Courses

Please find below the undergraduate courses offered by the German Department for the current semester – Fall 2015. 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 (cultural understanding, production skills, and receptive skills), using a combination of language-oriented work and cultural/historical content, including film and texts. MTWTh – 10:00-10:50am; MTWTh – 12:30-1:20pm


GER 107 – Advanced German – M. Campbell
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. 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 210 –Introduction to German Philosophy – M. Jennings
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, Wittgenstein). This course offers a survey of German intellectual history, which engages directly and closely with the original texts. Domains to be explored include metaphysics, aesthetics, the theory of knowledge, political philosophy and philosophy of language. MW – 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm, Precept TBA

GER 303 – Topics in Prose Fiction: Kafka and the Powers of Modernity – J. Vogl
Franz Kafka was once called an expert on questions of power. That particular specialty is the focus of this seminar. Guided by exemplary themes — the machine and the apparatus, guilt and the law, animal figures, family dramas, the worlds of objects – we will primarily discuss Kafka’s stories as attempts at a literary analysis of power. At issue, therefore, is the relationship between narrative strategies and the political dimension of this literature. At the same time, the seminar will offer an introduction to Kafka’s oeuvre.
MW – 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm


GER 307 – Topics in German Culture and Society: DENKBILDER – B. Nagel
What is a Denkbild? This untranslatable German word could be interpreted as “an image of thinking,” “an image to think about,” or, “a thought that takes the form of an image.” In this course, we will first trace the prehistory of this distinctively modernist mode of thought-in-miniature: the Baroque emblem, the Romantic fragment, aphorisms, and prose-sketches. The main part of the class, however, shall serve as an introduction to “Critical Theory” and its authors – Simmel, Kracauer, Benjamin, Bloch, Adorno – who find their objects of reflection in the everyday, the popular, and the degraded: hotel lobbies, flirtations, and even in a sock. MW – 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm


ECS312/GER 313 Murder and the Media – D. Fore
What is the relationship of the modern media to violent crime? Do representations of violence pacify potential offenders by providing an imaginary outlet for their murderous urges? Or do the media instead provoke criminal behavior through the very act of depicting it? By considering a number of popular media ranging from literature and crime scene photography to film and video games, this seminar inquiries into the dubious feedback loop between crime and its representation in modern life. While covering materials from the 19th century to the present, the focus of the seminar will be the criminogenic culture of interwar Germany. T 1:30pm-4:20pm