Within the framework of this cultural science and history course, the major trends in Germany's cultural development are outlined and contextualised on the basis of historical events. Chronologically we work through time: humanism, Baroque, Enlightment, the important period around 1800, Vormärz, the foundation of the German nation in the 19th century, nationalism and developments concerning WW1, the Weimar Republic, National Socialism and the Holocaust, the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany to the present day. However, special attention is paid to the new and newest history.
Literature, philosophy, politics, legal texts, films, music and social media are discussed. We analyze works by philosophers such as Marx and Arendt, by authors such as Goethe and Jelinek and films by Wenders and von Trotta. In addition, we also take a look at the Landeskunde of Germany in a narrower sense (geography, political structures, social life, etc.).