German Immigration History Coursepack

VW-Werk Wolfsburg
ital. Gastarbeiterfamilien in ihren Wohnungen

Upper-level German Special Topics Course: German Immigration History
Johanna Schuster-Craig
Michigan State University

This is a coursepack for an upper-level German-language content course with materials exploring the history of twentieth-century immigration to Germany through comic books, film, interviews, and archival source materials. Specific topics include: Guest worker migration, socialist immigration to the former German Democratic Republic, postwar expellees, and refugee migration. The goal of the course is intended to give students depth of knowledge in this history of immigration to Germany. Classroom tasks focus on the language structures and language skills that need to be developed to write and speak articulately about this history, German legal and community culture, migration theory more generally, and specific works of art dealing with migration.

Tags: West Germany, East Germany, Berlin Republic, German-Language, Migration

Image: By Bundesarchiv, B 145 Bild-F040747-0009 / Schaack, Lothar / CC-BY-SA 3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0 de,

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