GERM 316 Fall 2012 "Wer ist wir?": Recent Debates over Multiculture in Germany (D) (W)

German chancellor Angela Merkel controversially claimed in 2010: "Multikulti ist gescheitert." (Multiculturalism has failed in Germany). We will investigate different perspectives on Germany's integration of minorities. In the 1960s, government labor contracts brought large numbers of foreign workers into the country and facilitated the "economic miracle." How did the newcomers adapt to life in Germany and what did they hold on to from their home cultures? How did subsequent generations experience life in Germany? What were the major political shifts that took place regarding citizenship and participation in the public sphere? How do popular media portray minorities? How do members of minority groups portray themselves? We will read texts by: Zafer Senocak, Hatice Akyun, Yoko Tawada, Marica Bodrozic, Navid Kermani, Wladimir Kaminer, view feature films and documentaries, and discuss a wide range of social commentary and analyses across the political spectrum from right wing populists to left liberals: Thilo Sarrazin, Kirsten Heisig, Astrid Geisler and Christoph Schultheis, Wilhelm Heitmeyer, Alexander Hausler, Freya Klier, Mark Terkessidids, Rita Sussmuth and others.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: bi-weekly 4- to 5-page papers
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Prerequisites: GERM 202 or equivalent
Enrollment Preference: German majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 8
Class Number: 1458
GERM316-T1(F) TUT German Multiculture Debates (D) (W) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity InitiativeWriting Intensive Helga Druxes
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