Germany and the Environment

Amy Gates-Young
Modern Languages, Central College


This course examines Germanys relationship to the environment in light of its particular political, cultural and business context.

Course Size:
fewer than 15

Course Format:
Small-group seminar

Institution Type:
Private four-year institution, primarily undergraduate

Course Context:

This is an interdisciplinary upper-level course that counts for the German Studies major/minor, Environmental Studies major/minor, and the Global Sustainability component in the core curriculum.

Course Content:

This course looks at Germanys relationship with the environment from a variety of perspectives, including the history of environmental manipulation, major industries, as well as German solutions to environmental problems.

Course Philosophy:

It is my belief that the German cultural context is one that is supportive of increasing levels of sustainability. It is my goal make use of the German students knowledge of culture and the Environmental Studies students knowledge of environmental issues to encourage the dynamic exploration of the topic.


Please see the syllabus.


Germany and the Environment Syllabus (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 17kB Apr2 11)

Teaching Materials:

Introducing the EU Power Point (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 1.2MB Apr2 11) German Chemical Companies Power Point (PowerPoint 2007 (.pptx) 251kB Apr2 11) Final Project Description (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 12kB Apr2 11)

References and Notes:

The Conquest of Nature: Water, Landscape and the Making of Modern Germany by David Blackbourne