German Studies Courses
Intensive grammar, composition, and conversation. Stress on the spoken language. The course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.
Intensive grammar, composition and conversation. Continuation of GERM 101. Prerequisite: GERM - 101 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department. The course includes a mandatory one-hour weekly group conversation class with a tutor for nine weeks of the semester outside of the class meeting time.
Review of grammar, composition, extensive reading and conversation. Prerequisite: GERM - 102 or equivalent competence as determined by the Department.
Review of grammar, composition, extensive reading and conversation. Prerequisite: GERM - 201 or equivalent competence as determined by the department..
Review and expansion of grammatical concepts covered in First through Fourth Semester German. Emphasis on reading, discussing, and writing about authentic materials in a culturally relevant context. The program "Stationen" offers a culture-based approach to continued language acquisition with many authentic texts as well as reviews of grammatical concepts. Prerequisite: GERM 201 or equivalent competence as determined by the department.
Taught in German. This course stresses advanced grammar, especially problems of syntax; secondly, its focus is on creative writing and discussion; finally, the course introduces the critical reading of advanced literary texts.
Taught in German. Addresses the rise of post-war Germany as a democracy and the process of Reunification. Examines the parliamentary system, Germany as an economic power and her place in the European Union, as well as customs and traditions. Prerequisite: GERM - 310 or consent of instructor.
This course focuses on literary expressions of Jewish culture and living conditions in 20th century Europe. Issues of assimilation and exclusion and the rise of anti-Semitism escalating in the Holocaust shall be discussed, as well as testimonies of survivors and the renewal of Jewish communities, particularly in reunified Berlin. Cross-listed with Judaic Studies.
This course focuses on German literature and film from the end of WWII to the present. Special themes are post-war trauma, Germany's division, the fall of the Wall, and cultural diversity in the “new” Republic. Discussions of texts in different genres, including prose, poetry, theory, and film, provide an understanding of the contexts in which personal and (trans-)national issues are expressed and new ideas and forms are developed. Taught in English. Listed as elective for European Studies.
The course explores the many cultural exchanges between France and Germany from the late 1800s to the early decades of the 20th century. In this period, Paris and Berlin were centers of artistic productions. The new perspectives in literature, art, architecture, and film of this period and their integration with social and political developments are focal points. The foundation is Nietzsche's manifesto of personal self-overcoming. Listed as elective for Jewish Studies and Social Justice.
The written permission of the instructor, the department chair and the dean is required. Offered every semester.