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Fall 2016-2017
* GER 307 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in German Culture and Society - Berlin: A Media Metropolis

Joel B. Lande


This course, which includes a trip to Berlin during Fall Break, explores diverse facets of Germany's most vibrant city. Since the fall of the wall, the city has undergone cultural and political changes at an unprecedented clip. The Berlin of today is built upon a layered cultural history--from newspapers and film to theater and visual art. In the city's cosmopolitan landscape, the entangled political history of Germany is as legible as its rich media history. Attention will be paid to the question what distinguishes mass culture from high art, particularly in the context of media (e.g., monuments, theater) that aim to reach a broad public.

Sample reading list:
Wolfgang Becker, Goodbye Lenin!
Bertold Brecht, Die Dreigroschenoper
Heiner Müller, Schriften
Dada Berlin, Texte Manifeste, Aktionen
Andreas Huyssen, Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory
Dieter Hoffmann, Berlin-Testament
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
80-100 pages of reading a week. Active participation in class. Independent presentation in Berlin. Final paper.

Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Other information:
Basic transportation, lodging and program costs for the required trip will be covered. Knowledge of German required. Contact instructor for application.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21504 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:10 Limit:13