Courses For Spring 2018

Please find below the undergraduate courses offered by the German Department for the current semester – Spring 2018. 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, 2018.
Staff, Various sections, MTWThF


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, 2018.
Staff, Various sections, MTWThF


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, Various sections, MWF


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.
A. Oberlin, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm, T Th


GER 210 Introduction to German Philosophy
An introduction to the German philosophical tradition from the Enlightenment to the present through the study of its major figures (Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Adorno). This course offers a survey of German intellectual history based upon direct engagement with original texts. Domains to be explored include metaphysics, aesthetics, the theory of knowledge, political philosophy and the philosophy of language.
M. Jennings, 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, M W, Lecture, Precept times TBA



GER 306/COM 384/ECS 304 German Intellectual History:
Literature and Science from Kepler to Goethe

This course studies cross-pollinations between literature, science, and philosophy in the formative period of modern scientific and literary cultures. We will ask what narrative perspective in Kepler’s early science fiction has to do with the Copernican Revolution in astronomy; how literature and philosophy explored the strange new worlds revealed by microscopes and telescopes; and why Newton and Goethe offered competing accounts of the nature of color. On this basis, we will consider how knowledge is formed and how, why, and whether it was necessary for the humanities and the sciences to go their separate ways as two distinct cultures.
J. Wankhammer, 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm, M W



GER 307 Topics in German Culture and Society: Between Decadence and Renewal: German Literature in the Fin de siècle
The turn of the 19th to the 20th century, the so-called Fin de siècle, is a formative period for modern German literature. It is marked by radical social and technological transformations, a simultaneity of heterogeneous artistic movements and tendencies and a cultural discourse in which notions of end and beginning, decadence and renewal are paradoxically blended. The course will give an overview over the cultural topographies of this period and study it in exemplary literary and theoretical manifestations.
Inka Muelder-Bach, 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm – T Th


GER 314/ECS 314 Topics in the History and Theory of the Media: Gramophone, Radio, MP3
Acoustic issues recently have become central to media studies, literature, art history, architecture and cultural theory, serving as a testing ground for anxieties and hopes about constructions of subjectivities, the historicity of the sensorium, and socio-political shifts such as globalism and digitization. This seminar will examine historical and theoretical issues raised by technologies of sound production, transmission and reception from 19th-century Europe into our global present; the dynamics of social and individual modalities of acoustic experience, and the challenges posed by sound to the hegemony of certain theoretical discourses. T. Levin, 7:30 pm – 10:20 pm, W



GER 407 German Aesthetic Theory
This seminar explores the German aesthetic tradition from the eighteenth century to the present. Staging dialogues between classical and modern aesthetics around questions of sense perception, beauty, sublimity, and artistic autonomy, we will focus on how aesthetic theories have treated the production of forms that resist conceptual categorization and prefigure new modes of collectivity and organization. Tracing this dynamic through the centuries, we will examine the significance of aesthetics for politics, cultural critique, and for rethinking the status of literature and art in an age of increasing dematerialization. J. Wankhammer, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm, T Th