Germanic Languages | Introduction to Contemporary Germany
G362 | 3330 | Turk


This course is an introduction to contemporary Germany. It will
familiarize you with the most important events that have shaped
Germany in the 20th and 21st centuries and provide you with concepts
that give meaning to these events. We begin by looking at the history
of German culture from the aftermath of the First World War, the
Weimar Republic, and the Nazi period, to the end of the Cold War and
the emergence of a unified Germany. We end by investigating 21st
century developments toward a post-national Germany in the framework
of the European Union, discussing the tensions between the unified
European market, democratic procedure, and the German cultural
tradition as forces shaping and questioning German national identity.

It is the goal of the course to impart a critical, complex, and
historically informed perspective on the major cultural and political
developments of recent German cultural history in order to understand
today’s Germany. To reach this goal, we will discuss themes such as
youth culture, gender issues, immigration, education, art, literature,
and sports to understand the past. We will study a great variety of
artifacts from paintings to music, short texts and films.

Course taught in German.

Textbook:
Hermann Glaser, Kleine deutsche Kulturgeschichte von 1945 bis heute.
ISBN-10: 3596157307.
All other texts will be provided for download on Oncourse.