GERMAN 449 - Special Topics in English Translation
Section: 002 German Politics in Europe Since 1945
Term: FA 2018
Subject: German (GERMAN)
Department: LSA Germanic Languages & Literatures
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Taught in English.
May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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This course will look at contemporary German politics through the prism of history. It will explore the main political, social, cultural and economic features and issues of the Federal Republic of Germany in a European context. By analyzing previous political regimes which governed Germany just in the 20th century — absolute monarchy, unstable liberal democracy, totalitarian fascism, stable liberal democracy, bureaucratic communism — the course will shed light on the vicissitudes of the "German Question" and its importance for European politics as a whole. We will look at Germany’s domestic developments and also its relations with other countries, most notably those in Europe, east and west, the United States and the Soviet Union (Russia). In terms of the country’s domestic scene, we will focus on the main actors and purveyors of political life — the political parties and their world. We will look at these parties' history, structures, colors, ideologies, personalities, policies, slogans, leaders and prospects. We will anchor each of these parties in their proper historical context. We will also study societal developments in Germany that have happened outside the parties. In particular, we will look at social movements and interest groups that have played a major role in the transformation of German public life over the past 60 some years. Lastly, we will feature Germany’s contemporary political life in the context of the European Union, arguably among the greatest and most exciting state-building processes of our time.

This course is in the Comparative Politics subfield.

Course Requirements:

There will be a strong emphasis on academic writing

Intended Audience:

Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors.

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GERMAN 449 - Special Topics in English Translation
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001 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (REC)
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
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