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02410/German

Lower Division Courses

0868. World Society in Literature & Film (3 s.h.) Core: IS.

(Formerly: GE-WRLD 1171 (0060).)

Learn about a particular national culture by taking a guided tour of its literature and film. You donít need to speak a language other than English to take this exciting course, and you will gain the fresh, subtle understanding that comes from integrating across different forms of human expression. Some of the issues that will be illuminated by looking at culture through the lens of literature and film include family structures and how they are changing, national self-perceptions, pivotal moments in history, economic issues, social change and diversity. Each course section focuses on a specific country or culture. Click on the blue, six-digit CRN at the right of the course title in the Course Schedule (TU Courses) to see the specific topic.

Note: This General Education `World Society` pilot course fulfills the Core International Studies (IS) requirement.

0968. Honors World Society in Literature & Film (3 s.h.) Core: IS.

(Formerly: GE-WRLD 1971 (H060).)

Learn about a particular national culture by taking a guided tour of its literature and film. You donít need to speak a language other than English to take this exciting course, and you will gain the fresh, subtle understanding that comes from integrating across different forms of human expression. Some of the issues that will be illuminated by looking at culture through the lens of literature and film include family structures and how they are changing, national self-perceptions, pivotal moments in history, economic issues, social change and diversity. Each course section focuses on a specific country or culture. Click on the blue, six-digit CRN at the right of the course title in the Course Schedule (TU Courses) to see the specific topic. (This is an Honors course.)

Note: This General Education `World Society` pilot course fulfills the Core International Studies (IS) requirement.

1001. Introduction to German I (4 s.h.) F S SS. Core: LA.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0051.)

Classroom work devoted to understanding and speaking German and the reading of graded texts. Laboratory and videotape work stress pronunciation, aural, and oral drills based on an elementary workbook, aimed at communication.

1002. Introduction to German II (4 s.h.) F S SS. Core: LA.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0052.)

Prerequisite: German 1001 (0051) or equivalent.

Emphasis on understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. Laboratory and videotapes stress communication skills.

1003. Introduction to German III (3 s.h.) F S SS. Core: LB.

(Formerly: GERMAN C061.)

Prerequisite: German 1002 (0052) or equivalent.

Review of grammar. Reading and discussion of texts of intermediate difficulty.

1941. Literature and Culture of Central Europe in the 20th Century (3 s.h.) Core: IS.

(Formerly: GERMAN H090.)

An introduction to the principal issues, ideas, and genres in the literature of Central Europe since 1900. Through the study of literature, cinema, and the artistic avant-garde, it explores a unique cultural history. Readings include works from Austrian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, and Serbian fiction. Course materials will also include the screening of feature films from the region.

Note: Offered in English.

Upper Division Courses

2001. Intermediate (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0062.)

Prerequisite: German 1003 (C061) or equivalent course or placement test.

Continued refinement of grammar. Reading and discussion of textbook and newspaper articles. Increasing vocabulary and practice of basic writing skills.

2011. Immersion in German (1 to 3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0180.)

A one-credit course for students who participate in our Summer Intensive German Program in Leipzig after the German II [German 1002 (0052)] level in order to reward the extra time and exposure they receive during the program.

2041. Reading I (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0111.)

Prerequisite: German 2001 (0062) or equivalent or permission of instructor.

This course focuses on developing reading strategies for the advanced intermediate student. Through theory and practice using a broad range of documents, this course provides a bridge from foundation courses to those dealing with more sophisticated primary texts.

2122. Conversation I (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0122.)

Prerequisite: German 2001 (0062) or equivalent.

Study of German language with intensive work in skills required for understanding and speaking. Stress on pronunciation, practical vocabulary, idioms, and useful sentence structures. At the end of the course, students should be able to converse at the Intermediate Mid level (ACTFL Rating Scale).

2131. The Contemporary German-Speaking World (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0130.)

Prerequisite: German 1003 (C061) or equivalent skill level.

This course concentrates on familiarizing the student with the German-speaking countries: Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Students explore contemporary history, geography, provinces, products, industries, customs, and cuisine of these countries. Use of the computer facilitates mapmaking, visualizing famous people and places, and accessing immediate events. Communication will be in German on such topics as contemporary politics, the environment, history, film, music, art, literature, and technology--and will improve reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills at the same time.

2141. Hesse, Kafka, Mann, Rilke (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0141.)

This course focuses on the literary giants of modern German literature. A reading knowledge in German is required since all primary and most secondary texts will be in German, although English translation of the texts may also be used. Course readings will focus on selected stories and novels by Franz Kafka; Rainer Maria Rilke; and Nobel Prize winners Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann.

2501. German for Business I (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0120.)

Prerequisite: German 2001 (0062) or equivalent or permission of instructor.

German for Business is an advanced language course for students who wish to continue their study of German while focusing on current issues in economics and business in the German-speaking countries of Europe. The goal of the course is to advance communication and comprehension skills and to introduce the specialized vocabulary of business. Some of the topics include: German unification, the European Union, transportation and infrastructure, labor unions, the major industries and companies in Germany, taxes, workers` benefits, banking and environmental policy, travel industry, and office procedures.

3011. Intensive German in Germany (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0200.)

A course intended for German Language students who are enrolled to study abroad in a German-speaking country for a semester of the year, and need to obtain credit for courses taken at that German University.

3021. Conversation II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0222.)

Prerequisite: German 2122 (0122) or permission of instructor.

This second level course is designed to build on skills in German oral expression acquired in German Conversation I through special focus on expanding vocabulary and idiomatic fluency, honing listening skills, improving pronunciation and awareness of different linguistic registers, and increasing the ease of oral expression through frequent practice.

3096. Composition I (3 s.h.) F. Core: WI.

(Formerly: GERMAN W231.)

Prerequisite: German 2001 (0062) or equivalent course or permission of instructor.

Improvement in using the language through intensive written practice, grammar review, and study of problems in syntax and style. Use of current materials from German-speaking countries.

Note: Capstone writing course. Required for major, minor, and language certificate in German.

3101. Introduction to German Literature I (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0225.)

Prerequisite: German 2001 (0062) or equivalent or permission of instructor.

This is an introduction to German literature through analysis and discussion of selected texts within the context of German literary and cultural history. The course provides an overview of significant periods, authors, genres, and topics in German literature from the earliest periods, Old High German through Middle High German to Early Modern German of the Renaissance. The course is taught in German with discussion, reading and writing components. Students are encouraged to formulate their interpretations of literary texts both orally and in written form. The course provides ample opportunity for students to strengthen their speaking and writing skills in the German language.

Note: Conducted in German.

3102. Introduction to German Literature II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0226.)

Prerequisite: German 2001 (0062) or equivalent.

This course is a continuation of the introduction to German literature through analysis and discussion of selected texts within the context of German literary and cultural history. The course provides an overview of significant periods, authors, genres, and topics in German literature from the `Baroque` period through the Golden Ages of the 18th and 19th centuries to Modern German Literature. The course is taught in German with discussion, reading and writing components. Students are encouraged to formulate their interpretations of literary texts both orally and in written form. The course provides ample opportunity for students to strengthen their speaking and writing skills in the German language. It is recommended that the courses be scheduled in succession.

3182. Independent Study I (3 s.h.) F S SS.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0295.)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

Supervised study of a topic area agreed upon by the student and instructor.

3201. Culture and Civilization I (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0232.)

Prerequisite: German 2122 (0122) or permission of instructor.

This course will examine the German-speaking peoples through the broad spectrum of their culture, history, art and literature; explore the great events and personalities who contributed to German Culture, from the Romans and earliest records of the Germanic tribes up to the Renaissance and Reformation; and continue efforts to understand, speak, read and write German with increasing proficiency and facility.

Note: Required for major, minor, and language certificate in German.

3202. Culture and Civilization II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0233.)

Prerequisite: German 2122 (0122) or permission of instructor.

This course continues the examination of the German-speaking peoples through the broad spectrum of their culture, history, art and literature; explores the great events and personalities who contributed to German Culture, from the religious wars of the 17th Century and Baroque period up to Post-War modern Germany; and continues efforts to understand, speak, read and write German with increasing proficiency and facility.

3221. German Culture through Film (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0211.)

The course examines German cinema in the context of its relationship to German culture and history. Because film is an art form of creative expression as well as a vehicle for promoting awareness of social concerns, the course will introduce techniques of viewing, analyzing, and evaluating films as expressions of the contemporary culture. Basing our work on films of historical significance and those by premier directors, the course will explore the beginnings of the film industry, Nazi propaganda, the impact of the Obernhausen Manifesto, New German Films, and issues of gender and politics since the Wende.

3275. Fin-de-Siecle Vienna: Birthplace of Modernity around 1900 (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0275.)

An interdisciplinary approach to the cultural and political transformations taking place in Vienna around 1900 (art, architecture, literature, psychoanalysis, music). The common contexts and interconnections between writers such as Schnitzler, Hofmannsthal, Altenberg, and Kraus, Freud's psychoanalysis, Klimt and Schiele's 'Jugendstil', the architectural innovations of Wagner, Loos and the Ringstrasse, and the music of Mahler, R. Strauss, and Schoenberg. Focus on issues such as sexuality, disease, desire, and modernity. The rise of mass politics and modern anti-Semitism will also be discussed.

3282. Independent Study II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0296.)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of German 2001 (0062) or higher, or with instructor approval.

The theme for this course will be decided by the Core-Coordinators based on the needs and interests of the students enrolled. The course is intended for German majors/minors.

3363. Diabolical Dilemmas: The Faust Theme in German Literature (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0363.)

Prerequisite: German 3102 (0226) or permission of instructor.

What is meant by the term `Faustian`? Since ancient times, western societies have fostered the idea that one should strive constantly to achieve all that is in one`s power. At the same time, we have been careful to set ethical and cultural limits and punish those who have overstepped these boundaries. Focusing on tracing the development and permutations of the themes of the Faust legend in Germany over the past 200 years, this course investigates literary treatments of such transgressors in German literature and film, and compares them to actual situations presenting ethical dilemmas.

Note: The course is conducted in German.

4061. Composition II (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0331.)

Prerequisite: German 3096 (W231) or permission of instructor.

This course builds on the skills mastered in German 3096 (W231) (Composition I) by fostering more sophisticated use of the language through written practice and study of advanced problems in syntax and style. Use of contemporary materials from German-speaking countries.

Note: The course is conducted in German.

4140. Seminar in Special Topic (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0392.)

Topic varies each semester.

Note: Offered in English.

4141. German Expressionism (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0322.)

German Expressionism (ca. 1910-1920) is certainly one of the most innovative artistic movements in the history of German culture; it is certainly the most revolutionary. The course will trace the development of Expressionism in the arts with the major emphasis on literature. Authors such as Kafka, Trakl, Wedekind, and Werfel, will be read. The course also focuses on the beginnings of German cinema as seen in the works of F.Lang, E.Lubitsch, and F. Murnau. The rich art production of Beckmann, Kandinsky, Marc, and others will add to our understanding of the revolutionary nature of German Expressionism. This course is conducted in German.

4142. Novelle (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0375.)

Prerequisite: German 3102 (0226) or permission of instructor.

By reading, discussing, and writing about novellas recognized as significant representative works of the genre, the course aims to provide students with tools to: locate the novella`s place in German literature within cultural settings; become acquainted with research into the genre; and practice, refresh and expand all language skills, especially reading, writing, and vocabulary development skills. All of the selected texts share thematic aspects of the supernatural or surreal as integral to development of the hallmark novella twist of plot.

Note: The course is conducted in German.

4144. The Golden Age: Goethe and Schiller (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0367.)

Prerequisite: German 3102 (0226) or permission of instructor.

The course provides an introduction to the literary and philosophical developments of the classical period in German literature through an intensive reading and analysis of the prose, plays, and poems of Goethe and Schiller. The examination of this critical period in German literature/culture will be carried out by also scrutinizing representative works from the Storm and Stress period, as well as Early Romanticism.

Note: The course is conducted in German

4145. Twentieth Century Drama: From Expressionism to the Absurd and Beyond (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0384.)

Prerequisite: German 3102 (0226) or permission of instructor.

A selection of representative German theatrical works from Expressionism to the present (Hauptmann, Hofmannsthal, Brecht, Goering, Kaiser, Duerrenmatt, Frisch, Peter Weiss, Handke, Turrini), focusing on historical and cultural contexts as well as literary and linguistic analysis. Discussion, reports, and videos.

Note: The course is conducted in German

4146. Twentieth Century Prose: Searching for Identity (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0385.)

Prerequisite: German 3102 (0226) or permission of instructor.

In various types of writing - novel, novelle, short story, epistolary literature - German-speaking poets of the past century revealed a continuing, but not necessarily satisfying, search for identity. This course aims to trace that trajectory by studying representative works from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Readings include works by Thomas Mann, Hesse, Kafka, Seghers, Brussig, Borchert, Boell, Heym, Grass, Oezdamar, and Werfel. Discussion, videos, oral and written reports.

Note: The course is conducted in German.

4147. Kafka (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN 0390.)

Prerequisite: German 3102 (0226) or permission of instructor.

Franz Kafka is justly regarded as one of the seminal writers of the twentieth century. The simplicity of his language, combined with fantasy-based situations, produces texts with surprising twists, dark humor, and great spiritual depth. They capture the deliberations of a man both fascinated and imprisoned by language and life. Issues of freedom/restrictions and imprisonment/liberation are central to Kafka`s writings. Works to be read are: Amerika, Der Prozess, Gesammelte Erzaehlungen, etc.

Note: This course is conducted in German.

4182. Advanced Independent Study I (3 s.h.) F S.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0395.)

Prerequisite: Permission of advisor and Department Chair required. Considered only for extraordinary reasons. Written petition to be submitted by student and instructor before the end of the pre-registration period.

Supervised reading, research, and reports on an advanced level in German language, literature, and civilization.

4282. Advanced Independent Study II (3 s.h.) S.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0396.)

Prerequisite: Permission of advisor and Department Chair required. Considered only for extraordinary reasons. Written petition to be submitted by student and instructor before the end of the pre-registration period.

Supervised reading, research, and reports on an advanced level in German language, literature, and civilization.

4301. History of the German Language (3 s.h.) F.

(Formerly: GERMAN 0309.)

Prerequisite: German 1003 (C061) or permission of instructor.

Origins and development of the German language, including changes in sounds, grammar and vocabulary.

Note: Taught in English.

4940. Honors: Special Topics (3 s.h.)

(Formerly: GERMAN H392.)

Prerequisite: Successful completion of a 2000-level German course, an intensive writing experience, or with instructor approval.

This course requires an advanced level of proficiency in German. Prerequisite is the successful completion of a 2000-level German course, an intensive writing experience, or with instructor approval. The topic will be an advanced study of various literary genres to be selected by the Core-Coordinators, and to be announced before enrollment.


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