Tonbridge - online course
The Weimar Republic is remembered as a time of upheaval and disorganisation, sometimes referred to as a failing state. It is marked as a result of the ‘lost’ First World War and ‘enabled’ the Nazis to (mis-) use this social, political and economic turmoil for their own goals. The course will look at what marked the Weimar Republic as a state in turmoil. From the outcome of the First World War to the political polarisation of German society, the economic disastrous policies and a lack of finding answers to the questions of the times, which ultimately led to the radicalisation of society and enabled the two extremes – the Nazis and Communists – to fight for the future of Germany. In the end, the Nazis had the more ‘convincing’ answers for the German public – but not the majority of people behind them.
This course analyses the aspects why the Weimar Republic was not acceptable for the majority of German from the outset in 1918/19 and what enabled the Nazis 15 years later to grab the power and introduce a dictatorship It will highlight the course of history of the Weimar Republic as a transition period between Kaiserreich and Nazi dictatorship and tries to answer the question if the Nazi dictatorship is a result of Weimar or would have happened regardless of Weimar. It will be looking into the 21st century and the rise of right and very right-wing parties in the whole of Europe and if history is repeating itself – not only in Germany with the ‘Alternative for Germany’, but Le Pen in France, Ukip in Britain, Vox in Spain or other countries like Italy and many East European countries as well.
By the end of the course, students will be able to
- Place the Weimar republic in the context or the period
- highlight the course history of the Weimar Republic
- give a view on whether Nazi dictatorship could have happened without this specific factors
- reflect on the rise of right-wing parties in contemporary Europe
Who is the tutor?
About the Tutor: Sven Griesenbeck
Sven Griesenbeck has a BA and Masters in Global Politics and a City and Guilds Level 4 Ptlls certificate. As a native speaker, he teaches German at Kent Adult Education, mentors students at Higher Education Level during their Dissertation period and supports them in identifying/retrieving information for their subject area and has experience in teaching Int. Human Resource Management. Also Seven works in a College Library in central London. Before coming to Britain, Sven worked on a junior management position in a medium-sized company in Germany and central Europe. Since 2006, Sven worked in Local Government as a Local Councillor, something which is helpful in the mentoring work in regards to students who are dealing and writing about (international) political economy.
The most enjoyable aspect of his work in Adult Education is the commitment of his enthusiastic students. they really appreciate their courses sand the topics studied - even if the topic can be sometimes tricky and difficult. Within Adult Education Sven successfully offers a wide range of subjects.
How will I be taught?
This is an online course delivered using Zoom, in real time with live interaction with your tutor and fellow learners.
We shall use small group work, tutor input and discussion. The course will be based on provided readings of chapters and texts for participants to read prior to the class. The first half of the class will be a discussion about the literature provided. The second part of the class will introduce a new topic.
You will discuss your learning with the tutor and will be asked to record your progress on a Learning Plan.
What do I need to have with me?
Apart from a sense of curiosity and an interest in History, you may wish to bring note taking materials.
What can I do next?
There is a large variety of History and Arts courses at Tonbridge Adult Education. You can find courses on many historical topics, periods and subjects to suit your interest. Please ask your tutor for their next courses and enrol early to secure your place as courses are very popular. Alternatively, please speak to our Reception or visit our website www.kentadulteducation.co.uk for the full list of our History courses in Tonbridge.
What do I need to join the course
This course is for those who want to find out more about the History of the Weimar Republic and understand the context of the period to explore and inform on contemporary history.
A good understanding of English is essential to read the texts provided.
Joining your course
Real time Online
Instructions will be sent to you by your tutor
If you require any information about joining this online course then please call 03000 41 40 25* and quote the Course Code TON/92240/J/NC.
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