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Spring 2016-2017
* GER 208   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Studies in German Language and Style: Contemporary Society, Politics, and Culture

Ute Mehnert

This course traces German history and culture from 1945 to the present by examining, in a variety of media, the period's most heated debates: first, the controversy around the aftermath of Nazi rule, which escalated in the 60s and 70s in violent clashes between students and government; second, the ideological rivalry between two German states up to the reunification; third, the persistent struggles around multiculturalism; fourth, the debate around Germany's role in Europe, and why Germany is equally loved and hated by its neighbors. This course facilitates advanced competence in written and oral German.

Sample reading list:
Paul Celan, Gedichte, Briefe
W.G. Sebald, Luftkrieg und Literatur
Christa Wolf, Der geteilte Himmel
Fassbinder/ Kluge a.o., Deutschland im Herbst
Gerhard Richter, Atlas
She She Pop, Schubladen
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading 20-40 pages per week; oral presentation; three response papers, take home final (6 - 8 pages)

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
GER 107 or equivalent.

Other information:
Readings and discussions in German.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41565 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:13 Limit:20