Jun 01, 2023  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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SS 415G - German Culture

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course moves chronologically forward from the time of Germany’s first unification in 1871 to the present day, noting the interconnectedness of the past and the present. In an effort to define and explore aspects of German culture, students study and discuss political and philosophical writings, art, literature, and film, all within a specific historical context. Subtopics such as religion, education, geography, commerce, and recreation are also addressed. Course grades are determined by reading, quizzes, a midterm and final exam, and two paper assignments. (prereq: None) 
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Understand features that have promoted separateness rather than unification in a single entity called “Germany”
  • Identify the geographic regions and lifestyles developing from them
  • Understand the significance in his/her own German family customs and holidays
  • Recognize the influence of German heritage in the surrounding community
  • Seek out further experiences to enjoy in German artistic achievement
  • View culture as ongoing: the past lives in the present

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Geography (2 classes)
  • History, general (3 classes)
  • The Nazi past and its present ramifications (4 classes)
  • How people earn a living (3 classes)
  • Education (1 class)
  • Family life and customs (2 classes)
  • Recreation and food (1 class)
  • Fine arts (8 classes)
  • Local German heritage (3 classes)
  • Tests (5 classes)

Patrick Jung

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