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OSPAUSTL 40: Australian Studies: History, Society and Culture Down Under

Introduction to Australian society, history, culture, politics, and identity. Social and cultural framework and working understanding of Australia in relationship to the focus on coastal environment in other program courses. Field trips.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER:EC-GlobalCom, GER:DB-SocSci, WAY-SI, WAY-ED
Instructors: Boyer, D. (PI)

OSPBER 70: The Long Way to the West: German History from the 18th Century to the Present

Battles still current within Germany's collective memory. Sources include the narrative resources of museums, and experts on the German history in Berlin and Potsdam. Field trips.
Last offered: Spring 2020 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum, GER:EC-GlobalCom, WAY-SI

OSPBER 71: EU in Crisis

Challenges confronting Europe as a whole and the EU in particular: impact of the sovereign debt crisis of the Eurozone, mass migration, external and internal security challenges, as well as political and social needs for reform. How the EU and its members respond and if the opportunities of these crises are constructively used for reform - or wasted (Crisis = Danger + Opportunity). Analyse institutions, interests and competing narratives to explain the current situation in Europe. Excursion to other European capital to get a non-German perspective on the crises.
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI
Instructors: Bruckner, U. (PI)

OSPBER 74: Politics and Organization of Sport in Germany and the US

Sport as an entry point for thinking about social dynamics and about broad debates about morality and ethics that are raised by ongoing social change. Issues related to sport as a national-level pursuit. How do nations use sport to promote their agendas, both among their own citizens and elsewhere? How do nations intervene to promote the performance of individual athletes? How else do they seek to exert their influence on sport outcomes? With Berlin as our backdrop, pursue these questions by considering three cases in detail: the 1936 Berlin Olympics, East German sport in the 1970s and 1980s, and German soccer today.
Last offered: Autumn 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI

OSPBER 77: Understanding Intl' Politics Today: From the German Philosophers to Modern Social Science

International politics is beset by problems. States go to war. The global economy is volatile and unequal. The human community is divided into multiple nation-states. Some states dominate others. People commit acts of evil. Luckily, we are not the first people to have noticed that international politics is not characterized exclusively by peace and harmony. War, capitalism, racism, and totalitarianism have all been subjects about which German thinkers - many based in Berlin - have made profound contributions over the last two centuries. Do their ideas and arguments stand up in the cold light of modern social science? What can we learn from them - and what do we need to discard? This course will introduce students to perennial problems in international politics from two perspectives: those of key German political thinkers, and those of modern social science. It is structured around five core questions: Why do states go to war and what could be the basis for a lasting peace? If war is unavoidable, what is the role of morality in war? How can/should the world be governed in the absence of a world state? How has international politics been transformed by capitalism? What role has been and is played by race and racism in international politics?
Terms: Aut | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI, WAY-A-II
Instructors: Stephen, M. (PI)

OSPBER 79: Political Economy of Germany in Europe: an Historical-Comparative Perspective

Political economy of Germany with special emphasis on contemporary issues. German political economy in the broader context of European integration, with some comparison with the U.S. model of economic and monetary integration. Assess, in comparative perspective, the specifics of the German economy embedded in Europe. How did Germany manage to become third export economy in the world? What is the role of government in its economic success?
Terms: Spr | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI

OSPBER 82: Globalization and Germany

Main channels of globalization¿movement of capital, goods, people and ideas¿and their history. Arguments in favor and against economic integration and relationship between globalization and domestic political processes. Key industries of the German export economy; how globalization relates to current debates on migration and social policy. Germany's position in the European Union, as well as the world economy; Germany and its role in future globalization
Terms: Win | Units: 4-5 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI

OSPBER 83: Refugees and Germany

History and lived experience of refugees, both those who have fled from and to Germany, in the twentieth and twenty-first century. Visits to relevant sites in Berlin, meetings with refugees and experts on this topic, and readings to provide context. Participants write a journal; option for creative writing, either fiction or creative non-fiction.
Last offered: Autumn 2019 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

OSPBER 86: The Integration of Refugees in Europe: German Education Settings

Experiences of refugees as they enter German secondary and post-secondary education settings. Using a social-psychological lens, learn how refugees understand their experiences in German schools and interactions with native students and teachers; how they are seen and treated; barriers to better relationships and outcomes; and how these can be overcome. Learn from popular commentary reports; scholarly writings from social-psychology and related fields on diversity, bias, belonging, and psychologically "wise" interventions. Experiential learning opportunities, including conversations with refugee students and educators working with refugees.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-ED, WAY-SI

OSPBER 88: Religion & the Third Reich

This course investigates the role of established religion and new religious ideologies in Nazi Germany. Students learn about religious ideologies employed by the Nazis in service of fascism (paganism, occultism, and "Positive Christianity") and the policies they implemented to promote their nationalistic vision and absolutist politics, ranging from Gleichschaltung, to the Reich Concordat Treaty with the Vatican, to the Final Solution. Students also study the impact of these policies on German Protestants, Catholics, Jews, and other religious minorities, and about the range of responses that Nazi religious propaganda and programs evoked, from accommodation to cooperation to resistance. The course facilitates this investigation in three ways: (1) discussion of common readings and video content in a weekly seminar setting; (2) regular local site visits for experience learning; (3) frequent, short written reflection in the form of responses to readings, video content, and site visits (Academic Journal).
Terms: Aut | Units: 4 | UG Reqs: WAY-SI, WAY-A-II
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