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General Bulletin 2008-2010

Courses of Instruction

GERMAN (GER-Arts and Science; Department of German, Russian, and East Asian Languages)

101 Beginning German I (4)

Basic grammar and development of reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills. For students with no prior study of German.

102 Beginning German II (4)

Basic grammar and development of reading, speaking, writing, and listening skills. Prerequisite: GER 101, 111, or placement test.

105 Everyday Spoken German (2)

Introduction to the German Language with emphasis primarily on speaking. This course will cover a broad range of language functions from introducing and describing oneself to making suggestions and asking for clarification. It will also introduce students to everyday German culture.

111 Review of Basic German (3)

Covers same material as GER 101; for students with prior study of German. Upon completion of GER 111, students enroll in GER 102.

141 Modern German Film: A Window on German Culture (1)

Students view a German film each week and discuss it with instructor. Films have English subtitles. Discussion in English. Open to residents of German Language Floor. Not repeatable.

MPF 151 The German-American Experience (3)

Explores the role that America's largest ethnic group has played in the history and culture of the United States. Topics include German settlements in Colonial America, the Eighteen-Forty-Eighters, and German-Americans in Hollywood. CAS-B-Others. IIB, IIIA, H.

MPF 161 Romanticism: Roots of Modernity (3)

A multidisciplinary investigation of the literature, philosophy, and artistic creations of European Romanticism. Cross-listed with ENG 168. IIB, IIIB. H. CAS-B Lit.

179 Introduction to Jewish Studies (1)

Introduction to Jewish studies as a subject of academic study, basic concepts in Jewish studies and multidisciplinary approaches to Jewish studies. Cross-listed with ART, ENG, GEO, HBW, HST, POL, PSY, REL.

Advanced Courses

MPT 201 Second Year German I (3)

Comprehensive grammar review. Course material includes written and/or broadcast texts. Discussions and compositions in German. Prerequisite: GER 102 or placement test.

MPT 202 Second Year German II (3)

Emphasizes comprehension of written and spoken German. Course material includes written and/or broadcast texts. Discussions and compositions in German. Prerequisite: GER 201 or placement test. CAS-A.

212 Secular Jewish Culture From the Enlightenment to Zionism (3)

Surveys key aspects of secular Jewish culture, identity, thought, society & politics from mid 17th to mid 20th century. Significant treatment of Jewish life in Western Europe (France & Germany) and Eastern Europe; shorter treatment of Jewish experience in US & Mandate Palestine. Readings in English. Cross-listed with FRE/ RUS 212 and HST 211. CAS-B-Other Humanities.

MPF 231 Folk and Literary Fairy Tales (3)

Introduction to the principles of folklore studies. Close reading of all 210 tales in the Grimms' collection, and a survey of literary fairy tales from Goethe to Hesse and Kafka. Emphasis in the second half of the course is on the way literary tales use folklore motifs. Readings and discussion in English. IIB, IIIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.

241 Intermediate German Conversation (2, 2)

Instruction and practice in conversation skills. May be taken concurrently with GER 201, 202. Prerequisite: GER 102 or placement test.

242 Intermediate German Conversation (2, 2)

Instruction and practice in conversation skills. May be taken concurrently with GER 201, 202. Prerequisite: GER 102 or placement test.

MPF 251 German Literature in Translation: Changing Concepts of the Self (3)

Development of German literature from 1770 to the present centered on character portrayal and the changing assumptions about the self. Readings include Goethe, Schiller, Nietzsche, Mann, Kafka, Brecht, Freud, and Jung. Readings and discussion in English; knowledge of German not required. IIB, IIIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.

MPF 252 The German-Jewish Experience (3)

Discusses readings of and about major Jewish figures in the German-speaking world. Frames historical background. Discover constants and changes over time. Assesses terms for analyzing culture. In English. IIB, IIIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.

260 Topics in German Literature in Translation (3; maximum 12)

Introduction to issues in German literature. Knowledge of German not required. CAS-B-LIT. Offered infrequently.

MPT 261 German Cinema (3)

Survey of the German cinema from its golden age in the 1920s to present day. Representative films studied both as aesthetic works and as historical artifacts. Films with English subtitles. Readings, lectures, and discussions in English. Cross-listed with FST 261.

265 European Jewish Cinema (3)

Survey of European films by Jewish filmmakers or films dealing with Jewish themes, from 1920s to the present. Films with English subtitles. Readings and discussions in English. Cross-listed with FRE/ FST 265.

NOTE: Prerequisite to courses taught in German on the 300-level is GER 202 or equivalent.

MPT 301 German Languages Through the Media (3)

German language and cultural studies using media such as film, television, newspaper and magazine articles, and Internet sources. Taught in German. Prerequisite: Completion of GER 202 or equivalent (with permission of instructor).

303 German for Business (3)

Language skills development course based on an overview of contemporary German economic institutions and commercial practices.

305/306 Intensive Advanced German in Europe (3, 3)

Develops understanding as well as speaking, reading, and writing skills. Readings selected from contemporary German literature. Summer only.

MPF 309 Introduction to Linguistics (4)

Scope of linguistics: fundamental concepts and methods of linguistic science in its descriptive and historical aspects. Cross-listed with ATH 309, ENG and SPN 303. V. CAS-E.

MPT 311 Passionate Friendships in German Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present (3)

Examines how intimate relationships between individuals, the bonds of love and friendship, intersect with and are shaped by social expectation, cultural taboos, and historical events. The theme is developed chronologically, from the Middle Ages to the present, emphasizing specific issues of conflict between individual desires and social norms. Texts include prose, poetry, plays, essays, interviews, and films. Primary readings, written assignments, and discussions are in German. CAS-B-LIT.

MPT 312 Coming of Age in German Life and Thought (3)

Explores short and long texts as well as excerpts from works by some of the leading authors of German literature, written over several centuries. The intertwined themes of personal, social, political, and national maturation will guide this exploration. Lectures and discussions are in German. CAS-B-LIT.

MPF, MPT 321 Cultural Topics in German-Speaking Europe Since 1870 (3)

Explores several major cultural foci within the German, Austrian, and/or Swiss experience. Readings, discussions, guided research projects predominantly in German. IIIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.

MPF, MPT 322 Comparative Study of Everyday Culture: German-Speaking Europe and the U.S.A. (3)

Explores patterns of everyday life in German-speaking European culture and compares them with similar cultural patterns in contemporary U.S. life. Lectures, readings, and discussions in German. IIIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.

330 German Drama Production (1-2; maximum 8)

Study, rehearsal and stage production of a play or dramatic revue in German. Prerequisite: German 202 or permission of instructor.

331 The Structure of Modern German (3)

A study of the principles of syntax (sentence and phrase structure) and morphology (word structure including case inflection and conjugation) of modern German, both spoken and written.
350 Topics in Contemporary Writing - German (1 to 3) Explores current issues of German-speaking societies in contemporary as well as historical contexts.

356 Contemporary Jewish Fiction In Europe (3)

Fiction and autobiography from the 1970's to the present by Jewish authors of diverse European backgrounds. Emphasis on national identity and changing relationships to the Holocaust. Readings and discussions in English. Cross-listed with ENG/ FRE 356.

Note: The following courses except GER 442/542 require six hours chosen from GER 311, 312, 321, 322, or equivalent, except where noted.

404 Seminar in Advanced Business German (3)

Students work individually and in groups to attain skill level required for the International Business German Examination. Topics are from telecommunications, banking, accounting, corporate finance, commercial correspondence, and other areas. Ongoing group discussion, oral reports, role-playing, frequent written assignments, practice examinations. Prerequisite: GER 303 or permission of instructor.

410/510 Seminar in German Language and Literature (1-4)

Investigation of topic or problem established by instructor. CAS-B-LIT.

421 Survey of German Poetry (3)

Critical reading, reflection, and discussions on poetry written in German from pre-Christian fragments to contemporary poetry. Students study major poets, use correctly basic critical terminology used in scholarship, identify predominant themes and prevalent poetic forms. Offered alternate years.

422 Major Themes in German Drama (3)

Representative plays from the 18th to the 20th century are grouped around major themes such as (1) Gender, Love, and Sexuality; (2) Problems of Evil and Guilt; (3) Social Responsibility and Alienation. Classical and modern works are juxtaposed to explore changes in dramatic conventions and to differentiate between stage drama, radio play, and film. Offered alternate years.

423 Survey of German Prose Fiction (3)

Critical reading, reflection, and discussions of German prose fiction from its beginnings to the 20th century. By the end of the course students should have a fairly clear sense of the range of styles, the predominant themes, and the major figures of German prose. Offered alternate years.

461 Germany Milestones in the 20th Century (3)

An exploration of German life in the twentieth century, using film as the chief medium, and drawing upon other cultural artifacts to provide additional perspectives. Taught in German.

MPC 471/571 Linguistic Perspectives on Contemporary German (3)

The interaction of social factors and language in the development of the standard language of German, Austria and Switzerland throughout history until the present.

480 Department Honors (1-6; maximum 6)

Department honors may be taken for a minimum of four semester hours and a maximum total of six semester hours in senior year. Permission of instructor and department required.

610 Self-Paced Graduate Reading Course in German (1-6)

Prepares students pursuing advanced degrees in other departments to read German in their fields of study. Individualized format offers flexibility in scheduling, pace, and text selection. Prerequisite: graduate standing; seniors planning graduate study may seek permission of instructor.

680 Independent Study (1 to 6)

Independent study in German language and literature.


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