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Historical and cultural overview on Germany from 1900 till today
Panoramica storica e culturale sulla Germania dal 1900 ad oggi

A.Y. Credits
2018/2019 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luca Renzi By appointment
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language German
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Foreign Languages and Cultures (L-11)
Date Time Classroom / Location
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Learning Objectives

The course is aimed at the acquisition, through a historical and cultural overview on Germany from 1900 to today - initially offered by the analysis of an epochal study - of the fundamental knowledge of German culture of the last two centuries, especially in a constructive and intercultural way. Further methodological and specialist texts lead to a more analytical knowledge of contemporary German culture and dominant sterotypes.


In a first part the text of P. Gay will be critically analyzed, as well as aspects of the German culture of the 20th century.

Some cultural aspects of contemporary Germany will be examined on the basis of the text of B. Maj and anthropological and typological aspects based on the text by H. Bausinger.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Understanding and critical skills to analyze aspects, historical and cultural events, placing them within a cultural overview of the historical development and their sociological and social repercussions.

- Skills of applying knowledge and understanding: the student will have the cultural and literary skills to the description and analysis of German culture.

- Making judgments: the student will have, through a broad spectrum of readings and references, critical skills that enable him to analyze and evaluate texts and cultural topics and matter autonomous opinions on socio-cultural issues concerning various historical periods.

- Communication skills: ability to come to understand and communicate and convey reality and different ages and use a specific language.

- The acquisition capacity of methodological tools and bibliographical and critical skills to further develop their area of knowledge for the next levels of studies.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Online notes and databases prepared by the teacher.

The screening of the film by L. Visconti, Morte a Venezia is scheduled

Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment


Frontal and seminar lessons


Frequency of at least two thirds of the lessons

Course books

P. Gay, La cultura di Weimar. Bari, Dedalo, 2002 (coll. La scienza nuova)

B. Maj, Heimat. La cultura tedesca contemporanea. Roma, Carocci, 2001 (coll. Le Bussole/21)

H. Bausinger, Tipico tedesco, Pisa, ETS, 2018

Foreign students attending can also use the following texts to replace one or two of the previous ones:

E. Shookman, Thomas Mann's Death in Venice. A Reference Guide. Westport/London, 2004

E. Spedicato, Literatur auf der Leinwand am Beispiel von Luchino Viscontis „Morte a Venezia". Würzburg, Königshausen&Neumann, 2008


Oral examination. Term Paper

Attending students may use a term, to be carried out in groups or individually, according to the criteria described by the teacher, which will complete the exam grade. Non-attending students are required to follow the exam program as foreseen by the vademecum.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students


There are no requirements, unless the observance of the program handbook

Course books

Same of attending students


Oral examination


Part of the course will be taught in German. The students can request to sit the final exam in German with an alternative bibliography

Teil des Kurses wird auf Deutsch gehalten werden. Die StudentInnen können auf Nachfrage die Prüfung in deutscher Sprache mit einer Alternativbibliografie halten

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