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German History and Culture from 1871 to 1945

This course covers the Wilhelminian Empire, the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. For the Weimar Republic, the focus will be on the political, economic, social and cultural issues the republic was facing. For the Third Reich, we will focus on the establishment of dictatorship; the persecution of Jews; everyday life in Hitler Germany; World War II; resistance and opposition; the end of the Third Reich.

Theater in Hamburg: Topics and Trends in Contemporary German Theater

This course offers an introduction to the German theater system through concentration on its historical and social roles, its economics and administration. We study the semiotics of theater and learn the technical vocabulary to describe and judge a performance. Plays will be by German authors from different periods, but will occasionally include other texts as well. The program will cover the cost of the tickets. Attendance at four or five performances is required.

Language on Location I: Current Topics, Recurrent Issues

Building on work done in the orientation program, this course refines written and oral skills by examining everyday and academic challenges along with current topics in German media. Emphasis in class is on building practical vocabulary and mastering grammatical structures.

Language on Location II: Culture, Society, Environment

This course builds on the written and oral skills covered in Language and Location I or the spring orientation program by exploring current cultural and social issues in Germany, particularly contemporary approaches to environmental issues. Emphasis in class is on grammatical structures and explanding vocabulary, and includes a general introduction to German academic writing.

The Academcy and the Environment

The objective of this course is to improve written and oral skills, building on work done during the orientation program or in the fall semester. Students learn to employ complex grammatical structures and expand their vocabulary while investigating current social and cultural issues. Emphasis is on academic challenges, such as composing a German term paper, and environmental challenges as discussed in German media.

 

Germany 1945–1990: Politics, Society, and Culture in the Two German States

This course, which provides a continuation of German History and Culture from 1871 to 1945, covers the post-war period of occupation; the founding of two German states; German-German relations during the Cold War; and the re-unification of Germany. Historical analysis; reading of selected literary works; screening of films.