GERMAN 180 - First Year Seminar
Fall 2021, Section 001 - Race and Ethnicity in Postwar Germany
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of German is required. Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
Taught in English.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will consider how literature, art, and films produced by minority artists challenge our understanding of what it means to be German. Whereas Germanness has historically been associated with whiteness and Christianity, we will ask, for example, what it means to be Black, Jewish, or Muslim and German. We will examine the question of what it means to be, or to become German from multiple angles. As course materials show, becoming German is not simply a process of fitting in or acting in a certain way. It can also be a process of actively decentering cultural norms that have worked to exclude minorities for centuries.

Course Requirements:

Students will undertake a range of appropriate assignments including the regular analysis of fiction and scholarly readings, film and other materials; develop techniques for writing a research paper; and two, one-hour exams (no final exam).


GERMAN 180 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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