German Society and Culture II
Cod: 31109
Department: DH
Scientific area: Culture
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

Following the 1st Semestre course of the German Culture and Society I, this course aims at studying the very critical historical process in Germany between the 19th Century and the contemporary age, reflecting on the social and political problems in order to better understand the German complex cultural identity.

History (19th and 20th Centuries)
Culture and Society
Civilisation and Culture
Germany and Europe

•Development of critical reading skills, of the ability of summarizing texts and of their analysis.
•Development of the capacity to explain content and to compare information and critical comments.
•Development of the competence to contextualize and comment documents of various epochs related to German society and culture.
•Capacity to differentiate theoretical concepts, such as ‘Kultur’ and ‘Zivilisation’.
•Acquisition of knowledge about the most important movements and moments in the political, social and cultural evolution of Germany in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
•Identification and understanding of the characteristics in German identity and culture; its manifestations in the European and world-wide context of recent history.

• ‘Kultur’ and ‘Zivilisation’;
• The twofold German Revolution; Germany under Wilhelm II - The Second Reich;
• Germany in the Twenties;
• Germany under Hitler - The Third Reich;
• Post War; Contemporary Germany; understanding Germany’s role in an intercultural Europe.

Opitz, Alfred  (Coord.) (1998) Sociedade e Cultura Alemãs, Lisboa: Universidade Aberta.
Nobre, Renarde Freire (2009) Kultur versus Zivilisation: A Crítica da Intelligentsia Alemã ao Processo Civilizador, UFMG.
Pieper, Dietmar (2005) “How the Germans see themselves”, Spiegel Special International Edition,2005, 4, pp. 34-37.
Scheidl, Aguiar de Melo, Sousa Ribeiro (org.) (1988) Dois Séculos de História Alemã (Política, Sociedade, Cultura), Coimbra: Faculdade de Letras.
Rodrigues, António Jacinto (1989) A Bauhaus e o Ensino Artístico, Lisboa: Editorial Presença.
Taylor, James / Shaw, Warren (1997) Dictionary of The Third Reich, London: Penguin Books.
Hake, Sabine (2002) German National Cinema, London and New York: Routledge.
Bär, Gerald (2014) “A RAF: Baader-Meinhof entre Mito, Documentário e Cinema de Ação”, Actas do Colóquio Dinâmicas Históricas no Cinema II – “A era dos extremos”, Instituto Prometheus (IPAEHI / UALV), Lisboa:
Filme: Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (R. Wiene, 1919).
Further bibliographical references and material, such as images and films available in the internet, will be provided throughout the semester on the e-learning platform.



Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Good reading skills in English required.