Viewing: FLG 440 / : Green Germany: Nature and Environment in German Speaking Cultures

Last approved: Wed, 16 Jan 2019 09:01:40 GMT

Last edit: Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:25:02 GMT

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FLG (Foreign Language - German)
Dual-Level Course
Cross-listed Course
Green Germany: Nature and Environment in German Speaking Cultures
Green Germany
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Foreign Languages & Literature (16FL)
German Language and Literature.
Term Offering
Fall Only
Offered Alternate Odd Years
Spring 2019
Previously taught as Special Topics?
Course Delivery
Face-to-Face (On Campus)

Grading Method
Graded with S/U option
Contact Hours
(Per Week)
Component TypeContact Hours
Course Attribute(s)
GEP (Gen Ed)

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University Competencies

Course Is Repeatable for Credit
Helga G. Braunbeck
Associate Professor

Open when course_delivery = campus OR course_delivery = blended OR course_delivery = flip
Enrollment ComponentPer SemesterPer SectionMultiple Sections?Comments
Open when course_delivery = distance OR course_delivery = online OR course_delivery = remote
Prerequisite: 3 Hours of 300-Level German

Is the course required or an elective for a Curriculum?
SIS Program CodeProgram TitleRequired or Elective?
16FLGBAForeign Languages and Literatures, German StudiesElective
16FLGINTForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies and International EconomicsElective
16FLGSCIForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies Science and TechnologyElective
16FLLGERForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies ConcElective
16FLLGIEForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies Intl Econ ConcElective
16FLLGSCIForeign Languages and Literatures, German Studies SCi Tech ConcElective
Survey of the long "Green" tradition in German-speaking cultures as reflected in the arts, in literature, and in scientific discoveries that have made Germany, Austria, and Switzerland leaders in development of alternative environmental technologies. Discussion in German of issues such as Romantic nature poetry, industrialization, Nazi attitudes towards nature, deforestation, the Green Party, air and water pollution, waste management, energy production, climate change, transportation systems, green architecture, sustainability, and the latest environmental technologies. Practice and assessment through class debates, group work, writing tasks, student presentations, and a portfolio.

IP and GK review


Is this a GEP Course?
GEP Categories
Global Knowledge
Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Humanities Open when gep_category = HUM
Each course in the Humanities category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:






Mathematical Sciences Open when gep_category = MATH
Each course in the Mathematial Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:




Natural Sciences Open when gep_category = NATSCI
Each course in the Natural Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:




Social Sciences Open when gep_category = SOCSCI
Each course in the Social Sciences category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:






Interdisciplinary Perspectives Open when gep_category = INTERDISC
Each course in the Interdisciplinary Perspectives category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:
Analyze text and media materials from the disciplines of environmental history, political science, and literature. Compare and contrast cultural analyses of environmental issues with scientific approaches to the same issues.
Portfolio of short essays about the cultural construction as well as aspects of the scientific investigation of nature and the environment.
Sample prompt: "In your essay, discuss the significance of forests in German culture, the science behind the problem of "dying forests," and how both cultural tradition and new scientific discovery have contributed to the rise of German environmental consciousness in the 1970s and 1980s."
Identify and analyze the attitudes towards nature, describe how human activities impact and change nature - both in terms of scientific data about these changes and societal developments resulting from them.
Writing assignments to demonstrate how literary representations of environmental problems reflect scientific findings and social developments.
Sample prompt: "In your essay, discuss how the first German environmental novel, Pfister's Mill, reflects contemporary scientific methods and cultural attitudes toward the changes in nature and society caused by industrialization."
Demonstrate how German environmental policy supports scientific discovery and the development of new technologies, and vice versa.
Oral presentations.
Sample prompt: "In your presentation, demonstrate how the German law on renewable energies has led to the development of new technologies for solar and wind energy and their wide-spread application. Also include German attitudes towards implementation of these new technologies."
History, political science, and German culture and literature.
For each topic, students typically prepare a text presenting the historical developments in science and society, read a second text or watch a short video about political contexts, and often read a third literary or cultural studies text that deals with the same topic. They fill out a work sheet with detailed questions on these texts and videos. Their answers are then discussed in class in group work, then presented by the groups to the forum. The instructor guides these discussions, points out contrasting views and unresolved issues, and adds additional information, if necessary, to complete the topic. This approach, which requires active involvement of all students in each class period and engages their different backgrounds and opinions, leads to a cohesive understanding of the multiple aspects of each environmental issue under discussion. This course always attracts students from a large variety of majors (engineering, science fields, natural resources, German studies, international studies). The instructor works with students' expertise in these different fields, e.g. inviting engineers and science majors to contribute knowledge and views from their disciplines and humanities majors to comment on the cultural and political aspects of a problem.
Visual & Performing Arts Open when gep_category = VPA
Each course in the Visual and Performing Arts category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:






Health and Exercise Studies Open when gep_category = HES
Each course in the Health and Exercise Studies category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to:








Global Knowledge Open when gep_category = GLOBAL
Each course in the Global Knowledge category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve objective #1 plus at least one of objectives 2, 3, and 4:
Examine and describe the cultures of the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland with regard to their history of attitudes to nature, environmental ideas and values as represented in cultural artifacts such as literature, the economic impact of changes in nature, and how national German policy drives or impedes scientific discovery and technological development.
Writing assignment.
Sample prompt: "In your summary of the reading assignment describe how the German environmental grass roots movement developed into the Green Party and the major political force that now shapes the country's as well as some European environmental policies."
Please complete at least 1 of the following student objectives.
Analyze and evaluate attitudes to nature, the development of environmental consciousness, environmental policy, the state of scientific discovery and the development and application of environmental technologies in the German-speaking cultures of Europe and compare them to what is prevalent in the U.S.
Short essays.
Sample prompt: "Compare and contrast the effects of climate change on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the US, and other regions of the world. Also describe what measures each country or region is taking or could be taking in the future in order to mitigate these effects. Provide concrete examples from several countries or regions."




US Diversity Open when gep_category = USDIV
Each course in the US Diversity category of the General Education Program will provide instruction and guidance that help students to achieve at least 2 of the following objectives:
Please complete at least 2 of the following student objectives.








Requisites and Scheduling
a. If seats are restricted, describe the restrictions being applied.
b. Is this restriction listed in the course catalog description for the course?
no restriction
List all course pre-requisites, co-requisites, and restrictive statements (ex: Jr standing; Chemistry majors only). If none, state none.
3 Hours of 300-Level German
List any discipline specific background or skills that a student is expected to have prior to taking this course. If none, state none. (ex: ability to analyze historical text; prepare a lesson plan)
Additional Information
Complete the following 3 questions or attach a syllabus that includes this information. If a 400-level or dual level course, a syllabus is required.
Title and author of any required text or publications.

Major topics to be covered and required readings including laboratory and studio topics.

List any required field trips, out of class activities, and/or guest speakers.

Offered within regular teaching responsibilities of tenured faculty member.

This course will provide student with the following:

  • Overview of German environmental history, including the European context

  • Familiarity with selected cultural artifacts relating to nature and the environment

  • Development of advanced reading, listening, speaking and writing skills in German about environmental issues

  • Critical analysis of cultural differences regarding environmental issues in German-speaking countries and the US

  • Ability to discuss and evaluate ethical issues surrounding environmental issues

  • Critical assessment of Germany's role as a global leader in environmental technology as well as areas needing improvement

  • Ability to discuss scientific and technological aspects as well as cultural contexts of environmental issues

Student Learning Outcomes

As a successful student by the end of the course you should be able to:

  1. demonstrate, orally and in writing, familiarity with some German nature poetry, songs and other fictional texts about the human/environment interaction;

  2. discuss environmental issues, among them water and air pollution, green architecture and urban planning, genetic engineering, and global warming;

  3. demonstrate, orally and in writing, knowledge about the history of the German movement to protect nature, which started in the 19th century, and the environmental movement and the Green Party which started in the seventies;

  4. explain selected environmental technologies, e.g. alternative energy sources such as wind and solar energy and their projected impact on the life of future generations;

  5. critically evaluate and assess the impact of the lifestyle of Western industrial civilization on the global environment;

  6. explain the role of German, Austrian and Swiss technological inventions in addressing global political, economic and environmental issues;

  7. analyze ethical environmental issues and European Union versus US environmental policies;

  8. demonstrate all of the above mentioned skills in German.

Evaluation MethodWeighting/Points for EachDetails
Participation20Preparation and participation in class discussions
Essay20Two essays
Oral Presentation10Short Presentation
presentation15Final Presentation
Major Paper20Final Paper
TopicTime Devoted to Each TopicActivity
see syllabus
Tweak GEP elements. JSD 3/15/2016
Tweaked GEP elements and syllabus. JSD 11/1/2018
despain (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:43:51 GMT): Rollback: GEP elements, etc.
dmm (Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:21:48 GMT): Rollback: Hi Helga, A few tweaks will be needed on this one. Karen Young will be in touch. She was not at the UC meeting yesterday, so I am not sure what the suggested changes will be. It does not seem to be anything major.
aeherget (Fri, 30 Nov 2018 20:25:02 GMT): AECHH: SLOs reviewed and match last approved 11/30/2018.
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