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PL30759: German national option G14: Heimat und Identität

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to introduce students to the concept of 'Heimat', investigate the reasons for its extraordinary lasting fascination, and provide insight into the political and cultural dimensions of local, regional and national identity in Germany. Heimat has emerged from below in expressions of love of country, and been consciously constructed from above. We shall be asking what needs it reflects and what functions it has fulfilled over the last century.

Learning Outcomes:
Students who complete the unit will be able to:
* Understand the original security-related legal and political dimensions of Heimat;
* Understand the psychological need for belonging to places and communities;
* Understand the political instrumentalisation of these needs by different parties and institutions since the late 19th century;
* Understand the variety and significance of local, regional and national identities in the German-speaking countries today;
* Appreciate intersections with ethnicity, class and gender;
* Undertake detailed formal and thematic analysis of texts relating to Heimat in a variety of media and genres.

Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken German, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Students will examine the ideology, political institutions and cultural products associated with a) the Heimat movement in the 1890s, including links with critiques of modernisation and nature conservation; b) racist conceptions of Heimat in the Third Reich; c) the loss of Heimat in exile 1933-45 and the cult of lost East European Heimat by the Vertriebenenverbände after the war; d) the rediscovery of local identity in the context of the environmental movement in the 1970s; e) the GDR as socialist Heimat, and local identity in East Germany since reunification; f) national and regional identity in Austria and Switzerland, g) anti-Heimat, Heimat and nostalgia, and Heimat in today's multicultural society. We shall look at the manifestation of feelings for the Heimat in painting (Wilhelm Leibl, Hans Thoma), read a selection of poems and short stories, and view films including Der verlorene Sohn (1932) and Good bye, Lenin (2003). The unit is taught in German.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30759 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA (hons) German and Politics (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB06 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Italian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB07 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Russian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB02 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Italian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB23 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AYB04 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (German) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.