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Fall 2009

GER 343C • Contemporary German Civilization

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38420 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM

Course Description

Beginning with the Weimar Republic and the origins of World War II, continuing through occupied Germany after 1945, and ending with the BRD and the GDR as major powers with world-wide influence, this course will trace the emergence of the "two Germanies" and their development to the present day. Emphasis will be on the strategies which formed two contrasting cultures, and which maintain them today in the political, social, economical, and cultural spheres. The course will be taught in German. Assignments will involve materials written in both the BRD and the DDR, as well as occasional films or taped materials to be seen/heard by the students in preparation for the class discussion (ca. 10 minutes each). The class will concentrate on small group and class discussions which outline how contemporary thought-patterns in East and West affect daily life.

Grading Policy

Class Participation & Attendance 20% Quizzes 15% Exams 20% Final 15% Homework 30% Homework and Assignments: Daily reading assignments, regular attendance of class with participation in discussions. Weekly written precis or film sheets due as assigned in syllabus.


Geschichtsbuch 4: Die Menschen und ihre Geschichte in Darstellungen und Dokumenten. Berlin: Cornelsen Verlag, 1996. ISBN# 3-464-64204-6.


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