Through visits to world heritage sites, document centers and museums; interaction with scholars and locals; trips to smaller towns and countryside and other historical locations; along with handouts and worksheets, this course examines five specific areas regarding German Propaganda efforts during WWII and today: 1)The Words, 2)The Actions, 3)The Visuals, 4)Pageantry, and 5) Techniques & Effects.
After completing this deep dive into WWII propaganda, students should be able to offer pragmatic and useful distinctions, rooted in something other than opinion, about the role propaganda played in WWII. Exploring murky historical situation, students will learn how their everyday choices can impact society as well as them personally. As a practical outcome of the course, the students will how understand communication messages should be used to promote democracy, the impact of ethics on communication, and the power messages have on society. Ultimately, students will see from experience how propaganda has been used in the past, and how use that knowledge to affect positive social change.
Program Capacity: 12
Required Credits: 3
Open to All Majors
Application Deadline: December 1st
- Junior Standing
- University Pre-Req to enroll in a Senior Seminar (completed CORE 100s)
- Successful completion of Wtng 102
- Good academic and judicial standing
CORE.430: Propaganda Methods Past & Present - The use of propaganda to persuade the masses is one of the major developments defining the 20th century. Nowhere was this more true than in the adoption of propaganda as the key information management tool used by the National Socialists (Nazis) in Germany. Today propaganda has become such an integral part of modern life that we are often blinded to how widespread it remains in our life. Through this in-depth look at communication steer the zeitgeist of the Weimar Republic, Nazi Hegemony, Post-war period and modern society, students are able to see the role of ethics in communication and the power messages have on society. Through archival documents, and an overview of German culture and history, students will experience the past in order to make sense of today. Students will investigate past and current communication methods, recognizing many of the same techniques that have been used in the past, now working to evoke positive social change. Students will be immerse into a culture, and challenged to make sense of it through an ethnographic lens. In doing so, the student will develop an understanding of the people and place.
Student accommodations will consist of shared apartments or high end hostels
May 18, 2020 - June 8, 2020
Program Fee: $3,250
- Includes tuition, all lodging, train passes, group tours, course materials, subway/bus fare, fees for cultural locations and class extra-curricular activities
- Does not include airfare
December 15: $500 NON-REFUNDABLE Deposit
February 28: Remaining Balance
Financial Aid and Scholarships
RWU students applying to RWU-sponsored short term study abroad programs are not eligible for financial aid, however, they may apply to one or both of the scholarships listed below. Students apply for the scholarship(s) at the same time they submit their application for a short-term program abroad. In order to be considered for the Global Engagement Scholarship, they must submit their application by stated program application deadline.
The Bridging the World Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on academic merit only
Scholarships awards based on financial need and academic merit
The Global Engagement Scholarship:
Scholarship awards based on financial need only (limited funds available)
Professor Amiee Shelton, Communications
Office: GHH 330
Health and Safety:
Students should review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for complete information regarding the health concerns and vaccine recommendations specific to the program. Students should also review the U.S. State Department’s consular information website for complete information on safety and security.
All information subject to change - Roger Williams University reserves the right to cancel any faculty-led program offered during the academic year for insufficient enrollment or for any other reason. These reasons may include safety and security concerns at the program location. Should it prove necessary to do so, the School will promptly notify all registrants.