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GERM 4970/5970: German Study Tour: Kaisers, Crackpots and Captains of
Munich and Berlin, Germany
Course Travel Dates: 5/18 to 6/1/ 2014
Hans Rudolf Nollert, Ph. D.
Prof. of German
Dept. of Modern Languages
[email protected]
LAR 104E
405 974 5845
Off. hrs. M-Fr 9-10; 2-3 and by appt.
This study tour leads students on discussions of German history, language, culture, economics,
technological change and politics from the late Roman period to the present day. Through class meetings
and two weeks of on-site experiences in Germany, and a summative paper submitted after the tour
students will explore key periods of German history including Roman Germania, the medieval German
Empire, middle-class democratization, 20th-century militarism, new minorities and the modern German
state. “Credit will vary. Subject will vary within the department’s field of study.”
Special focus will be given to the themes of nation-building, nationalism, and the development of
cultural and political identity. Students for German credit will interact with native speakers and local
sources of information in German at a level suitable to their proficiency. Students will come away from
this trip with a facility for navigation in Europe, practical experience in the use of German language
skills, a nuanced understanding of Europe’s rich and varied history and culture, as well as its place in
our modern world.
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Permission of the instructor. There is NO language prerequisite.
• Excerpts from Tacitus Germania, Benjamin’s One-Way Street; Luther’s Address to the Christian
Nobility of the German Nation; a German history overview
• Entire text of a selected poem; a short story from German literature; Celan’s Death Fugue;
Timothy Garton Ash on the Fall of the Wall
• The films “Der Golem”, “One, Two, Three” “The Third Man” or “Goodbye, Lenin”
• The sites, routes, and features designated in the map list
• A selection of artworks from artists listed on the culture list.
• Guidebooks for Munich and Berlin
• 1. DK Eyewitness Travel (Munich and the Bavarian Alps, 2012), ISBN-13: 978-0756684181
(pack for trip)
• 2. DK Eyewitness Travel (Berlin, 2011), ISBN-13: 978-1465400475 (pack for trip)
Course materials:
Bound or paper journal (provided); Camera; possibly a netbook, notebook, laptop or tablet pc; a
sturdy bag—like a messenger bag for carrying items through the day. We do insist that students travel
to Europe with one carry-on bag, in order to make sure the luggage arrives with us and to facilitate
moving to the hotel in the city.
Through this intensive two-week study tour and its preparatory work, students will:
• explore Germany’s history from the late Roman period to the modern era;
• learn about key figures and events in the country’s history;
• examine key themes including the development of identity, nationalism, and Germany’s role in
Europe and the world.
• Use their German language skills to negotiate transit systems, shop for groceries shopping, and
share information with their non-German-speaking fellow students.
Students enrolled in the course are expected:
• to attend all class meetings held at UCO during Spring Semester in preparation for the trip to
• to read all assigned readings by the deadlines indicated by the course instructors;
• to complete all writing assignments and exams on time;
• to use their German skills (at whatever level is suitable for the student) for communicative
• and to behave in a professional and responsible manner.
Transformative Learning Objectives:
The tour addresses Global Competency by having students travel to another country and
navigate both physically and culturally onsite.
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The students who undertake the ‘directed learning day” will develop and display Leadership
skills through their collaborative planning of such an enterprise.
Health and Wellness are not directly addressed, although the significant walking and use of
public transportation should have positive side effects besides simple transportation.
The preparatory readings and map work will impart Discipline Knowledge to the students.
Each student will Research the topic of his or her presentation subject.
There is no formal Service component.
Course grades will be calculated based on the following:
Pre-trip Test
On-Site Report
o Oral Report
o Site Brochure
Daily Journal
Cultural “Scavenger Hunt”
Oral discussion
Map Quiz
Final Written Report
Grading scale:
90-100% = A; 80-89% = B; 70-79% = B; 60-69% = D; <60% = F
Each student is required to give one oral report lasting 5-10 minutes. Report topics will be selected
during the Spring Semester and all research and preparation should be completed before departing.
Presentations will be made during on-site visits in Germany. The following rules should be observed
regarding the reports.
• Each student is to sign up for one report during Spring Semester.
• The reports should be at least five minutes in length, but not more than ten minutes.
• Students should complete the research and writing of their reports before leaving for Europe.
Once we depart Oklahoma, you will not have much time to work on the presentation. Finding
copying facilities can also be difficult on site. You should be ready to give the report when you
arrive in Germany.
• The report should contain the following five elements.
1. An overview: Provide a description of the person or place. For people, this should include
a discussion of when he/she lived, what he/she did, and why this person is important. For
buildings, parks, and objects, the presentation should discuss what it is, who built/created
it, when, why, what purpose it served, and what purpose it serves today.
2. Significance: Presenters must discuss why they think this person, place or object is
3. Theme: Structure the report to have thesis.
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4. Course Theme: Relate this person or place to the course theme “Building the German
Nation”. Name the era of the person or place. Does the topic bridge more than one
period? Did it leave a lasting impact on successive eras?
5. Handout: You must prepare a handout to pass out to the class at the time of your
presentation. These brochures will serve as a study guide for the other students, so you
should keep this in mind when preparing your handout. The brochures must be a onepage, double-sided brochure. Paper size should be A4 or Letter (8.5x11 in.). The handout
must include the following elements:
 your name, course number, and date of presentation;
 a clear and coherent synopsis of the information in your presentation;
 and visual aids (drawings, pictures, or graphs to support your presentation).
The following guidelines should be followed when writing your daily journals.
• Journal entries must be hand-written in the book provided. (Please make sure your writing is
• If a worksheet has been provided for a site, use it to guide your commentary.
• You should make at least one journal entry for each day. Be sure to include the date with each
• Open (no worksheet) entries should include the following:
o an account of the sites visited and your reaction to them;
o a description of side trips that you made during your free time;
o a list of new German vocabulary or a language aspect (use of subjunctive for polite
requests, for example) for that day;
o a discussion of how these trips relate to the class theme “Building”)
o an explicit connection to an earlier insight, lesson or site visit;
o and your specific reaction to what you experienced that day.
 What new things did you see or experience?
 What new foods did you try?
 Was there anything unexpected?
 What sights, sounds, smells, etc. left an impression on you? What did you like/not
 For Art museums—name a picture, provide a postcard of it and write about what
motivated your choice.
 For historical museums—select an exhibit or artifact, provide a picture, postcard
or description of it and describe the historical or cultural insight provided through
this item.
• Journals must also include the brochures from all on-site reports.
• Completed journals are to be turned in to your instructor at the end of each week. (See schedule
The group will gather for a summative discussion at the end of each week in Europe. These will account
for 50% of your oral grade. The other half of the the “oral” credit will come from 3 required verbal
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exchanges of information with German speakers in Germany. These will be functional exchanges with
people in Munich, Berlin, or our other sites.
All students are required to submit a final report by June 29 or two weeks after return to the US
(whichever is later). The final report should answer the following question:
How do two of the sites visited illustrate the changing notions of German national identity and how do
they prompt your reflections?
Your undergraduate written paper should be double-spaced, paginated, and 8-10 pages in length
(without a cover page). Formal citations are not required, but appreciated. (Graduate student papers
take the form of a longer description raisonnee of a two-week study tour planned by the student.) Times
New Roman (12-point) or similar font should be used, and page margins are not to exceed 1 inch. You
must include photos taken on the trip to illustrate your arguments in the paper. These photos should
either be in a PowerPoint slideshow or accompany the report as an appendix. Pictures are not counted in
the page length.
Guidelines for Cultural Scavenger Hunt
Note the date, time and identify the item for each instance. A digital photograph could be added to the
file, as well. The scavenger hunt should prompt observations in your journal, so it is expected that items
would appear in both documents.
Spring Semester
The class will meet at UCO on the following dates. All meetings will take place on Thursday afternoons
from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
unless otherwise indicated. The location is to be announced—most likely LAR 223. Please note that
attendance at these meetings is compulsory.
Course Introduction:
Orientation meeting (distribute syllabus w/ suggested topics list and dramatis personae)
German History – From Rome to the Holy Roman Empire
Maps, foot and air travel (a presentation from a previous traveller) (W. Benjamin on walking
in Berlin), report topics overview.
Modern German History
Munich in German history; report selection; Navigating in Munich, the Baroque, .
Student Conduct Meeting
Student Conduct Meeting
Modern Berlin; Map Quiz; Timothy Garton Ash and the Fall of the Wall;
If possible: Film Night: “One, Two, Three” American comedy from 1961
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Another film night could be planned for “Goodbye, Lenin”
Financial information
Course Cost: The study tour course costs $3150 per student, which covers airfare, lodging, breakfasts, ground
transportation, site admissions, and materials.
Costs not covered include UCO tuition, most lunches and dinners, optional travel on directed learning days,
luggage, cameras, passport fee, souvenirs, and the International Student Identity Card which includes travel
insurance (available from the UCO Centre for Global Competency), or a comparable travel insurance designated
by the tour leaders. Payments towards the tour are made at the UCO Bursar’s window. Students must be careful
to have payments credited to the correct London Study tour org number (provided by the instructor) and must
bring a receipt to the instructor.
Deposit: Students wishing to enroll in this course must fill out the study tour application and pay a $200.00
deposit by Friday, 1 March 2014 to reserve their spot in the class. The instructor will have to make nonrefundable purchases for students, specifically air tickets and hotel bookings, in order to obtain the most
affordable prices. Once made, the non-refundable purchases cannot be refunded if a student drops the class. The
instructor will alert students to these purchases before making them and require the students to sign a statement of
understanding. The only possibility for a refund under these circumstances is if the student dropping is replaced
by another student signing up.
Financial Aid: Students paying for the course with financial aid must pay $1500.00 of the trip costs by 1 April
2014. The tour must have cash on hand by that date to book airline tickets and to reserve hotels. Financial aid
money will not be disbursed until May/June. Please consult with your financial aid counselor if you wish to use
financial aid to pay for this class.
Summer Semester
You will be issued a reading packet containing journal articles related to our site visits. I recommend
you complete the readings before we depart for Germany. These assigned articles include important
information to prepare you for our site visits and we will discuss them during our discussion group
meetings. The itinerary is subject to change in the best interests of the academic purposes of the tour
and the safety of the travellers. (due to causes such as disrupted transportation, currency fluctuations
and matters of public safety, for example).
17 May
18 May
19 May
20 May
21 May
22 May
Depart OKC to Dublin
Arrive Dublin. Transfer to hotel. Guinness Museum?
Depart Dublin to Munich. Transfer to hotel. Return to city center. Ratshaus. Glockenspiel
at 5 p.m. Dinner at Hofbräuhaus.
BMW automobile plant tour a.m. Alte Pinakothek p.m. Optional with faculty Neue
Germany under the Nazis—excursion to Dachau concentration camp
Excursion to Neuschwanstein
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23 May
26 May
27 May
28 May
29 May
30 May
31 May
1 June
Directed learning day Munich—Student free choice (examples: art museum, technical
museum, brewery tour, city history, church architecture, Olympic park, concert or
Medieval Germany—from Roman Empire to Holy Roman Empire
Train to Berlin. Transfer to Hotel Konstanz. Return to Zentrum: Brandenburg Gate.
Jewish Museum. Reichstag—climb dome.
Excursion to Wittenberg. Schloßkirche. Lutherhaus. Cranachhaus. Cranachhöfe
Excursion to Potsdam. Sanssouci Palace
Countday Day—10 things that make Berlin the coolest city in Europe
KaDeWe. Berlin Wall
Directed learning day Berlin (see above)
Depart Berlin to Dublin. Transfer to hotel. Group dinner
Flight Dublin to OKC
Final class meeting. LAR 223 (TBA) 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
24 May
25 May
Final reports due no later than July 26. E-mail to your instructor(s).
Report topics for German:
Kelten, Gothen, Römer, Türken; Jüdische Gemeinde von München; the Wiitelsbach family; Bertolt
Brecht; Monastic life; scientists; Beer production; Musik; Religious architecture; French gardens;
English gardens; Gothic, Romanesque; Baroque architecture
Daniel Chodowiecki; Moses Mendelssohn; Caspar David Friedrich; Karl Friedrich Schinkel; Lucas
Cranach; Friedrich der Weise; Friedrich der Große; Martin Luther; Phillip Melanchton; Johannes Tetzel;
Modern architecture—Bruno Taut, Walter Gropius; Walter Benjamin (Berlin Childhood around 1900);
Bertolt Brecht; East Germany; the Stasi (Staatssicherheit); Berliner Philharmoniker; Berliner Staatsoper;
Speaking opportunities:
Bäckerei/Konditorei; Eisdiele/ Gelateria; Metzgerei; Lebensmittelgeschäft (ReWe, Aldi, etc.);
Kaufhaus; Kiosk; die Post; Saturn (Elektronik—Handy-Kauf); Bahnkarten; Bahn- oder Busroute;
Eintrittskarten; etc.
Academic Affairs standard academic policies sheet:
(The link is for Fall 2012 and will be updated for the appropriate semester).
ADA compliance:
Please be aware that the nature of international travel means that we will be outside of US legal
jurisdiction and cultural practice. Accommodations cannot be made for all disabilities.
Accommodations which you might expect in the United States of America are not necessarily available
in other countries. Some mental disorders, such as agoraphobia, can leave a traveler frozen in fear in
crowded urban situations, such as public transport in Asia or Europe. Restrooms may only be accessible
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via narrow stairways, which might be difficult for the physically disabled. And some medications may
not be legal in other countries. Full and timely pre-trip disclosure to the professor, while the student can
still make some choices about proceeding with the tour, is recommended for your safety and the tour’s
best interest.
All papers, brochures and other student-authored work will be subject to submission to for review.
Student Conduct and Withdrawal from Course:
Student travellers are expected to comport themselves in a manner that reflects well upon UCO (and
future study tours), allows the student the rest and composure to succeed academically (awake and ontime) and respects the the needs of other members of the tour group. A student who cannot comply with
this requirement (examples might be: tardiness for group activities, inappropriate behavior towards
fellow travellers, tour leaders, or personnel at visited sites, abuse or destruction of property, or criminal
activity, such as theft, or the use of controlled substances) may be separated from the tour-preferably by
prompt return travel to Oklahoma charged to the student’s Bursar’s account and expense. Disciplinary
action for student misconduct will likely follow. STUDENTS MAY NOT WITHDRAW FROM THE
Some travellers may make plans to continue their travels in Europe after the tour group returns to
Oklahoma. The tour leaders must know of these plans in order to make sure common group travel plans
for departure will not be affected. Sometimes we can advise you about your post-trip travel plans.
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GERM 4970/5970: Germany: Kaisers, Crackpots and Cars
Directed Learning Day worksheet. Please submit this worksheet before departure for Europe!
Names of travellers:
___________________ ________________________
___________________ ________________________
___________________ ________________________
___________________ ________________________
Destination: ______________________________
How will you travel there and back? Please give departure and arrival times, train or bus numbers, and
other itinerary information.
What will you do at the site(s)?
You understand that you should travel safely, by public transportation, and on a schedule that will return
you to the group Vienna or Berlin for safe and timely continuation of the group’s activities. You will
notify the tour leaders of your safe return to the hotel in Vienna/Berlin. If you have a cell phone which
functions in Europe, the number is:
___________________________ .
The group leaders’ cell numbers are:
Dr. Nollert _________________________________
Dr. Springer ____________________________________
Dr. Brodnax ____________________________________
Signed: ________________________________________
Date: ________________

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