This program will explore historical evolution and conflict within social, political, racial, religious, and cultural constructs – focused on events occurring within and emanating from the Bavarian region of Germany. Famous for its picturesque mountains and castles, for centuries Bavaria has also been a crucible for wrenching social change, and has fostered radical domestic policy and world-views ranging from "Mad" King Ludwig to the Third Reich. Students will learn and debate the philosophy and practice of social engineering within the German historical context – while touring the actual sites where the policies originated and were put into practice.
Topics for study will include:
- Kingdom, nation, state: Bavaria's socio-political evolution through the 19th Century
- Anti-Semitism in German history: roots, practices, and remedies
- The development and use of the "National Myth" as a tool of socio-political policy
- The role of landscape, monuments, and tourist sites in developing a "National Myth"
- Legal constructs for racial and social discrimination
- The Death of Multiculturalism in Germany – 20th Century Edition
- External political reformation and the imposition of "international norms"
- Post-War social reconstruction and the birth of multiculturalism
- Guest workers, immigrants, and terrorists – post-war German cultural development and strife
- The Death of Multiculturalism in Germany – 21st Century Edition
Historical sites students will tour include:
- Medieval churches Frauenkirche, St. Sebaldus, St. Ludwig
- Castles Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderof – King Ludwig's visionary palaces of "Bavarian" grandeur
- "The Eagles Nest" – Hitler's Alpine headquarters, including historical museum and underground bunker complex
- Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
- The Nuremberg Human Rights Center and Palace of Justice (site of the post-WWII Nuremberg war crimes trials)
- German National Museum
- Jewish Museum
- Munich's 1972 Olympic Park and Memorials
- CHID 471: National Myth and Social Reality -- Constructs for Social Engineering in Germany (5 credits)
- CHID 498: Special Colloquia (1 credit)
Note: We recommend that you check with your academic advisor to see how these courses can count toward your departmental requirements.
*Please note that this does not include UW Study Abroad (IPE) Fee ($275), airfare (approximately $1600), food (about $30/day), Study Abroad Insurance ($37/month), other health expenses/immunizations, and personal spending money.
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