Courses Summer 2014


FOL 3930, GEW 4930/5597, GET 5588

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:20 - 5:20 pm

DIF 124

Instructor: Dr. Christian Weber,

Office: DIF 316

The Footbalization of Europe: An Introduction to European Studies

*** No soccer skills or 'expert' knowledge required. Everybody curious to learn about football/soccer and its impact on European life is invited to join in. This course is taught in English. German credit possible. ***

This course explores Europe through the lens of one sports game: football, a.k.a. 'soccer' in the United States. Football not only moves millions of people in stadiums or in front of the TV, it also mobilizes the masses in spontaneous street parties or riots, and it is a driving force of local and regional patriotisms, nationalisms, and the development of a supranational European identity. There is hardly a better way to study modern European history and cultural diversity than by learning about football teams from Scotland to the Balkans that compete in local rivalries, national leagues, the Champions League, and the UEFA European Cup, which is played in Poland and Ukraine this summer from June 8 to July 1, 2014.

We will discuss questions as the following: In what sense is football more than just a game? What is its cultural meaning and societal significance? Why has it become a truly global event? How does football reflect or shape European societies and nations? What does it mean to be a fan? How has football promoted the emergence of a supranational European identity? How have commercialization and the media transformed the game? Finally: Why is 'soccer' not a national sports event in the US?



GER 3502-0001 Topics in German Studies: Österreich/ Austria

Semester "B" 2014 (05/12/2014 - 06/20/2014)

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30PM - 3:40PM

Location: 114 DIF

Instructor: Ray Hattaway,

Office: DIF 316b

Das muss Österreich sein!!! (That has to be AUSTRIA!!!)

Austria, as one of the most vibrant cultural hotspots in Europe, has for centuries been home to many artists, composers, thinkers and poets from all corners of the continent. Over the years, the country's lively intellectual and artistic scene, and unique culture has served as a catalyst for creative processes and exchanges, which left an impact all over the world. Besides being the birthplace of many revolutionary breakthroughs in the fields of psychology, literature and the arts, Austria especially had an important influence on the evolution of music over the centuries, from classical to pop. This course will expose students to information about Austrian culture covering some 5000 years of cultural history. The many varied aspects of this extraordinary country will be presented through film, internet activities and presentations: From Ötzi, the Iceman, preserved for thousands of years in an Alpine Glacier, through the Hapsburg Dynasty, the dominant political force in central Europe, on to Falco of "Rock me Amadeus" fame and even unto the Vienna of today, headquarters of the UN and OPEC and Austria's role in the 21st century. Students will become well acquainted with this southern neighbor of Germany.


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