German

GN 1511. ELEMENTARY GERMAN I

Cat. I An intensive language course designed to teach concise expression of ideas in writing and speaking. Basic grammar and significant cultural aspects are introduced through the aid of readings, audio-recordings, video, and oral group interaction. (Formerly GN 2616.)

GN 1512. ELEMENTARY GERMAN II

Cat. I A continuation of Elementary German I. Recommended background: GN 1511.

GN 2511. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I

Cat. I A continuation of Elementary German II, with increased emphasis on oral and written expression. Basic textbook is supplemented by a collection of simple literary texts by the Grimm brothers, Brecht, and Bichsel. Recommended background: Elementary German II.

GN 2512. INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II

Cat. I A continuation of Intermediate German I. Recommended background: GN 2511.

GN 3511. ADVANCED GERMAN I

Cat. I Reading and in-class discussion of a wide variety of contemporary nonfictional and fictional texts. Some video viewing. Weekly brief writing assignments and continued expansion of vocabulary. Weekly vocabulary quiz. Review of grammar and introduction to advanced stylistic problems. Recommended background: Intermediate German II.

GN 3512. ADVANCED GERMAN II

Cat. I A continuation of Advanced German I. Recommended background: GN 3511. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

GN 3513. SURVEY OF GERMAN CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE FROM 1871 TO THE PRESENT

Conducted entirely in German, the course presents an overview of the development of modern Germany and its culture since the founding of the Second Empire. Background readings in German and English provide the basis for in-class discussion of selected authentic German texts of various kinds: literary works, official documents, political manifestos, letters, and diaries. At least one film will be shown. A number of recurring themes in German culture will inform the content of the course: authoritarianism versus liberalism, idealism versus practicality, private versus public life. Recommended background: GN 3511 (Advanced German I) and GN 3512 (Advanced German II) or equivalent. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

GN 3514. SEMINAR ON SELECTED TOPICS IN GERMAN LITERATURE

The content of the seminar will change from time to time. The course will focus either on an author (e.g., Goethe, Heine, Kafka, Gunter Grass, Christa Wolf ), a genre (e.g., lyric poetry, drama, narrative prose), a literary movement (e.g., Romanticism, expressionism), or a particular literary problem (e.g., literature and technology, writing and the Holocaust, writing and the city). The seminar will be conducted entirely in German. Recommended background: GN 3511 (Advanced German I) and GN 3512 (Advanced German II) or equivalent. This course satisfies the Inquiry Practicum requirement.

GN 3516. GERMAN FILM

Cat. II Since its beginnings in the early 20th century, film has been a powerful medium for popular entertainment as well as a potent expression of society?s dreams, fears, and values. Films made in the German-speaking countries are no exceptions, from early expressionist films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari through Nazi documentaries like Triumph of the Will to today?s feature films such as Grizzly Man and Run Lola Run! Many German directors have achieved international renown. This course, conducted in German, will examine representative German-language films from various perspectives: historical, socio-political, and thematic. Films will be shown in German with English subtitles. The course will include weekly screenings, discussion sessions, and substantial written assignments. Recommended background: GN 3512 or higher. This course will be offered in 2014-15 and in alternating years thereafter.

 
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