Courses and Requirements

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    GECS 188B — Human/Nature: European Perspectives on Climate Change

  • To view the complete descriptions of the courses that satisfy the requirements for the German Studies major/minor, please visit the University Bulletin.

    For course times, locations, and additional details, please visit the Schedule of Classes on the University Registrar's website.

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    Spring 2022 Courses

    GER 20B: Continuing German

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Kathrin Breuer

    Four class hours per week.

    Continuation of comprehending, reading, writing, and conversing in German. Special attention is paid to the development of speaking skills in the context of cultural topics of the German-speaking countries. Extensive language lab, video, and computer-aided exercises supplement this course.


    GER 103A: German Culture Through Film

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Kathrin Breuer

    Approaches an understanding of contemporary German culture through film by focusing on one of the most fascinating and turbulent of national cinemas. Landmark films from the 1920s to the present and pertinent essays, articles and studies will provide a historical perspective on decisive social and cultural phenomena.
    Major themes include Vergangenheitsbewältigung, multi-ethnic societies, terrorism, life in the GDR, and cultural trends at the beginning of the 21st century. Students learn also about the technical side of filmmaking and produce their own short film under professional guidance.


    GECS 182A: Kafka - Novels, Stories, Aphorisms

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Steve Dowden

    A detailed exploration of Kafka's works, life, and thought. Emphasis is given to his place in the larger scheme of literary modernism.


    CROSSLISTED COURSES

    COML 100A: Introduction to Global Literature

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor David Powelstock


    COML 116B: Nietzsche: An Introduction

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Steve Dowden


    HIST 126A: Early Modern Europe (1500-1700)

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Govind Sreenivasan


    NEJS 181B: Film and the Holocaust

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person

    Professor Sharon Rivo


    PHIL 167A: Hegel - Self-Consciousness and Freedom in the Phenomenology of Spirit

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Eugene Sheppard


    PHIL 179A - God, Man, and World: Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Jerry Samet


    POL 189A: Marx, Nietzsche, and Twentieth-Century Radicalism

    Spring 2022 Mode: Instruction for this course will be offered in-person. 

    Professor Bernard Yack