German 221/321 – Wanske

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Week 1

Thursday (8/25):

In Class:

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Read 5 Germanys I Have Known, pp. 3 – 32 (end of last full paragraph) and submit 1 detailed discussion question (incl. page numbers for the pages you’re talking about) to Box by 5 pm on Monday, August 29th. Please mark your submission by putting your last name as the file name.

Week 2

Tuesday (8/30):

In Class:

  • “Citizenship”
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read the 1871 constitution of the German empire and take notes on the following aspects of the constitution: Political system; Transportation; Commerce & finance; Modes of Punishment.
  • What do you think “citizenship” entailed under this type of constitution?

Thursday (9/1):

In Class:

  • Imperial Germany Overview
  • The constitution of the Kaiserreich
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Read 5G, pp. 32-50, the rest of the chapter “Ancestral Germany,” and submit 1 detailed discussion question (incl. page numbers for the pages you’re talking about) to Box by 5 pm on Monday, September 5th. Please mark your submission by putting your last name as the file name. An email with a link inviting you to email your submission to Box should have been sent to you.

Woche 3

Tuesday (9/6):

In Class:

  • Discussion of 5 Germanys I Have Known “Introduction” and “Ancestral Germany”
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read Ferdinand LaSalle, “The Working Man’s Programme.” Bring 2 detailed discussion questions (incl. page numbers for the pages you’re talking about) to class.
  • Think about what you plan on writing your first essay about. Bring a brief description of the question(s) you wish to answer in your paper to class.

Thursday (9/8):

In Class:

  • Ferdinand LaSalle, The Working Man’s Programme
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Finish a complete draft of your first essay. Bring two hard copies to class.
  • Read excerpt from Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening, available on Moodle.
  • Read “Part 1: “They Say,”” p. 17 – 51, in They Say/I Say: Moves That Matter in Academic Writing
  • Check out Rhodes Writing Center’s “Writing Guide” for helpful tips on essay writing (see Moodle).

Woche 4

Tuesday (9/13):

2 copies of 1st draft of essay #1 due at beginning of class

In Class:

  • Spring Awakening and Imperial Germany
  • Presentation: Expressionism/art before & during WWI (Phoebe)
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Fill out the peer-review sheet (see Moodle) for each essay you’re commenting on. Bring 2 hard copies of each peer-review sheet to class. Your worksheets will be graded according to a grading scale (see Moodle) and count towards your “additional assignment”-grade.
  • Read “Part 2: “I Say,”” p. 55 – 101, in They Say/I Say: Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

Thursday (9/15):

In Class:

  • Peer-Editing Workshop
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Read & take notes on Fulbrook’s A History of Germany 1918 – 2008, Chapter 2, “Weimar ” (p. 15 – 37)
  •  Read these excerpts from the Weimar Constitution, as well as the “War Guilt Clause” and these articles from the Treaty of Versailles.

Woche 5

Tuesday (9/20):

1st draft and final version of essay #1 due at the beginning of class

In Class:

  • Discussion of “Weimar” chapter in Fulbrook and the Weimar Constitution
  • Presentation: Magnus Hirschfeld and the early gay rights movement (Emily)
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read 5G, pp. 51-88, Chapter 2, “Weimar.” Come up with 2 discussion questions. Bring 2 hard copies of your discussion questions to class.

Thursday (9/22):

In Class:

  • “Weimar” in 5G
  • Presentation: the artists of Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter (Quin)
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • See film Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927). If possible, please make sure you see the 2002 “restored authorized” release (available in LLC) or the newer “complete Metropolis” version (available on Netflix streaming).
  • Read Andreas Huyssen’s “The Vamp and the Machine” available on Moodle.
  • Compose at least three discussion questions, two about the film and one about the reading. Bring them to class.

Woche 6

Tuesday (9/27):

In Class:

  • Metropolis & “The Vamp and the Machine”
  • Presentations: Cabaret culture and night life during Weimar (Josh) & Weimar advertising and popular culture (Pryce)
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read & take notes on Fulbrook’s A History of Germany 1918 – 2008, Chapter 3 (p. 38 – 55)

Thursday (9/29):

In Class:

  • Discuss Metropolis
  • Discuss Chapter 3 in Fulbrook
  • Presentations: “Degenerate Art” exhibit, Munich 1937 (Sophie) & Nazi Eugenics and the Lebensborn experiment (Jay)
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Read & take notes on Fulbrook’s A History of Germany 1918 – 2008, Chapter 4 (p. 56 – 79)

Woche 7

Tuesday (10/4):

In Class:

  • Finish discussing Metropolis
  • Discuss Chapter 4 in Fulbrook
  • Presentations: Women in Nazi Germany (Katie) & Hitler Youth (Christopher)
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read 5G, Chapter 3, “The Third Reich” pp. 89-130 (I suggest reading in segments – concentrating on the passages where the author’s personal experience of the 3rd Reich). Compose two discussion questions and bring them to class in hard copy.

Thursday (10/6):

In Class:

  • Discuss 5G, Chapter 3
  • Presentations: “White Rose” group and other anti-Nazi resistance movements (Marie Claire) & Nazi imagery in contemporary pop culture (Katelynn)
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Read 5G, Chapter 4, “The Terror from Afar,” pp. 131-167.
  • Skim “Part 1: “They Say,”” p. 17 – 51, and “Part 2: “I Say,”” p. 55 – 101, again in They Say/I Say: Moves That Matter in Academic Writing
  • Bring your paper topic and a tentative outline (no more than 1 page, typed) to class.

Woche 8

Tuesday (10/11):

In Class:

  • Discuss 5G, “The Terror from Afar”
  • Presentation: Rubble literature & film (Emma)
  • Writing Workshop
  • PPP

Homework for next Thursday (10/20):

  • Read Fulbrook, pp. 113-137 (to page break) + 5G pp. 168-189 (end of last full ¶)
  • Fill out peer-review worksheets once you’ve received your colleague’s essay on Wednesday, 10/19

Thursday (10/13):

No Class – Prof. Wanske is at a conference

Woche 9

Tuesday (10/18):

No Class – Fall Break

1st draft of essay #2 due in Moodle by Wednesday morning 9 am

Thursday (10/20):

In Class:

  • Discuss 5G, “When There Was No Germany” and Fulbrook text
  • Peer-Editing Workshop
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • šFinish your paper for Tuesday
  • Read Fulbrook, šOn the division of Germany, pp. 137-153 (above) +š On the GDR in the 1960s, 171-175 (to page break) + On life in the GDR, 187-205 (Take notes and come up with 2 discussion questions (due in hard copy at the beginning of class))
  • šStart reading Plenzdorf, introduction and The New Sufferings of Young W (It’s surprisingly short.) – we’ll start discussing the book on Thursday of next week

Woche 10

Tuesday (10/25):

1st draft and final version of essay #2 due at the beginning of class

In Class:

  • Discussion of the GDR
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • šFinish reading Plenzdorf, introduction and The New Sufferings of Young W (Focus on the following aspects of everyday life in the GDR: family/love relationships; the artist under Socialism; attitudes towards the West; class politics; education; work; youth culture; consumption; conformity/ nonconformity)

Thursday (10/27):

In Class:

  • Discussion of Ulrich Plenzdorf’s  The New Sufferings of Young W
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • šWatch Goodbye, Lenin! on Moodle (there’ll be a viewing quiz on Tuesday, so make sure to pay close attention!)
  • šTake note on the themes we discussed in The New Sufferings in the movie (family/love relationships; š(the artist under Socialism); attitudes towards the West; class politics; education; work; youth culture; consumption; conformity/ nonconformity)

Woche 11

Tuesday (11/1):

In Class:

  • The New Sufferings & Goodbye, Lenin!
  • Presentation: Youth movements in GDR (Robert)
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read  Fulbrook, Chapter 10 + excerpts from the German Basic Law http://www.iuscomp.org/gla/statutes/GG.htm (Articles 1-12a, 16, 16a,18-20, 26, 38-41, 50-54, 77-79, 92-95, 116-117, 131-134), and take notes to prepare for our discussion.

Thursday (11/3):

In Class:

  • The New Sufferings & Goodbye, Lenin!
  • Presentation: Wirtschaftswunder – 1950s in West Germany (Grant)
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Read 5G, 245-261 + 286-303 – Focus on the student movement of the ‘68ers, and “dealing with the past” (aka Vergangenheitsbewältigung)

Woche 12

Tuesday (11/8):

In Class:

  • Discussion of Fulbrook as well as the Basic Law.
  • Presentation: “Sexual Revolution” in 1960s & 70s West Germany (Anya)
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • (Re-)Read5G, 245-261 + 286-303 – Focus on the student movement of the ‘68ers, and “dealing with the past” (aka Vergangenheitsbewältigung)
  • Come up with 2 discussion questions (due in hard copy in class)

Thursday (11/10):

In Class:

  • Discuss 5G – Focus on the student movement of the ‘68ers, dealing with the past (aka Vergangenheitsbewältigung)
  • East/West Debate
  • Presentation: Role of media in West Germany (Kerry)
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Read Böll, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum, introduction through section 34.

Woche 13

Tuesday (11/15):

In Class:

  • Katharina Blum, Part 1
  • Terrorism in Germany in the 1970s
  • Presentation: Red Army Faction (Christian)
  • PPP

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read Böll, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum to end

Thursday (11/17):

In Class:

  • Katharina Blum, Part 2
  • Presentation: German division & unity & soccer (Liam)
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Watch the movie Baader-Meinhof Komplex on Moodle
  • Progress Report & Bibliography due in Moodle by midnight on Tuesday (11/22). A 2-page summary of your evolving topic (including thesis & main body paragraphs (in summary)) and a bibliography of 6-8 relevant potential sources that you have in your possession or have ordered via interlibrary loan.

Woche 14

Tuesday (11/22):

In Class:

  • Finish discussion of Katharina Blum
  • Discuss Baader-Meinhof Komplex

Homework for Tuesday after Thanksgiving:

  • Read Fulbrook, 272-289 + Chapter 14 “The Berlin Republic”

Thursday (11/24):

No Class – Thanksgiving Break

Woche 15

Tuesday (11/29):

In Class:

  • Discussion of Fulbrook reading

Homework for Thursday:

  • Read excerpts from Kaminer’s Russian Disco (on Moodle) & bring 2 discussion questions to class in hard copy

Thursday (12/1):

In Class:

  • Discuss Fulbrook
  • PPP

Homework for Tuesday:

  • Fill out peer-review worksheets once you’ve received your colleague’s essay on Monday, 12/5 (worksheets are due on Tuesday (12/6) at the beginning of class)
  • Re-Read excerpts from Russian Disco on Moodle & bring 2 discussion questions to class in hard copy

Woche 16/Finals Week

Complete draft of Essay 3 due in Moodle by midnight on Sunday (12/4)

Tuesday (12/6):

In Class:

  • Presentation: Gastarbeiter (Michael)
  • Discuss Kaminer’s Russian Disco
  • Peer-Editing Workshop
  • Course Wrap-Up
  • PPP

Final version of Essay 3 due in my mailbox (Palmer 114) in hard copy by noon on Monday (12/12)