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Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

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Campus Writing Program
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German & Russian Studies
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German & Russian Studies

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Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

German (GERMAN)
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.
Lecture/Standard with Discussion
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
some sections may enforce prerequisite of ENGLSH 1000.

Instructor Information

German & Russian Studies
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Tenured Professor
451 Strickland Hall

German & Russian Studies
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German & Russian Studies
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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 twentieth century. The course is divided into three 5-week sections. Each week there will be two lectures by one of the three German faculty members on Monday and Wednesday. On Friday students will attend their discussion section. At the end of each 5-week section there will be a non-cumulative test covering the material presented in that section:Part I --- From Unification through the Early Weimar Republic 1850-1925 Part II --- From the Rise of National Socialism to the Holocaust 1925-1945 Part III --- From the Adenauer Era to the New Unified Germany 1945-Present. There are three tests in the course, one after each third of the course. Each test covers only that 5-week section of the course no cumulative final. Students are given five essay questions to prepare before the test--one for each of the five topics covered in the five weeks of that section. On the test the students have to answer two of those questions--not knowing which two will be on the test--in roughly 250 words each.
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Writing Intensive Assignments

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There are five microthemes assignments spread throughout the course. Three of these microthemes the first two, and either the third or fourth have to be revised according to comments provided by the TA on the first version of the paper. The first version is not a draft, but rather a fully completed and edited paper. The student receives a grade for the first version of the paper, and the revision cannot improve that grade more than one full letter grade. All the microthemes are 750-800 words. The TAs grade the microthemes and revision.
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Writing Intensive Teaching

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All five microtheme assignments require students to analyze and interpret material about German culture presented in the course. The students are given a topic that requires them to construct a thesis and argue it coherently and cogently. The essay questions on the test require students to analyze, interpret, and synthesize the key information presented on a week's topic. Here are examples of each from last semester. Prompt: "God is dead" is more than just an atheistic proclamation meant to offend and provoke. Explain what Nietzsche means with this pronouncement, particularly with regard to the deeper, existential, moral, and cultural implications of the words: "God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him." What exactly does he mean by this statement? Questions you may want to address include: What led Nietzsche to make this claim in the first place? b) What particular social and cultural developments did he think led to this? c) What does Nietzsche expect to happen in the wake of this grand-scale death? You should argue on the basis of the class lecture as well as the excerpts from Nietzsche's writing. Another Microtheme prompt: One of your fellow students is trying to convince you that the Bauhaus spurred an important movement in its day, but like all other art or cultural movements it faded with little lasting influence. Drawing on the reading material and lectures presented this week, write a paper that counters this claim. You should argue its influence up to and including our own day. As we now live in what seems to be an early phase of the age of postmodern culture, you should also include how the trends started by the Bauhaus play into postmodern architecture and style. Another Microtheme prompt: In a discussion about Nazi Germany with a highly opinionated fellow student, this person claims that the ideological vision of the Nazi party was a non-factor in the ability of the Nazis to get many non-political Germans engaged in the Third Reich. He/she argues that many Germans went along with the Nazis for career reasons or because they liked the improvements in the infrastructure and economic condition of the country, but very few were swayed by the ideological vision. Drawing on the readings and lectures from the last two weeks, write a cohesively argued paper to counter this claim. Make a case for the effectiveness of the Nazi portrayal of the new Germany, the German people Volk, and the ideals that the Third Reich were realizing in gaining the support they needed for carrying out their imperialistic and ideological goals. An example of a Test essay question: In the GDR, the SED saw itself as a vanguard party whose role in society included educating the masses to embrace Socialist principles. Today, we would call this process "indoctrination." List at least five different ways in which East German individuals were subjected to such education both as children and as adults.
The microthemes are spread evenly throughout the semester. The first one is due in week 3 and the last one at the end of week 15. The test essay questions are in week 5, 10 and 15.
We select TAs based on their experience as graduate students in writing-intensive areas of the humanities and social sciences, and their specific knowledge in German. Preference is given to graduate students in German. The course director trains the new TAs in course management, grading and teaching of content. He conducts norming sessions with both new and continuing TAs. Any new TA must take the CWP workshop.\"

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Jonathan Cisco (CiscoJo) (Wed, 19 Oct 2016 14:18:58 GMT): Approved instructor step on behalf of instructor due to browser issues.
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Thu, 03 Nov 2016 16:51:58 GMT): I have added GERMAN 2320W, 02 with DIS section 02A-02D to the Spring 2017 Schedule of Classes and cancelled the regular sections of GERMAN 2320, 01 with DIS 01A-01D. The 12 students that were enrolled in GERMAN 2320, 01 have been moved to the new sections of GERMAN 2320W, 02
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