Willkommen in SLP Deutsch 302: Modernes Deutschland im Film

Herbst Semester 2019

  • Prof. Gabriele Dillmann (Dr.D.), Higley 103, Denison University
  • Dillmann@denison.edu
  • Twitter: @gabidillmann
  • Class meets via Zoom on Tu/Th, 10:00 am to 11:20 am. Virtual doors open at 9:30 am.
  • Office hours are virtual: 30 minutes before and after each class and by arrangement
  • Cell phone number will be provided to students in class

Essential Dates

First day of classes: Thursday, August 29

Last day of classes: Friday, December 13

Fall Study Break: Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18 

Thanksgiving Break: November 25 – 29

28 Class Meetings

Course Description and Learning Goals

In this course we will explore modern Germany through film since the 1970’s. We will look at Germany as an increasingly multicultural society in the past 50 years starting with the plight of the “guest workers” (Fassbinder’s Ali: Angst essen Seele auf/Fear Eats the Soul; 1974), followed by the light-hearted comedy Kebab Connection (2004) representing the intermediate phase of the growing integration of people from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and ending with the disturbing reality of far-right attacks against ethnic minorities as portrayed in Fatih Akin’s Aus dem Nichts/Into the Fade from 2017). Denis Gansel’s disturbing film Die Welle/The Wave (2008) will serve as a springboard for a discussion of the undercurrents of ideological thinking and how it can lead to baiting and violence.  The fall of the wall between East and West Germany will lead us to an exploration of Stasi practices in the former East Germany (Das Leben der Anderen/The Lives of Others; 2006) and a discussion of “Ostalgia” (nostalgia for East Germany) in the film Goodbye, Lenin! from 2003. Various short films, documentaries, and newscasts will further enhance our discussions.

An equally important aspect of this course is to expand students’ language skills in all four areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing) and help each student further improve their language performance. To best accomplish this, we will make use of the Integrated Performance Approach (IPA) to learning. Every learning step builds on the previous one from the interpretive, to the interpersonal, and to the presentational modes of communication around specific themes that introduce students to new vocabulary and strengthens the use of grammatical structures.

Students will also learn advanced digital skills in a virtually interactive environment and receive hands-on experience with digital tools in an academic setting and beyond. The development of adjacent skills such as digital etiquette and dialog etiquette and a mindset that fosters collaboration and team work will play an important role in this learning environment.