Course Offerings Fall Term 2020-2021

For updated course times, please consult the offical course schedule on PeopleSoft.

GER 0101 – Beginning German 1

Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 (Harms), MWF 11:00-11:50 (Malandro), MWF 12:00-12:50 (Malandro), MWF 1:00-1:50 (Harms)

This is the first part of our elementary language course sequence. In these proficiency-oriented courses students begin to learn how to communicate in German. The course emphasizes all four skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing - and introduces students to the culture of the German-speaking countries. Students will be working towards the A1-level of the Common European Framework of Reference. Students should plan to take German 0102 during the following semester.

 

GER 0102 – Beginning German 2

Times: MWF 1:00-1:50 (Malandro)

This is the second part of our elementary language course sequence. In these proficiency-oriented courses students begin to learn how to communicate in German. The course emphasizes all four skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing - and introduces students to the culture of the German-speaking countries. Students will be working towards the A2-level of the Common European Framework of Reference. Students should plan to take either German 0103 or German 0203 during the following semester.

Attributes: DSAS Second Language General Ed. Requirement

Requirements: PREQ: GER 0101 or equivalent; (MIN GRADE: B-)

 

GER 0103 – Beginning German 3

Times: MWF 10:00-10:50 (Lukic)

This is the third part of our elementary language course sequence. In these proficiency-oriented courses students begin to learn how to communicate in German. The course emphasizes all four skills - speaking, listening, reading, and writing - and introduces students to the culture of the German-speaking countries. Students will continue to work towards the A2-level of the Common European Framework of Reference. Students should plan to take German 201 during the following semester.

Requirements: PREQ: GER 0102 or equivalent (MIN GRADE: B-)

 

GER 0201 – Intermediate German 1

Times: MWF 12:00-12:50 (Lukic)

This is the first part of our intermediate language course sequence. These courses will provide students with opportunities to further develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, to strengthen their grammatical knowledge and expand their vocabulary. We will work with the German textbook Netzwerk B1, and read an adapted version of Die weiße Rose, a book about a resistance group during the Third Reich.

Students will begin to work towards the B1-level of the Common European Framework of Reference. Students should plan to take German 202 during the following semester.

Attributes: DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement, DSAS Second Language General Ed. Requirement

Requirements: PREQ: GER 02013 or equivalent (MIN GRADE: B-)

 

GER 0202 – Intermediate German 2

Times: MWF 11:00-11:50 (Harms)

This is the second part of our intermediate language course sequence. These courses will provide students with opportunities to further develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, to strengthen their grammatical knowledge and expand their vocabulary. We will work with the second part of the German textbook Netzwerk B1, and read an adapted version of Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee, a novel about growing up in the GDR. Students will continue to work towards the B1-level of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Attributes: DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement

Requirements: PREQ: GER 0003 or 0201 or equivalent (MIN GRADE: B-)

 

GER 0203 – Intensive Intermediate German 1

Times: MTWThF 12:00-12:50 (Brand)

This is the first part of our intensive intermediate language course sequence. The class meets every day and thus allows students to develop their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills, to strengthen their grammatical knowledge and expand their vocabulary at a faster pace than in the regular courses. We will work with the German textbook Netzwerk B1, and read an adapted version of Die weiße Rose, a book about a resistance group during the Third Reich. Students will begin to work towards the B1-level of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Attributes: DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement, SCI Polymathic Contexts: Global & Cross Cul GE. Req.

Requirements: PREQ: GER 0102 or equivalent (MIN GRADE: B-)

 

GER 1000 – Reading Literary Texts

Times: TuTh 11:00-12:15 (Colin)

This course aims to strengthen your reading skills in German by introducing you to a variety of genres and writing styles, from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century. You will have the opportunity to work on your extensive and intensive reading skills, as you acquire new strategies for identifying generic conventions, differentiating between literal and figurative language, and parsing grammatically complex sentences.

Attributes: West European Studies

Requirements: PREQ: GER 0202 or 0204 or 0004 (MIN GRADE: B-)


 

GER 1003 – Professional German

Times: TuTh 4:00-5:15 (Waeltermann)

This is an advanced language acquisition course and aims to familiarize students with specialized vocabulary and practices of German-speaking countries in professional environments of such areas as communications, advertisement, international trade, engineering, and law.  The course will focus on oral and aural proficiency, appropriate written discourse and reading.  The course integrates economic geography the legal and political system of German-speaking countries.

Attributes: Writing Intensive Course (WRIT), European and Eurasian Studies, West European Studies

Requirements: PREQ: GER 0202 or 0204 or 0004 (MIN GRADE: B-)

 

 

GER 1005 – German Media

Times: MWF 12:00-12:50 (Von Dirke)

In this course, students will strengthen their knowledge of existing grammatical structures and will examine the specific aspects of daily life in Germany via contemporary electronic and print genres.  The latter will include online articles and hard copy news sources and a range of daily and weekly news sources.  Class discussions, debates, oral reports, and short written assignments will also be based on topics derived from current podcasts, social networking sites, television advertisements and online series, and from new documentary and feature films.

Attributes: DSAS Creative Work General Ed. Requirement, European and Eurasian Studies, West European Studies

Requirements: PREQ: GER 0202 or 0204 or 0004 (MIN GRADE: B-)

 

GER 1106 – German Cultural History

Times: MW 3:00-4:15 (Von Dirke)

This course introduces students to major developments and figures in European cultural history from the German tribes to the Enlightenment (CA. 750 AD to 1785).  It weaves together texts and artifacts from the time period covered and current print as well as audio-visual materials in order to analyze how past cultural history informs German and European collective identity today.  This course will be conducted entirely in German.

Attributes: DSAS Literature General Ed. Requirement, European and Eurasian Studies, West European Studies

Requirements: PREQ: Any 1000-Level German Class

 

GER 1399 – Senior Capstone Seminar

Times: TuTh 9:30-10:45 (Lyon)

This course is for senior German majors.  It will require students to write a senior thesis on a German topic, drawn from their own interests but also related to the focus of the seminar.  The specific focus of the seminar will change each year, depending on the instructor, but will be constructed to highlight the intersections between multiple epochs, genres, themes, and/or disciplines.  Every version of the seminar will require a senior thesis or project that allows the student to pursue his/her own interests within the topic of the seminar.  Seminar readings will be in German.

Attributes: Capstone Course, European and Eurasian Studies, West European Studies

Requirements: Any 1000 Level German Course and Any 1100 Level German Course; LVL: Senior

 

GER 1490 – Special Topics: Landscapes of Mind and God in Modern German Literature and Philosophy

Times: TuTh 9:30-10:45 (Lyon)

During the first 4 weeks of the semester, students will (1) analyze exemplary landscape-poems by  Brockes, Gessner, Klopstock, Goethe, Rilke, and Celan in order to begin mapping a "plane of immanence" (Deleuze) where the lyrical speaker re-negotiates its relation to God in a radically unsettled world and (2) consider modern philosophy's  re-conceptualization of the  transcendent God of traditional theology as argued in selected philosophical texts from Spinoza, Leibniz, and Nietzsche. The remainder of the semester will be devoted to four fictional texts that use landscape to re-conceptualize the thinking and feeling self in relation to both God and world: Goethe's Die Leiden des jungen Werthers; Büchner's Lenz, Kafka's "Der Ausflug ins Gebirge"; and Celan's "Das Gespräch im Gebirge."

An in-depth investigation of a literary or cultural problem that lies outside of traditional literary-historical or genre classifications. As the topics change, this course may be repeated for credit.

 

The following 1500-level courses are offered in English:*

GER 1502 – Indo-European Folktales

Times: Lecture: MW 1:00-1:50 (Brand). Recitation: Th 10:00-10:50 (Kurash), Th 11:00-11:50 (Brand), Th 12:00-12:50 (Kurash), Th 1:00-1:50 (Kurash), Fr 10:00-10:50 (Brand), Fr 11:00-11:50 (Brand), Fr 12:00-12:50 (Post), Fr 1:00-1:50 (Brand)

German 1502 is a study of the esthetic, psychological, and social values reflected in a variety of European folklore genres, including magic tales, legends, proverbs, superstitions, and jests.  The Grimms' pioneering collections constitute the course's nucleus, but it draws numerous supporting examples from other European countries as well.

Attributes: DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement, DSAS Literature General Ed. Requirement, Children’s Literature, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, SCI Polymathic Contexts: Global & Cross Cul

 

GER 1522 – Germany Today

TuTh 2:30-3:45 (Colin)

In this course the current cultural, political, and social situation in the German speaking countries is assessed. What are the concerns of Germans, Austrians, the Swiss? By concentrating on current conditions and changes of public consciousness, issues important to German speakers are debated. Materials include articles from journals and newspapers, documentaries, slides, and contemporary works of literature. All materials are in English.

Attributes: DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement, West European Studies

 

GER 1530 – Weimar Culture

Times: MW 3:00-4:15 (Kurash)

An introduction to the weird and wonderful literature, film, and visual art of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1918-1933), a period of crisis and transition. Join us as we use an intersectional feminist approach to examine representations of sex and sexualities, gender, race, ability, and social class during this era of revolution and upheaval in German history. We will explore texts by Franz Kafka, Irmgard Keun, and Magnus Hirschfeld, classic films like Fritz Lang’s Metropolis and Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, and artwork by Georg Grosz, Otto Dix, and Hannah Höch, among others. Taught in English. This course satisfies the Diversity and Geographic Region General Education Requirements. 

Attributes: DSAS Geographic Region General Ed. Requirement, DSAS Diversity General Ed. Requirement, West European Studies

 

GER 1901 – Independent Study

GER 1902 – Directed Study

GER 1905 – German Internship 1

GER 1906 – German Internship 2

GER 1990 – Senior Thesis

GER 2902 – Directed M.A. Study

 

* 1500-level courses are taught in English, and therefore do not count towards the Major or Certificate unless special arrangements with the Director of Undergraduate Studies have been made.