GERMAN 120 A: Introduction to German Studies: A Multicultural Approach

Autumn 2024
Meeting:
TTh 1:00pm - 2:20pm / SIG 134
SLN:
16195
Section Type:
Lecture
Joint Sections:
GERMAN 120 B
CAMPUS TOUR: A MULTICULTURAL INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN STUDIES
Syllabus Description (from Canvas):

Introduction to German Studies: A Multi-Cultural Approach

 

5 Credits: I & S and DIV

Taught in English: No German required!

All readings and discussions will be conducted in English. 

All readings and films will be provided through Canvas.

Modern research universities like the University of Washington are a 19th-century German invention. We think of the university’s divisions into areas of knowledge (natural sciences, social sciences, humanities) and departments (e.g., physics, psychology, history) as naturally reflecting the world, but in fact these categories artificially shape and determine what counts as knowledge in the first place. In this course we will explore the ways that German thinkers have worked alternately to construct the fields of academic knowledge, to promote cross-fertilization among those fields, and to challenge disciplinary boundaries. The course provides both an introduction to the modern university and an exploration of the relationship between knowledge and power. To that end, readings will include thinkers whose marginal status—whether as women, Jews, or people of color—produced instructive alternatives to the dominant culture. 

 

Co-taught by Professors Kye Terrasi and Andre Schuetze

 

 

Catalog Description:
Introduction to cultural, social, and intellectual developments in German-speaking lands and their wider influence in the world. Emphasizes transnational dialogues with underrepresented groups that critique the unequal power relations underpinning traditional concepts of culture and systems of knowledge.
GE Requirements Met:
Diversity (DIV)
Social Sciences (SSc)
Credits:
5.0
Status:
Active
Last updated:
May 26, 2024 - 2:08 am