Introduction to research into European topics and to the analysis of problems.
Assuming you have read the material and participated regularly in class you will by the end of this class „X have a good knowledge of the political system, the political culture and some essential public policy areas of contemporary Germany, „X be aware of the current challenges to German democracy, „X be able to assess the democratic character of the German polity and contemporary German politics, „X have improved your research and writing skills.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Intense in-class discussions; presentations
You can start reading the textbook which will be: David P.Conradt: The German Polity, 8th ed.,New York, San Francisco(Pearson Longman) 2005
Class assignments and grading
The course will examine political institutions, public policies, political culture, and political dis¬course. It will use a variety of materials like scholarly literature, such as newspaper articles and films. Students will write 3 papers: a 3-4 pages summary, a 2-3 pages outline of their prospective research paper and a 25 pages research paper on a topic in German politics. Students will present the outline in class and discuss it with the other participants.
The course will put special emphasis on active participation. We will perform a 15-20 minutes de¬¬bate on the ˇ§event of the week in Germanyˇ¨ each week. Students are asked to consult one or more of the fol¬lowing media on a regular basis, to watch out for recent events and discuss them in class.
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