GERM 302 – Modern Germany through Film, Dr. Gabriele Dillmann, Denison University
- Days and Time: M,W 1:30 – 2:50 pm
- Pre-req.: Germ 214, or equivalence to four semesters of German
- Credits: 4hrs.
In this course we will explore modern Germany through film since the 1970’s. We will look at Germany as a culture increasingly shaped by multiculturalism starting with the plight of the “guest workers” (Fassbinder’s Ali: Angst essen Seele auf/Fear Eats the Soul) and ending with the disturbing reality of far-right attacks against ethnic minorities (Fatih Akin’s Aus dem Nichts/Into the Fade). We will also explore left-wing terrorism in the 70’s (Die verlorene Ehre der Katarina Blum/The Lost Honor of Katarina Blum) and contrast that with the autonomous scene in the 80’s and the rise of Neonazism (Was tun, wenn’s brennt?/What to do in case of fire? and Die Welle/The Wave. The fall of the wall between East and West Germany will lead us to an exploration of Stasi practices in the former East Germany (Das Leben der Anderen/The Lives of Others) and a discussion of “Ostalgia” (nostalgia for East Germany) via the film Goodbye, Lenin!. The topic of gender and sexual preference will factor into the course with the movie Der bewegte Mann/Maybe, Maybe Not and the issue of social outcasts with the film Porn Punk Poetry. Various short films will further enhance our discussions.
While these films are available with English subtitles, all discussions and written responses will be in German with a continued focus on the refinement of German language skills.
This course is also a globally connected course in partnership with the American University in Bulgaria.
All students will meet via the video-conferencing platform Zoom and the course will include students of German across our GLCA partner institutions.
GERM 395 – The Music of Germany, with Dr. Lee Forester, Hope College
- Days and Time: M,W 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
- Pre-req.: Equivalence to four semesters of German
- Credits: 4hrs.
This course will introduce musical artists from Germany and Austria from medieval Minnesänger until today. They will cut across many genres, classic, Schlager, Kabarett, Liedermacher, Neue Deutsche Welle, Pop, Rock, Punk, Jazz, Hip Hop, Electronica and Heavy Metal. We will do a lot of listening to music and artists themselves discussing their music. Expect your vocabulary and listening comprehension to improve significantly! And you will be able to make new cultural connections with German speakers using your new cultural expertise!