Course listings are taken from the 2012-2014  Wagner College Undergraduate Bulletin. Courses added since this bulletin are partially listed in the Registrar's section of this website.

This fall, we will offer the following special topics course.

GE-291 Special Topic (in English, with option for credit in German)

Exploring German Cinema: From “Silents” to Surveillance and Beyond. (In English, with option for credit in German)
This course explores German films themes of war, politics, division, identity, im/migration, exile and “Vergangenheitsbewältigung” (coming to terms with the past), sexuality and gender in 20th- and 21st-century German film, as well as the international importance of German film and the influence of and on Hollywood. From World War I to the present, these themes have influenced filmmakers from Pabst (Threepenny Opera), Murnau (Nosferatu), Lang (M; Metropolis) and Riefenstahl (Triumph of the Will) through Wenders (Paris, Texas; Wings of Desire), von Trotta (Rosenstrasse; Hannah Arendt), Fassbinder (Fear Eats the Soul; Marriage of Maria Braun), Herzog (Aguirre, the Wrath of God), Tykwer (Run, Lola, Run), von Donnersmarck (The Lives of Others; Never Look Away) and others.

We will also consider classic East German (1949-1989) films by makers such as Wolfgang Kohlhaase and Gerhard Klein (Berlin Trilogy) and Andreas Höntsch (Rhinestones), perhaps the last film made prior to the fall of the Berlin wall in November 1989.


The course will be conducted in English, with the option for students of German to receive credit in German.