Electives for the German program are divided into courses taught in German and courses taught in English translation. This approach allows students to study German literature and culture at an advanced level without having to first reach full fluency in the language. Those who pursue the German major are encouraged to take as many of their upper-level courses in German as possible.
Fall 2015 Courses Cross-Listed in German Studies
HIST 137B: World War I
Examines the opening global conflict of the twentieth century. Topics include the destruction of the old European order, the origins of total war, the cultural and social crisis it provoked, and the long-term consequences for Europe and the world. Usually offered every second year.
PHIL 168A: Kant
Robert S. Greenberg
Prerequisite: PHIL 1a or permission of the instructor.
An attempt to understand and evaluate the main ideas of the Critique of Pure Reason, the subjectivity of space and time, the nature of consciousness, and the objectivity of the concepts of substance and causality. Usually offered every year.
To view the complete descriptions of the courses that satisfy the requirements for the German Studies major/minor, please visit the University Bulletin.
Fall 2015 Courses
For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Fall 2015 Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.
GER 10A: Beginning German
Sabine von Mering
Intended for students with little or no previous knowledge of German. Emphasis is placed on comprehending, reading, writing, and conversing in German and the presentation of basic grammar. Class work is enhanced by various interactive classroom activities and is supplemented by extensive auditory, visual, and computer-aided exercises. Usually offered every year in the fall.
GER 30A: Intermediate German
Prerequisite: A grade of C- or higher in GER 20b or the equivalent. Four class hours per week.
In concluding the development of the four language speaking skills--comprehending, writing, reading, and speaking--this course focuses on finishing up the solid grammar foundation that was laid in GER 10a and GER 20b. It also presents additional audio and video material, films, radio plays, and newspaper and magazine articles, as well as a variety of extensive interactive classroom activities. Usually offered every year in the fall.
GER 109B: Meisterwerke Deutscher Kurzprosa
Conducted in German.
Tailored to suit the needs of advanced intermediate students, this course explores in detail several short prose masterworks by writers including Martin Buber, Franz Kafka, Friedrich Nietzsche, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Arthur Schnitzler. Usually offered every third year.
GECS 167A: German Cinema: From Berlin and London to Hollywood
Open to all students. Conducted in English with readings in English translation.
Discusses the commercial, cultural, political, and aesthetic relationships between German, British, and American film making as it developed over the course of the twentieth century. We will discuss how filmmakers from Austria, Great Britain and Germany became influential in the shaping of genres and styles that became synonymous with Hollywood filmmaking. Usually offered every second year.
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