German

 
COURSE OFFERINGS
 
125f    Elementary German I    Introductory course for students with little or no previous knowledge of German. Development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Commmunicative and interactive acquisition of grammar and vocabulary via study of contemporary life in the German-speaking countries. Audio-visual materials and integrated multimedia accompany textbook instruction. Four credit hours.    A. KOCH

126s    Elementary German II    Continuation of Elementary German I to further develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Communicative and interactive acquisition of grammar and vocabulary via study of contemporary life in the German-speaking countries. Audio-visual materials accompany textbook instruction and integrated multimedia. Prerequisite: German 125 or appropriate score on the German placement exam. Four credit hours.    SHAHAN

127f    Intermediate German I: Structures in Cultural Contexts    Grammar review at the intermediate level with continued practice of speaking and listening skills; readings and interactive communication based on topics from German culture and literature; emphasis on practical uses of the language. First introduction to extended readings and writings in German via cultural contexts. Prerequisite: German 126 or appropriate score on the German placement exam. Four credit hours.    SHAHAN

128s    Intermediate German II: Readings in Cultural Contexts     Continuation of Intermediate German I. Practice and review of written and oral communication skills emphasizing formation of correct, idiomatic structures. Strives to build reading skills and to introduce a variety of cultural ideas and contexts through selection of literary and cultural readings/viewings in German. Preparation for transition to in-depth study in variety of areas of German studies. Prerequisite: German 127 or appropriate score on the German placement exam. Four credit hours.    A. KOCH

129f    Conversation Group    Review and practice for students at the intermediate level. A selection of written, visual, and audio German language and culture sources will provide the basis for discussion and conversation. Conducted in German. Does not count toward the language requirement or the German major and minor. May be repeated for credit. Nongraded. Prerequisite: German 126. One credit hour.    VON HOFF

130s    Conversation Group    Review and practice for students at the intermediate level. A selection of written, visual, and audio German language and culture sources will provide the basis for discussion and conversation. Conducted in German. Does not count toward the language requirement or the German major and minor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: German 127 or, with permission, concurrent enrollment in German 126. Nongraded. One credit hour.    VON HOFF

[131]    Conversation and Composition    Emphasis on oral expression and facility in writing. Vocabulary building through reading and discussion of short texts. Prerequisite: German 128 Four credit hours.    

[135]    Introduction to German Literature    Introduction to the history of German literature and to the theories of genres. Critical reading and discussion of prose, poetry, and plays by authors representative of their period. Continued practice in conversation and composition. Prerequisite: German 128 or equivalent. Four credit hours.  L.    

[187]    German Identity After Auschwitz    How did the Enlightenment shape German identity in the 19th and 20th centuries? What does Auschwitz mean for the legacy of the Enlightenment and its rational and just individual? What kind of German(y), under the shadow of the monumental violence of the Holocaust, emerged out of its own self-inflicted ruin? Uses literary and philosophical texts to investigate representations and conceptions of German identity springing forth from the Enlightenment, leading to and following the marker "Auschwitz." Conducted in English. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 187, "Identity After Auschwitz." Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in English 187 and Religious Studies 187. Four credit hours.  L.    

[231]    Introduction to German Studies    As the first course beyond the language sequence, continues the emphasis on composition and conversation, as well as on oral presentations of research. Examination of social and historical developments from the age of Luther to Germany's unification in 1990 as reflected in literature, art, politics, and philosophy. Emphasis on analysis of aesthetic and intellectual accomplishments representative of major periods in German, Austrian, and Swiss history. Prerequisite: German 128. Four credit hours.    

[234]    German Culture Through Film    An exploration of German culture through an analysis of German films from the silent movies of the 1920s to the movies of a unified Germany. Conducted in German. Prerequisite: German 128. Four credit hours.    

237f    The German Fairy Tale in Popular Culture (in English)    Fairy tales permeate our culture on every level. Our fascination with Cinderella and Snow White are but two cases that help us understand how we think about ourselves and the world around us. Examines the role of the fairy tale (folktales, romantic variations, and Disney versions alike) in the construction of culture along with their adaptations in the media, comics, literature, art, and film. In analyzing the historical and social development of fairy tales as a genre, students are introduced to methods of literary analysis and cultural criticism. Counts toward the German major. Open to first-year students. Conducted in English. Four credit hours.  L.    A. KOCH

252j    Mission Impossible: Multicultural German Literature and Film (in English)     Introduction to German-speaking literature and film by writers and filmmakers of African (May Ayim, Katharina Oguntoye), Japanese (Yoko Tawada), Jewish (Paul Celan, Barbara Honigmann), Romanian (Herta Müller, Richard Wagner), Russian (Vladimir Kaminer), and Turkish (Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Feridan Zaimoglu, Fatih Akin) backgrounds. Emphasis on contemporary literature, with background readings from the Enlightenment through the present. Examination of creative approaches to issues of migration, exile, and globalization, with focus on language politics, identity formation, gender, history and memory, and the multicultural city. Counts toward the German major or minor. Open to first-year students. Conducted in English. Three credit hours.  L, I.    A. KOCH

297f    Depiction, Destruction, Distortion: German Drama after Woyzeck     Georg Büchner's drama Woyzeck is more than the sum of its insanely fragmented parts. In examining the aesthetic and thematic shift in German dramas incited by Büchner's Woyzeck, we will place Büchner in a continuum of dramas from the "Sturm und Drang" and Klassik to German Expressionism and beyond. Our readings will use Woyzeck as a foil for understanding the emergence and complication of ideas of a national theater, social criticism, and alienation. We will interpret these issues through discussions, essays, and performances of dramas. Prerequisite: German 128. Four credit hours.    SHAHAN

298s    Robots to iPods: Technology/Media in German Literature     Are all German literary figures robots in disguise? How does the radio signal a crucial turning point in German literature? Techno music is not just something to dance to, but something to write and read to(o). Examines the idea of technology and use of media in German literary texts from E.T.A. Hoffmann's Der Sandmann (1817) over Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927) and into the so-called DJ-literature of the late Nineties. Prerequisite: German 128. Four credit hours.    SHAHAN

329f    Current Topics     An informal weekly meeting for students at the advanced level for conversation practice. Source materials include newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary German film, television broadcasts, and podcasts, along with other media. Conducted in German. Does not count toward the language requirement or the German major or minor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: German 128. Nongraded. One credit hour.    VON HOFF

330s    Current Topics     An informal weekly meeting for students at the advanced level for conversation practice. Source materials include newspaper and magazine articles, contemporary German film, television broadcasts, and podcasts, along with other media. Conducted in German. Does not count toward the language requirement or the German major or minor. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: A 200-level German course. Nongraded. One credit hour.    VON HOFF

[358]    Radio to Rave: 20th-Century German Literature     What does a text sound like? How and why do texts repeatedly turn to songs, volume, tempo, remixing and sampling? Examines the echoes of acoustic influence in German-language literature from Walter Benjamin and Bertolt Brecht's writings on radio through contemporary musical-literary moments in Rainald Goetz's Rave and Benjamin von Stuckrade-Baare's Soloalbum. As we listen or read tracks we will investigate sonic structures that purvey literary text. Is it just about listening to music while reading or is it about listening to music instead of reading? Most importantly, can I rock out to a book on my iPod? Prerequisite: A 200-level German course. Four credit hours.  L.    

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Two to four credit hours.    FACULTY

493s    Seminar: Ideologies and Identities     Critically assesses ways German art and culture engage with ideologies and questions of personal, cultural, and political concepts of identity. Among key ideas, the persistent "German question," along with notions of Heimat, regional and transnational belonging, gender, language politics, class, race. Discussions based on representative readings (poetry, prose, and drama), forms of artistic expression (music, visual art, and film), theory and secondary literature from the Enlightenment through the present-day Berlin Republic. Students write weekly response papers and short critical essays, participate in a writing workshop, complete a final research paper in German, and present research findings in a public symposium. Prerequisite: A 300-level German course and senior standing. Four credit hours.  L.    A. KOCH