German 242. Introduction to German Studies
Conducted entirely in German, this course is a general introduction to German culture, German history and German society. Its goal is to provide students with a basic level of cultural literacy about the German-speaking world.
In this course, we will study major trends in 20th century German film and literature with a special focus on issues of national, political and cultural identity.
Students coming out of the course should have a broad understanding of the various tensions and problems that have characterized German culture and society for the last century. In addition to broadening students’ cultural knowledge about the German-speaking world, this course will continue to emphasize the improvement of students’ ability to speak, read, write and listen to German.