SALZBURG INSTITUTE CORE CLASS
All participants take one of the two Salzburg Institute’s 4-credit core seminars on Christian Thought and Culture. SAL201 Christian Thought and Culture: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment will be offered in 2020. In 2019, students will enroll in SAL202 Christian Thought and Culture: From the Enlightenment to the Present. Students wishing to complete two summers in Salzburg have the opportunity to take both SAL201 and SAL202. Classes offered for the Summer Program 2019 are indicated below.
SAL201 Christian Thought and Culture: From the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment (4 credits)
Acquaints students with the foundations of European intellectual life from the middle ages to the enlightenment and their many manifestations in music, the arts, theology, literature and philosophy. The course includes cross-cultural workshops, concerts, guest lectures, and numerous excursions to a wide array of cultural institutions and churches, as well as a week-long trip to Vienna.
SAL202 Christian Thought and Culture: From the Enlightenment to the Present (4 credits)
Acquaints students with the foundations of European intellectual life from the enlightenment to the present and their many manifestations in music, the arts, theology, literature and philosophy. The course includes cross-cultural workshops, concerts, guest lectures, and numerous excursions to a wide array of cultural institutions and churches, as well as a four-day trip to Vienna. (Offered 2019)
SAL215 Sketchbook (2 credits)
This course focuses on creating a visual journal from observations made throughout Salzburg (and while in Vienna as well) employing both observational and experimental drawing methods while working from various works in museums, architectural motifs throughout the city, formal gardens, as well as drawing from life in the streets and markets. Non-art majors will also be given specific drawing instruction in the implementation of line, value, spatial relationships, and composition. Inside the studio we will also employ collage methods using the varieties of paper, leaflets, tickets, and images one acquires when traveling. (Offered 2019)
SAL216 Printmaking Studio at the Fortress Hohensalzburg (2 credits)
Acquaints students with a number of different printmaking techniques, including the “shellac” technique, collography, and litography.(Offered 2019)
SAL270 Drawing Studio at the Fortress Hohensalzburg (2 credits)
Modern and contemporary approaches, including expressionistic, minimalistic/maximalistic ideas. In addition to working on drawings, students will discuss works by influential contemporary artists.
SAL371 Painting Studio at the Fortress Hohensalzburg (2 credits)
Modern and contemporary approaches, including expressionistic, minimalistic/maximalistic ideas. In addition to working on paintings, students will discuss works by influential contemporary artists.(Offered 2019)
GER101 Beginning German 1 (4 credits)
This intensive introduction to German language and German culture course focuses on the four skills associated with language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students will enjoy the unique opportunity to practice acquired conversational skills in class and throughout their studies in Salzburg.
SAL371A Marx Nietzsche, Freud – The Masters of Suspicion (4 credits)
This class examines the three “masters of suspicion” (Paul Ricœur), Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Sigmund Freud. We read some of their most important works and and critically discuss the influence these three prominent secular thinkers have had on the secularization of the West.
SAL371B The Austrian Mind (4 credits)
In this seminar we closely analyze 20th century Austrian intellectual history. We discuss Austrian thinkers and writers such as Ludwig Wittgenstein, Sigmund Freud, Thomas Bernhard, and intellectual movements and conglomerates including the Austrian School of Economics and the Vienna Circle.
SAL 371C Language, Culture and Interpretation (4 credits)
Designed for students interested in philosophy, language, communication arts, linguistics, literature, history, cultural studies, cognitive science, and religion, the course introduces some of the most important language philosophers and linguistics of the 20th century. How does language influence culture? How does culture influence language? How do we interpret language? By discussing the complex relationships between language, culture and interpretation the course familiarizes students with highly influential primary texts. (Offered 2019)
Applied Music Lessons (2 credits)
Students majoring in voice or a musical instrument take applied music lessons with professors of the world-renowned Mozarteum University or international guest artists. (Offered 2019)
SAL471 Selected Topics: Concert and Presentation (2 credits)
Towards the end of the summer program, music performance students may receive two additional credits by presenting lecture recitals in historic churches and other venues in Salzburg.
SAL471 Selected Topics: Mozart’s Operas (2 credits)
“Mozart and His Operas” is an introductory seminar offering students a broad understanding of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the world in which he lived and worked during the last half of the eighteenth century. Class content includes the general traits of Enlightenment thought, the setting and background of Mozart’s life events, influential people and ideas, his own musical journey and major dramatic works, and the historic bases for his popularity. The class views and discusses excerpts from representative Mozart operas and compares the relationships as well as the disparities between them.
SAL471 Selected Topics: Wagner’s Operas (2 credits)
The seminar “Wagner and His Operas “provides students with an introductory understanding of Richard Wagner, his intellectual and philosophical underpinnings, and the operas he composed and produced during the nineteenth century. Background material on his life, the setting in which he lived and worked, the influences upon him and ideas he held – as well as the general traits of Romantic thought – will be discussed. The class will view and discuss excerpts from significant Wagner operas and explore the unique contributions he brought to the musical world of his own time as well as our modern world of today.(Offered 2019)
What Students Are Saying
“Participating in the program really helped me to think about Christianity more holistically, because we learned to integrate the perspectives of several different disciplines, including history, philosophy, theology, literature, art, and music. It was also a great opportunity to experience European culture.”
Si-Hua Chang, Gordon College
“The Salzburg Institute classes were perfect – small groups, primary sources, and fascinating discussions about heavyweights like Marx, Kafka, and Freud. The philosophy was tough but our professors knew it and taught it well. Despite the struggles, I got so much more out of reading the original works rather than someone else’s summary. The main seminar class covered such a breadth of knowledge, from art and architecture to music, history, and literature. I enjoyed learning so much outside my own field, especially when I could apply my new knowledge to a concert, museum, or building that afternoon in Salzburg!”
Jessica Kane, Gordon College