ICS 470: Business, Culture, and Society (for IBEA students only!)

This seminar is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview on the German Identity.
Students expected to develop an understanding of how past events can still weigh heavy on present day Germany and to what extend a specific German mentality can be identified as a driver for setting the direction in many fields with far reaching consequences on our economy, society and politics without neglecting future opportunities and threats.
The course covers the following topics:

  • The persistent past
  • German values and standards – How do Germans tick?
  • German Angst
  • German “Mittelstand” as the backbone of our economy and its business culture
  • Remaining differences between East and West
  • Current issues and future challenges

Learning outcomes
Understand what has shaped the German mindset and identity. Being able to critically reflect on current and future topics from a German point of view and thus being able to reflect on other countries’ perspectives in general.

Necessary prerequisites
semester 4 or higher, IBEA student

Recommended prerequisites

Forms of teaching and learningContact hoursIndependent study time
Lecture2 SWS4 SWS
ECTS credits2
Graded yes
Form of assessmentEssay (5–6 p.)
Restricted admissionno
Further informationfor IBEA students only!
Performing lecturer
Alexander Pfisterer
Frequency of offeringSpring semester
Duration of module 1 semester
Range of applicationB.Sc. Bus. Adm.
Preliminary course work
Program-specific Competency GoalsCG 1, CG 2, CG 3