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GER 0001 Elementary German
Emphasis on active command of basic spoken and written German. Essentials of German grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and usage. One additional weekly practice session in small groups with a T.A. to improve speaking facility and reinforce and expand class material. Two courses.
Fall Semester

GER 0002 Elementary German
Emphasis on active command of basic spoken and written German. Essentials of German grammar, vocabulary, syntax, and usage. One additional weekly practice session in small groups with a T.A. to improve speaking facility and reinforce and expand class material. Two courses.
Spring Semester

GER 01/2 Intensive Beginning German
The elementary course sequence (German 1 and 2) offered in one semester on an intensive level. It is an opportunity to begin a new language in midyear. Two credits.
First Summer Semester

GER 0003 Intermediate German
Readings in German prose and poetry. Review of German grammar and syntax. One additional weekly practice session in small groups with a T.A. to improve speaking facility and reinforce and expand class material. Two courses.
Prerequisites: German 2 or equivalent.
Fall Semester

GER 0004 Intermediate German
Readings in German prose and poetry. Review of German grammar and syntax. One additional weekly practice session in small groups with a T.A. to improve speaking facility and reinforce and expand class material.
Prerequisites: German 3 or equivalent.
Spring Semester

GER 03/4 Intensive Intermediate German I & II
Please see department website for detailed information.

GER 0021 Composition and Conversation I
Emphasis on fluency and accuracy in writing German across a variety of genres. Review of more advanced structures. Focus on deepening cultural competence and understanding through authentic texts, discussions, and film material. Frequent use of the Internet and student projects involving digital technology. One additional weekly practice session to improve speaking facility and reinforce and expand class material.
Prerequisite: GER 0004 or equivalent.
Fall Semester

GER 0022 Composition and Conversation II
Emphasis on fluency and accuracy in speaking German. Continued practice in writing. Introduction of more complex structures and vocabulary. Authentic materials cover current issues from the German-speaking countries. Film materials and texts from both journalistic and literary genres. Use of the Internet for independent student research. One additional weekly practice session to improve speaking facility and reinforce and expand class material.
Prerequisite: GER 0021 or equivalent.
Spring Semester

GER 0033 Germany Live
The Internet and World Wide Web (WWW) provide a multitude of resources on German cultural, political, and social topics in form of databases, articles, graphics, and discussion groups that can be accessed online. On the basis of these resources, contemporary German topics will be researched and discussed. Besides improving their reading, listening, and discussion skills, students will build a computer-related vocabulary, develop research and presentation strategies, and learn to publish research results by means of hypermedia compositions.
Prerequisites: German 4
Fall Semester

GER 0034 German Business and Politics
Introduction to necessary German language skills for working in fields related to current business and politics. Possible topics include globalization, development, finance, technology, migration, the environment, and the political system. Discussions of policy documents, government reports, newspaper articles, other relevant contemporary materials, and on-line resources. Taught in German. (May be taken at 100 level with permission, see below.)
Prerequisites: German 21, 33, or permission of instructor.
Spring Semester

GER 0043 Dungeons and Dragons: The Medieval Roots of National Identity
The role of medieval literature in the creation of a German national identity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. On the basis of adaptations of the Niebelungen myth from the Middle-High German epic to readings of the material by Hebbel, Wagner, and Lang, the course analyzes the role literature can play in stabilizing or changing social structures and political self-awareness. (May be taken at 100-level.)

GER 0044 Shaping Identity: Social and Political Perspective
Based on a selection of films and shorter texts, students get an introduction to social, political, and cultural developments in twentieth-century Germany as seen by authors, filmmakers, artists, and journalists. Besides improving all language skills, the course aims to develop a cross-cultural competence (better understanding of German attitudes, traditions, national self-awareness).
Prerequisites: German 21 or 33.

GER 0057 Sex, Politics, and the Making of the Modern Drama
(Cross-listed as Drama 57)
The dramas, poems, and short stories of one of the most controversial and influential German playwrights of the twentieth century. Attention to history and theory of German theatre. Emphasis on Brecht's representation of women and the role of women in his theatre collective. Readings in German for German majors and in English for other students. (May be taken at 100 level with consent.)
Spring Semester

GER 0059 From Bourgeois Emancipation to Class Struggle: German Theater from G.E. Lessing to Heiner Muller
Survey of German theater from the period of Enlightenment to the present; theater in the context of social and political developments. The course will analyze concepts of theater/drama by German speaking writers, the political/social function they assigned to theater, and the role of theater in current cultural politics. (May be taken at 100 level with consent.)

GER 0061 Survey German Literature I
A systematic survey of the historical development of German literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Selected readings include primary works by major German writers. Conducted in German. Fall (61) and spring (62).
Prerequisites: German 22, 33, 44, or equivalent.
Fall Semester

GER 0062 Survey German Literature II
A systematic survey of the historical development of German literature from the Middle Ages to the present. Selected readings include primary works by major German writers. Conducted in German. Fall (61) and spring (62).
Prerequisites: German 22, 33, 44, or equivalent.
Spring Semester

GER 0066 Jews and Germans: An Intercultural History
(Cross-listed as JS 66 and ILVS 66)
Examines complex interrelationship between German and Jewish cultures from 1750 to 1933. Themes include the Enlightenment and universalism, relation of Jewish emancipation to the construction of German identity, Zionism and nationalism, assimilation, integration, exile. Readings in literary, political, theological, and philosophical texts, along with films, plays, and music produced up to the eve of World War II.

GER 0068 Martin Luther: The Man and his Era
(Cross-listed as Religion 68 and History 153)
A study of selected political and religious writings of Luther and his contemporaries to introduce the man and his era, while reflecting their impact on twentieth-century Christendom. Emphasis on Luther and the German Reformation. Attention give to Zwingli, Calvin, and the radical reform movements.
Fall Semester

GER 0070 Grimms' Fairy Tales
The Grimm brothers as nineteenth-century collectors and authors. Folk tale and literary fairy tale; relation to the development of German nationalism and capitalism; role in attitude formation toward gender and social class; assimilation and adaptation in twentieth-century social, political, and economic life under the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, and post-World War II Germany. Significant focus on women's issues. (May be taken at 100 level with consent.)
Fall Semester
First Summer Semester

GER 73/173 Berlin: An Excursion into Modernity
A site of radical artistic experimentation, the political center of Nazi regime and terror, a divided Cold War frontier-city, and finally a playground for global hipsters: More than any other city, Berlin has been a source and a theater for the forces shaping Western modernity. This course examines the co-emergence of metropolitan Berlin and modernist art and thinking from the early twentieth century to the present. Themes include utopian/dystopian urbanity, the relation between art and propaganda, the politics of memory, the aesthetics of terrorism as well as the creative force of cultural hybridity. Emphasis is on literature, film, and visual culture, supplemented by readings in philosophy, (cultural) history, and urban studies. In English. If taken at the 100-level: Extra assignments and class meetings.

GER 0076 Vienna: A Biography
A "biography" of Vienna through the texts the city has produced/inspired; the changing (multi)cultural role Vienna has played and continues to play in the heart of Europe. The emphasis is on literary texts, but in conjunction with art, architecture, and music, as well as their modes of consumption. In English. (May be taken at 100-level.)
Spring Semester

GER 0079 German Expressionist Art
(Cross-listed as Art History 79)
Beginning with the seminal influence of Van Gogh, Cezanne, and Munch and concluding with post-Expressionist trends in the 1930s, German Expressionism will be studied in the larger context of the aesthetic evolution in European art. Formal analysis of Expressionist painting with consideration of its historical setting. Emphasis on major artists of the movement such as Kirchner, Nolde, Kandinsky, Klee, Grosz, and Beckmann. Fall.

GER 0080 Walter Benjamin and the Crisis of Experience
(Cross-listed as JS 80 and ILVS 80)
Advanced survey of key works by the German literary theorist and cultural critic, focusing on his theories of experience. Includes the afterlife of the past; violence, destruction, fate, and law; language, literature, and translation; reception of Kant, Marx, and Husserl; childhood and memory; and the uses of theology. Ancillary readings from Goethe, Proust, Baudelaire, Freud, Brecht, Kafka. May be taken at the 100 level.

GER 0081 German Culture Since 1945
An introduction to the literature and society in the context of social and political developments since 1945. The legacy of the Third Reich, the division and unification of Germany, Austrian and Swiss developments. Major emphasis on intellectual and artistic culture, especially literature and film.

GER 0082 Imagining the Environment: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
(Cross-listed as ILVS 82 and ENV 82)
Compares and contrasts representations of the environment in German culture — commonly understood to be particularly "Green"— with other European and Non-European cultures. Focuses on how themes such as sustainability, the toxic discourse, wilderness, biodiversity, nationalism, postcolonial heritage, and the global risk society are negotiated in literature, film, and music. May be taken at the 100 level.  In English.

GER 0084 East-West Perspectives on Fascism: Japan and Germany
(Cross-listed as International Literary & Visual Studies 84, Japanese 84 and World Civilizations 22)
Comparative study of fascism, its history and foundations in social and political developments and ideologies; philosophical and historical concepts through literature, art, myth. The structure of fascism and fascist iconography. Fascist tendencies in modern Japan and Germany. In English.

GER 0085 German Film
A survey of German cinema, from its striking and influential achievements in the Weimar Republic, through its role under Hitler and its decline in the postwar period, to the remarkable phenomenon of New German Cinema in the sixties and seventies and the developments of the eighties and nineties. (May be taken at the 100-level).
Fall Semester

GER 0086 Women Writers in the German-Speaking Countries
(Cross-listed as ILVS 91-06)
The rich and varied traditions of women writers in the German-speaking countries from the Middle Ages to the present, with special attention to the twentieth and twenty first centuries; emphasis on the cultural, social, and political contexts for women's writing; feminist approaches. (May be taken at 100 level with consent).

GER 0088 Major German Writers of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
The course will focus on the works of German, Austrian, and Swiss writers from the time of Goethe to the present who have gained a place in world literature. Special emphasis on the summary and synthesis of trends and characteristics of major periods in German literature.

GER 0089 German Expressionism in its European Context
An interdisciplinary study of the artistic and social revolution in literature, art, and film, from its nineteenth-century roots to its fulfillment in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany. Spring 2003 and alternate years.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.

GER 0091 Special Topics
Courses on selected themes and authors given in English or German. Recent offerings included Hermann Hesse, Max Frisch, The Faust Theme in World Literature, The Fiction of Marriage, Illustrated Literature. Please see departmental website for specific details.

GER 0092 Special Topics
Courses on selected themes and authors given in English or German. Recent offerings included Hermann Hesse, Max Frisch, The Faust Theme in World Literature, The Fiction of Marriage, Illustrated Literature. Please see departmental website for specific details.

GER 0093 Directed Study
Guided independent study of an approved topic. Variable credit. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

GER 0094 Directed Study
Guided independent study of an approved topic. Variable credit. Please see departmental website for specific details.
First Summer Semester

GER 0095 Teaching Internship
Internship. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Fall Semester

GER 0096 Teaching Internship
Internship. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Spring Semester

GER 0114 Linguistic Approaches to Second Language Acquisition
(Cross-listed as Modern Languages 114 and Education 114)
Exploration of models of language acquisition, reasoning, and understanding in teaching second languages through readings from linguistics, applied linguistics, cognitive science, and education. Students connect theory with practical experience from the context of elementary, middle, and high school levels. Taught in English.
Fall Semester

GER 0121 Advanced German
Intensive practice in speaking, writing, and translating. Study of syntax and style. Emphasis on contemporary materials (including Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, and others) dealing with social, political, economic, and broadly cultural topics that are important to the German-speaking countries today. Oral and written reports.
Prerequisites: German 22 and at least one higher level German course, study abroad, or permission of instructor.
Fall Semester

GER 0124 Practices for Teaching Language
Please see departmental website for detailed information.

GER 0132 Documentary Drama
The development of documentary drama in Germany and the contrast between historical and documentary drama. Authors to be studied include Goethe, Hauptmann, Brecht, Grass, Hochhuth, Kipphardt, and Weiss. Readings in German for German majors and in English for students from other departments.

GER 0134 German Business and Politics
Introduction to necessary German language skills for working in fields related to current business and politics. Possible topics include globalization, development, finance, technology, migration, the environment, and the political system. Discussions of policy documents, government reports, newspaper articles, other relevant contemporary materials, and on-line resources. Taught in German. Extra assignments and class meetings. (Also offered as lower-level.)
Spring Semester

GER 0143 Dungeons and Dragons: The Medieval Roots of Nation
The role of medieval literature in the creation of a German national identity in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. On the basis of adaptations of the Niebelungen myth from the Middle-High German epic to readings of the material by Hebbel, Wagner, and Lang, the course analyzes the role literature can play in stabilizing or changing social structures and political self-awareness. One additional two-hour session per week, taught in German. (Also offered as lower-level.)

GER 0144 Exploring Identities in Post-Unification Germany
Exploration of the debate over German identity and its conflicted dimensions since the Fall of the Berlin Wall. Topics inlcude the increasingly diverse nature of German society, legacies of the division in East/West, the questions of "homeland" and "nationalism", and identity struggles within German society and culture in relation to Europea. Critical examination of fiction, non-fiction, film, and art. Taught in English.

GER 0151 18th Century German Writers
Brockes, Haller, Karsch, Gottsched, and, above all, Lessing; Herder and the pre-Classical Goethe and Schiller. Social and intellectual background; views of God, the world, nature, and humanity; literary trends and their relationships.
Prerequisites: German 62 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Fall Semester

GER 0152 Classical Goethe & Schiller
Representative works by Goethe and Schiller in their classical period, selected from plays, novels, stories, ballads, lyrical and philosophical poems, and theoretical writings. Social and political background; literary precursors, contemporaries, and heirs.
Prerequisites: One German course above the intermediate level (21, 22, 33, 61, 62) or equivalent, or consent.

GER 0153 German Romantic Writers
Development and various manifestations of romanticism concentrating on Märchen, poems, narratives, and critical writings by Wackenroder, Tieck, Novalis, Friedrich Schlegel, Eichendorff, Brentano, Günderrode, Hoffmann, and Heine.
Prerequisites: German 62 or equivalent, or consent.

GER 0157 Bertolt Brecht: "Sex, Politics, and the Making of the Modern Drama"
(Cross-listed as Drama 157)
The dramas, poems, and short stories of one of the most controversial and influential German playwrights of the twentieth century. Attention to history and theory of German theatre. Emphasis on Brecht's representation of women and the role of women in his theatre collective. Readings in German for German majors and in English for other students. (Also offered as lower-level.)
Prerequisites: Senior or graduate standing and permission of instructor.
Spring Semester

GER 0159 From Bourgeois Emancipation to Class Struggle: German Theater from G.E. Lessing to Heiner Muller
Survey of German theater from the period of Enlightenment to the present; theater in the context of social and political developments. The course will analyze concepts of theater/drama by German speaking writers, the political/social function they assigned to theater, and the role of theater in current cultural politics.One additional two-hour session per week, taught in German. (Also offered as lower-level.)
Prerequisites: German major or graduate standing.

GER 0170 Grimms' Fairy Tales
The Grimm brothers as nineteenth-century collectors and authors. Folk tale and literary fairy tale; relation to the development of German nationalism and capitalism; role in attitude formation toward gender and social class; assimilation and adaptation in twentieth-century social, political, and economic life under the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, and post-World War II Germany. Significant focus on women's issues. Extra assignments and conferences. (Also offered as lower-level.)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Fall Semester

GER 0174 Nineteenth-Century German Literature and Art
A critical and interdisciplinary study of major German writers and artists from the turn of the century to the 1890s. Relations between literature and visual arts in historical and aesthetic contexts, considered as manifestations of a shared culture. Literary texts include Goethe's Faust and Grimms' fairy tales; artists include Friedrich and Menzel.
Prerequisites: German 62 or equivalent, or consent.

GER 0175 Early Twentieth-Century German Literature
A critical and historical survey of major German writers and literary trends of the first part of the twentieth century, from naturalism and decadence through expressionism and New Objectivity. Readings include Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Schnitzler, Wedekind, Sternheim, Kaiser, Brecht, Kafka, and Thomas Mann.
Prerequisites: German 62 or equivalent, or consent.

GER 0176 Vienna: A Biography
A "biography" of Vienna through the texts the city has produced/inspired; the changing (multi)cultural role Vienna has played and continues to play in the heart of Europe. The emphasis is on literary texts, but in conjunction with art, architecture, and music, as well as their modes of consumption. In English. (Also offered as lower-level.)
Prerequisites: German 61/62 or permission of instructor.
Spring Semester

GER 0178 German Lit Since 1945
A critical survey of literary developments from the end of World War II to the present; special emphasis on the broader political and social contexts in Austria, Germany (including division and unification), and Switzerland. Authors include Aichinger, Bachmann, Bernhard, Böll, Borchert, Dürrenmatt, Frisch, Grass, Handke, Jelinek, Müller, Özdamar, Seghers, Weiss, and Wolf.
Prerequisites: German 62 or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
Spring Semester

GER 0180 Walter Benjamin and the Crisis of Experience
(Cross-listed as JS 180 and ILVS 180)
Advanced survey of key works by the German literary theorist and cultural critic, focusing on his theories of experience. Includes the afterlife of the past; violence, destruction, fate, and law; language, literature, and translation; reception of Kant, Marx, and Husserl; childhood and memory; and the uses of theology. Ancillary readings from Goethe, Proust, Baudelaire, Freud, Brecht, Kafka. May be taken at the 100 level.

GER 0182 Imagining the Environment: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
(Cross-listed as ILVS 182 and ENV 182)
Compares and contrasts representations of the environment in German culture — commonly understood to be particularly "Green"— with other European and Non-European cultures. Focuses on how themes such as sustainability, the toxic discourse, wilderness, biodiversity, nationalism, postcolonial heritage, and the global risk society are negotiated in literature, film, and music. May be taken at the 100 level. In English.

GER 0185 German Film
A survey of German cinema, from its striking and influential achievements in the Weimar Republic, through its role under Hitler and its decline in the postwar period, to the remarkable phenomenon of New German Cinema in the sixties and seventies and the developments of the eighties and nineties. Class meetings for discussion, papers, and examinations in German. (Also offered as lower-level).
Fall Semester

GER 0191 Special Topics
Courses and seminars for advanced and graduate students. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Fall Semester

GER 0192 Special Topics
Courses and seminars for advanced and graduate students. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Spring Semester
Second Summer Semester

GER 0193 Advanced Directed Study
For advanced and graduate students. Variable credit. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Fall Semester

GER 0194 Directed Study
For advanced and graduate students. Variable credit. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Spring Semester

GER 0195 Teaching Internship
Internship. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.
Fall Semester

GER 0196 German Internship
Internship. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Spring Semester

GER 0198 Senior Honors Thesis
See Thesis Honors Program for details. Please see departmental website for specific details.

GER 0199 Honors Thesis
See Thesis Honors Program for details. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Fall Semester
Spring Semester

GER 0291 Graduate Colloquium
An advanced and comprehensive review of the discipline of German literature, including historical, critical, and interdisciplinary aspects. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Fall Semester

GER 0292 Graduate Colloquium
An advanced and comprehensive review of the discipline of German literature, including historical, critical, and interdisciplinary aspects. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Spring Semester

GER 0401 Masters Degree Continuation
Part-time. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Fall Semester
Spring Semester

GER 0402 Masters Degree Continuation
Full-time. Please see departmental website for specific details.
Fall Semester
Spring Semester
First Summer Semester
Second Summer Semester


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