A Taste of Austria Winter 2022

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This course introduces students to elements of the Austrian culture around the turn of the 19th century up to today. Students will learn and prepare presentations about significant contributions to the arts and sciences from Austrians such as musician Gustav Mahler, artist Gustav Klimt, scientist Karl Landsteiner or poet Stefan Zweig (the chess novella). Other activities include learning how to dance the Viennese waltz composed by Johann Strauss (in case you want to attend Austria’s main annual society event, the Opernball in Vienna) or how to prepare Wienerschnitzel or bake Sachertorte (the delicious cake offered by the Hotel Sacher in Vienna). If time and weather permits, we will also pursue typical Austrian winter activities such as down hill or cross country skiing, sledding or skating. The course will be conducted mainly in English, with some German intermingled.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 24
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on attendance, a paper and class presentations on a topic with an Austrian connection (possible topics will be suggested, but students can choose their own) and class discussions. The class will end with a final exam and the screening of the movie A Sound of Music.
Prerequisites: No pre-requisites necessary although some knowledge of German is welcome
Enrollment Preferences: random selection
Unit Notes: Sophia Klingenberg was born in Graz, Austria. She graduated from the Vienna University Medical School with a doctorate in Medicine in 2004, finished her residency in general medicine in Graz, Austria in 2014 and worked at the University of Florida, Dept. of Pathobiology as a research scholar for three years.
Materials/Lab Fee: $90 (optional; Lift ticket plus equipment rental for skiing)

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