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Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

hinkelmank
Kirk
Hinkelman
HinkelmanK@missouri.edu
573/884-4117
Mizzou Online
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Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
bismarkv
Veronika
Bismark
BismarkV@missouri.edu
919/263-8750
Mizzou Online
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
iretons
Sean
Ireton
iretons@missouri.edu
573/882-4672
German & Russian Studies

Term for Proposal

 
Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

A&S
German (GERMAN)
German
2320W
3
 
30
German Civilization: 1850 to Present - Writing Intensive
Second Empire, Weimar Republic, Nazi era, two Germanies after 1949. Historical, social, artistic, literary themes. Films and recordings. May be taken independently of GERMAN 2310. No foreign language credit.
Humanities
Lecture/Standard with Discussion
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
some sections may enforce prerequisite of ENGLSH 1000.
 
 
 

Instructor Information

bismarkv
Veronika
Bismark
BismarkV@missouri.edu
919/263-8750
Mizzou Online
(numbers only)
Adjunct Instructor
103 Mainsail Dr 27511 Cary, NC
 
 

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This course provides a survey of German civilization and culture from 1850 to the present. In a course of this nature, one can cover only selected political and social developments, historical events, and cultural achievements. The course will present an overview of the stormy socio-political events of this period and focus on certain cultural developments that both reflect the troubled times and contribute to the path Germany takes in the 20th century.
No major changes.
Online
Self paced?
Yes
140
100
Should this course be considered for funding?
Yes
Large Enrollment Courses:
Self-paced.
This is the online version of a course that the German Department has continuously offered as WI over the last 10 years. In this on-line version, students have to write 9 essays, one of each 9 lessons that make up the course, three of these lessons (lessons 1, 7, and 11) have to be re-submitted as revisions, that makes a total of 12 essays overall. Each essay is between 750 and 1,000 words long and will be graded by me personally.
Instructor will grade.

Writing Intensive Assignments

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9 essays, one for each lesson
This is the online version of a course that the German Department has continuously offered as WI over the last 10 years. In this on-line version, students have to write 9 essays, one of each 9 lessons that make up the course, three of these lessons (lessons 1, 7, and 11) have to be re-submitted as rewrites, that makes a total of 12 essays overall. Each essay is between 750 and 1,000 words long and will be graded by me personally.

LESSON 1 ESSAY

Topic:

Discuss why the different types of German expansionism (military, colonial, industrial) in the Wilhelmine period helped force Germany and Europe down the path toward war in 1914. What other cultural and sociopolitical factors also played a role in this context? Do you agree with those historians who argue that Germany was responsible for the outbreak of World War I? Why or why not?

LESSON 2 ESSAY

This rewrite of the Lesson 1 essay is worth 80 points and should address all comments from the instructor.

Students were given the following information:

For your rewrite, you are not required to add more text to your original essay. In other words, you will not be rewarded just for expanding your essay. However, if you are sure that you do need more space to respond to the instructor's specific comments, you should feel free to add up to 200 extra words. Your final version should not exceed 1,200 words total.

LESSON 3 ESSAY

Topic:

According to Siegfried Kracauer, the film The Cabinet of Doctor Caligari by Robert Wiene (1919) was revolutionary not only because of its expressionist form but also because of its political message. In your essay, briefly elaborate what this expressionist form consists of and how it reflects the movement as a whole. Then relate these general characteristics of Expressionism to the formal characteristics of Wiene’s film and to the film’s socio-political “message.” This will require you not only to reflect upon the overall situation in Germany at the time, but also to comment upon Kracauer’s view that the narrative frame added later to the film completely undermines its revolutionary impulse.

LESSON 4 ESSAY

Topic:

What does General Ludendorff’s notion of a “stab-in-the-back” refer to? Discuss the political implications of this theory for the newly founded Weimar Republic in 1919. You should take into account both the relationship between civil government and the military command and the public's perception of the republic and the lost war.

LESSON 5 ESSAY

Topic:

Explain and evaluate Walter Benjamin’s statement (made in 1936) about the “aestheticization of politics” under German fascism. What did he refer to and why have critics since then both repeated the statement and called it cryptic at the same time? What, if any, is the relevance of this statement for our own culture today, particular with regard to our use of media technology?

LESSON 6 ESSAY

Topic:

As mentioned in the commentary, a number of historians regard the Holocaust as a unique occurrence unparalleled by other crimes in human history. On the basis of what you have just learned about the history of anti-Semitism over the last 2,500 years, would you agree with this view? Why or why not? In your answer, you may want to refer briefly to other historical events or genocides as a means of comparison.

LESSON 7 ESSAY

Topic:

Discuss the details of the Marshall Plan in comparison with the Morgenthau Plan. What were the reasons that led the United States to implement the Marshall Plan? What were the repercussions of this decision with regard to the denazification of Germany? How did the United States profit from this decision in the post-war period?

LESSON 8 ESSAY

This rewrite of the Lesson 7 essay is worth 80 points and should address all comments from the instructor.

Students were given the following information:

For your rewrite, you are not required to add more text to your original essay. In other words, you will not be rewarded just for expanding your essay. However, if you are sure that you do need more space to respond to the instructor's specific comments, you should feel free to add up to 200 extra words. Your final version should not exceed 1,200 words total.

LESSON 9 ESSAY

Topic:

What was the role of the United States during the German student movement of the late 1960s? In your answer, you should briefly mention the post-war relationship of the two countries and then explain why and how it changed in the 1960s. You might ponder some of the following questions: How did the German student movement differ from its American counterpart? How was the United States perceived by German students? Do you think the German students' perception of America was basically correct or rather distorted? How so?

LESSON 10 ESSAY

Topic:

It is often said that the New German Cinema was a profoundly “national” cinema. In your essay, you should try to support this view (a) with reference to the administrative and financial structure of West Germany's film industry and (b) with reference to the thematic focus of Rainer-Werner Fassbinder's The Marriage of Maria Braun.

LESSON 11 ESSAY

Topic:

What, in your opinion, were the major problems that emerged from the fall of the wall for the newly united Germany? Could some of these problems have been avoided? How? In answering these questions, you need to reflect upon and refer to the various events outlined in this lesson. Who were the players during the "two plus four" negotiations and what were their interests? What was the overall mood in Germany at the time and how would the alternatives you suggest have affected that mood?

LESSON 12 ESSAY

This rewrite of the Lesson 11 essay is worth 80 points and should address all comments from the instructor.

Students were given the following information:

For your rewrite, you are not required to add more text to your original essay. In other words, you will not be rewarded just for expanding your essay. However, if you are sure that you do need more space to respond to the instructor's specific comments, you should feel free to add up to 200 extra words. Your final version should not exceed 1,200 words total.

Length of assignment:
7500
Instructor
3000
Instructor
10500

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
22.73
Revisions:
9.09
31.82
 

Writing Intensive Teaching

Peer review
 
 
For most, if not all, of the progress evaluations in this course, there is no correct answer students are supposed to come up with. Rather, the questions can usually be answered in different ways, and one can almost always make an argument in favor of one position as opposed to another. Therefore, what matters is less ?what? students argue for but rather ?how? they argue for it. The crucial point is that students must provide good reasons for the opinion they express that they draw from the historical data and evidence provided in the lesson and the further readings and that their essay is coherently structured and argued convincingly.
This is an on-line administered through the CDIS office on campus, meaning their rules about submission -deadlines etc. apply.
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Additional Comments

 
Christine Kintner (kintnerc) (Thu, 20 Oct 2016 21:13:36 GMT): Course had a technical issue and was not submitted with a W. CL fixed behind the scenes. Workflow was added manually. Explain Structure of Course box was blank, emailed Kirk 10/20/2016 for information before sending on to CWP. - CK
Christine Kintner (kintnerc) (Fri, 21 Oct 2016 18:31:38 GMT): Structure of Class box only had a response of a period. Changed response to Self-paced per email from Kirk. - CK
Jonathan Cisco (CiscoJo) (Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:46:29 GMT): Pushing this through as we've already coordinated this with Mizzou Online
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