German Popular Culture

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Course Information
Discipline(s): 
Sociology
Cultural Studies
Terms offered: 
Fall
Credits: 
3
Language of instruction: 
German
Description: 

After defining the distinction between „serious“ culture and „popular“ („mass“) culture, the course will discuss differences and commonalities between East and West German popular culture, as well as the defining characteristics of German culture after unification. Students will watch, listen to and discuss prominent movies, musical recordings and literature while focusing on, among other things, the importance of spectator sports, - especially football („soccer“) - for the development of German national identity, and the specific role of popular music for shaping „alternative“ cultures in both Germanys. The course will end with a discussion of the so-called „Spaßkultur“ (fun culture), “Kulturindustrie” in post-unification Germany. Students will also visit popular culture events in Berlin

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