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Alan Tully, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2003

HIS 306N • Cul/Hist/Nation and Ger Film-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36160 MWF
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

Course Description

Hitler, Oktoberfest, Volkswagen, Autobahn, Nazis, Bismarck, DaimlerChrysler, Dirk Nowitzki, RUN LOLA RUN, Rammstein… We all have contact with Germany every day. But have you really thought about the country behind all of that? Why is Germany such an economic power in Europe? What was behind Nazi ideology, and how could the Holocaust happen? Was Hitler really not German? What led to the division of Germany into East and West, and how is it today? What was behind the RAF that terrorized West Germany, and how was it different from today’s terrorists? Why are there so many U.S. soldiers in Germany? Is it true that the US and Germany did not have a peace treaty until 1990? These are just a few questions we will answer in this course.

In this course, we will find out exciting things about Germany. We will explore German culture and history after World War I, and see how German films deal with them in an artistic environment. You are going to realize the stories behind films and will understand foreign films better than you used to. Since those films were produced in a culture that differs significantly from the United States’, viewer discretion is advised at all times! Germany’s turbulent history - as we are going to see - shaped Europe and contributed to the present state of a continent without political borders and a single currency. Overall, we will discover a Germany that has been looking for a national identity by crossing borders in political and cultural ways. Fulfills part of the basic education requirement in writing.

Grading Policy

Discussion and active class participation 10% Quizzes 20% Short reading and writing assignments 10% Final Exam 20%

Final Project 40% Consisting of: Paper proposal (about 1 page) 5%, First draft (3-4 pages) 15%, Final Paper (8-10 pages) 20%


Orlow, Dietrich. A HISTORY OF MODERN GERMANY: 1871 TO PRESENT. 5th ed. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 2002. Hairston, Maxine et al. THE SCOTT, FORESMAN HANDBOOK FOR WRITERS. 7th ed. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice Hall, 2003. Class Reader, available at Paradigm Copies.


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