课程名称:Seminar2- “Understanding Europe and Germany – economic and social structures and developments”
课程教师：Dr. Reinhold Luecker
The European Union(EU)is one of the strongest macro-areas in economy and trade. If we want understand the importance of the internal peace-making function of European unification we must have a look in history first. The creation of the EU is a unique attempt to overcome nationalist rivalries and develop enormous economic strengths through trade without borders, rising productivity and living conditions in all sub-areas, including peripheries. Monetary union and last but not least political union constitute elementary pillars of the EU. However it remains a constant and very actual question of how power is balanced between national States and the EU and how this unique experiment functions in the global world. A final question is how the rest of Europe and the EU will cooperate in the near future. For Chinese students coming to Germany we will introduce to basic knowledge of intercultural communication in order to better understand Europeans and Germans and starting at the best the stay for studying and doing research in a German university
Topics for three main sessions:
1. The historical aspect of nation building in Europe, the imperialistic era and the resulting world wars. Understanding the European trauma.
2. Peace-making through cooperation in Europe – the fundaments of European economic integration and its results in growth, trade, income, social developments and regional restructuration
3. Creating power balance between nation States in Europe and the EU, problems of finalizing the political union confronted with new nationalist countermovements and challenges through Brexit
A) traditional cultural richness and regional differences in European countries, diverse languages and dialects as well as varying concepts of living on one hand and global influences on consumption and behavior on the other hand: what is the self understanding of European youth?
B) How do young people in Germany conceive freedom and given opportunities for making their living. How open is the young society for innovations, how are they responding to foreigners and immigrants?
Dr. Reinhold Luecker, born 1951,has been Director of the International Office at Ulm University for 25 years. He studied geography, economy and roman languages in Germany and France and finally did PhD in 1985 at University of Tuebingen where he joined a research group focusing upon Latin America. For six years je taught economic geography as assistant professor and did basic research on economic and regional development processes mainly of agricultural modernization in rural areas of Brazil. In 1992 he took over the position as Director of the International Office at Ulm University and put the focus on internationalization of teaching and research, bringing the internationalization strategy forward. He pushed the creation of English taught master programs and relevant international exchange programs with all continents. But China revealed being the most promising target country; mainly cooperation between SEU and UUlm proved highest potential. Dr.Luecker is one of the founding persons of German University in Cairo (GUC) and managed numerous funded exchange projects between GUC and German universities. During one decade he has been teaching students in the International Summer Program of Ulm University about Europe and Germany.