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976421 Contemporary Germany

8cp; 3hpw; availability: exchange and study abroad students with faculty approval
Requisite(s): 976001 Foundations in International Studies AND 24 credit points of completed study in spk(s): CBK90005 Country Choice combined Degrees with BA IntStud
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses. See access conditions.
Anti-requisite(s): 979514 Contemporary Germany



This subject, which combines lecture-based, independent and collaborative learning, is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of contemporary German history, politics, society and culture in national, continental and global contexts. Students develop critical thinking skills relevant to the multidisciplinary nature of the subject. The subject also provides students with skills to identify major contemporary issues that shape present-day German society, and introduces theoretical and methodological frameworks for students to engage in intercultural research. Students are encouraged to develop critical problem-solving and research-led analytical skills. These frameworks and skills are crucial to the In-country Studies subjects, for which this subject is a prerequisite.

In weeks 1 to 3 students follow an umbrella program shared by all contemporary European society subjects, which introduces them to general issues relating to contemporary Europe: definitions of Europe, internal divisions within Europe, and the impact of migration. From week 4 onwards, they pursue a separate program, focusing on contemporary Germany. Insights are gained into German history, politics and culture since the Second World War, including East and West Germany and the post-unification period. Topics cover the contested nature of German identity and memory of Germany's past, social movements and terrorism, economic development, immigration and Germany's international role, as well as German popular culture.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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