German

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN GERMAN:
 
A minimum of 6 units in German including the elementary year. One elective course may be taken in English. All courses taught in the language fulfill the International Perspectives requirement (I). Students may complete their German minor abroad by taking approved elective classes in Germany or Austria.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
 
GE 101, 102 Elementary German I, II (I)
 
Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory weekly each semester. Basic oral comprehension and conversation. Study of introductory texts. Prerequisite: For students with no previous experience with the language. GE 101 is a prerequisite for GE 102. GE 101 offered fall semester; GE 102. Offered spring semester.
 
GE 111, 112 Intermediate German I, II (I)  
 
Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory weekly. Review of grammar and intensive training in comprehension and linguistic practice. Study of modern prose. Prerequisites: GE 101, 102, or equivalent. GE 111 is a prerequisite for GE 112. GE 111 offered fall semester; GE 112 offered spring semester.
 
GE 231, 232 German Conversation and Composition I, II (I)
 
 An intensive course in speaking and writing German, conducted entirely in that idiom. Discussion of current topics and informal conversations with the use of periodicals and texts. Prerequisites: GE 112, or equivalent. GE 231 is a prerequisite for GE 232. GE 231 offered fall semester as required; GE 232 offered spring semester as required.
 
GE 321 Masterworks of German Literature I (I)
 
Reading and discussion of 18th and 19th works from the German Classical and Romantic periods. Short stories, plays, poems, and excerpts from novels by authors such as J.W. Goethe, F.S., Schiller and E.T.A. Hoffman. Prerequisites: GE 232 or permission of instructor. Offered as required.
 
GE 322 Masterworks of German Literature II (I)
 
Reading and discussion of 20th century short stories, plays, poems, and novels by authors such as R. Rilke, H. Hesse, T. Mann, B. Brecht, and A. Schitzler. Prerequisites: GE 321 or permission of instructor. Offered as required.
  
ELECTIVES IN ENGLISH:
 
HI 281 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
 
 Study of the Nazi movement in Germany and Europe, from the post-World War I era to the Holocaust. Topics will include: Hitler’s ideas on race, religion and gender and their appeal; experiences of men and women in the Nazi State; the role of the church and big business; comparisons with Italian Fascism and Vichy France; Nazi persecutions, collaboration, and resistance; the Final Solution and the Jews. We will also analyze recent debates over the representation of this era in film, literature (including the comic book Maus), museum exhibits, and commemorative monuments. The course includes a trip to the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Offered as required.
 
Philosophy 215 Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche
 
This course examines the development of German philosophical thought from the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth century around the themes of idealism and materialism. Authors will include: Hegel, Fichte, Marx, and Nietzsche.
 
Existentialism 213
This course examines the important texts and central ideas of the major existentialist thinkers, Heidegger and Sartre, as well as those of important precursors such as Kierkegaard and Nietzche. Topics include the analysis of human reality ("the self" intentionality, consciousness, etc.), the relation of the individual to society, the basis of moral belief and decision, freedom, authenticity, self-deception, anxiety and the significance of
death. Offered as required.
 
 
EN 310 Cities and Perversities: Literature in Turn-of-the-Century Paris,
Vienna, Berlin, Barcelona (I) (W)
 
A detailed reading of some of the major literary works written in fin-de-siècle Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Barcelona.  Along with readings by authors such as Marcel Proust, Colette, Thomas Mann, Rainer-Maria Rilke, and Arthur Rimbaud, this class also addresses the rise of psychoanalysis, the exploration of sexuality, and café culture. Students will visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a concert at Carnegie Hall. Prerequisite: EN 212 or permission of instructor. Cross-listed as French 310. Offered spring semester of even-numbered years.
 
AH 218: Cities and Perversities: Art in Turn-of-the-Century Paris, Vienna,
Berlin, and Barcelona (I) (W)
 
This course focuses on art in the fin-de-siècle in four major cosmopolitan centers: Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Barcelona, with occasional stops in Belgium, Norway, and England. Styles discussed include Expressionism, Symbolism, Post Impressionism, Art Nouveau, and Jugendstil. The art of the period is explored in relation to issues of national identity c. 1900 and as a response to the shock of metropolitan life, a phenomenon experienced by artists in all four cities. These issues include attitudes toward sexuality, the rise of the crowd, alienation, the impact of psychoanalysis, escapism, and the withdrawal to the interior. We will also study the interrelation between painting, sculpture, architecture, design, and the popular arts in this period. The course attempts to understand better the shared visual language of turn-of-the-century Europe, while illuminating the special contributions and characteristics of the art of each city. Offered as required.
 
RE 203 Spiritual Quest in Literature
 
An examination of some major pieces of fiction concerned with heroes on a search for meaning and purpose in their lives? Their search often leads them far from traditional religious beliefs. (Cross-listed as English 203). Offered either fall or spring semester. (This course includes several readings by German author Hermann Hesse)