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Abb.: Klaus Bauerfeld

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Sprachenzentrum

Wintersemester 2019/20



Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

English for Economics - International Finance
  This course aims to provide students with the opportunity to improve their speaking and listening skills in the realm of international finance. To achieve this goal, we cover a range of topics, including financial institutions, international investment portfolios, and recent currency issues. In week 1 we will discuss additional potential topics based on students’ interest. Material will be taken from diverse sources, including current research papers, podcasts, and online media. Students are asked to prepare subject-related presentations and chair the ensuing discussion. Individualized language feedback allows students to see how they are progressing. In addition to the presentation, writing assignments will be assessed during the semester.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91070   Mi 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 2.45  D. Nichols  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

English for Law: US American Law
  The course introduces you to the United States common-law system, its courts and basic procedural and substantive law. It will include analyzing and 'briefing' landmark decisions made by the US Supreme Court in various areas of the substantive law. You will analyse and discuss these decisions, also in terms of legal language, synthesize the legal rules and rationales laid down in them. You will be asked to present a case or a legal argument orally in class as well as prepare and participate in Moot Court sessions. If the time allows, you will also participate in a Mock Trial.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91071   Do 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.58  M. Baierl  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

Writing the Future: A Look at Science Fiction and fantasy
  Are you worried about the rise of the robots, environmental collapse, or artificial intelligence? Through science fiction (SF) and fantasy we imagine how present trends might become future reality. Therefore, in this course we will read key SF and fantasy texts, analyse the issues they raise, and develop a better understanding of what makes these genres popular with readers. This course is suitable for both science and humanities students who want to improve their writing skills, as well as those curious about SF and fantasy genres. As well as reading key texts there will be creative activities to inspire you. Grading is based on the following: two short thought papers, a longer piece of critical or creative writing (of your choice), and an exam.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91072   Di 10-12 wöch. DOR 65, 3.27  P. Walsh  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

Intercultural Competence in English: Speaking and Writing
  This course offers students the opportunity to improve their language skills in the area of intercultural communication. Following an introduction to code switching, we examine theoretical frameworks for analyzing cultures. Using these concepts as a touchstone, we look at how cultural norms and traditions affect the language we use. Further practical applications of intercultural competency in English are applied via real-life case studies, where students can refine their spoken and written English. Students are asked to prepare presentations on a culture of their choice and chair the ensuing discussion. Language feedback is provided individually as well as in groups throughout the course. The presentation and writing assignments are assessed to determine the final grade.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91073   Do 14-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.29  D. Nichols  5 ECTS-Punkte  40 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr


Englisch  -  UNIcert IV (C2)

Writing Essays and Critical Reviews
  Immanuel Kant answered the question “what is enlightenment” with "Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage….This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! (Sapere aude.)" In other words, be critical. This course provides instruction and practice in critical reading and, especially, critical writing. You will write summaries, critical reviews, and critical essays. I will try to have you write something at least every second week. As this is a UNIcert® IV (C2) course, the course concentrates more on the structure of arguments and developing a clear writing style and less on grammar or formal issues such as footnoting. This course is open to students of all disciplines; topics will vary depending on the interests of the students.
Voraussetzung: Online-Einstufungstest mit 80 bis 100 Punkten.
 
91077   Mi 16-18 wöch. DOR 65, 3.55  Dr. J. Verhey  3 ECTS-Punkte  20 €  ab 16.10, 10:00 Uhr