Researching Germany in a Global Age is a two-quarter German Research Seminar open to all students studying German at Northwestern University. The research seminar stretches over two quarters (Winter and Spring 2020) and includes a one-week trip to Hamburg, Germany during Spring Break 2020. The trip to Germany is fully funded and therefore open to any qualified student.
THE NEW SUSTAINABILITY | ENVIRONMENTALLY AWARE, ECONOMICAL, AND SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE
In 2015, the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda (Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) outlining 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From the very start, Germany has been committed to contributing to this highly important global project as outlined in Germany’s National Sustainable Development Strategy. Overall, interest in a sustainable lifestyle has been growing in Germany and especially the younger generation is strongly involved with various initiatives as demonstrated by innovative projects, business start-ups and the Fridays for Future demonstrations, to name a few. This seminar offers a chance to learn about the new sustainability efforts in Germany firsthand. Students will visit the city of Hamburg (named the European green capital already in 2011) where they will learn from politicians and ordinary citizens about efforts of sustainable urbanism and where they will have a chance to investigate what role citizens can play in developing healthy cities to combine economic growth and sustainability.
The German department will select up to 12 students to participate in the two-quarter seminar and travel to Germany in the Spring break. (Students will receive two German credits towards a German minor or major). We are encouraging all students comfortable conversing in German to apply (equivalent to two classes in German beyond the 102-level, or permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies). In addition, students should:
- Demonstrate some knowledge about or interest in sustainability (for example having taken a class on sustainability or having done some reading on the topic);
- Be able to articulate how this seminar and research trip will enhance their academic plans;
- Have some idea about a research project they want to pursue while in Germany. A research project is an individual or collaborative investigation that is designed to answer a particular question or set of questions. We especially encourage projects that make use of visual media such as a video project, a podcast, a photo essay or exhibit, or a visually enhanced report based on interviews or surveys. There are many possible topics to consider. Here are just a few: produce, buy, use, recycle clothes, shoes, accessories in a sustainable way; swap, share and lend; prevention of food waste; use of sustainable disposables and take-away packaging; promoting sustainable products in agriculture and nutrition; bus, car and e-scooter sharing; urban planning and energy reduction in public spaces.
The two-quarter seminar is taught by Professors Jan Behrs and Franziska Lys. Please contact either one of them with questions. Applications are due October 31, 2019.Back to top