Spend three weeks in Germany and fall under the spell of two German cities—Berlin and Munich. Like no other place in Germany, Berlin and Munich visibly represent the ghosts of German history and the dynamic spirit of the New Germany.
Through our reading and extensive travels through these cities and their surroundings, we will set out to answer the intriguing question: How did Germany transform itself within half a century from a racial, genocidal state under Nazism into the largest liberal democratic state in Europe? We will examine Germans' struggle to build a civil society by "coming to terms" with their Nazi past.
The program is based in Munich and Berlin, capitals of the Nazi movement and the Nazi regime. We spend 11 days in Berlin and 10 days in Munich. Much more than just “city-hopping,” this program will give you a unique chance to experience life in what are now Germany’s most populous, pulsing, and culturally vibrant cities. Time to find your favorite hip district, beer garden, market, or nightspot.
The program leaders, Dr. Sace Elder (Dept. of History) and Dr. Christiane Eydt-Beebe (Dept. of Foreign Languages) are both specialists in German studies, speak the language, and have lived in Germany. No German skills are required. English will be the language of instruction, though students receiving German language credits must also speak and write in German.
Activities / Itinerary
We will explore Germany’s landscape of collective memory in and around Berlin, Munich, Dresden, and Nuremberg. We will examine the conflicts and controversies over what sites would be preserved, over how the Nazi past would be represented in museums and school books, over who would be remembered as victims and who would be remembered as perpetrators of the regime. We will also explore how memory of war, genocide, and fascism figured into the reunification of the “Berlin Republic” after fifty years of Cold War division. When we arrive in Germany, the program will begin in Berlin, where we will begin investigating what was remembered after the war and, just as importantly, what was forgotten.
In this 3-week program, we will:
This 3-week program offers 6 credits.
We will stay in triple rooms in 2-star hotels, Jugendhotels (“youth hotels”) that are for budget-minded travelers of all ages. All hotels will have wifi. They offer a simple but tasty German breakfast that will be included in the price for accommodations.
We will hold 4 pre-departure meetings (tentatively scheduled for April 3, April 10, April 17, and May 1, 2015. These pre-departure meetings are required. We will prepare our tasks, view films, and discuss preliminary readings. In one of our meetings, your faculty leaders will cover information on safety, health, legal, environmental, political, cultural, and religious conditions in the host country(ies), as well as planning logistics.
In another meeting, the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) will hold their orientation. They will cover general information about traveling abroad to different areas of the world and facilitate a panel discussion composed of students who have already participated in faculty-led study abroad programs.
You are strongly encouraged to read the U.S. State Department's Consular Information Sheet on your host countries. It will provide you with a great deal of information to help you prepare for your trip.
**Please be aware that you are responsible for obtaining the most up-to-date information on entry requirements. The Office of Study Abroad only provides general information, as visa regulations and procedures are constantly changing. Please consult the Consulate for more information. **