Courses

Please find below the undergraduate courses offered by the German Department for the current semester – Fall 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.

GERMAN 101 – Beginning German
The course lays a foundation for functional acquisition of German. Class time is devoted to language tasks that will foster communicative competence and will emphasize listening and reading strategies, vocabulary acquisition, authentic input, and oral production. Conducted in German.
Staff, Various Times


GER 105 Intermediate German
Develops deeper proficiency in all areas (cultural understanding, production skills, and receptive skills), using a combination of language-oriented work and cultural/historical content, including film and texts.
Staff, MTWTh – 10:00-10:50am; MTWTh – 12:30-1:20pm


GER 107 Advanced German
Continues improvement of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing using texts, online media, and other sources as a basis for class discussion. Grammar review is included. Conducted in German.
Staff, MWF – 10:00-10:50am; MWF 12:30-1:20pm


GER 207 Studies in German Language and Style: Society, Politics and Culture in Germany 1890-1945
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.
Angiras Arya, MWF 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm


GER 209 – Introduction to German Literature after 1700
GER 209 – Introduction to German Literature after 1700
This course has four goals: 1) to introduce students to key authors, genres, and movements in German literary history between 1770 and the present; 2) to provide an opportunity to deepen interpretive skills through reading and discussion of representative texts; 3) to encourage students to explore theoretical approaches to cultural material; and 4) to provide intensive practice in spoken and written German.
M. Jennings, TTh 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm



GER 303 – Topics in Prose Fiction:
Like other European literatures of the age German literature of the 19th and early 20th century is fascinated by Doppelgänger: by shadows and mirror images which emancipate themselves from the bodies that project them, by portraits that come to life and alter egos in flesh and blood. On the basis of narrative texts (and one early silent movie) the course will examine the reasons for this fascination and discuss the Doppelgänger-motif it is relation to idealism and romanticism, to the concept of the fantastic, to the development of photography and film and to the emergence of psychoanalysis.
Inka Muelder-Bach, TTH 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm


GER 307 – Topics in German Culture and Society:
This course, which includes a trip to Berlin during Fall Break, explores diverse facets of Germany’s most vibrant city. Since the fall of the wall, the city has undergone cultural and political changes at an unprecedented clip. The Berlin of today is built upon a layered cultural history–from newspapers and film to theater and visual art. In the city’s cosmopolitan landscape, the entangled political history of Germany is as legible as its rich media history. Attention will be paid to the question what distinguishes mass culture from high art, particularly in the context of media (e.g., monuments, theater) that aim to reach a broad public.
J. Lande, TTH 11:00 am – 12:20 pm


GER 308 Topics in German Film History and Theory: Cinema Philosophy: Aesthetics and Politics
Can cinema be philosophical? What is film anyway? Is it a language and, if so, how does it produce meaning? What are the formal and cognitive features of filmic narration? What does it mean to “read” a film or to speak of “cinematic literacy”? How is film political? Is there such a thing as “responsible” or “critical” viewing? Is there a media archeology of the virtual? To address such increasingly urgent questions for today’s media culture this seminar will explore a wide range of canonical and contemporary works of film theory and aesthetics in relation to weekly screenings of narrative, documentary and avant-garde films.
T. Levin, Seminar, MW 11:00 am – 12:20 pm, Film 7:30-10:20 pm Tuesday



GER 324 Topics in Germanic Literatures: Goethe
In the course of a career that spanned the Enlightenment, German Classicism, and Romanticism, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe produced a series of works that claimed for him a place in German literature analogous to that played by Shakespeare in the English tradition. We will examine representative poems, dramas, and fiction from each of the major phases of his career, paying particular attention to the way these works are embedded in one of the most turbulent periods in recent European history.
M. Jennings, Wednesdays, 1:30 pm—4:20 pm