Bulletin--German Discipline

GERMAN


College of Humanities
(See Foreign Languages—German in the Academic Programs section for information on degrees)

All upper division courses are conducted in German with the exception of GER 600 and 610/810.

Undergraduate Courses

101 First Semester German (5) [GE]

Instruction in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German. Emphasis on the spoken language. Laboratory attendance required. (See the Foreign Languages Department statement in the Academic Programs section.)

102 Second Semester German (5) [GE]

Prerequisite: GER 101 or equivalent. Continuation of First Semester German. Laboratory attendance required.

201 German for Reading (3)

Designed for students either with limited or no background in German. Develops ability to read texts in German and prepares students for graduate reading exams.

206 Intermediate German Conversation (3)

Prerequisites: GER 101 and 102 or equivalent. Course in German conversation using language skills acquired in GER 101 and 102. Group discussions based on German texts, films, tapes, and slides. Also includes skits, reports, and demonstrations.

207 Intermediate German (3)

Prerequisite: GER 102 or equivalent. Understanding, speaking, reading, and writing German at the intermediate level.

301 German in Review (3)

Prerequisites: GER 206 and 207 or equivalent. Review of German structure and speech patterns. Compositions, oral presentations, and group discussions based on short stories, newspaper articles, contemporary films, and other cultural topics.

305 Advanced Grammar and Composition (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. Analysis of grammatical constructions. Study and exercises in style. Practical exercises in composition.

306 Advanced German Conversation (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or consent of instructor. Conversation and exchange of ideas based upon contemporary German life and letters.

325 Applied German Linguistics: Phonetics and Phonemics (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. Application of modern descriptive linguistics to the analysis of the phonetic and phonemic systems of German. Comparative approach German/English. Laboratory practice. Required for majors, minors, and credential candidates.

326 Applied German Linguistics: Morphology and Syntax (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. Application of modern descriptive linguistics to the study of morphology and syntax of the German language. Recommended for majors, minors, and credential candidates.

341 Intensive Language Practice and Analysis (3)

Prerequisite: GER 305. Systematic and intensive study of written and oral expression. Designed for advanced students of German. May be repeated for up to nine units of credit.

401 German Culture and Civilization (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. Highlights of German culture and civilization from the beginning to 1918.

402 Contemporary German Civilization (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. German civilization from 1918 to the present.

502 Germany (BRD) Today

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. Germany today: its achievement, challenges, problems, potential dangers, and important developments, trends, issues, figures that have shaped the Bundesrepublik. Paired with GER 802. Students who have completed GER 502 may not take GER 802 later for credit.

510 German Literature I (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. A survey of the literary development from the Middle Ages through the Age of Goethe (with special emphasis on the Literature of the Enlightenment, Storm and Stress, Classicism and Romanticism).

511 German Literature II (3)

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. Reading and analysis of representative authors from 1830 to the present.

528 German Classicism (3)

Prerequisites: GER 510 and 511 or equivalent. Representative works of central figures of the period with emphasis on Lessing, Goethe, Schiller.

533 Fantastic Tales/Utopian Visions (3)

Prerequisites: GER 305 and 510 or equivalent. Fantastic literature from the nineteenth and twentieth century. Focus on problems of existence, E.T.A. Hoffmann to Christa Wolf. Paired with GER 833. Students who have completed GER 533 may not take GER 833 later for credit.

539 German Literature: 1950 to Present (3)

Prerequisite: GER 305 or 341. German literature in the context of a united Germany. Exploration of specific themes, symbols, and structures in the works of East and West German writers. Paired with GER 839. Students who have completed GER 539 may not take GER 839 later for credit.

556 Drama from Kleist to Hauptmann (3)

Prerequisites: GER 510 and 511 or equivalent. The major works of representative authors of the period.

560 East German Writers (3)

Prerequisites: GER 510 and 511 or equivalent. Examination of how East German writers view the human condition. Discussion of conflict between literary creativity and official demands of state. Paired with GER 860. Students completing GER 560 may not take GER 860 later for credit.

566 The German "Novelle" of the Nineteenth Century (3)

Prerequisites: GER 510 and 511 or equivalent. Studies of the "Novelle" by prominent writers of the nineteenth century.

600 Topics in German Literature and Culture (3) [GE]

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Exploration of various aspects of German literature and culture. Lectures, readings, and discussions in English. Open to all students. (For German major or minor by special permission only.) May be repeated when topics vary.

610 Goethe's Faust I and II in English (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor. An in-depth study of Goethe's Faust. Backgrounds, context, criticism. Emphasis on aesthetic, universal, enduring values. In English. Paired with GER 810. Students who have completed GER 610 may not take GER 810 later for credit.

612 Thomas Mann in English (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor. Authentic/stylistic study of Mann's greatest writings, his philosophical, humanistic position. Relationship to Joyce, Proust, Kafka, and others. In English. Paired with GER 812. Students who have completed GER 612 may not take GER 812 later for credit.

614 Crisis and Quest in English (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor. Works by Kafka, Rilke, Musil, Heidegger which reflect deep changes, social dilemmas, new ethic in twentieth century. In English. Paired with GER 814. Students who have completed GER 614 may not take GER 814 later for credit.

615 Faust: Re-Vision in English (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor. From Medieval to Romantic texts Faustian exploitation typified Western life; newer versions require fundamental reevaluation. In English. Paired with GER 815. Students who have completed GER 615 may not take GER 815 later for credit.

699 Special Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: consent of department chair and instructor. Special topics in German. Written projects requiring critical analysis and interpretation of linguistic or literary problems. Material adapted to individual needs and interests. May be repeated for credit.

Graduate Courses

Prerequisite for each graduate course in German: admission to German program or consent of instructor.

700 Seminar in Research Methods (1)

Problems and methods in research, bibliography, and criticism.

745 Seminar in the Development of the German Language (3)

The German language—its origin and growth. Important aspects of modern German, clarified through the study of the evolution of the language.

801 Seminar: Topics in German Culture and Civilization (3)

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Selected topics dealing with essential aspects of German culture and civilization. May be repeated when topics vary.

802 Germany (BRD) Today

Prerequisite: GER 104 or equivalent. For course description, see GER 502. Paired with GER 502. Students who have completed GER 502 may not take GER 802 for credit. GER 802 covers more advanced material and written assignments.

810 Goethe's Faust I and II in English (3)

For course description, see GER 610. Paired with GER 610. Students who have completed GER 610 may not take GER 810 for credit. GER 810 covers more advanced material and written assignments.

812 Thomas Mann in English (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor. For course description, see GER 612. Paired with GER 612. Students who have completed GER 612 may not take GER 812 for credit. GER 812 covers more advanced material and written assignments. German and Comparative Literature M.A. candidates will write papers in German.

814 Crisis and Quest in English (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor. For course description, see GER 614. Paired with GER 614. Students who have completed GER 614 may not take GER 814 for credit. GER 814 covers more advanced material and written assignments. German and Comparative Literature M.A. candidates will write papers in German.

815 Faust: Re-Vision in English (3)

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or consent of instructor. For course description, see GER 615. Paired with GER 815. Students who have completed GER 615 may not take GER 815 for credit. GER 815 covers more advanced material and written assignments. German and Comparative Literature M.A. candidates will read original German texts. German M.A. candidates will write papers in German.

821 Seminar in Literary Genres (3)

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Seminar in German literary genres: the German novel, novella, short stories, drama, essays, or poetry. May be repeated when genres vary.

831 Seminar in Literary Movements or Periods (3)

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. Advanced study of German literary movements or literary periods. May be repeated when movements or periods vary.

833 Fantastic Tales/Utopian Visions (3)

Prerequisites: GER 305 and 510 or equivalent. For course description, see GER 533. Paired with GER 533. Students who have completed GER 533 may not take GER 833 for credit.

839 German Literature: 1950 to Present (3)

Prerequisite: GER 305 or 341. For course description, see GER 539. Paired with GER 539. Students who have completed GER 539 may not take GER 839 for credit.

860 East German Writers (3)

Prerequisites: GER 510 and 511 or equivalent. For course description, see GER 560. Covers more advanced material, written assignments, and oral presentation than GER 560. Paired with GER 560. Students completing GER 560 may not take GER 860 for credit.

880 Seminar: Individual Authors and Works (3)

Individual authors or works to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated when authors or works vary.

890 Integrative Seminar I (3)

Prerequisite: admission only by consent of graduate major adviser. Culminating experience of students' graduate study in German literature. Exploration of various literary themes from the Middle Ages to the present. Intensive reading and discussion to further develop students' critical perception.

891 Integrative Seminar II (3)

Prerequisite: consent of graduate adviser. Continuation of GER 890. Exploration of various literary themes from the Middle Ages to the present. Short prose and dramatic works. Intensive reading and discussions to further develop students' critical perception.

899 Special Study (1-3)

Prerequisites: consent of graduate major adviser and supervising faculty member. Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the departmental faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment by petition.


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