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Course Description


Welcome to this introduction to German culture and behavior. 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) in addition to the many different types of foods and drink you'll enjoy there 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 briefly discuss Germany's history leading up to and through the Second World War, the erection and crumbling, 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 German.

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 aid you - whether you're a casual traveler or a businessperson - get the most from your travels to Germany.

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics


Lesson 1: Wilkommen aus Deutschland!

Lesson 2: Things to Do Before Traveling to Germany

Lesson 3: Business Manners and Expectations for Business Travelers

Lesson 4: What Makes Germans Tick?

Lesson 5: Important Dates and Celebrations in German Culture

Lesson 6: Sampling German Tastes and Foods

Lesson 7: Traveling through Germany

Lesson 8: Travel Tips and Cautions

Lesson 9: German Values

Lesson 10: Entertainment in Germany

Lesson 11: Understanding Religion in Germany

Lesson 12: Influential Germans

Lesson 13: Dealing with the Past - Looking toward the Future

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz. An assignment will be included in several of the lessons. Students will successfully complete this course with an overall average of 70% or higher.

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.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
An Introduction5
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment25
Lesson 2 Exam10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment25
Lesson 6 Exam10
Favorite City100
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Exam9
Lesson 9 Assignment25
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exam10
Influential Germans100
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Assignment25
Lesson 13 Exam10
The Final Exam34
New Things100
Total Points:768

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