German 152: Conversation and Composition on Contemporary German Culture and Society

This course is an advanced language course that is structured around current political, social, and cultural events related to social justice as they are reported in the German media at the time of the course. In the past topics included presidential elections, BLM movement, influx of the refugees, non-binary gender option on birth certificates, and controversies surrounding memorials of the German colonial past. In addition, we will read a short story by Anna Seghers: “Der Ausflug der toten Mädchen,” which is a poetic reflection on personal choices individuals must make during times of political upheaval. Taught in German (B2-C1 based the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).