German (GERMAN)

Courses

GERMAN 1 Elementary German 1 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
All four foreign language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) are addressed to help students acquire communicative competence in the German language while being sensitized to the links between language and culture. This course is for students with no prior knowledge of German.

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GERMAN 1E Accelerated Elementary German 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Spring 2008
Students review and continue to develop the basic elements of communicative competence in both spoken and written language while being sensitized to the links between language and culture. This course covers the same material as 1 in a condensed way and at an accelerated speed. Upon completion of this course, students will qualify for enrollment in 2.

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GERMAN 1G Elementary German for Graduate Students 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Elementary German for graduate students preparing for reading examinations.

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GERMAN 2 Elementary German 2 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
In this course, students will continue to develop communicative competence in the German language and expand their sensitivity towards the relationship between language and culture. While all language skills will be addressed, additional emphasis will be on the various styles of written and spoken German.

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GERMAN 2G Elementary German for Graduate Students 0.0 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Elementary German for graduates preparing for reading examinations.

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GERMAN 3 Intermediate German I 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
While continuing to expand students' communicative competence in German, this content-driven course will provide insights into postwar German history and cultural trends. Primary focus will be on the development of literacy skills (critical reading and writing), vocabulary expansion, and a thorough review of structural concepts. You will be guided towards expressing yourself on more abstract topics, such as language and
power in society, multiculturalism, rebellion and protest, and social justice, and towards drawing connections between texts and contexts, using a variety of text genres (journalistic, historical, short story, poetry, drama, advertising, film).
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GERMAN 4 Intermediate German II 5 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
In this fourth-semester German language course you will work on strengthening your interpretative abilities as well as your written and oral forms of expression. While continuing the development of communicative competence and literacy skills, students will discuss a variety of texts and films and try to find innovative ways in which to engage with familiar presuppositions about who we are, about what determines our values
and actions, and about the function and power of language.
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GERMAN R5A Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
This course offers a survey of modern German literary, cultural, and intellectual currents, as well as an introduction to argumentation and analysis. Students will examine numerous issues and questions central to defining the complexity of modern German culture. R5A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement, and R5B satisfies the second half.

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GERMAN R5B Reading and Composition 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session, Spring 2017
This course offers a survey of modern German literary, cultural, and intellectual currents, as well as an introduction to argumentation and analysis. Students will examine numerous issues and questions central to defining the complexity of modern German culture. R5A satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement, and R5B satisfies the second half.

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GERMAN 21 German Literature in a European Context 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014
An introductory level exploration of a group of authors, works, themes, or literary movements from the history of German literature in a European context. Based on close readings of texts students will discuss ways in which literature has played (and continues to play) a crucial role in the relationship between different cultures, traditions, and languages. Readings and topics to vary from semester to semester.

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GERMAN 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Spring 2014
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics may vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 freshmen.

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GERMAN C25 Revolutionary Thinking: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2013
We will explore the ways in which Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud--three of the most important thinkers in modern Western thought--can be read as responding to the Enlightenment and its notions of reason and progress. We will consider how each remakes a scientific understanding of truth, knowledge, and subjectivity, such that rationality, logic, and the powers of human cognition are shown to be distorted, limited, and subject to forces outside our individual
control. All lectures and readings in English.
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GERMAN 39A Freshman Seminar 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2012, Fall 2008, Fall 2003
No knowledge of German required.

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GERMAN 39H Freshman Seminar 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
No knowledge of German required.

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GERMAN 39L Freshman Seminar 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012
No knowledge of German required.

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GERMAN 39P Freshman Seminar 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016
No knowledge of German required.

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GERMAN 40 German Conversation 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2009, Spring 2009
Advanced German conversation course that includes discussions, debates, individual presentations, and one or two in-class movies in German. Most materials will be provided by the instructor but students will also be asked to use their own resources from printed or online media. Regular vocabulary quizzes will be part of the course grade. Taught in German.

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GERMAN 41 Exploring German Culture 1 Unit

Terms offered: Summer 2007 Second 6 Week Session
Students will explore historical and contemporary aspects of German culture through readings, discussions, guided excursions in Berlin and Weimar, and individual research projects. The course will engage students to develop a deeper understanding of the specific ways in which cultural issues are respected and reflected in the German language, which they study concurrently. Topics include multiculturalism and minority experience; Berlin as divided
city and capital; city planning and public discourse, past and present in German architecture; Berlin in popular literature, film, and theatre; the art scene in Berlin; and the Weimar classical period. Taught in German and English.
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GERMAN C75 What is Beauty? 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011
What or who decides whether something is beautiful or not? What purpose do beauty and art serve? Where do originality, genius, and inspiration come from? What do art and beauty have to do with freedom and human progress? We will examine primarily western European and North American approaches to beauty as presented in works of philosophy, literary theory, and theories of art and aesthetics, exploring key theoretical questions as they evolve among several intellectual
arenas over many centuries.
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GERMAN 98 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group study of selected topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Topics may be initiated by students under the sponsorship and direction of a member of the German Department's faculty.

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GERMAN 99 Supervised Independent Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Independent study and research by arrangement with faculty.

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GERMAN 100 Introduction to Reading Culture 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
The course is intended to acquaint students with selected works from German cultural history and to familiarize them with various methods of interpretation and analysis. Required of all German majors.

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GERMAN 101 Advanced German: Conversation, Composition and Style 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Focusing on five central themes, this advanced-level language course will help students to improve and expand on spoken and written language functions utilizing a variety of works from different genres in journalism, broadcasting, literature, fine arts, and the cinema. The final goal is to enable students to participate in the academic discourse--written and spoken--at a linguistic and stylistic level appropriate for an advanced student of German
in upper division courses.
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GERMAN 102A Advanced Language Practice: German Performance 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Analysis, discussion, adaptation, and public performance of authentic texts from German Kabarett, such as comedic skits, political and social satire, parody, humorous poetry. Text selection will vary each semester.

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GERMAN 102D Advanced Language Practice: Popular Culture in Germany 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
Focusing on popular culture in German speaking countries, this advanced level language course will help students to improve and expand on spoken and written language functions utilizing a variety of works from different genres in journalism, broadcasting, literature, fine arts, music, and the cinema. Readings, screenings, discussion, and writing assignments will advance students' language skills and further develop their communicative competencies
in German at a linguistic and stylistic level appropriate for an advanced student.
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GERMAN 103 Introduction to German Linguistics 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2014
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the major subfields of linguistics as they apply to the German language. It also serves as the gateway course for the further study of German linguistics at the undergraduate level. The first part of the course will focus on the synchronic description of contemporary German. The second part of the course will concern itself with variation in German. There are no prerequisties for this
class and no prior experience with linguistics is presupposed. However, an advanced knowledge of German (at least German 4 level) is expected.
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GERMAN 104 Senior Colloquium 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2011, Fall 2005, Fall 1999
This course is intended for students who wish to improve their skills in reading, speaking, and writing German. We will work with texts that were particularly influential in Germany during the first decades of the 20th century, regardless of when they were written. Segments of philosophical writings (Schopenhauer, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, literary works (George, Rilke, Th. Mann) but also texts by scientists and journalists will be analyzed. Participants
are expected to prepare several oral presentations and approximately one written assignment per week. No midterm or final examination.
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GERMAN 105 Middle High German for Undergraduates 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Students will learn the fundamentals of Middle High German grammar and will read selections from major narrative works of the High Middle Ages. Selections from major works from the 13th century.

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GERMAN C106 Literacy through Literature 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2010, Spring 2009, Fall 2002
Exploration of the role that literature can play in the acquisition of literacy in a first and second language. Linguistic and psycholinguistic issues: orality and literacy, discourse text, schema theory, and reading research. Literary issues: stylistics and critical reading, reader response, structure of narratives. Educational issues: the literary text in the social context of its production and reception by intended and non-intended
readers.
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GERMAN 107 German for Reading Knowledge 3 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2016 10 Week Session, Summer 2016 8 Week Session
This course is designed to prepare graduate students for translation/reading exams in German. Students who do not need to pass such an exam, but who wish to improve their reading and translation skills in academic German, are also welcome.

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GERMAN 108 Literary Translation 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
This course introduces students to the problems of literary translation from German to English.

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GERMAN 110 The Literature of the Middle Ages 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
Introduction in modern German or English translation to major literary monuments of the Hohenstaufen period. Intended for undergraduates with no knowledge of Middle High German.

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GERMAN 112 Early Modern Literature 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2009, Fall 2003
Major texts from the 15th through the 17th century.

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GERMAN C113 Western Mysticism: Religion, Art, and Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2007, Spring 2003
The course will focus on examples of mystical thought from the traditions of Christian and Jewish mysticism since the Middle Ages. In addition to the introduction of the students to basic texts and concepts we will discuss the effects of mystical thought on art and literature from the Middle Ages up to today.

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GERMAN 119 German Literary Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Not yet offered
This undergraduate seminar offers an introduction to literary theory, mainly but not exclusively in the German tradition. We will examine a variety of theoretical approaches including reception theory, psychoanalysis, memory studies, trauma theory, feminist theory, queer theory, New Historicism, translation, and deconstruction; and with respect to drama, poetry and the novel. Formal analysis will be emphasized.

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GERMAN 123 From 1800 to the Present 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2012
The social, political, and historical background to German literature since the French Revolution.

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GERMAN 131 Goethe 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
An introduction to Goethe's prose, drama, and poetry.

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GERMAN 140 Romanticism 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2007, Fall 2006
Literature, philosophy, and aesthetics of the Romantic period.

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GERMAN 147 German Drama and Opera 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010
This course introduces students to the masterpieces of German drama and opera from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

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GERMAN 148 Topics in Narrative 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Fall 2013
Analysis of German narrative forms. Topic varies.

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GERMAN 151 Eighteenth- to 21st-Century German Poetry 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2012, Fall 2008
Representative texts from 18th- to 21st-century German poetry will be studied closely. Methodological questions regarding the interpretation of poetry in general will also be discussed.

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GERMAN 152 Modern Literature 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
Introduction to philosophical, ideological, and aesthetic trends at the turn of the century. Analyses of literary texts by Th. Mann, F. Kafka, S. George, R. M. Rilke, G. Benn, B. Brecht.

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GERMAN 157A German Intellectual History in a European Context: Historical Figures and Contemporary Reflections: Luther, Kant, Hegel 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2014, Fall 2012
Introduction to the intellectual history of Germany from the age of the Reformation to the period of Idealism. We will focus on three major thinkers--Martin Luther, Immanuel Kant, and G.W.F. Hegel--on key issues in their thought, and on the reception and discussion of some of these issues in 20th century theory. Lectures and readings in English.

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GERMAN 157B German Intellectual History in a European Context: Historical Figures and Contemporary Reflections: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2011, Spring 2009, Fall 2007
The aim of the course is to explore the central theoretical and philosophical premises of three of the most influential thinkers in the German-speaking world and to examine in detail several works in which problems of history, ideology, values, and methodology are considered. Lecture and readings in English.

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GERMAN 157C German Intellectual History in a European Context: Historical Figures and Contemporary Reflections: Heidegger and Arendt 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2011
This course is an introduction to the work of Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt. We will begin with an investigation into Heidegger's conceptualiztions of language, time, and human dwelling. We will then move to an examination of Arendt's political philosophy, including her focus on the public/private distinction. Taught in English.

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GERMAN 157D German Intellectual History in a European Context: Historical Figures and Contemporary Reflections: Adorno, Benjamin, Habermas 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2010
This course examines the writings of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory, a major branch of western Marxism. Focusing on confrontations with modernity, the lectures will deal with three seminal thinkers: Walter Benjamin, known for his genial insights into the culture of modernism; Theodor Adorno, the versatile philosopher and aesthetic theorist of the avant garde; and Jurgen Habermas, the most influential German intellectual after World
War II.
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GERMAN 160A Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: A Century of Extremes 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2013, Spring 2011
The story of Germany in the 20th century is a dramatic one, comprising two world wars, genocide, Allied occupation, a division into two states on opposing sides of the Cold War, and recently an unexpected unification. This course offers an introduction to the history and culture of contemporary Germany. It aims at a systematic account of German history in the 20th century, and it intends to provide a better understanding of today's German culture
and politics. In addition to following a chronological approach, we will frequently stop to explore issues that are crucial to providing insights into current developments.
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GERMAN 160B Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: Fascism and Propaganda 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2014
This course will focus on the theory and practice of propaganda during the 12 years of the Third Reich. It takes a close look at the ideology the Nazis tried to transmit, the techniques, organization, and effectiveness of their propaganda. Challenging the idea of the total power of propaganda, it looks for the limits of persuasion and possible other reasons for which Germans might have decided to follow Hitler. Sources will include the press
, radio, film, photography, political posters, and a few literary works of the time.
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GERMAN 160C Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: A Divided Nation. Politics and Culture in Germany 1945-1990 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2014, Fall 2010
This course offers an introduction to the history and culture of divided Germany in the era of the Cold War. It will look at the different ways the two states dealt with the country's pre-1945 history, the relations to the Allied Powers, and the major cultural shifts which eventually created a watershed in the history of German mentalities. We will look at various kinds of sources, including literature and film. Major national debates will be
touched upon, such as breaks and continuities within the national elites, re-armament and pacifism, the student movement, opposition and conformity under Socialism, and the rise of environmentalism. We will also discuss the problems and opportunities of re-unification.
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GERMAN 160D Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: Multicultural Germany 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2012
This course will deal with the culture and politics of minorities in contemporary Germany. We will discuss how ethnic identities are perceived, constructed, and marketed. We also engage critically with such concepts as migration, assimilation, citizenship, diaspora, hybridity, and authenticity, as well as rhetorical strategies of "speaking back." We will focus on exemplary texts and films from Germany, but include comparisons with
minority experiences in other countries.
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GERMAN 160K Politics and Culture in 20th-Century Germany: The Weimar Republic: Politics and Culture in Germany 1918-1933 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2013, Fall 2012
The history of Germany's first parliamentary democracy is a dramatic one, dominated by economic woes, political violence, and a general perception of crisis and decline. The ill-fated republic bore the burden of a devastating war and suffered from an increasing lack of popular support. Democratic procedures were constantly undermined by radical and reactionary forces. Cultural pessimism was nurtured by the overwhelming experience of historical
contingency, i.e., a fundamental lack of confidence in the predictability of modern life.
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GERMAN 160L European Cultures 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014
This course reflects on European cultures from a transnational perspective. It will explore tensions between traditional identity concepts based on the nation state model and other ways to define identity based on border crossings and intercultural connections. Special attention will be paid to Europe's multilingualism and its colonial legacy in the form of migration, diaspora, hybridity, and other social phenomena that challenge traditional boarders between cultures
, languages, and people. We will discuss exemplary texts and films from German-speaking areas in Europe and beyond. The course syllabus will vary depending on the regional and thematic emphasis. All reading and discussion will be in English.
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GERMAN 170 History of the German Language 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2008, Fall 2007
Designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the history of the language of the newly united Germanys, which transverses a rich linguistic legacy from the , through Luther and Grimm, to Grass and . Discussion, via linguistic principles, of language processes in the genetic development of the German language, as well as its interchange over time with closely and remotely related languages such as English and Russian.

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GERMAN 172 German Dialects 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2011
This course examines geographical and social variation within the German language. Among other things we will consider the differences between language and dialect, the division of German dialects and the history of German dialect study, various linguistic features (phonological, morphological, syntactic, and lexical) characteristic of the major German dialect areas, and issues involving the use of dialect versus standard language in contemporary
society. Besides regular readings and written assignments, grades will be based on active participation and a paper or exam.
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GERMAN 173 The Phonetics and Phonology of Modern German 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
A course designed for undergraduates and graduates on the structure of modern German covering the fundamentals of German phonetics and phonology, with comparison to English. Some discussion of German dialect phonology.

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GERMAN 174 The Morphology and Syntax of Modern German 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2012
A course designed for undergraduates and graduates on the grammatical structure of modern German covering the fundamentals of German morphology, syntax and semantics, with comparison to English.

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GERMAN 175B Undergraduate Seminars: 20th-Century Poetry 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Spring 2012, Spring 2008
Analysis of various poetry from the beginning of the century to today, including works by Trakl, Benn, Bachmann, Sachs, Celan, and Brinkmann. A 20-page research paper will be part of the requirements for this course.

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GERMAN 177 The Cultural History of Switzerland in Literature and Film 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2008
On the basis of literary texts (in translation) and films, we will examine major topics pertaining to the cultural identity of Switzerland. Special attention will be paid to the cultural history of Switerzland in a European context. Themes in discussion will be Swiss multiculturalism and multilingualism, the importance of the Alps for national self-identification, the origin and development of the Swiss model of direct democracy, and the Swiss policy of neutrality.

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GERMAN 178 Semiotics 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2012
This course introduces principal figures from the basic disciplines of philosophy, biology, and linguistics who are particularly influential in current trends in semiotic method. It undertakes to lay the foundation of a semiotic method distinct from monolithic traditional structuralism, so, e.g, it concentrates on anti-Saussurean thought. In presenting semiotic universals, the course pursues the formulation and the application of a theoretical construct
valid for any and all semiotic modalities ranging from the literary text, to the language act as text, and to the human being as text.
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GERMAN 179 Special Topics in German 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Topics will vary from semester to semester. See departmental announcement for offerings. Additional screening time may be required for film topics.

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GERMAN 182 German Cinema in Exile 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2010, Fall 2000
The course will deal with the topic from various angles; a representative selection of American films noirs from the United States and some films (as forerunners) from the Weimar Republic will be shown and discussed in terms of their visuals and narratives. There will also be literary texts and cultural documents (articles on crime in the United States; on the working conditions in Hollywood) pertaining to the topic. Films have English subtitles.

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GERMAN 186 Transnational Cinemas 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2014
This course will explore how experiences of migration, dislocation, or exile are visualized in cinema, and how processes of internationalization in film production and distribution intersect with the projection of a transnational global imagery. Some examples of transnational cinematic connections will be analyzed in historical perspective as well as contemporary examples of "migrant cinema." We will investigate how these films engage
with debates about multiculturalism and assimilation/segregation of minorities, as scenarios of itinerancy and mobility are often intertwined with representations of ethnicity and gender.
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GERMAN H196 Honors Studies in German 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Supervised independent study and research course for honor students who are writing their theses for completion of the requirements for the Honors Program.

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GERMAN H196A Honors Studies in German 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Two-semester supervised independent study and research course in which honor students research their theses topic the first semester (H196A) and write their theses the second semester (H196B) for completion of the requirements for the honors program.

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GERMAN H196B Honors Studies in German 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Two-semester supervised independent study and research course in which honor students research their theses topic the first semester (H196A) and write their theses the second semester (H196B) for completion of the requirements for the honors program.

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GERMAN 198 Directed Group Study 2 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Group study of selected topics which will vary from year to year.

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GERMAN 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 or 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2017 First 6 Week Session
Supervised independent study and research.

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GERMAN 200 Proseminar in German Literature 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2007, Fall 2006
The course will give a brief introduction to the history of , draw attention to bibliographical and research tools, dwell on problems relating to critical editions of modern authors, familiarize students with as a profession in the U.S.A., and focus upon literary theory. Required of all M.A. candidates.

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GERMAN 201A Major Periods in German Literature: Literature of the Middle Ages 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2014, Fall 2010
Survey of medieval German literature that concentrates on monuments of the Hohenstauffen period but also includes representative works from the later 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. Intended for M.A. candidates but open to all students with a working knowledge of Middle High German.

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GERMAN 201B Major Periods in German Literature: 16th and 17th Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2011, Spring 2010
Recommended for M.A. candidates.

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GERMAN 201C Major Periods in German Literature: 18th Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2012, Fall 2010
An introduction to major works of late Enlightenment, Sturm and Drang, and Classicism to Schiller's death.

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GERMAN 201D Major Periods in German Literature: 19th Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2012, Fall 2009
A study of pivotal literary texts, including works by Goethe, Novalis, Holderlin, Heine, and Nietzsche.

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GERMAN 201E Major Periods in German Literature: 20th Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
A critical overview of major literary and intellectual currents between the initial and the final turn of the century. We will explore literary, sociocultural, and philosophical forces in their consequential interactions. Considerations will include Freud, Dada, Expressionism, National Socialism, Exile, post-World War II literature, countercultural texts, and post-modernism.

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GERMAN 204 Compact Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
A compact seminar designed to feature distinguished short-term visitors from German-speaking countries who have expertise in German literature and culture to teach topics that complement regular departmental offerings. One short paper is required. Taught in German.

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GERMAN 205 Studies in Medieval Literature 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2015, Spring 2013
So-called ‘mystical’ forms of thought and experience have played a major role in the history of modern philosophy and literature from Hegel to Georg Lukàcs, Martin Heidegger, Georges Bataille, and Jacques Derrida, and from Novalis to Robert Musil, Paul Celan, Ingeborg Bachmann, Pierre Klossowski, and John Cage (to name just a few). In this seminar we will read and discuss key texts written by Eckhart of Hochheim (Meister Eckhart), Mechthild
of Magdeburg, and Hadewijch of Antwerp, some of the most significant medieval figures in this tradition. During a second phase of the seminar we will turn our attention to baroque mysticism, especially Angelus Silesius and Jacob Böhme.
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GERMAN 206 Studies in the Early Modern 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2009, Fall 2002
Survey of texts from the 15th and 16th centuries. A good reading knowledge of Middle High German is recommended.

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GERMAN 207 Methods 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Drawing on a variety of literary texts, periods, and genres, this seminar will present and explore different ways of reading. Topics will include literary hermeneutics and textual deconstruction.

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GERMAN 210A Studies in the 18th Century: Age of Enlightenment 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2009, Fall 2003
. Literary texts will be studied as historical documents illuminating changes in literary theory and in religious and philosophical thought during the Enlightenment. Texts by Lessing, Herder, and Lenz, and some Storm and Stress plays.

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GERMAN 212A Studies in the 19th Century: Topics in Romanticism 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2008, Spring 2003
Major authors and texts of the romantic period will be discussed.

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GERMAN 214 Studies in the 20th Century 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015

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GERMAN 255 Interpretation and Criticism of Poetry 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2010, Spring 2007

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GERMAN 256 Problems of Literary Theory 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Spring 2016
Topics vary from year to year. For current topic see the department's "Course Descriptions" booklet.

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GERMAN 263C Poetry and Thought 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Spring 2009
This seminar examines the interrelationship of poetic and philosophical discourses, with an emphasis on roles and functions of language. Questions of style and writing will interrelate different genres of poetry and thought. The seminar will explore a tradition in which poetic thought and highly reflective poetry approach and at times merge with each other.

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GERMAN 265 Film Theory: Historical and Systematic Perspectives 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2012
This seminar will examine traditional and recent critical approaches to the study of film. Knowledge of German and background in literary theory required.

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GERMAN 266 Interdisciplinary Summer Seminar in German Studies 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 1996 10 Week Session, Summer 1995 10 Week Session, Summer 1994 10 Week Session
Consisting of reguar meetings and discussions as well as weekly lectues by distinguished speakers from various disciplines, the seminar will explore instuitutional, political, social, and cultural aspects of the former two Germanies grappling with an ambiguous heritage. Within this framework participants will pursue individual directions in research. Topic varies from year to year.

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GERMAN 268 Aspects of Literary and Cultural History 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Spring 2011
A comparison of literary and cultural developments in Germany and the United States. Emphasis is placed on individual research designed to develop teaching materials.

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GERMAN 270 History of the German Language 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
Designed for students interested in the history of the language and culture of united Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein, which transverses a rich legacy from the , through Luther and Grimm, to Grass and . Discussion, via linguistic principles, of language processes in the genetic development of the German language, as well as its interchange over time with closely and remotely related languages.

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GERMAN 271 Comparative Germanic 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2009, Spring 2004
Advanced topics in Germanic phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, pragmatics. The principal Germanic dialects viewed within laryngeal theory and reconstruction.

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GERMAN 273 Gothic 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2015, Fall 2012, Spring 2010
Study of the linguistic structures of the earliest Germanic dialect with a sizable corpus. Indo-European origins, Germanic relationships, and Gothic as a synchronic construct are considered.

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GERMAN 276 Old High German 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2009
Reading of poetic and prose texts in Old High German. The synchronic and diachronic study of the dialects of the High German language from the eighth to the eleventh century within the framework of current linguistic method.

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GERMAN 280 North Sea Germanic 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2013, Fall 2010, Fall 2007
Readings and discussion of poetic and prose texts in the Ingwaeonic languages (broadly construed) not covered elsewhere: Old Low Franconian, Middle Dutch, Old Frisian, Middle Low German.

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GERMAN 282 Old Saxon 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2013, Spring 2011
Study of the most provocative of the major Germanic languages in terms of structural identification. The literary and ethnographic setting of the and its shared isogrammar.

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GERMAN 285 Approaches and Issues in the Study of Modern German 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2014, Fall 2011, Fall 2009
A survey of relevant contemporary issues and topics in linguistic research on the structure of German.

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GERMAN 290 Seminar in German Linguistics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Variable topic. For specific topic contact departmental office.

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GERMAN 291 Methods and Issues in German Morphology 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Fall 2008, Spring 2005
The seminar will deal with the methods and results of morphological analysis as applied to the German language. It will introduce basic concepts and means of morphological analyses, as well as study and apply various theories of word structure to German. The primary concern will be the synchronic analyses of modern German word formation, but questions of a diachronic nature as well as ones about inflection will also be discussed.

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GERMAN 292 German Syntax 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2012, Fall 2006
Discussion of current syntactic theories as applied to a number of issues in modern German syntax with an eye toward their description and explanatory potential. Typological comparison, especially with English.

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GERMAN 293 German Semantics 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Fall 2012, Spring 2009
Concentration on the essential categories of semantics via data from German and Germanic. Extensive discussion of semantic change, the semantics of prevarication, and the semantics of pathological language.

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GERMAN 294 Contrastive Grammars 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2013, Fall 2010
Theory and methods of contrastive linguistic analyses. Study of pairs of contrastive language sets in two time perspectives: Modern German with Modern English and Early New High German with Early New English.

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GERMAN 296 Semiotics 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2010, Spring 2009, Spring 2008
Discussion of the principal figures from the basic disciplines of philosophy, biology, and linguistics influential in current trends in semiotics. Application of Peircean semiotics to a wide range of semiotic modalities.

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GERMAN 298 Directed Group Study 2 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017

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GERMAN 299 Individual Study for Graduate Students in Literature and Linguistics 2 - 12 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Primarily for post-M.A. students engaged in exploration of a restricted field, involving writing of a report, and for students writing their doctoral dissertations.

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GERMAN 375A Seminar in Foreign Language Pedagogy: Teaching College German I 3 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015
The course focuses on the theory and practice of foreign language pedagogy. It introduces students to second language acquisition research and its relationship to pedagogy, providing a basis for staying theoretically informed and for participating in professional discourse of the field throughout one's teaching career. It also emphasizes critical reflection on pedagogical practices. Includes a practical component dealing directly with the day-to-day
challenges of teaching elementary German.
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GERMAN 375B Seminar in Foreign Language Pedagogy: Teaching College German II 3 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014
This course expands upon the basis of methodology and theory of language teaching covered in 350 and prepares students for teaching at the intermediate level. The theoretical and practical exploration of recent developments in second language teaching concentrates on instructional technology, teaching writing, teaching literary texts, and curriculum design. Students reflect on their development as teachers through a journal, video, and observation
of their teaching, and the final portfolio.
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GERMAN 602 Individual Study for Doctoral Students 1 - 8 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Independent study in consultation with graduate adviser to provide an opportunity for Ph.D. students to prepare for the qualifying examination.

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