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Business Abroad – Berlin/Prague Class Syllabus

Georgia Southern University
BUSA 4830s/7030s
Business Abroad – Berlin/Prague
Summer 2018
Course Syllabus


Instructors:  Steve Charlier, Ph.D.
Axel Grossmann, Ph.D.
Office: College of Business 3348 (Charlier)
College of Business 3323 (Grossmann
Office Phone: 912-478-5985 (Charlier)
912-478-5512 (Grossmann
Office Hours:  TBD
Class Meetings: TBD


Course Description

Experience the economy and culture of Berlin & Prague through a week-long intensive immersion into the business practices that characterize contemporary Germany and the Czech Republic.  Learn about the challenges and successes the countries faces as they continue to innovate, engage in growth, and face the inequalities and challenges left in the wake of the Cold War.  Gain unique personal exposure to the business environment and cultures of the Eurozone and the European Union.


  • Undergraduate students: 60 credit hours previously earned by the start of Summer Term A, a declared business major and a GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of application.
  • Graduate students: graduate standing and permission from the Director of Graduate Programs for the College of Business.

Student Learning Outcomes (tentative)

Upon completion of the course, students should be able to: 1) understand dimensions of national culture and organizations, 2) articulate specific business customs within Germany and the Czech Republic and how they differ from the United States, 3) describe the financial systems and structures of European Union countries, and 4) understand country-level and corporate-level financial systems and standards of Germany and the Czech Republic.

Required Materials

TBD – Prior to travel to Europe, students will read materials from textbooks and/or business magazines on topics concerning business customs/culture and financial systems related to the European Union and Germany/Czech Republic.

Special Needs

If you have a special need (a physical or learning disability) that requires special assistance, please let us know as soon as possible, and in no case later than the second week of classes.  We’ll work with the SDRC (Student Disability Resource Center) to meet your needs.

Georgia Southern University Honor Code and Pledge

“I will be academically honest in all of my course work and will not tolerate the academic dishonesty of others.”

The Georgia Southern University Honor Code was proposed and jointly adopted by the Student Government Association and the Faculty Senate in 1998 to enhance the University’s academic integrity standards.

“On my honor, I will be academically honest in all of my course work and will not tolerate the academic dishonesty of others.  I also pledge to engage in ethical behavior on campus and off campus, to live an honorable lifestyle, and to create a campus environment that is characterized by individual responsibility, civility, and integrity.”

Georgia Southern University Campus Honor Pledge, an expansion of the Honor Code, approved by the Student Government Association in Spring 2006

Students who violate the Honor Code will be disciplined, up to and including expulsion from class and/or a failing grade.

Grading Policy

TBD – Grades will be determined via a mix of class attendance/participation, homework assignments, and a final project/paper.

Tentative Course Schedule

May 14 Course introduction
May 16 Overview of international management/cultures
May 18 Business customs in Germany and the Czech Republic
May 21 Overview of international finance
May 23 Trade and commerce in the European Union and Eurozone
May 25 Preparation for trip
May 29 – June 7 Travel to Berlin/Prague
June 14 Deadline for final project/paper



Last updated: 9/6/2017