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2013-2014 Course Catalog

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German

Professor:B. Peterson
Associate professor:R. Lunt (chair)
Assistant professor:A. Guenther-Pal
Visiting assistant professor:M. Carone
Instructor:K. Nousek

German has long been a key language of culture, the arts, philosophy, and the social and natural sciences. For better and for worse, Germany has played a significant role in European and world history, while united Germany is one of the driving forces behind European integration and economic development. As a result, German is an important language — not just in Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and the German-speaking cantons of Switzerland — but also as a second language throughout the continent. Germany itself is changing in ways that shatter old prejudices and make German an exciting culture to explore.

More than six million Germans emigrated to the United States during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and millions of Americas share this heritage. For many students German is more than an exciting other culture: German is also a means of finding out where they came from and who they are.

The German Department at Lawrence University assists students in learning the German language, becoming familiar with Germany’s literature, history, and culture, including popular culture — film, television and popular literature — in a developing European society that is far less homogeneous than students expect. German courses also encourage students to develop analytical and interpretive skills. This mix of information and skills helps them understand an increasingly dynamic, diverse and interdependent international community. The knowledge and abilities that German students acquire can help them in a wide variety of careers and give them a lifetime of cultural pleasure.

The study of German begins with the language, but the Lawrence German program insists that language is always part of a cultural nexus. Lawrence’s German program is designed to help students develop proficiency in all four language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Since it only makes sense to learn German in courses with significant cultural content, beginning and intermediate instruction always contains both pertinent cultural material and the opportunity for comparisons between German and American experiences. Most classes, even at the elementary level, are conducted in German, and the program insists that every course, at all levels, is both a language and cultural course. Knowledge of a second language in its cultural context makes students aware of their own language and culture; they are less likely to take things for granted. Of course, the best way to experience difference is to live in another culture, and the German department strongly encourages students to take advantage of opportunities for study in the German-speaking world through our affiliated programs in Berlin, Freiburg, and Vienna. On campus they can maintain a connection to things German through the department’s lunch and dinner tables and the Kaffeestunde, which are all facilitated by our Language Assistants.

Once the cultural and linguistic foundations have been laid, students embark on an exploration of German culture, history, and society. The German Department at Lawrence embraces the notion of German studies. Although works of great literature offer unparalleled access to German culture, students will also be exposed to a wider variety of cultural artifacts — film, television, nonfiction texts, popular narratives, etc. — than might be the case in more traditional German programs.

Required for the German major

  1. Sixty units beyond GER 202, including GER 285 and 312. At least half of these units must be taken at Lawrence. Only 12 units taught in English may count toward the major, but tutorials taken in conjunction with English courses may count as German credit.
  2. 2. Students usually complete a capstone project in the senior seminar or in conjunction with a departmental course taken during the senior year.
  3. 3. Students who expect to graduate will present a portfolio by the second week of their final term. The student's advisor will review a portfolio consisting of the following materials submitted electronically:
    • a brief statement in which students evaluate their development as German majors
    • a list of courses taken for the majorr
    • sample pages of Lesejournale from all German courses numbered 300 and above taken at Lawrence
    • four papers from upper-level courses, two of which may be from courses taken abroad
    • a copy of the capstone paper

Required for the German minor

Thirty-six units beyond GER 202, including GER 285 and 312. At least half of these units must be taken at Lawrence. Only six units taught in English may count toward the minor, but tutorials taken in conjunction with English courses may count as German credits.
A C average in the minor is also required.

Teaching Certification in German

Teaching certification in German The German department offers a course of study that prepares its majors to teach German at the elementary and secondary levels. Students interested in teaching German, K-12, should plan to complete the major and should consult with the education department, about certification requirements.

Senior Experience in German

The German Department's revised Senior Experience consists of a longer, research paper to be completed either through an Independent Study or the Senior Seminar. Students should develop individual paper topics by the end of fall term. The capstone project may be completed during winter term, or it may spill over into an independent study during spring term.
In either case, the senior seminar allows students to help each other develop their ideas and arguments; they will also present their findings to the entire senior cohort.
Students who are pursuing a double major or teaching certification should work with all concerned departments to assess the feasibility of an interdisciplinary capstone.


Courses - German

GER 101: German 1

The first course of a two-term sequence that introduces students to the basics of German. The traditional four skills of speaking, writing, reading, and listening are practiced, yet the prime concern is adequate comprehension and response within a given situation.
Units: 6.

GER 102: German 2

A continuation of German 101. Students improve their communicative skills with continued practice in the four skills of speaking, writing, reading, and listening while learning about the culture of German-speaking countries.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 101 or the equivalent

GER 191: Directed Study in German

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 195: Internship in German

An opportunity for students to apply their German language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 2 OR 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 201: Intermediate German I

Further development of the four basic skills with an emphasis on increasing the student’s ability to understand literary as well as non-literary texts of increasing difficulty.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 102 or the equivalent

GER 202: Intermediate German II

Special emphasis on building reading and writing skills and expanding vocabulary. Cultural units include “Die Schwarzwaldklinik,” a German TV series that develops listening comprehension and raises issues for student essays.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 201 or the equivalent

GER 278: Introduction to German Film (in English)

With its pivotal role in the inauguration of the cinema, knowledge of German film is critical to an understanding of the history of film. Considered as one of the most accessible aesthetic forms, the moving image pervades our everyday lives, and yet we seldom think of what we do as "reading" films. Throughout this course, students will be introduced to the practice of reading German films using three structuring lenses: 1) film and cultural history, 2) formal and generic elements, and 3) film criticism.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 278

GER 285: Advanced Composition and Conversation

Students improve and refine writing and speaking skills through study of a variety of written texts, discussion based on readings, grammar exercises, and systematic vocabulary building. The primary work in the course involves composing (in multiple drafts) texts that fall into diverse categories, including descriptive, argumentative, and persuasive essays.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 202 or consent of instructor

GER 290: Berlin: Experiencing a Great City (in English)

This course introduces students to one of the world’s great cities. Classwork includes the history, culture, and literature of Berlin as well as preparations for a series of day-long walking tours of the city that students will conduct themselves for their classmates with the help of a guidebook. In addition, students will conduct comparative research on some aspect of life in the U.S. or Germany. Students must complete both the classroom portion of the course and the Berlin trip to receive credit. Taught in English. Not open to students who have previously received or need to receive credit for GER 389.
Units: 2 OR 4.

GER 312: Reading Texts and Contexts

This course serves as a transition from the language sequence to advanced courses in German literature and culture. Texts vary from novels to non-fiction, from drama to poetry, and from written forms to film. While familiarizing students with both literary and cultural analysis, the course stresses literature’s place in fostering an understanding of German society.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 275, 285 or consent of instructor

GER 355: The Holocaust in German Culture (in English)

This course focuses on literary responses to the Holocaust, but it also deals with film and the issue of commemoration. After a discussion of the difficulty of representing the Holocaust, the course examines the Holocaust’s role in the construction of German-Jewish identity and its impact on post-war German culture. Taught in English. German majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in German.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 311
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

GER 357: Film in Germany (in English)

This course selects from 90 years of filmmaking in Germany. Films range from expressionism to Nazi propaganda and from escapist comedies to avant garde art. Learning to “read” German films critically also means finding out how to understand movies from Hollywood and beyond. Possible topics include “From Caligari to Hitler,” “German Literature as Film,” and “What Makes Lola Run.” Taught in English. German majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in German.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 357, Theatre Arts 351

GER 359: Inventing Germany (in English)

Students use literary and non-fiction texts to examine German national identity as it developed from the French Revolution through Bismarck and two world wars to “reunification” in 1990. Topics include the role of Germany in Europe, the legacy of divided Germany, and diversity in German society today. Taught in English. German majors and minors may participate in a two-unit tutorial in which discussions and some course readings will be in German.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 310

GER 375: Novellen

Although Novellen developed as a literary form throughout Europe, it was particularly popular in Germany from the late 18th through the 20th centuries. This course introduces students to the Novelle as a form, to a variety of interesting works of literature and to the cultural, social and political developments in which Novellen were written and read.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 377: Introduction to German Film Studies

With its pivotal role in the inauguration of the cinema, knowledge of German film is critical to any understanding of the history of film. This course is intended to be an introduction both to German cinema and to the discipline of film studies. Considered perhaps as one of the most accessible aesthetic forms, the moving image pervades our everyday lives and yet we seldom think of what we do in the movie theatre as “reading.” Throughout this course, students will be introduced to the practice of reading the filmic text using three structuring lenses: 1) history, 2) formal and generic elements, and 3) film criticism.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 277
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 388: German Drama

Study of German dramatic literature that may or may not culminate in a workshop performance of a play or portions of plays. Students will situate German plays in their literary, historical and cultural context and also perform short dramatic readings. Assignments may also include short essays and oral presentations.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 389: Berlin: Experiencing a Great City

An introduction to one of the world's great cities. Classwork includes the history, culture and literature of Berlin and preparations for day-long walking tours that students will lead. Students will do some readings and discussions in German and write their comparative paper in German Students must completed both the classroom portion of the course and the Berlin trip to recieve credit. Taught in English. Not open to students who have previously received credit for GER 290.
Units: 2 OR 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 390: Tutorial Studies in German

Individual study arranged and carried out in close consultation with an instructor.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 391: Directed Study in German

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 395: Internship in German

An opportunity for students to apply their German language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 2 OR 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 399: Independent Study in German

Advanced research on a topic of the student’s choice, arranged in consultation with the department. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 411: Fascism and Film (in English)

This course lets students examine films that were ostensibly made as entertainment or explicitly crafted as propaganda in the historical context of Nazi Germany and occupied France. Aside from learning how governments and their cinematic agents used this relatively new medium to shape public opinion (in support of the war, against Jews, etc.) students will see where and how resistance was possible.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 412

GER 412: Literature and Social Problems

Few would question literature's status as art, but literary texts are often also locations where authors explore imaginary solutions to real social problems. Unlike political pamphlets or non-fiction accounts, literature lets readers experience various problems and issues as they impact the lives of individual characters caught in difficult situations, e.g., class, ethnic, and gender conflicts, ecological disasters.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 416: Kinder- und Jugendliteratur

This course examines the development of the distinct genre of literature for children and adolescents since the 18th century. It combines the analysis of classic texts, e.g., Heidi or Karl May, with close readings of modern cult classics.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312 or consent of instructor

GER 417: Deutsche? Demokratische? Republik?

In the years since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, both the promise and the problems of the German Democratic Republic have faded from memory. Indeed, the experience seems to have receded into the distant past. This course explores both the lofty goals and difficult circumstances of the DDR’s birth and its gradual decline and fall. The course pays particular attention to literary and filmic representations of hope and fear that the country engendered.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 418: Topics in German Cultural Studies

Topics in German Cultural Studies allows for an in-depth examination of topics across time, for example, women’s writing or crime fiction, or it permits a detailed analysis of special topics, for example, Turkish-German culture in contemporary German film.

Topic for Spring 2018: From Caligari to Caberet--The Culture of the Weimar Republic
This course explores the main literary, aesthetic and cultural trends from Germany’s Weimar Republic,1918-1933, a politically turbulent era that gave rise to one of the most fertile and interesting periods of cultural production in German history. We will examine works of literature, film, visual art, cultural criticism, and music as well as cultural phenomena such as fashion, feminism, the “Third Sex.” Taught in German.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 421: Grimms Märchen

This course examines the entire corpus of the Grimm’s fairy tales, from the well-known to the obscure. Students will learn to find structural similarities and to situate the tales in their historical, social and literary context.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312 or consent of instructor

GER 422: Der deutsche Krimi: Narratives of Crime and Detection

In this course we will examine the development of crime and detective fiction in the German-speaking countries through close reading of several different media--novels, short stories, film, radio drama, television, and essays.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312 or instructor approval

GER 431: Topics in German-Jewish Studies

Study of German-Jewish authors, intellectual figures, and topics from the Enlightenment to the present. This course will examine the role of dual identities, issues of assimilation/acculturation, Jewish identification and the notion of Jewish self-hatred. Representative writers include Mendelssohn, Heine, Kafka, Freud, Benjamin, Celan, Becker, Hilsenrath, and Honigmann. May be repeated when topic is different.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 447: Migrants and German Culture

Despite a long-term refusal to open itself to immigration, Germany has become a nation of immigrants and asylum-seekers. The course focuses on how both literature and films, including works by and about minorities in Germany, have dealt with key cultural phenomena: multiculturalism, diversity, acculturation, assimilation, “majority culture,” and parallel societies.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 382, Film Studies 447
Prerequisite: GER 312 or consent of the instructor

GER 462: Vampires, Monsters, and Man-Eaters

This course examines the borders of the human through the figures of the vampire, monster, and femme fatale in literature, film, and the visual arts. Featured in the works of canonized authors as well as within popular culture, “monstrousness” can provide valuable insights into numerous aspects of German history and psychosexual relations. Possible texts include the early vampire film Nosferatu, Wedekind’s Lulu tragedies, Patrick Süskind’s Das Parfüm, and paintings by H.R. Giger.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Film Studies 362, Gender Studies 362
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 465: Topics in Contemporary German Culture

This course explores recent developments in German culture: recent literature, visual culture, music and other arts, as well as topics from politics and society.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312

GER 543: Studies in 20th-Century Literature and Culture

This course explores various themes in 20th-century culture, most importantly the impact of modernity on the German imagination. Possible topics include the rise of Expressionism and Dada, art and culture of the Weimar Republic, the development of popular and middlebrow culture, Nazi aesthetics, the art and culture of the 1950s and 1960s, and literature in divided Germany.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: GER 312 or consent of instructor

GER 590: Tutorial Studies in German

Individual study arranged and carried out in close consultation with an instructor.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 591: Directed Study in German

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 595: Internship in German

An opportunity for students to apply their German language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 2 OR 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 599: Independent Study in German

Advanced research on a topic of the student’s choice, arranged in consultation with the department. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 600: Senior Seminar

Students and the instructor decide in advance on a specific topic or common theme. They read and discuss texts at the beginning of the term. Students then formulate their own projects, which may take them in a direction of their own choosing (literature, history, music, art, etc.).
Units: 2 OR 4.
Prerequisite: Declared major in German

GER 690: Tutorial Studies in German

Individual study arranged and carried out in close consultation with an instructor.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 691: Directed Study in German

Directed study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 695: Internship in German

An opportunity for students to apply their German language skills in business, government, and the non-profit sector on the regional, national, and international level. Arranged in collaboration with and supervised by a member of the department. Includes readings, discussion, report, and/or portfolio. Advance consultation and application required.
Units: 2 OR 3.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

GER 699: Independent Study in German

Advanced research on a topic of the student’s choice, arranged in consultation with the department. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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