Germany Since 1945: Politics Society Economics

King's College London

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Germany Since 1945: Politics Society Economics

  • Host University

    King's College London

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    German Culture, History, International Relations, International Studies, Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Study abroad entry requirement: You must have studied at least two courses in History/Politics or similar at your home institution, at least one in your sophomore year. A cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required. In addition you must have studied at least two German/Modern Languages/Literature courses at your home institution, at least one in your sophomore year. You must have studied German to Advanced Placement or equivalent.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • UK Credits

    15
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    6
  • Overview

    Module description:
    After its total defeat in World War II, a divided Germany developed differing forms of socio-political organizations in an attempt to find a sustainable response to the challenges posed by modern industrial society. While the East experimented with state socialism, the West implemented a liberal democracy. Yet despite their political division, the two German states remained deeply interconnected through economic linkages, a shared cultural heritage, and similar ambitions to redefine their nationhood and global position. This seminar explores their special relationship against the backdrop of the global Cold War. Topics include political consolidation, East and West European integration, consumption and identity, the role of the Churches, social movements and dissent, immigration, holocaust memory and foreign policy, and reunification. It engages critically with the attempts of both German states to deal with their problematic history, and the way history was used to legitimize the different regimes. In addition, the course discusses the extent to which economic success formed the bedrock of political viability in both German states. Over the course of the semester, students will discuss primary sources and secondary historical accounts that trace Germany?s evolution from a pawn in Soviet-American relations to a major player of European political and economic integration at the end of the Cold War.
    By studying Germany?s increasing regional involvement in questions of European peace and socio-economic development, this class provides an alternative perspective to scholarly debates about the stability of the postwar order in Europe. We especially examine perspectives that measure political stability with the help of concepts of socio-cultural modernization and dependencies.

    http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/europeanstudies/modules/level5/5aaob203a.aspx

    Study abroad entry requirement: You must have studied at least two courses in History/Politics or similar at your home institution, at least one in your sophomore year. A cumulative GPA of 3.3 is required. In addition you must have studied at least two German/Modern Languages/Literature courses at your home institution, at least one in your sophomore year. You must have studied German to Advanced Placement or equivalent.

    Credit level: 5

    Credit value: 15

    Teaching pattern: Two hours per week

    Assessment: coursework; presentation/s;

    10% presentation, 10% summary, 80% essay 2500 words

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