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Have you completed the 100-level German sequence but still have questions about grammar? Are adjective endings, cases, and verb placement still a bit of a mystery to you? If you answered yes to these questions, this course is for you. We will focus on clarifying fundamental grammatical concepts and on how to use them in real-life situations. In addition, we will build upon this foundation and expand your knowledge of grammar by exploring more subtle nuances of the German language. As we work on mastering the grammar, we will continue to refine your writing skills, listening comprehension and speaking ability. Students will complete a writing project and take several quizzes, a midterm and a final exam.
Instructor: Victoria Finney
Prerequisite: German 107 or the equivalent, or instructor’s permission.
This course will focus on speaking and writing about everyday situations. Can you explain in German how to get from the Green Turtle Bar to The Scrounge? Can you tell someone how to make your favorite dish? Can you describe the layout of your dorm room, or tell the doctor where it hurts? Topics we’ll consider will include: describing yourself, your family, and your surroundings; traveling, shopping, cooking, going out to dinner, giving directions, and using a computer. Your participation in this course will greatly expand your German vocabulary, improve your speaking skills, and hone your writing abilities. Frequent use of short German videos will increase your listening comprehension, and there will be selective review of some points of grammar. Students will be asked to complete short essays and projects, to create and narrate at least one short film on their phones, and to take midterm and final exams.
Instructor: Nancy Nobile
Prerequisite: German 107 or equivalent
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What motivates the action in German literature? How has that changed over time? In this course we will consider why the era of “modern” German literature is said to have begun 250 years ago, and how many of the topics and concerns of the authors and their characters in German drama, prose and poetry between the late 18th and early 20th centuries have remained relevant since then. Then we will investigate how some of those themes appear in films of the 20th & 21st centuries. The goals of the course are to provide students with an overview of German literature and culture from the 18th to the 20th century, improve their German skills and learn how to do close reading. Students will write several short papers, two essays, and a midterm and final exam.
Instructor: Ester Riehl
Prerequisite: for majors: three 200-level courses taught in German; for minors: two 200-level courses taught in German
In this course we will focus primarily on the 20th century, a time of dramatic upheavals in Germany. Some of the topics we’ll discuss include urban modernization at the dawn of the century, the Weimar Republic, the rise and fall of the Third Reich, the two Germanys of the Cold War period, and Unification. To help illustrate these topics, we’ll consider readings (including a graphic novel), paintings, architecture, music, and film. Students will be asked to participate actively in class discussions, to write short essays/homeworks, and to take a midterm and final exam.
Instructor: Nancy Nobile
Prerequisite for majors: three 200-level courses taught in German
Prerequisite for minors: two 200-level courses taught in German
This course fulfills a College of Arts and Sciences Group B requirement.
The novella tradition in the German language in incredibly rich. In order to see how diverse authors have employed this versatile, musical form, we’ll read novellas beginning from Romanticism in the early 19th century and ending with Expressionism in the early 20th century. Novellen have the advantage of being both short and densely wrought; they thus give students opportunity to read with good comprehension and to hone their analytical skills. Works we’ll discuss will include those by Kleist, E.T.A. Hoffmann, Stifter, Keller, Hofmannsthal, and Kafka. Students will be asked to participate actively in class discussions, to write short essays, and to take a midterm and final exam.
Prerequisite for majors: three 300-level courses taught in German