German

REQUIREMENTS FOR GERMAN STUDIES MINOR:
 
The German Studies minor focuses on the study of language, literature, history, culture, and cinema. A minimum of 6 units in German is required, and this can include elementary classes. One elective course may be taken in English. All courses taught in the language fulfill the International Perspectives requirement. Students may complete their German minor abroad by taking approved elective classes in Germany, Austria, or Switzerland.
 
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
 
German 105: Basic Intensive German I
This course focuses on functional communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and cross-cultural competence. Students work with authentic materials and contexts related to everyday life and culture, as well as interactive activities involving basic literature and short films to reinforce language use. Students’ personal interests will in part determine specific materials chosen, and participants will work on a final project related to their interests or studies. Three weekly contact hours plus audio-visual “lab” and homework. Pre-requisite: 0-2 years of high school instruction or permission of instructor. Students with more than two years of German or native speakers will not receive academic credit for this course. Offered fall semester.
 
German 106: Basic Intensive German II
German 106 continues the emphasis on functional communication skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and cross-cultural competence initiated in GE 105. The course includes authentic materials related to everyday life and culture, and interactive activities with a significant focus on contemporary works of literature and film. Students’ personal interests will in part determine specific materials chosen, and participants will work on a final project related to their interests or studies. Three weekly contact hours plus audio-visual “lab” and homework. Pre-requisite: GE105, 1-2 years of high school instruction or permission of instructor. Students with more than two years of German require instructor’s permission. Native speakers will not receive academic credit for this course. Offered spring semester.
 
German 107: (Re)Discovering German: Accelerated Basic German
Why learn German? One in every four Americans has German heritage. Germany has the third largest economy in the world, and it is estimated that today German is spoken by 140 million people in Europe and across the world. This fast-paced course welcomes students with up to two years of previous high school experience to rediscover German at the college level. It is also appropriate for those who wish to discover the language for the first time. Designed for highly motivated learners, the course provides students with solid basic functional skills in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and cultural competence. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of German language use while introducing students to the cultures of Germany, Austria and Switzerland through interactive exercises, authentic texts, popular culture, and the visual arts. Pre-requisite: 0-2 years of high school instruction or permission of instructor. Students with more than two years of German require instructor’s permission. Native speakers will not receive academic credit for this course. Offered spring semester.
 
German 111: Intermediate German I
In this course students will work toward solid intermediate-level proficiency while they gain a broader knowledge of the history and popular culture of the German-speaking world. The curriculum offers both a solid review and expansion of basic skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing and cultural competence, utilizing a variety of authentic materials from various regions of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Students engage in extensive work with German-language literature and film as a vehicle for reinforcing communication skills in interpreting, discussing and presenting information. Three contact hours of class weekly plus audio-visual “lab” and homework. Pre-requisite: GE 106 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester.
 
German 112: Intermediate German II
As a continuation of GE 111, participants will work with more advanced features of the language, utilizing authentic materials illustrating vocabulary in context, as well as important “high” and “low” cultural aspects of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Linguistic work will focus on the ability to narrate, describe and explain, as well as on strategies for beginning to hypothesize and support opinion in an increasing number of contexts. German-language literature and cinema will be used as a vehicle for reinforcing communication skills, and students will also design a project relevant to their own personal interests or studies/major. Three contact hours of class weekly plus audio-visual “lab” and homework. Pre-requisite: GE 111 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester.
 
German 231: Topics in German Cinema: Composition and Conversation I
What can film teach us about a country’s culture? In this class students will discuss both feature-length and short German-language films as the basis for understanding the history, society, culture, and national identity of German-speaking countries. Films will range from serious to comedic, from historical and documentary works to 21st century trends. Students will work on consolidating and improving advanced aspects of written and spoken German including narration and description, summarization, presentation, and discussion skills. Prerequisite: GE 112 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Offered fall semester.
 
German 232: People, Politics and Pop! Composition and Conversation II
People – past and present, German, Austrian, and Swiss -- politics of all kinds, and culture – high and pop – will be the topics of this course. Students will strengthen their ability to converse and write about a wide range of people, events and values in contemporary society. Course materials will be drawn from written materials, film, music, and internet sources to create an integrated collage of contemporary issues tailored in part to participants' specific interests and studies.. Students will continue to review advanced aspects of written and spoken German and improve their skills in understanding, interpreting and presenting information. Pre-requisite: GE 231 or permission of instructor. Offered spring semester.
 
German 310: A Cultural Approach to Literature in German
This course will introduce connections across centuries through a variety of genres and disciplines, such as history, art, theater, music, film, and pop culture, by examining literature and other German cultural artifacts from a thematic vantage point. Major themes such as wars and the Holocaust, literature as provocation, literature and the arts, society and the individual, and the writer’s place in society Germany and Austria will be used to structure the course. Students will be exposed to the works of major authors, as well as those of some lesser-known names. Pre-requisite: German 232 or permission of the instructor. This class is open to native-speakers of German. Offered fall semester every two years.
 
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)