GER 208

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

Spring 2022
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1:30pm - 2:50pm

This course traces German cultural and political history from 1945 to the present by examining 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 reunification; third, persistent struggles with multiculturalism; and fourth, Germany’s role and reputation in Europe. The course facilitates advanced competence in written and oral German but will also develop analytical competencies in historical and historiographical argumentation across a range of sources.