2nd degree (Master)
Cont. German Studies:politics, Soc.&Cult
Prof. Gisela Dachs
Coordinator Office Hours:
Monday, 16.00 17.00 or by prior arrangement
Prof Gisela Dachs
The course teaches views of the contemporary challenges European countries are faced with by examining various national and international debates about major topics of common concern such as migration, demography, media credibility, security, human rights etc.
The course aims to transmit national as well as international perceptions within Europe and in Israel as well as their discussions within various frameworks.
Learning outcomes - On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
To orient themselves within major European discourses about current affairs.
To assess the similarities and differences between views from Israel and from the Old Continent.
To have knowledge about various European approaches, such as between East and West.
To read, analyze and discuss media content from different national frameworks
To have a reflective view on European societies through the critical discussion of their collective perceptions.
Teaching arrangement and method of instruction:
The teaching combines theoretical and practical approaches.
Beyond Corona: Challenges for Liberal Democracies in 2021
Stereotypes and Stereotyping: European Self-perceptions and Image of the others
The hashtags: #metoo, #blacklivesmatter, #incest
"From Europe, but not in Europe": Views about Europe from Israel Views about Israel in Europe
The globalization of the nationalism from Geert Wilders to Marine Le Pen
Views from the left
Demographic challenges Ageing societies
Old and New Fears climate change, gene manipulation and big data
Divides between East and West
Soft power, hardpower: Divides across the Atlantic Europe and the United States of America
Burkini and Cross. Values revisited religious rights, identity and secularism
Migrants and challenges of integration
the full syllabus will appear at the beginning of the semester on the Moodle
The reading material will be posted on the Moodle.
Additional Reading Material:
End of year written/oral examination 60 %
Presentation 40 %
Participation in Tutorials 0 %
Project work 0 %
Assignments 0 %
Reports 0 %
Research project 0 %
Quizzes 0 %
Other 0 %
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Regular attendance of and participation in class discussions is essential to success in this course. Absences must be cleared with the instructor in advance barring emergencies so appropriate make-up work can be assigned.
Requirements and Grading:
1. Exercise (10 Percent of the grade): Provide an example of European news that caught your attention and discuss it.
2. Oral presentation about a relevant topic or an article from the syllabus (30 percent of the grade)
3. Final assignment. (given by email at the end of the semester with questions related to the course) - (60 percent of the grade).