
This is a representative survey of the visual arts from the earliest civilizations in the Middle East and Europe to the late medieval period preceding the Renaissance. The historical context of the civilizations that produced these images will also be discussed. Students should obtain an understanding of the formal, intellectual, and spiritual values of these early monuments that constitute a fundamental part of our cultural heritage. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
Students will learn to understand how individual behavior and group dynamics affect and are affected by organizational settings. Topics such as Motivation, leadership, teamwork, and communication are being addressed. The course provides insights into the study of organizations as social systems; the dynamics of change in organizations, industries and markets; and the relationships between organizations and their environments.
International Marketing is designed as an upper-level course to acquaint students with the magnitude of the global marketplace. The focus is on the strategic concepts of global marketing and the influence of environmental forces on marketing activities and global market potential. The course will also explore the impact of the digital revolution on global marketing.
This course includes close reading and discussion of texts of all kinds from a wide range of periods and societies to reveal the diversity of literature as a cultural statement.
This intensive course covers all aspects of successful language learning: developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Project work and extra-curricular activities further enhance autonomous learning behavior and German language use outside the classroom. The course provides students with a basic knowledge of German covering vocabulary and grammar structures necessary for conducting simple everyday conversation. Instruction is based on the stages of the CEFR (A1-C1).
This course allows students to make the most of their cultural excursions both academically and personally. Students will gain academic credit for the field trips and professional visits which are built in to the program by writing up personal reflections and connections to other areas of study in the form of short papers, journals and blog entries. This course may be cross-referenced with Topics in Comparative Politics and Topics in International Relations. It is an advanced study in political science focusing on comparative politics or international relations. The course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. May be taken as a Cultural Studies elective.
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of politics in Europe. Students will develop a core body of knowledge concerning the political systems in Europe. Students will also be introduced to the political systems of selected nation-states in Europe.
This course is meant to introduce students to the darkest chapter of German history. The land of Luther, Bach and Goethe is also the land of Hitler and the Holocaust. After the unification of a Prussian-dominated smaller Germany the country played a pivotal role in the European balance of power, yet for a long time did not find a satisfactory identity. The aftermath of World War I plus long-standing anti-Semitism and social tensions helped pave the way for Hitler’s rise to power and unleash another world war including genocide.
Learn the concepts and terminology utilized in the study of communication, especially intercultural communication. Understand the importance of culture in the communication process, and how culture affects both the verbal and nonverbal forms of communication. Make students sensitive to the difficulties involved in all forms of intercultural communication, including interclass and interethnic communication.
Download course syllabi

COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE SRH UNIVERSITY HEIDELBERG
Only one course can be taken during each 5-week block.

August 28 – September 29
During the course, students will understand Business Administration as a descriptive and decision-orientated science. They will be taught the cross-functional disciplines of business, and how the development and implementation of strategy involves these disciplines.
The goal of the course is to go through the entrepreneurial process with its 3 phases, the identification phase, the development phase, and the realization phase. Each session includes some theoretical basics, group work, and a presentation.
October 16 – November 17
During this course, students will understand the methods of economics and business adminstration as a theoretical and applied science. This includes understanding the structure of a business including business management and principles of strategic management.
An introduction to economic concepts and their application to problems of increasingly global economy. Contemporary problems of unemployment, inflation, economic growth are analyzed. Government fiscal and monetary policies are also considered along with international aspects.
November 20 – December 22
(Enrollment in this block requires student to stay in Heidelberg until Friday, December 22)
During this course, students will learn how to gain and expand business networking skills and managerial skills. They will get to know decision-making parameters in economic thinking and learn how to evaluate and effectivley use existing market conditions.
The International Accounting module provides an introduction to the framework, concepts and practices associated with international financial reporting standards. Students will obtain a fundamental understanding of accounting. The role and use of accounting information by external decision makers will be emphasized. Students will perform an in-depth analysis of financial statements and annual reports. Furthermore the differences between IFRS and national accounting systems (particularly HGB) will be emphasized. On successful completion of the course, students should be able to understand and to use financial statements that are based on IFRS.
Download course syllabi

GERMAN LANGUAGE COURSES INSTRUCTED AT THE ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum

Students may take Intensive German Language Courses at all levels at the ih Heidelberg / Collegium Palatinum. Intensive Courses are held for 20 or 25 hours per week, and students are advised to get pre-approval from their home universities for evaluation of transfer credit.