POL 459: German Politics

This course will introduce students to Germany's politics and society. Starting with a survey of modern German history from World War II until today, the course continues with a discussion of its political system and selected policies such as immigration and energy policy. Germany's post-war history, politics and policies are deeply interwoven with Europe. The increasingly prominent German role in the European Union and the world will also be analyzed. The class ends with a unit on Berlin, the artistic and multicultural capital of Europe. Students taking this class are expected to engage in class readings and discussions, develop and prepare their own research paper and present them to their peers. Prior knowledge of German is helpful but not a requirement.