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Welcome to this introduction course on German culture and customs. Germany is a diverse and unique country, one that relies heavily on tradition and centuries-old heritage.

During this course, we'll briefly acquaint you to the country, its geography, and offer a brief glimpse into its recent and ancient history. Students will learn important things they should do before traveling to Germany, including obtaining a passport, learning about the electrical systems and money used there, as well as how to deal with the infamous autobahn.

We'll familiarize students with common (and expected) business manners and provide understanding of what Germans expect from business meetings and negotiations. We'll offer students a basic understanding of German attitudes when it comes to business as well as some do's and don'ts for business travelers in Germany.

Germans love to celebrate, and we'll introduce a few important dates and celebrations in German culture (in addition to Oktoberfest) as well as many different types of foods and drinks you'll enjoy during your travels. Students will learn a few tips regarding driving and train travel in Germany, especially beneficial to those moving from location to location.

In this course, we'll also discuss Germany's history leading up to and through the Second World War, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, and how Germans today deal with perceptions and stigmas of others regarding its past. Such matters are vital to understanding the 21st century Germany.

Finally, we'll introduce students to a number of influential Germans who shaped Germany into the country it is today. Understanding German values, behaviors and morals will help you - whether you're a casual traveler or a businessperson - get the most from your travels in Germany.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Wilkommen aus Deutschland!

While this course is mainly designed for business travelers, it also serves as an excellent resource for anyone traveling to Germany to visit family, friends, the beautiful landscape, or for a foodie tour. 15 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: German History; Germany
  • Take Poll: Germany
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Things to Do Before Traveling to Germany

Before traveling to Germany for business or pleasure, it is important to get papers, documents, and travel preparations in order. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Travel to Germany; What Is Needed?
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Business Manners and Expectations for Business Travelers

In this lesson, we will explain a few of the expectations and manners that will be appreciated by your German hosts when engaged in business or negotiations in Germany. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Business Etiquette; Tips for Business Professionals
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. What Makes Germans Tick?

In this lesson, we will briefly offer a history of the German people and an inkling of how Germans perceive themselves. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: German Culture; Understanding German Culture
  • Complete Assignment: ORDER
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Important Dates and Celebrations in German Culture

In this lesson, we will explore a few of the national festivals, fairs, and celebrations that take place throughout Germany. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: German Holidays; Oktoberfest
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Sampling German Tastes and Foods

In this lesson, we will briefly introduce you not only to regional favorites throughout Germany but also to other tasty German dishes as well. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: German Food Recipes; German Foods
  • Take Poll: German Foods
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Traveling through Germany

In this lesson, we offer students an introduction into the beauty, expansive, and varied landscapes and historical sites of significance throughout the country. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Attractions in Germany; Things to Do in Germany
  • Complete Assignment: Favorite City
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Travel Tips and Cautions

You need to be aware of local laws regarding driving, as well as to be aware of what other modes of transportation are available in the location that you are visiting. 9 Total Points
  • Review Article: Germany Travel Tips
  • Review Video: Traveling to Germany
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. German Values

In this lesson, we will offer an abbreviated introduction to a number of German values and behaviors that may influence your business trip to Germany. 35 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: German Customs; German Values
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Entertainment in Germany

In this lesson, we will talk about how Germans entertain, and how they enjoy their weekends, evenings, or vacation time. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Leisure in Germany; Sports in Germany
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Understanding Religion in Germany

Germany is considered one of the most socially advanced in the world, but continues to live with the stigma of its history and former reputation as an intolerant country despite great strides in humanitarianism and social advancements. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: German religions; Religion in Germany
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12. Influential Germans

In this lesson, we will explore a few of the people who have had the most influence on Germany's cultures, traditions, and attitudes. 110 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Famous Germans; Martin Luther
  • Take Poll: Influential Germans
  • Complete Assignment: Influential Germans
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13. Dealing with the Past and Looking to the Future

Today, Germany is one of the most stable countries in Europe. Germany has managed to balance economic and social policies into a sense of fiscal responsibility. 69 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: German Politics; The Holocaust
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam

Lesson 14. Useful Words and Phrases

Here are some useful words and phrases in German. 200 Total Points
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: FINAL THOUGHTS
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
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Course Title: German Culture 101
Course Number: 8900280
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe things to do before traveling to Germany.
  • Know business manners and expectations for business travelers.
  • Know important dates and celebrations in German culture.
  • Sample German tastes and foods.
  • Know traveling through Germany.
  • Know entertainment in Germany.
  • Know religion in Germany.
  • Know influential Germans.
  • Know useful words and phrases in German, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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