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American Spring Academy

Module name (EN): American Spring Academy
Degree programme: Business Administration, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2016
Module code: BBWL-515
Hours per semester week / Teaching method: 4EX (4 hours per week)
ECTS credits: 5
Semester: 5
Mandatory course: no
Language of instruction:
Term paper with presentation (Can be repeated annually)

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Applicability / Curricular relevance:
BBWL-515 Business Administration, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2012, semester 5, optional course
BBWL-515 Business Administration, Bachelor, ASPO 01.10.2016, semester 5, optional course
60 class hours (= 45 clock hours) over a 15-week period.
The total student study time is 150 hours (equivalent to 5 ECTS credits).
There are therefore 105 hours available for class preparation and follow-up work and exam preparation.
Recommended prerequisites (modules):
Recommended as prerequisite for:
Module coordinator:
Prof. Dr. Michael Zell
Professoren der Fakultät

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Learning outcomes:
This course will enable students to prepare for a study trip abroad. They will learn to adapt to the customs, economic situation, political framework conditions and the historical background of the host country.
Students will be able to evaluate English literature pertaining to economic and other topics. In addition, they will be able to independently carry out research in foreign databases.
The intercultural aspects of the module will enable the students to combine information from different areas into an overall impression of the host country.
The project topics will enable students to present complex issues from heterogeneous subject areas in English (if necessary without the aids typically available in lecture halls).
After completing this module, students will have developed social and language skills through joint meetings with students and representatives from their host country. They will also have demonstrated a high degree of commitment, motivation, independence and creativity.
In addition, students will be able to prepare for business visits and work meetings abroad in a structured manner.

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Module content:
The main topics of this course are:
 Participation in lectures, workshops and discussions at the
  partner institute in the USA.
- Visits to companies and institutes in the vicinity of the partner university
  or the region visited.
In connection with these activities, topics from the fields of US economics, culture, history and politics and topics from the specific regions being visited will be presented, for example:
- EU-US relations
- The political system in the USA
- Economic relations between US states and the Saarland, resp.
- Key industries and the economic situation in the regions visited
- Development and importance of tourism in the USA
- Sustainability in the American economy
- A comparative presentation of the German and the US American
  higher education systems
- The American Dream _ Expectations vs. Reality
- Cultural and economic aspects of the USA as a land of immigrants
- A comparison of the legal systems in Germany and the USA

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Teaching methods/Media:
Seminar with oral presentations and discussions

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Recommended or required reading:
Topic-specific literature recommendations

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