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.

SOC 204 Introduction to Sociology - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Over the next ten weeks we will discover what exactly the discipline of sociology is, the prevailing theories invoked by sociologists to understand the world in which we live, the particular methods used by sociologists to study society, as well as examine some of the topics that sociologists have explored in depth. The class begins by exploring the premises and history of sociology, and its main concepts and methods. It then moves to focus on social inequalities, especially in terms of class, gender, and race. The course concludes by examining the possibility of social change and how sociological tools can help us understand this type of change.