VIENNA NOW AND THEN: A FIELD TRIP
This course is a field trip to Vienna that gives students an insight into comparisons between the Austrian capital as gateway to the EU and "Vienna 1900," the major cultural center of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy. The course will focus on several key issues: the Austrian, in particular the Viennese role in the European Union and the supranational status of the Habsburg metropolis in Europe 1900; the rise of nationalism, racism, and anti-Semitism now and then; the socio-political situation of minorities; the city's attempts to cope with immigration as well as refugees in the early twentieth century and today; the multifaceted relationships between social classes, genders, and generations now and then; the clash between historicism and modernism in art, architecture, and literature. The field trip is connected to the course GER 1528 VIENNA. Students will visit the historical and civic sites discussed in this course; they will visit the university, national library, and the museums displaying the works of artists and architects such as Klimt, Schiele, and Loos. They will also have an opportunity to meet with a faculty member from the University of Vienna and/or a representative of the city council. The course will be taught in English.