Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Friday, July 3, 2015, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

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, governement, 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. Successful completion of German 201 satisfies Lawrence’s foreign language requirement. 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 276
Grim(m) Stories? Comparative Fairy Tales in Translation

The course focuses on tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, but it will also include other “national” collections (Perrault, Basile, Afanas’ev). Students will be introduced to various interpretative approaches (formalistic, structural, psychological, Marxist) that will enable them to analyze types, themes, and motives across cultures. Taught in English, but with the opportunity for students proficient in German or French to read in those languages. Course will count toward the humanities general education requirement for B.A. and B.A./B.Mus students. Units: 6.

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

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. Course will count toward the humanities general education requirement for B.A. and B.A./B.Mus students. Units: 2 OR 4. Prerequisite: GER 201 or higher

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. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor
Also listed as History 311

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 Theatre Arts 351, Film Studies 357

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. Prerequisite: GER 312
Also listed as Film Studies 277

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 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, governement, 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 Winter 2016: After Communisim What? Managing Past, Present and Future in Postcommunist German Literature
Study of postcommunism in German literature and culture after 1989. Course will investigate pasts, presents, and futures of the former political subjects of “real existing socialism” in Europe as presented in German-language cultural productions. Topics include: 1989 as the so-called “end” of history/society/utopia, Cold War discourse (East/West), critique and legacies of European communism in a globalizing world, and temporality in literature. 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. Prerequisite: GER 312 or consent of the instructor
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 382, Film Studies 447

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. Prerequisite: GER 312
Also listed as Gender Studies 362, Film Studies 362

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 544
Studies in Contemporary Literature and Culture

This course deals with current cultural, economic, political, and social issues in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. Topics include the ongoing process of German unification, the situation of women and minorities, reckoning with the Nazi past, and new developments in German literature. Units: 6. Prerequisite: GER 312 or consent of instructor

GER 552
The Devil’s Pact

Goethe’s Faust remains the centerpiece in this examination of the Faust legend, but its context includes both Goethe’s predecessors and more recent versions of the Faust story in literature, music, and film. This course pays particular attention to the decades-long development of Goethe’s text and the place Faust occupies in German culture. Taught in German. 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, governement, 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, governement, 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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