Breaking the Wall

breaking the wall

Explore the different perspective of one of the biggest political conflicts in recent history. Learn the history and sociology of Germany from the end of World War II to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. This FIG gives an in-depth look into the split of Germany and how that conflict is still relevant today. 

Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package:

UGST 109 First-Year Experience Seminar - 1-credit

GER 221 Postwar Germany: Nation Divided - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

German 221 introduces you to post-WWII German culture and society through the analysis of representative literary and cultural texts and films within the context of German history from 1945 to the present. You will read a series of novels, short stories, non-fictional writings, and watch several films that reveal how Germans in the West and East have viewed the connection between the past and present, and how their ideas about cultural and national identity have developed before and after unification in 1989. The narratives and films address issues that have helped shape the ways in which Germans today approach questions such as political conformity and autonomy, guilt over the past, and the responsibility to create a better Germany. No knowledge of German is required; the course is taught in English.

PSY 202 Mind and Society - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Psychology is the systematic study of experience and behavior -- how we think, feel, and act. This course introduces psychology by considering many of the sources of influence that produce the variations and commonalities we see in human psychology. The scope includes topics relevant both to the understanding of "normal" human functioning and to mental illness. Mental illness is an important part of psychology, but many of the influences on the mind that produce mental illness are at play in mentally healthy minds too.