POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Fall 2022, Section 012 - German Politics in Europe Since 1945
Instruction Mode: Section 012 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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Details

Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Advisory Prerequisites:
Seniors only.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Description

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 that 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.

Course Requirements:

This will be a very demanding course with lots of reading. Your serious participation in it will be absolutely required.

Schedule

POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Schedule Listing
008 (LEC)
 In Person
27464
Open
6
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
012 (LEC)
 In Person
29486
Open
21
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
013 (LEC)
 In Person
30995
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
014 (LEC)
 In Person
31302
Closed
0
 
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Tu 10:00AM - 2:00PM
015 (LEC)
 In Person
39804
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MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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