Anyone take German 59?

<p>So I was thinking about taking it this summer to satisfy a philosophical GE requirement. Anyone know what the course is like? The professor teaching is SCHULTZ J.A. Bruinwalk mainly rates him on LBGT classes so they're not very reliable. Also if you've taken the course, would you say this class is "difficult?"</p>

<p>Bump. I would very much like to know the answer to this question, please.</p>

<p>Lame. I’m answering my own post, but I’m going to pretend TearxDrops made a new thread.</p>

<p>I took German 59 during Session C last year with a professor named Guntersdorfer. She was actually a UCLA Ph.D student from Germany.</p>

<p>The class is obviously going to vary because of the different professors, but I will tell you my experience.</p>

<p>This was arguably the easiest class I ever had at UCLA. I literally got nothing less than a 95% for every midterm, quiz, and even on the final.</p>

<p>The course mainly focuses on the Holocaust from the perpetrator and victim point of views. One week you will learn about why there were so many Jews in Eastern Europe, why all the concentration camps were in Poland, the differences between concentration and death camps, why the Jews were targeted by the Nazis, how the Jews were portrayed in German media, etc. You learn all of these things in misc. readings, novels, and films (documentaries).</p>

<p>Then you learn about things specifically about the perpetrator. What was going through the mind of German while they were doing this? Were the Germans inherently evil, or were they just obeying orders? You learn more about this when you read Eichman in Jerusalem (novel you’ll read in class) and you’ll also watch documentaries with interviews from real SS officers who operated the camp.</p>

<p>A bonus in the class is you also get to watch 2 modern films: Schindler’s List and The Reader.</p>

<p>As for quizzes, midterms, and final, they’re all the same structure, except the midterms and final are just long, big versions of the quizzes. Basically you have to memorize vocab words and define them. You also just answer straight forward questions. It’s really easy.</p>

<p>Questions were usually stuff like, “What were 2 reasons that explain why all death camps were in Poland?” or “In the film, The Triumph of the Will, why is Hitler depicted in an airplane in the beginning?”</p>

<p>I really enjoyed the class and my professor was a native German with a cute German accent. Her great grandfather was also a member of the SS so she brought actual textbooks that were used by children during the Nazi years.</p>