Crossing Borders

Summer 2020
Fall 2016
Britta Kallin
GRMN 3030

In the class, the students will learn about social issues in Germany such as different schools, groups, organizations and political parties as well as political views of groups from different socio-economic backgrounds. This will be linked to the income level and groups from different economic strata and how the homeless, the unemployed, the underemployed, employees, and entrepreneurs as well as academics see the political changes and challenges and how these groups interact and view the political climate in Germany after the influx of about a million refugees, many of whom will apply for asylum and may be able to stay in different geographical regions in Germany.   We will talk about different communities and how East Germany, West, North and South Germany have developed differently throughout history and how they are different in terms of local coalitions of a variety of political parties. The students will learn about cultural and linguistic sustainability and how that may affect changes that are likely to happen in Germany in the foreseeable future. The students will also learn about efforts to keep the economy and the agriculture as well as power production and the environment sustainable. Germany is one of the largest producers of renewable energies and has made it its goal of getting rid of nuclear power plants and reduce fossil-burning power plants. We will look at incentives the government provides to businesses and private citizens to increase the production of green energy. 

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