Courses

Please find below the undergraduate courses offered by the German Department for the current semester – Spring 2016. For the most up-to-date listings, as well as an archive of courses offered during the last three years, please consult the University’s online Course Offerings page by clicking here; after selecting the appropriate semester from the dropdown menu at the top, please select GER and then click on the search button in the lower right hand corner.

GER 102 Beginner’s German II
Continues the goals of GER 101, focusing on increased communicative proficiency (oral and written), effective reading strategies, and listening skills. Emphasis on functional language tasks: learning to request, persuade, ask for help, express opinions, agree and disagree, negotiate conversations, and gain perspective on German culture through readings, discussion, and film. Participants are eligible to apply for Princeton-in-Munich, GER 105-G, June, 2016. The afternoon section, intended for graduate students, follows the basic syllabus with added emphasis on reading skills.
Staff, Various sections


GER 1025 Intensive Intermediate German
Intensive training in German, building on GER 101 and covering the acquisitional goals of two subsequent semesters: communicative proficiency in a wide range of syntax, mastery of discourse skills, and reading strategies sufficient to interpret and discuss contemporary German short stories, drama, and film. Intensive classroom participation required. Successful completion provides eligibility for GER 107 or, in exceptional cases, for 200 level courses. Participants are eligible to apply for the Princeton-in-Munich program 107-G, June, 2016.
Staff, Various sections


GER 107 Advanced German
Continues improvement of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing using film, digital media, and literary texts as a basis for class discussion. Grammar review is included.
A. Christensen, 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm MWF


GER 207 Studies in German Language and Style: Society, Politics and Culture in Germany 1890-1945 – M. Stoll
This course will tackle exemplary works of modern German society and culture, including literature, art, film, essays, speeches, and autobiographies. It offers an introduction to the most important events and issues from the first half of the century: the foundation of the German state, Berlin as a modern metropolis, World War I, the rise of National Socialism. Intensive practice in spoken and written German with an emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and complex syntactical forms.
MW 11:00 am – 12:20 pm


GER 209 – Introduction to German Literature after 1700 – B. Nagel
An introduction to major authors, periods, and genres of German literature from the eighteenth century to the present. The course provides a background for the further study of German literature while developing interpretive techniques and providing intensive writing practice. Conducted in German. TTh 11:00 am – 12:20 pm


GER 208 Studies in German Language and Style: Contemporary Society, Politics, and Culture
This course traces German history and culture from 1945 to the present by examining, in a variety of media, the period’s most heated debates: first, the controversy around the aftermath of Nazi rule, which escalated in the 60s and 70s in violent clashes between students and government; second, the ideological rivalry between two German states up to the reunification; third, the persistent struggles around multiculturalism; fourth, the debate around Germany’s role in Europe, and why Germany is equally loved and hated by its neighbors. This course facilitates advanced competence in written and oral German. M. Stoll, 3:00 pm—4:20 pm T Th


GER 211 Introduction to Media Theory
Through careful readings of a wide range of media theoretical texts from the late 19th to early 21st century, this seminar will trace the development of critical reflection on technologies and media ranging from the printing press to photography, from gramophones to radio technologies, from pre-cinematic optical devices to film and television, and from telephony and typewriters to cyberspace. Topics include the relationship between representation and technology, the historicity of perception, the interplay of aesthetics, technology and politics, and the transformation of notions of imagination, literacy, communication, reality and truth. D. Fore, 11:00 am – 11:50 pm T Th



GER 306 German Intellectual History: Sigmund Freud’s Writings
The course will provide an introduction into Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis by studying (passages from) a couple of basic texts both in German and the English translation. Special emphasis will be put on the role of language, literature, figurative writing, and translation in his theoretical approach. This includes the role of ‘translation’ (of psychic experiences into symptoms) in Freud as well as the translation of his texts into English. One main aim is to understand central metaphors/ concepts of his writings: Umschrift, Entstellung, Familienroman, Symptom etc.
Sigrid Weigel, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm, M W


GER 307 Topics in German Culture and Society: Klassik in Weimar: Golden Age or Fabricated Legend?
You cannot write German literary history without a strong focus on the Weimarer Klassik. With authors like Goethe, Schiller, Wieland and Herder, German literature became world literature. This seminar will investigate Weimar’s improbable ascendance. We will read original texts by the greats, investigate “Weimar” as a unique place, and follow the afterlife of this amazing period of an intellectual peak performance.
N. Wegmann, 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm – T Th


GER 315 German Stylistics: Beginnings
The beginning of a story or a novel marks a delicate threshold. It signifies both the entrance into a fictitious world and the advent of a new order. Narrative openings not only determine a story’s further course and continuation, they also offer fundamental insights into the logic of narration as such. In order to address all of these questions properly, a selection of canonical works of German and European literature will be the basis of discussion.
J. Vogl, 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm M W

GER 324 Topics in Germanic Literatures: Nietzsche and Modern European Literature
The course examines the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche as an important progenitor of the European modernist culture that arose in the period of urban capitalist modernity, roughly 1870-1930. Particular emphasis will be placed on a series of textual encounters between Nietzsche and such authors as Gide, Mann, Lawrence, Rilke, Yeats, Musil, and Malraux; their readings and rewritings of Nietzsche lent decisive impulses to the formal and thematic concerns of modernism.
M. Jennings, 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm M W