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Identity and Politics in the German-Speaking Countries

This module, taught in English, is open to students taking German Language 1A. It asks the question: What does it mean to be German? Identity is itself a highly contested notion, especially in the German context of division and unification, and the negotiation of Germanness with reference to its European neighbours. German identity has thus been subject to numerous interpretations and represented in various ways.

The module offers an introduction to these issues through study of a range of sources, including films, fiction and poetry, political writings, and historical documents. Key issues to be explored may include nationalism and the making of the German nation; the political role of the writer in shaping German identity during the Cold War; and political protest and questions of identity in the German-speaking countries, including migration, multiculturalism, multilingualism and ethnic diversity.

By the end of the module, students will have a firm grounding in debates around identity as a cultural and political issue in the German-speaking world, and will be able to engage critically with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of verbal and visual materials. This module has been designed to reflect a commitment to diversity in its resources and delivery, and will create opportunities for students to engage in critical analysis of different perspectives relevant to the study area.

Coordinator:  Dr Tracey Reimann-Dawe

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment.