2007 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 24, 2007
HUB West Ballroom

Session Description


Germany in the Age of Globalization

Gabi Eichmanns - Germanics


The course I intend to teach in fall 2007 will be a cross-disciplinary class entitled “Germany in the Age of Globalization” for undergraduates from various disciplines: Germanics, Comparative Literature, English, and Comparative History of Ideas. My class will serve as a pilot project, since there is currently no other class nationwide that focuses specifically on the implications of globalization in the field of German studies. Thus, one of the main purposes of the class will be to create a website together with my students so that the content of the class can serve as a model for other similar projects in the future. Furthermore, it seems to me of special interest to offer this class to an American audience; to involve American students in the critical study of global (American) tendencies in the reunified Germany, and to examine closely the negative as well as positive stereotypes linked to American influences. It is my goal to raise the awareness for things American in other countries among my students by focusing both on theoretical scholarly texts as well as film clips, newspaper articles, advertisement and pop music.

Students will be put into groups of five (class size is limited to thirty participants) and will be assigned a research project. The respective research topics will also be lectured on and discussed during class; however, the challenge for the students lies in taking their projects a step further and focusing on an aspect not previously addressed in class. To insure that students will keep up with the reading material and not solely focus on their projects, five one-page response papers are required over the course of the quarter.

In addition, I will use different techniques to monitor the students’ assessment of the new teaching materials: brief questionnaires throughout the quarter, a student interview by CIDR, as well as a final survey at the end of the quarter. Moreover, the website will serve as a means to measure both the students’ progress and their overall involvement in the project. In addition to these methods, a class journal I intend to maintain will also help me to evaluate my daily performance and to make possible changes and improvements over the course of the quarter.

This work is presently in progress. Comments and suggestions on the design and plans for assessment are welcome.



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