INT D 125

INT D 125-B1 Austrian Culture and Civilization (3*) 

Winter 2018

LEC B1

Instructor: Gregor Kokorz

MWF 1100 - 1220

Location: TB 5 (Tory Basement 5)

What is Austria? Who are its people, how do they see themselves and what is Austria´s position in the European context? In this course we will focus on Austria in the 20th and 21st century, we will discuss questions of Austrian culture, society and politics using arts, literature and music as a critical prism for analysing and understanding historic developments.

What you get you get is a general overview on Austria´s history, society and politics and its cultural production. You will also learn to understand the mechanisms of how culture contributes to the construction of identities. In this course we will encounter outstanding Austrian writers such as Thomas Bernhard and Elfriede Jelinek, the Nobel price winner of 2004, classic 20th century composers like Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schönberg, and renowned Austrian filmmakers such as Michael Haneke. We will further look at prominent cultural landmarks such as the Danube or Vienna´s New Years Concert and learn to understand and analyse their symbolic value for Austria’s self-understanding as a nation of culture.

 

This course is open to students of all programs.

For more information, please contact kokorz@ualberta.ca.