Advanced seminar examining central issues in historiography. Emphasizes reading, discussion, and writing.
The "Frankfurt School" is one of the most important groups of intellectuals in West Germany after 1945. Their ideas were not only formative for sociology and philosophy in an academic context but crucial for the social movement of 1968 as well as German political culture until today. The course will discuss how the concept of "Critical Theory" evolved and changed in 1930s and 1940s under the influence of exile and reemigration. We will trace the receptions und current highly controversial interpretations of the Frankfurt School in both Germany as well as the Anglosaxon world.
Student learning goals
How to approach a new subject
How to research a full bibliography
How to differentiate between different schools of interpretation of subject
How to assess sources independently
How to present results in class
How to develop a theoretical interest guiding own research
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Oral presentation, written assignment, lengthier paper at end of term with annotated bibliography.
Participation, written and oral assignments