This course explores Germany’s younger generations over the 20th century, their hopes and dreams, goals and aspirations, their relationship to older generations, and how they make sense of and try to find their place in life.

An equally important aspect of this course is to expand students’ language skills in all four areas (speaking, listening, reading, writing) and help each student further improve their language performance in order for each student to reach their next proficiency level. To best accomplish this, we will make use of the Integrated Performance Approach (IPA) to learning. Every learning step builds on each other from the interpretive, to the interpersonal, and to the presentational modes of communication around specific themes that introduce students to new vocabulary and expands their ability to perform measurably within these parameters.

Students will also learn advanced digital skills in a virtually interactive environment and receive hands-on experience with digital tools in an academic setting and beyond. The development of adjacent skills such as digital etiquette and dialog etiquette and a mindset that fosters collaboration and team work will play an important role in this learning environment.

This course is also a globally connected course in partnership with the German program at the American University in Bulgaria. The global connections component is designed to provide students with the inter-cultural skills that are increasingly indispensable in our globally connected world.

Course of Study

Gedanken zum Thema Jugend (Reflections on the topic of Youth)

  • Jugend – was ist das? (What is “youth”?)
  • Altersstufen und Lebensphasen (Age periods and life phases)
  • Freiräume (Needing space)
  • Übergang Kindheit-Erwachsensein (Transitioning from childhood to adulthood)
  • Stereotypische Auffassungen zwischen Jugendlichen und Erwachsenen (Stereotypical attitudes between adolescents and adults)
  • Persönliche Gedanken zum Thema (Personal thoughts on the topic)

Philosophisches Spiel: Was mir im Leben wichtig ist (A philosophical game: what is important to me in life)

Wir schauen:


Rückblick: Junges Deutschland: 100 Jahre Lebensgefühl, Film (Looking back: Young Germany: A Sense of Life over the Past 100 Years)





Wir lesen:

409-617_1773be4c27d34ca950b0293621634511Jugend ohne Gott von Ödön von Horváth (Materialien von mir)

9783407744500Der Ernst des Lebens macht auch keinen Spaß, Roman von Christoph Wortberg.

Schöne Jugend”, Gedicht von Gottfried Benn




Heinrich Böll – An der Brücke_Text

Weiteres Thema: Die Frage nach dem Sinn des Lebens (Topic: What is the meaning of life?)