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|Class Status:||1st year, 2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year||Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.5|
|Language Requirement:||none||Open to Non-UVa Students:||No|
|Housing:||Hotel||Language of Instruction:||English|
|Credit Type:||Direct Credit||Program Type:||Faculty led|
|Tuition Payments Made To:||UVA||Education Abroad Advisor:||Abby Leake|
|Application Fee:||Yes||Subject Area:||Cultural Studies, German|
UVA in Berlin and Weimar: Germany, Past and Present
What does it mean for a country to confront its past, define its present and imagine its future? This course will introduce you to modern German history and culture by looking at the interaction between culture and memory. We will approach the cities of Berlin and Weimar not just as a collection of streets and buildings, but as multi-layered cultural and historical texts.
Some of the questions guiding us in this class will be: How does Germany remember its oftentimes complicated past, including its greatest cultural accomplishments but also its darkest hours? Which parts of Germany’s history are actively remembered and rendered visible? What remains hidden or absent? How does German discourse on dealing with the past differ from American strategies? And how does Germany’s current political situation, such as the rise of far-right populism or Germany’s evolving role in the European Union, fit into this?
On-site visits will combine lectures with active student participation, so you can practice strategies to analyze and interpret German narratives of history and culture. We will visit museums, the archives of the Stasi (the East German secret police), government buildings (including the German Bundestag or parliament), memorials (including the former concentration camp Buchenwald as well as Berlin’s famous Holocaust memorial). We will meet people who are active in the fields of social activism, journalism, publishing, politics, and the arts.
Berlin and Weimar are two cities which have played major roles in German history and exemplify different strategies of remembering (or failing to remember), reframing, or even reinventing the past. On the same Berlin street, you may find sections of the Berlin Wall, ruins of a Nazi-era secret police station, and contemporary federal government buildings.
Weimar celebrates some of Germany’s greatest poets and thinkers, yet just outside the city limits, more than a quarter million people were incarcerated at Buchenwald between 1938 and 1945, making it one of the largest concentration camps on German soil.
Traces of Germany’s most important historical events are visible in both cities, sometimes very explicitly in the forms of museums and statues, sometimes more subtly in street names, architecture, or commemorative plaques, and occasionally in the visualization of absences and historical gaps.
Germany, Past and Present
GETR 2770; 3 credits
The language of instruction is English, and no prior knowledge of German is required.
Christina Neuhaus | email@example.com
Instructor in the Department of Germanic Languages and Culture, Ms. Neuhaus was born and raised in Germany. Her main research interests include the narrative creation of identity, as well as the transnational reception of literature. She has previously taught at universities in Germany, Hungary, and the United States. She joined UVA’s German Department in 2017.
PhD Candidate, Department of French
Accommodation and Meals
Students will be housed in double-occupancy rooms at hotels in the centers of Berlin and Weimar, within walking distance of many of the most important sights, as well as numerous cafés, bars, and restaurants. Breakfast will be provided by the hotels and is included in the program fee.
Accommodation is provided from the night of Sunday, December 30, through the night of Friday, January 11.
Cost and Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule will be available under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page. Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. This program in Germany typically involves walking significant distances each day and extensive time spent standing. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport holders will not need a visa to participate in this program. International students should consult https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/en/einreiseundaufenthalt/visabestimmungen-node for visa and entry requirements, and meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.