Bates Fall Semester Abroad
Professor Tracy (Philosophy and Religious Studies) and Ms. Neu-Sokol (German)
During the fall semester 2008, Bates students, including entering first-year students, can experience the excitement of living and learning in Berlin, the capital of a reunited Germany. Berlin is the cultural and commercial center of central Europe. Its 3.5 million people represent a great diversity of culture, and the benefits and values of a semester there are tremendous: the opportunity to learn German; to attend concerts, the theater, and museums; to relax in its cafes, nightclubs, and parks—in sum, an opportunity to experience a truly European lifestyle. No prior knowledge of German is required.
The program begins in late August with a three-week intensive German language course at the Goethe Institut in Freiburg, an ancient and beautiful university town at the edge of the Alps and close to the borders of France and Switzerland. In mid-September the program moves to Berlin, where students live with a family while they continue their language instruction and begin two courses taught by Bates faculty. During the October break and in December students have the opportunity for independent travel in Europe.
BSAG 003. Intensive German I.Open to first-year students. Staff.
BSAG 004. Intensive German II.Open to first-year students. Staff.
BSAG 007. Before and after the Wars: German Literature, Art and Films of the Twentieth Century.Two world wars and the Holocaust left their tragic imprint on the twentieth century, but most notably in Germany. In this course, students explore the historical, intellectual, artistic, and political developments in German culture. Topics include German imperial society and Expressionism, the effects of war on young people, the women's movement, "outsiders" in German-speaking countries, German-Jewish relations, the divided Germany, and memory and remembrance in contemporary Germany. Writers include Fontane, Mann, Kafka, Böll, Wolf, Grass, and Bachman. Open to first-year students. G. Neu-Sokol.
BSAG 008. Who Shall Live?: Bioethics and Society.When is it acceptable to turn off a respirator? Is it morally permissible to assist a terminally ill person in hastening death? Should we use our knowledge of genetics to produce "enhanced" human beings? Modern medicine sometimes requires that we make life-and-death decisions. The approach to these issues in Germany presents a fascinating contrast with the way they are handled in the United States. Discussions of these issues are shaped by the traumatic memory of the Nazi era. Students consider Nazi eugenics and extermination programs, and think through the bearing of these moral failures on contemporary discussions of right and wrong in medicine. Open to first-year students. T. Tracy.