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Undergraduate Degree Programs

German (GER)

GER 100 (GH;IL) German Culture and Civilization (3) Culture and civilization of the German people from the Germanic migrations to the Nazi period. Conducted in English.

GER 100 German Culture and Civilization (3)
(GH;IL)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

In German 100, students examine the ethical basis for decision-making of representative thinkers and periods in German history. The course begins by looking at the warrior ethos that pervades early Germanic literature, proceeds to examine successive changes in ethics brought on by Christianization, the Reformation, and the Enlightenment. The course ends by looking at the ethics of power advocated by Nietzsche and the racialist ideology of Nazism. The course will also examine changes in aesthetic values, as represented by the art of Durer and the Expressionists, the literature of the Storm-and-Stress movement and Kafka, the music and theater of Wagnerian opera and the film of the Expressionists and Leni Riefenstahl. Finally, the nettlesome issue of German national identity will be addressed through the perspective of historical developments since the time of Charlemagne.

German l00 is linked closely to German 200. German 100 concentrates on German culture and civilization up to the Nazi period. German 200 concentrates on German culture and civilization since the Nazi period. German/Russian 143 addresses aspects of Nazism in greater depth than does German 100.

The course meets three times per week, including fifty-minute lectures on Monday and Friday and a discussion section on Wednesday. The total enrollment is limited to approximately 180 students and the discussion sections have no more than 27 students each. When taught in the summer, the total enrollment for the class is less than fifty. Assessment is based on three examinations with an essay component, one short paper, and participation in classroom discussions, and attendance.

German 100 may not be applied toward the requirements of a German major or a German minor. It may be used for the General Education humanities requirement, for the General Education Intercultural/International competence requirement, or for a B.A. humanities requirement.


General Education: GH
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2005

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.