NAU IN GERMANY:
A Century of German History and Cultural Identity in Berlin
Led by Vicky Vandermale
May 15 - 28, 2021
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Today, Berlin is once more a vibrant metropolis boasting a youthful energy and diverse culture with an optimistic eye to the future. An edgy art scene and a multitude of music and cultural festivals draw millions of tourists every year. To be in Berlin is to be at the epicenter of good vibes. Scattered throughout this urban landscape, however, are stark reminders of much darker and troubled times. Unlike most cities, Berlin does not flinch from its past. As a front row spectator to the events of the last century, it has not only memorialized Germany's glories but has monumentalized its most shameful sins against humanity. No textbook required.
Berlin will be the classroom for this history course. Students will revel in the German Expressionist art movement of the Weimar Republic, witness the atrocities of the Nazi regime, and feel the chill of the Cold War. Finally, they will emerge in a reinvented Berlin, the capital of an economic powerhouse where almost anything is possible.
GER 223 - 3 credits (prerequisite: GER 102)
GER 323 - 3 credits (prerequisite: GER 202)
SA 302 (no prerequisites) - satisfies 3 credits of Liberal Studies - Art & Humanistic Inquiry
At NAU: One preparatory meeting in Spring 2021 will include instruction in basic
German speaking skills as well as a comprehensive introduction to the course.
In Berlin: This course will combine lectures and discussion in the morning with
on-site visits in the afternoons. Required texts and videos will be available to students on BBlearn.
(Tentative) Program Itinerary
15 May • Travel to Berlin
16 May • Arrive in Berlin
17 May • Orientation: Instruction/ discussion; visit the Brandenburg Gate and the
Reichstag; Welcome Dinner
18 May • Weimar Republic: Instruction/ discussion; visit Sanssouci and
Potsdam Film Museum
19 May • Weimar Republic: Instruction/ discussion; visit Die Brücke
Museum and the Bauhaus Museum
20 May • Weimar Republic/ Nazi Germany: Instruction/ discussion;
visit Berlin Story Bunker and the Friedrichstadt-Palast
21 May • Nazi Germany: Instruction/ discussion; visit Topography of Terror
and Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
22 May • Nazi Germany: Instruction/ discussion; guided tour of Sachsenhausen
Concentration Camp Memorial and Glienicke Bridge
23 May • Nazi Germany: Instruction/ discussion; visit Jewish Museum and Olympic Stadium
24 May • Divided Germany/ Cold War: Instruction/ discussion; visit DDR Museum,
Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie
25 May • Divided Germany/ Cold War: Instruction/ discussion; visit Hohenschoenhausen (Stasi prison)
26 June • Divided Germany/ Cold War: Instruction/ discussion; visit Spy Museum
27 May • Reunited Germany: Instruction/ discussion; visit Deutsches Technikmuseum
28 May• Depart Berlin
Activities Designed for Cross-Cultural Experiences
This course focuses very heavily on German identity construction across its relatively short history as a world nation. From the monarchy, which fell at the conclusion of the Great War to a reunited country in 1990, Germany has experienced seismic shifts in its political and religious ideologies, resulting in an acute identity crisis for many of its citizens.
Students will, of necessity, interact with multi-national young people at the hostel, and with the multicultural
population of Berlin as they walk boutique-lined streets, travel via public transportation, and purchase food
in supermarkets and restaurants.
Every year for four days around Pentecost, Berlin celebrates its cultural diversity with the Carnival of Cultures. Hundreds of stalls offer ethnic crafts and culinary delights, and thousands of costumed dancers, musicians, and other performers participate. The event culminates with a colorful parade and international music acts performing across several stages.
The program fee includes a 2-week Welcome Berlin Pass which includes unlimited transportation within the city and to Potsdam as well as entrances to many sites and museums, allowing students to experience all that the city of Berlin has to offer - even when exploring the city on their own outside of class time.
Minimum 2.5 GPA
See "Costs" above
February 15, 2020