Courses

Please find below the undergraduate courses offered by the German Department for the current semester – Fall 2017. 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understanding, production skills, and receptive skills), using a combination of language-oriented work and cultural/historical content, including film and texts.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.
A. Oberlin, 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.
J. Wankhammer, TTh 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm


GER 306/COM 387 – German Intellectual History: Margins of Enlightenment
What mechanisms of exclusion accompanied the constitution of modern reason in the eighteenth century? Are the universalist ideals championed by the Enlightenment inherently flawed, or can they be recuperated by a more inclusive universalism? This course interrogates Enlightenment universalism by reading canonical eighteenth-century thinkers and writers (Kant, Lessing, Voltaire) together with texts that highlight the occult, gendered, and racialized undersides of Enlightened reason. In conversation with recent attempts to reclaim, revise, or refute the Enlightenment project, the course concludes by exploring the complex legacy of Enlightenment universalism in contemporary political and theoretical debates.
J. Wankhammer, TTh, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm


GER 307 – Topics in German Culture and Society: War in German Philosophy and Lit. around 1800 and beyond
Going back at least as far as Immanuel Kant’s landmark 1795 “Towards Perpetual Peace,” German thinkers and writers have been preoccupied with the concept-figure of war. Reading authors from Kant, Kleist, and Clausewitz to Freud and Schmitt, we’ll pursue some of the following questions: Is war a necessary component of human history and experience? Can there be a science of war? What is the relation of war to politics? What problems does war pose to aesthetic representation and how does art help us understand war? Subtopics include: the sublime; Napoleonic invasion and French-German rivalry; war and media.
D. Hoffman-Schwartz, TTh 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm


GER 308/ECS 307 – Topics in German Film History and Theory: Regimes of Spectacle in Weimar Cinema
Is film ideological? What is propaganda? How do mass media structure values and desires? Is there a politics of narration? These deeply contemporary questions will inform this interdisciplinary seminar in film history and theory and its interrogation of key works of expressionist, documentary, proletarian, avant-garde, queer, horror, and paranoid-thriller cinema from the Weimar Republic (1919-1933). Films and texts will be subject to socio-political, media-historical, and film theoretical analysis..
T. Levin, Seminar, Wednesday, 1:30 pm – 4:20 pm, Film, Tuesday, 7:00 pm – 9:50 pm



COM 362/GER 364 – Stolen Years: Youth under Nazis in World War II
This course examines the gendered experiences of childhood and adolescence under the Nazis in World War II as witnessed, remembered, and represented in texts and images through a variety of genres and different nationalities. We include historical studies, diaries, testimonies, memoirs, fiction (semi-autobiographical or otherwise), photos, and film (documentary and feature) of 1st and 2nd generations. While we focus on the fate of Jewish youth, who were deliberate targets of genocidal policy, not just unintended victims, we will also attend to others in the occupied countries. In final projects, students may elect to study other theaters of war.
F. Zeitlin,Seminar Thursday, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Film, Monday, 7:30 pm – 9:20 pm