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Manuela Achilles

Associate Professor
Director of German Undergraduate Programs
Director of the Center for German Studies
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Office location and address
New Cabell Hall, Room 233
Charlottesville, VA 22904
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 2005
M.A. University of Michigan, 1996
M.A. Free University of Berlin, 1996
HIEU 3352: Modern German History
Credits: 3
Introduces the political, social and cultural history of modern Germany from the French Revolution to the present. Cross-listed in the German department. Taught in English.
HIEU 3390: Nazi Germany
Credits: 3
Detailed survey of the historical origins, political structures, cultural dynamics, and every-day practices of the Nazi Third Reich. Cross-listed in the German department. Taught in English.
HIEU 3462: Neighbors and Enemies in Germany
Credits: 3
Explores the friend/foe nexus in Germany history, literature and culture, with an emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries.
HIEU 3505: History and Fiction, Topics
Credits: 3
Explores the relationship between facts and fiction in the representation of the past. Course materials range from archival sources and scholarly articles to novels, films, paintings, sculptures, poems and other creative articulations of the historical imagination. The role of the new media and media analysis in the representation of history will also be examined. Topics vary annually.
EURS 5000: Perspectives on Europe and the World
Credits: 3
This course introduces students to a variety of disciplinary approaches to the study of Europe (history, anthropology, sociology, political science, economics, and culture). Stress will be laid on how combining perspectives from different fields of study can help deepen understanding of specific problems of European life. Emphasis on student interpretation of readings and analysis of central issues in Europe's development across time.
EURS 5352: Modern German History
Credits: 3
Modern German history offers lessons in both disaster and recovery. It is also a tale of radical reinvention: Imperial Germany, Weimar Germany, National Socialist Germany, and Divided Germany--on each transition, the historical shock was sufficiently traumatic to force the country upon a new path. This course explores the repeated fundamental transformations of modern Germany.
EURS 6000: Research Inquiries in European Studies
Credits: 3
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to advanced research methods for investigating issues in European Studies. Each student will develop a research proposal and paper on a specific disciplinary topic under the supervision of a faculty member in that discipline, with the requirement that the paper include significant insights from at least one other discipline.
EURS 8998: Thesis Research (M.A.)
Credits: 3
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director. Students work closely with a primary and a secondary Faculty Advisor, representing two distinct disciplinary approaches, to develop a detailed proposal for their M.A. thesis. Students will work closely with their Faculty Advisor(s) in person, or by e-mail and video-conferencing (e.g., Skype). The proposal must be submitted and approved by the beginning of the final semester.
EURS 8999: Thesis (M.A.)
Credits: 3
Composition and defense of a master's thesis. Students will work under the direction of their primary faculty adviser to complete the writing their M.A. thesis. To be taken in the final semester of enrollment in the European Studies MA program. Prerequisite: graduate standing and instructor permission.
EURS 9998: Non-Topical Research: Masters Degree
Credits: 1–12
This course is intended uniquely for European Studies Master's students who need this course to reach full-time registration status while completing other degree requirements.