Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
This course examines the history of Weimar Germany, the period of German history from the declaration of the so-called Weimar Republic in 1919, to the seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933. We will focus on questions of social and cultural history including: the rise of mass culture, changing gender norms, and the radicalization of politics. We will rely heavily on primary source analysis, including of literature, art, and film. The goal of this course is to gain an understanding of some of the major issues concerning Weimar history and to produce an original piece of research.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is a seminar course, thorough outside preparation and critical participation in class discussions are essential.
This is the capstone course for senior history majors. Previous work in European history or German studies is helpful but not required. Students who wish to may use German language sources. All class readings are in English.
Class assignments and grading
Specific assignments and grading procedures will be outlined on the course syllabus but will break down roughly as follows: 25% preparatory work, 25% participation, and 50% a final paper of 14-16 pages. Final paper grades may include a rough-draft and presentation grade.