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GERMAN 375: The Birth of the Modern: Culture and Politics in Turn-of-the-Century Vienna Spring 2017 Prof. Thomas Kovach LSB 310 Tuesday & Thursday 11 AM-12:15 PM Office hours Wednesday 2- 4 PM Chavez 400 or by appointment [email protected] 621- 1147 Course description: This class offers an introduction to the culture of turn-of-the-century Vienna, one of the major birthplaces of twentieth-century Modernism. The work of writers, artists and architects, composers, and thinkers in various fields will be studied against the background of the political and social history of the last years of the Habsburg Monarchy. This course is a Humanities Tier Two course in the University-wide General Education Curriculum. Like other Tier Two courses, this class will seek to help you develop your critical thinking, writing, and interpretive skills. We will examine a wide variety of works, including literary texts (poetry, prose, and drama), music, art & architecture, philosophy, and psychology. The course is interdisciplinary in this sense, and also in the sense that you will be asked to consider how these works both are shaped by and reflect the historical context, the political and social climate of Vienna in the last years of the Habsburg Monarchy. No knowledge of German is required, and all readings, lectures, and discussions will be in English. However, German Studies majors and others with a reading knowledge of German are encouraged to read some or all of the literary texts in the original German; they will be accessible on D2L. Students are invited to meet with the instructor regularly to monitor their progress. Evaluation: The course grade will be based on the following formula: Attendance, completion of readings, and participation in class discussions — 25%
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Two 5-page papers (on topics to be approved by the instructor) — 15 % each. These are not intended to be research papers; rather, they should contain your own reflections on works studied and issues raised in class.
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