Courses - Spring 2013


 

German 1115 (previously 1015) • Individualized German I

1-3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

For students who enrolled in German 101.51 under the quarter system and still have credits to complete at the level. No new enrollments. The course will be offered through spring 2013. Upon completion of 1015 students should enroll in 1102. Closed to native speakers of this language.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 101.01, 102.66, 1101.01, 1101.51, or 2 or more years of study in this language in high school, except by permission of department. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang
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German 1125 (previously 1025) • Individualized German II

1-3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

For students who enrolled in German 101.51 under the quarter system and still have credits to complete within the level.  No new enrollments. The course will be offered through spring 2013. Upon completion of 1025 students should enroll in 1103.51. Closed to native speaker's of this language. Repeatable to a maximum of 3 cr hrs or 3 completions. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course.
Prereq: 1101.01 (101.01) or 1101.51 (101.51). Not open to students with credit for 102.01 or 102.66
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German 1135 (previously 1035) • Individualized German III

1-3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

For students who enrolled in German 103.51 under the quarter system and still have credits to complete within the level.  No new enrollments. The course will be offered through spring 2013. Upon completion students enroll in 1104.01.  Closed to native speakers of this language.
Prereq: 1102.01 or 102.51. Not open to students with credit for 103.66 or 103.01. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course
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German 1101 • German I

4 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE Foreign Language course
Introduction to language and culture of the German-speaking world, with emphasis placed on the acquisition of basic communication skills in cultural context. CEFR Levels A1/A2. Not open to native speakers of this language through regular course enrollment or EM credits, or to students with 2 or more years of study in this language in high school, except by permission of dept.
Prereq: Not open to students with credits for 101.01, 4 sem cr hrs of 1101.51, or 5 sem cr hrs or 101.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE lit course. FL Admis Cond course.

Text: ISBN 978-3-468-96993-5  Berliner Platz 1 Neu: German for Beginners: Student Pack PLUS, English Edition


German 1102 • German II

4 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE Foreign Language course
Continued development of German-language skills and cultural knowledge for effective communication. Emphasis on more advanced language structures, sustained interactions, reading and writing. CEFR Levels A2/B1. Progress in sequential from one cr hr to the next, with proficiency at the level of 80% required for advancement. Not open to native speakers of this language.
Prereq: 1101, or 4 sem cr hrs of 1101.51, or concur: 1101.51, and permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 102.01, 102.51, 103.01, or 103.51. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. FL Admis Cond course.
Texts: ISBN 978-3-468-96993-5  Berliner Platz 1 Neu: German for Beginners: Student Pack PLUS, English Edition; ISBN 978-3-468-96994-2  Berliner Platz 2 Neu: Deutsch im Alltag: Student Pack PLUS; and ISBN 978-0-934034-38-8  English Grammar for Students of German*, fifth edition.


German 1103 • German III

4 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE Foreign Language course
Development of skills for independent use of German. Discussions, presentations, writing, & listening/viewing activities that address topics of contemporary German-speaking world. CEFR Level B1. Progress seq from cr hr to next. 80% prof req for adv.
Prereq: 102, 1102, or equiv, 4 cr hrs of 1102.51, or 1266. Students may register for 1102.51 and 1103.51 concurrently with permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 104.01, 104.51, or to native speakers of this language through regular course enrollment or EM credit. This course is available for EM credit. GE for lang course. FL Admis Cond course.
Texts: ISBN 978-3-468-96994-2  Berliner Platz 2 Neu: Deutsch im Alltag: Student Pack PLUS and ISBN 978-0-934034-38-8  English Grammar for Students of German, fifth edition.


German 2101 • Texts and Contexts I: Contemporary German Language, Culture and Society

Heck | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013
Heck | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Development of communication skills and knowledge about recent social, cultural, and political developments in German speaking countries through texts, media and film; CEFR level A2/B1. Closed to native speakers of this language.
Prereq: 1103 or 1103.51, or equiv, or permission of instructor. No audit. FL Admis Cond course.
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German 2102 • Texts and Contexts II: 20th-Century German Language, History and Culture

Spencer | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013
Byram | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Continued development of communication skills; gain an understanding of major social and cultural developments in 20th century German history through texts, media, film. CEFR level B1/B2. Closed to native speakers of this language.
Prereq: 2101 or equiv, or permission of instructor. FL Admis Cond course.
Texts:
ISBN 978-3-19-011657-7  Hering,  Matussek & Perlmann-Balme, Übungsgrammatik für die Mittelstufe. Hueber Verlag, 2009.
ISBN 978-3-12-676615-9  Mittelpunkt B2 + C1 Redemittelsammlung, Klett Verlag, 2008.


German 2251 • German Literature and Popular Culture

Hammermeister | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013 | The German Genius

A look at German culture and its many achievements, from X-rays to Beethoven and from Nietzsche to Mercedes Benz. Additional encounters with Bismarck, Einstein, Hitler, Marx and many others along the way. Taught in English. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. GE lit course.

B. Malkmus | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013 |   Mountains of the Mind: German Culture and Alpine Fascinations

Study of popular culture forms in relation to the artistic, intellectual, historic, and literary traditions of the German-speaking world. Taught in English.
Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. GE lit course.


German 2252H • The Faust Theme

M. Malkmus | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Major versions of the Faust story, their socio-cultural context, and their symbolic expression of recurring human concerns. Taught in English.
Prereq: Honors standing, and English 1110.01 (110) or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 263H. GE lit and diversity global studies course. EN Admis Cond course.
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German 2350 • Introduction to German Studies

Fehervary | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Overview of the development of German cultures, history, and ideas from the Middle Ages to the present in a transnational context. Taught in English.
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German 2367 • "Amerika" - German Literature and American Culture

Suggitt | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

German perspectives on and in 20th-century American culture. Influence of German thought and writings on American culture; German views of American culture. Taught in English.
Prereq: English 1110.01, 1110.02, and 1110.03 or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 367. GE writing and comm course: level 2. EN Admis Cond course.


German 3101 • Texts and Contexts III: Historical Perspectives

Heck | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013
B. Malkmus | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Development of intermediate/advanced communication skills; broadening of cultural and historical knowledge through interaction with literary and non-literary materials informed by historical perspective; CEFR level B2. Closed to to native speakers of this language.
Prereq: 2102 or equiv, or permission of instructor. FL Admis Cond course.
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German 3252 • The Holocaust in Literature and Film

Byram | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Reading, analysis, and discussion of representative works pertaining to the Holocaust from the perspectives of the German and Ashkenazic traditions. Taught in English.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 399, or Yiddish 3399 (399). GE lit and diversity global studies course. Cross-listed in Yiddish 3399.
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German 3253 • The German Experience in North America

Becker-Cantarino | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE Cultures and Ideas
Introduction to literature, culture, and history of German immigrants to North America, especially to the Midwest and Ohio, from the seventeenth century into the twenty-first.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 360. GE cultures and ideas course.


German 3300 • Wien Prag Berlin, 1900-1990 - Topics in German Culture Studies, Social and Intellectual History

Schuman | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Three cities, less than a day’s train ride apart. Three cultural epicenters, each with a distinct character, a distinct dialect of German, and a distinct history. This is a Cultural Studies and Intellectual History course for German Majors, Minors and anyone with interest and a high intermediate level of German. We will ex lore the history, culture, media, philosophy and literature of each of these incomparable cities.  Primary sources include film (M, Der Himmel über Berlin), architecture and visual arts (the Neue Sachlichkeit and Bauhaus ) , literature and folklore (the Golem) and philosophy (Adolf Loos).
This course is taught entirely in G E R M A N. Content geared toward improving students' critical comprehension and communication skills in German.
Prereq: 2102 and 2350, or equiv; or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 550. Admis Cond course.


German 3351 • Democracy, Fascism and German Culture

Spencer | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Culture of the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany in literature, film, the other arts; the roots of fascism and its echoes in postwar Germany. Taught in English.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 299. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.


German 3451H • Religion in Modern German Literature and Philosophy

Mergenthaler | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE Cultures and Ideas, GE Diversity: Global Studies, Honors Course

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Iron Curtain, and a century after Nietzsche’s famous proclamation that “God is dead,” we have allegedly been witnessing a global resurgence of religion and the beginning of a “post-secular age.” New, vigorous debates have emerged on the pros and cons of religion and secularization with respect to national and international peace, social justice, scientific development, and quality of life. For instance, in September 2012, the notorious “Mohammed video” has sparked demonstrations and violence all over the Islamic world and has renewed debates about where freedom of speech ends and hate speech begins. From the perspectives of the influential German traditions of philosophy, literature, psychology, and theology, this course explores the roles that religions can play in our modern societies.
We will begin with an exploration of Kant’s notion of an enlightened and simultaneously divine community and of Schleiermacher’s idea of society as a spiritual family. We will also explore Lessing’s notion of religious tolerance. Our investigation of these attempts to reconcile the Enlightenment with religion will be followed by a critical analysis of Marx’ and Freud’s claims that religious belief is the “opium of the people,” luring them into submission. A third focus of the course will lie on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. We will learn about Herzl’s Zionism and about endeavors to rethink both the Jewish and the Christian religion in light of the Holocaust. To conclude, we will explore contemporary thinkers’ ideas about how to conceive of the function of religion contemporary societies, concentrating on the dialogue between German philosopher Habermas and Pope Benedict XVI about ethics and on contemporary philosophical debates about atheism vs. belief. Students will also learn about and discuss the current significance of the historical ideas covered in this class. We will for instance, explore current debates about the relationship between religion and rationality, Zionism in contemporary Israel, and new economic, biological, and psychological explanations of religion.
Interdisciplinary perspectives on the relationship between religion and society from the Enlightenment to the present. Taught in English.
Prereq: Honors, and Soph, Jr, or Sr standing. Not open to students with credit for 590H. GE cultures and ideas and diversity global studies course.


German 3600 • Topics in German Linguistics/Language

Taleghani-Nikazm | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Understanding the German language in its historical development, standardization and its contemporary manifestations. Systematic overview of German phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and varieties of modern German.
Prereq: 2102 and 2350, or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 530. FL Admis Cond course.
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German 4250 • Heroes, Archetypes, and UFOs: The World of C.G. Jung. Senior Seminar in German Studies: Literature, Art and Film (English)

Hammermeister | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

In opposition to Freud, who considered the unconscious in purely sexual terms, C.G. Jung developed a depth psychology and cultural theory based on mythology and folk tales. By using sources as diverse as medieval alchemy, fairy tales, Indian mandalas, and Greek and Nordic myths, Jung arrives at notions of personal and collective healing. This course will introduce his basic concepts as well as some of their applications and effects in therapy, literature, and politics. Taught in English.
Prereq: 2350 or equiv, and Jr or Sr standing. FL Admis Cond course.       


German 4600 • Senior Seminar in German: Linguistics/Language - Deutsch im 20. Jhr. (German)

Grotans | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

This senior seminar will cover the history of the German language in the 20th century. We will study how the language has changed, been influenced and has itself influenced.  Readings will cover general history, as well as political, national, economic and societal issues of language; a general introduction to historical linguistics and sociolinguistics is also be included. Taught in German.
Sample Topics: Nationalism and standardization (Duden, Siebs, etc.)/ Language Purism and "Der allgemeiner deutscher Sprachverein;" Language and National Socialism; Stunde Null; Language in the GDR and BRD; Denglisch; Kanak Sprak; Kiezdeutsch.
Prereq: 3101, 3600, or equiv, and Sr standing, or permission of instructor. FL Admis Cond course.
Text: Astrid Stedje, Deutsche Sprache gestern und heute. 6th edition. Paderborn: Fink, 2007. (note: the 6th edition, not any older editions, must be purchased for this course!)


German 4602 • German for the Professions II

Corl | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Continued development of cultural knowledge and communication skills in German; study of business trends, traditions, and structures through audio, video, print materials; CEFR level B1-B2.
Prereq: 3602 or equiv, or permission of instructor. Not open to students with credit for 302. FL Admis Cond course.
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German 6102 • German for Research

Spencer | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Reading of difficult material at a reasonable rate of speed and with only infrequent use of dictionaries. No audit. Credit does not apply to the minimum hours required for the master's or doctoral degrees.
Prereq: A grade of C or above in 6101, or Grad standing, or equiv preparation demonstrated by placement test. Repeatable to a maximum of 6 cr hrs. Admis Cond course.
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German 8200 • Seminar in Literature and Literary Culture - No One Room of One's Own: German, British, American Women Writers and Literary Modernism

Fehervary | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

The seminar will focus on selected writings by major German, Austrian, British and American women writers in the era of modernism and the wake of two world wars. Our approach will be comparative, considering the commonality and diversity of twentieth-century women’s literature in regard to women, politics and class; patriarchy and illness; gender and sexuality; and the agencies of women and desire.
Requirements: individual reports and a 20-page research paper. German texts are available in translation for students enrolled from other departments.
Readings:
Rosa Luxemburg    “Letters from Prison”
Virginia Woolf         “A Room of One’s Own”; Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando
Christa Wolf            “Self-Experiment”; “Illness and Love”; No Place on Earth; Medea
Lillian Hellman         “Julia”
Anna Seghers         Uprising of the Fishers of St. Barbara; “The Excursion of the Dead Girls”
Grace Paley            “Goodbye and Good Luck”; “The Loudest Voice”
Ingeborg Bachmann“A Step Toward Gomorrah”; “Undine Goes”
Margaret Atwood    The Handmaid’s Tale
Prereq: 6500, Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs. Admis Cond course.


German 8300 • Seminar in Intellectual History and Cultural Studies ~ Poetologies of Knowledge: The Case of Metaphor

Mergenthaler | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Concepts, representations, and institutions of German culture in an international context; German intellectual history; theories of literature, arts, and culture.
Prereq: 6500, Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs. Admis Cond course.
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German 8300 • Romanticism, Literary Culture, and Politics: Bettina von Arnim and her Circle - Seminar in Intellectual History and Cultural Studies

Becker-Cantarino | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

The course focuses on a comprehensive approach to the developments and diversity of German literary texts and culture from Romanticism to Realism and is centered on Bettina von Arnims (1785-1859) literary work, her circle of literary friends, her artistic and political activities within a European framework. Her creative period spans roughly 60 years from the late Enlightenment to the literary and political activities of Junges Deutschland and the Forty-Eighters. Topics include:

  • auto/biographical writing,
  • considerations of genre and aesthetics,
  • letters and correspondences,
  • issues of periodization (Sensibility, Storm and Stress, Classicism, Romanticism and beyond),
  • folk literature and fairy tales,
  • the iconic Goethe;
  • the political salon;
  • literary and cultural politics in the 1840s;
  • the revolution of 1848;
  • women writers and Junges Deutschland;
  • American Transcendentalists and Germany (Bettina von Arnim, Wilhelm + Alexander von Humboldt, Goethe);
  • Reception of Romanticism and Bettina von Arnim.

Selections from: Karoline von Günderrode, Sophie von La Roche, Clemens Brentano, Achim von Arnim, Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre  (Mignon episodes), Des Knaben Wunderhorn, Kinder- und Hausmärchen, Heine, Die romantische Schule, Bettina von Arnim, Briefwechsel mit einem Kinde, Armenbuch, Dies Buch gehört dem König, „Polenbroschüre“, Ida Hahn-Hahn, Gräfin Faustine, Fanny Lewald, Jenny

Prereq: 6500, Grad standing, or permission of instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs. Admis Cond course.


German 8500 • Doctoral Colloquium

Fischer | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Regular student-driven discussions of ongoing dissertations, current topics in the professional field, and new research approaches to Germanic Studies.
Prereq: Successful completion of Ph.D. candidacy exams or permission from Director of Graduate Studies and instructor. Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr hrs. This course is graded S/U. Admis Cond course.
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German 8600 • Languages in Contact: Past and Present - Seminar in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics

Grotans | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

The seminar will cover theories of contact linguistics and bi- and multilingualism as they apply to the German-speaking regions and borders of Europe. We will begin with the present day and move backward in time discussing the interaction of language with nationalism, identity, history, politics, culture and education. General phonological, morphological, syntactic and lexical changes in the development of the German language will also be covered as will general approaches to historical and sociolinguistics.

Sample Topics: EU Multilingualism; Kanak Sprak and the German/Turkish interface; Denglisch/Russian influence; Multilingualism in Switzerland and Belgium; in the Austro-Hungarian-Empire; in the Hanseatic League; German speech islands in Europe and abroad; Á la mode and the 30 Years War; Eastern colonization (the Slavic, Baltic, Yiddish/German interface; minority languages e.g. Sorbian); Language in the Frankish Empire(s).
Prereq: 6600 and 6500. Repeatable to a maximum of 30 cr hrs. Admis Cond course.
Text: Astrid Stedje, Deutsche Sprache gestern und heute. 6th edition. Paderborn: Fink, 2007. (note: the 6th edition, not any older editions, must be purchased for this course!)


 

 


 


Scandinavian 5150 • Introduction to Old Norse-Icelandic

Kaplan | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

This course is an intensive introduction to the grammar of the Old Norse-Icelandic language. Students will learn crucial morphology and prepare translations of excerpts from medieval Icelandic texts of assorted genres. The diligent student will complete the course with the ability to read normalized Old Norse texts of intermediate difficulty on his or her own with the aid of a dictionary.
This course complements Scandinavian 3350: Norse Mythology and Medieval Culture, Scandinavian 5251: The Icelandic Saga, and the Swedish language sequence beginning with Swedish 1101. It may also be of interest to students of Old English language and literature.
Texts: E.V. Gordon, ed. An Introduction to Old Norse. 2nd ed. rev. A.R. Taylor. Oxford UP, 1983.
For students who expect to continue their study, the following text is recommended:
Geir T. Zoëga, ed. A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic. University of Toronto Press, 2004.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor (for undergraduates). Not open to students with credit for Scandnav 710. A working knowledge of Swedish, German, Old English or another Germanic language is extremely helpful. Familiarity with case languages such as Latin may also be useful. Students who have never studied any foreign language are advised to postpone enrollment in this course until they have done so.

 

 

Swedish 1102 • Swedish II

Risko | 4 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE Foreign Language
Development of skills necessary for the independent use of Swedish.  Discussions, presentations, writing and listening/viewing activities address topics of contemporary Sweden.
Prereq: Grade of C- or better in 1101. Not open to students with credit for 102.01, 103.01, or to native speakers of this language through regular course enrollment or EM credit. GE for Lang Course. FL Admis Cond Course.
Text: Althén, Anette. Mål 2 Lärobok (textbook with CD); Althén, Anette. Mål Övningsbok (workbook). Both Stockholm: Natur och Kultur (2007 edition).


 


 


 

Yiddish 2367 • Jewish-American Voices in U.S. Literature

Miller | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE Cultures and Ideas, GE Writing and Communication: level 2
Introduction to Jewish-American literature; development of expository writing and argumentation skills through systematic and critical reflection upon their own country from the perspective of an ethnic community.
Prereq: English 1110 (110) or equiv. Not open to students with credit for 367. GE writing and comm: level 2 and cultures and ideas course.


Yiddish 3399 • Holocaust in Yiddish and Ashkenazic Literature

Berry | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013
Hamblet | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

GE lit and diversity global studies course
Reading and analysis of texts, films and music pertaining to the topic of the Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany against European Jewry, and its impact on Ashkenazic-Jewish civilization.
Prereq: Not open to students with credit for 399. GE lit and diversity global studies course.


Yiddish 4721 • Studies in Yiddish Literature

Miller | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Advanced study of specific literary periods, figures, and/or topics involving extensive reading and discussion of appropriate primary and secondary source materials.
Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr. hrs.


Yiddish 7721 • Studies in Yiddish Literature

Miller | 3 credit units | Spring Semester 2013

Advanced study of specific literary periods, figures, and/or topics involving extensive reading and discussion of appropriate primary and secondary source materials.
Repeatable to a maximum of 9 cr. hrs. Specific topics not repeatable for credit.

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