HSSB 4221, 893-2635, Office hours: Wed. 1-3
UCSB Hist 133C, Fall 1998
Germany since 1945
HSSB 1174, T-Th 2:00-3:15
HIST 133C: JOURNAL AND TERM PAPER ASSIGNMENTS
- For the writing assignment in this course you are required
to keep a journal on a regular basis throughout the course. You
will write two entries per week (total of 16), with each
entry averaging about 450 words in length. That is about 2/3 page,
single-spaced, in 12 point font.
- Each entry will be based on your thoughts about a) newspaper
or magazine articles you read during that week, or b) readings,
lectures and films for this course. You should relate the
topics you discuss to the course theme. For articles you should
include a clipping, copy, or printout. Over the entire quarter
there should be a balance of about 8 entries on articles and 8
on course materials.
- For the entries on the course material: feel free to exercise
criticism, ask questions, and raise important issues, especially
if you are too shy to do so in class. You will be graded on how
perceptive your discussion and how convincing your argument is,
not on whether you agree with me.
- An occasional entry (perhaps 3 of the 16 required entries)
may refer to a TV or radio news report, or a web site, book for
another course, film or video, conversation or personal experience.
Tip: Jot ideas down during lecture or whenever, and develop them
- You should use two large bluebooks for this assignment.
Your name should be written clearly on the front cover.
- Leave the first right-hand page blank of articles,
to keep a handwritten running table of contents with the
entry number (1-16), the date, the source
(e.g. name of newspaper), and a short descriptive title.
This will be used for grading purposes. Example:
1. Sept. 27, 98 LA Times opinion piece on the German parliamentary
2. Oct. 1, 98, slide shown in lecture of the June 1984 D-Day ceremony
- In each entry you should first briefly summarize
the relevant information in the article (or whatever), then write
your thoughts and analysis of it, relating it to
the course. You should NOT write vague opinions or make
unsubstantiated claims. (For example: I liked the article because
it reported on an important issue. I didn't like this editorial
because of its liberal slant. This article was interesting because
it showed how important Berlin is.)
- Rather, you should explain your opinion, giving clear
reasons and pertinent evidence. (If you are unclear
on this, see the professor's example on the course web
- When submitted, these entries should be typed and pasted
in the bluebook, with the articles (or photocopies) to which
you are referring on the left page, and your printed entries facing
them on the right page. Each entry should begin with the date
and a short headline indicating the source and topic of your
reflection. An "entry number" should be written
in the upper right-hand corner of each right-hand page. You can
also use these numbers to refer back to other entries.
- Journals will be collected on four Tuesdays, at the
start of class: 13 Oct., 27 Oct., 10 Nov., and 24 Nov.
- The journals will be graded as follows: each acceptable
entry will receive one point, and a fifth "bonus" point
will be awarded if at least two of each four entries show particular
insight. Thus you can receive up to 5 points per submission for
a total of 20% of the course grade.
- As the weeks progress, you will find that you are able to
bring comparative perspectives to your reflections,
relating various entries to each other and to the course materials.
You may find that you wish to revise earlier assessments
and reactions on the basis of new information. That is good-it
is evidence of a learning process, and one of the main reasons
you should be taking this course!! You have the opportunity to
tie all of this together in the TERM PAPER.
- Topic. Drawing on one (or more) example in your journal,
you should develop in depth one case in post-1945 German
history in which you make an argument about how "the personal"
and "the political" have interacted. Think of this as
an op-ed piece for a newspaper, combining facts, analysis and
You may have to do some additional research for this paper.
What message did Heinrich Böll want to convey with his novel
"Billiards at half-past nine"?
What role did John Kennedy's Berlin speech play in the lives of
ordinary Berlin citizens?
How did Anna Rosmus help to shape Passau's political culture?
How do private people differ from politicians in their assessment
of the Berlin wall?
How do Ronald Reagan's speeches in Germany reflect his view of
how history happens?
Why does the Green party need to choose between fundamentalist
and realist stances?
- Evidence. BE SURE TO USE CONCRETE EXAMPLES TO SUPPORT YOUR
- Length. Your term paper should be at least 1000 words-4
double-spaced, typed pages, with 1½x1x1x1 margins and proportional
space font. Substantially longer papers will be returned to be
- Due date. The term paper is due on Tuesday, Nov.
17, at 2pm (at the beginning of lecture).
Late submissions will be penalized 1 point per day, beginning
- Grading. The term paper counts for 30% of your final
grade. Although it is not long (only 2½ times as long as
a journal entry), you must take it seriously!!
(Point values: A: 28; A-: 27; B+: 26; B: 25; B-: 24; C+: 23; C:
22; C-: 21; D+: 20)
- This course fulfills the general education writing requirement.
If you do not submit the journal and the term paper, you cannot
receive credit for this course (i.e., you will fail).
- Plagiarism-presenting someone else's work as your own,
or deliberately failing to credit or attribute the work of others
on whom you draw-is a serious academic offense, punishable by
dismissal from the university. Offenses will be reported to the
appropriate university authorities for disciplinary action.