Courses

Please find below the undergraduate courses offered by the German Department for the current semester. 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 – J. Rankin
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. Various Times

GER 105 – Intermediate German — Staff
Develops deeper proficiency in all areas of German, including production skills (speaking and writing) and receptive skills (listening and reading comprehension), bringing the tools of language acquisition to bear on a variety of cultural and historical artifacts, including films and texts.
Conducted in German. MTWTh – 10:00-10:50am; MTWTh – 12:30-1:20pm

GER 107 – Advanced German – E. Nolte-Borovkova
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. 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 – M. Saman
Discussion of exemplary texts from modern German Society and culture, including essays, speeches, autobiographies, works of literature, art, and film. The course offers an introduction to important issues in modern Germany: Berlin as a modern metropolis, World War I, the rise of National Socialism, the postwar landscape, and the contemporary political situation. Intensive practice in spoken and written German with emphasis on vocabulary acquisition and complex syntactical forms.
Conducted in German. MW 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

GER 209 – Introduction to German Literature after 1700 – D. Fore
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 1:30 pm — 2:50 pm

GER 303 – Topics in Prose Fiction: Literary Case Studies – I. Mülder-Bach
Since their emergence in the age of the Enlightenment, literary case studies have served as a genre which measures and weighs rules against exceptions, society against the individual, general norms against particular instances and thus implicitly negotiates the function of literature and its relation to normative
and epistemological systems. The course will deal with narrative case studies and examine their development from the 18th to the 20th century.
Conducted in German. TTh 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm

GER 306/JDS 308/COM 353– German Intellectual History: The Wandering Jew – S. Pourciau
This course will explore the proposition that the European interpretation of what it means to be European has always depended, from the Enlightenment through the 20th century, on European interpretations of what it means to be a Jew. We will trace representations of the Jew and Judaism as they appear in seminal works of European self-definition, drawing our examples from philosophy, theater, poetry, theology, history, music, and film, with a special emphasis on the German tradition. And we will ask, as we do so, about the role of the wandering trope of “Jewishness” in the formation of European identity.
Conducted in English. TTh 11:00 am – 12:20 pm

GER 307 – Topics in German Culture and Society: Race and Classical German Thought – M. Saman
Thought about race has a complex history in modern intellectual culture. Attempts to biologically categorize distinct human “races” find their beginnings in late eighteenth-century Germany, when Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant undertook the first scientific definition of the concept. Europe’s ever-increasing interaction with the rest of the world compelled scholars of the time toward an understanding of human diversity; this course thus begins with a consideration of the Enlightenment context in which the first systematic treatments of the idea were formulated.

In post-Enlightenment Germany, major new conceptual paradigms for the natural sciences, the social sciences, cultural theory, and aesthetics took shape that continue to exert considerable influence on our thought today. The question of how to categorize humans – by physiology? by nation? by language? by moral character? – played an important role in the work of thinkers such as Blumenbach, Herder, and Hegel.

In the twentieth century, seminal African, African American, and Caribbean intellectuals such as the négritude poets, W. E. B. Du Bois, and Frantz Fanon responded to classical German paradigms in formulating their respective modes of cultural and political thought. The seminar will conclude by tracing the trajectory that connects eighteenth-century German ideas and twentieth-century Africana thought. All readings are in English.
Conducted in English. MW 7:30 pm – 8:50 pm