GERM 316
"Wer ist wir?": Recent Debates over Multiculture in Germany Spring 2019
Division I Writing Skills
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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 Akyün, 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 Häusler, Freya Klier, Mark Terkessidids, Rita Süssmuth and others.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 8
Class#: 3937
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: four 5-page papers in German
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: GERM 202 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: German majors, but open to all with appropriate language skills
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills

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