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.

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, 2015. 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 automatically eligible for the Princeton-in-Munich program 107-G, June, 2015.
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.
Staff, 10:00 am – 10:50 am MWF; 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm MWF


GER 208 Studies in German Language and Style: Contemporary Society, Politics, and
The course offers an introduction to post-1945 German culture, society, and politics through a number of historical documents, literary works, and films. Topics include: the aftermath of WWII (Stunde Null); denazification; the founding of both German Republics; the economic miracle (Wirtschaftswunder); the legacy of National Socialism; attempts to define a new Germany; the student revolts; pop culture; reunification, and Germany’s new role in Europe. Through the close study of the assigned material, this course aims at advancing the students’ competence in both oral and written German. B. Nagel, 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, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Adorno, Luhmann). 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.
J. Lande, 12:30 pm – 1:20 pm M W, Precept TBA

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.
T. Levin, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm M W

GER 306 German Intellectual History: Labyrinths of Literature
In literature and art, dance and architecture the labyrinth delineates a path which has been interpreted in various ways, as a figuration of the polarity of chaos and order, for example, or as a trajectory of initiation symbolizing the experience of separation, desorientation and rebirth. On the basis of selected pictorial material as well as selected readings of the myths of Theseus and Dedalus, the seminar will focus on the relation between the structure of the maze and narrative structures in 20th century German literature.
Inka Mülder-Bach, 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm, T Th

GER 307 Topics in German Culture and Society: German Speeches (1800-2014)
We will read, hear and/or watch notable speeches of the 19th and 20th century and analyze them from historical, political, rhetorical and media historical perspectives. After formulating their own analysis of a speech, students will discuss its immediate and long term effects. List of speakers: Luther, Goethe, Bismarck, Freud, Hitler, Adenauer, C. Wolf, Brandt, Dutschke, Merkel, etc.
N. Wegmann, 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm – M W

GER 321 Topics in German Medieval Literature: Before Gender: Cross-Dressing and Sex in Medieval Romance
A young Arthurian knight loses honor because he enjoys having sex with his wife. The Grail King is wounded near fatally in the genitals while trying to win the “wrong” woman. Young kings dress up and act like women in order to woo their prospective brides. This course will explore what it meant to be men and women in love (with each other or with God) in some of the most spectacular literary works of the German Middle Ages. The larger context for our discussion will be a more nuanced understanding of the history of sexuality. Readings and discussion primarily in modern German, some readings and discussion in English.
S. Poor, 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm, T Th