Reading and Composition Courses
Readings and discussions in English. Fulfills the second half of the university’s Reading & Composition Requirement (equivalent to English 1B, Comp. Lit. 1B, etc.).
German R5A. Reading and Composition (4)
Section 1: Staff
Section 2: Staff
Section 3: Staff
Section 4: Staff
Section 5: Staff.
German 39R (4) Freshman Seminar. Balint
“Ideas of Education: From Goethe to Dear White People”
What is the purpose of education? Should the university prepare students for the job market or emphasize the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake? Is knowledge a value in itself? This course explores these questions, among others, while concentrating on the German idea of Bildung. It introduces students to the classical idea of education and self-formation by reading a wide range of texts from German philosophy, intellectual history, and literature. Furthermore, the course traces the history of this idea by exploring how Bildung informs contemporary literary works and film. Emphasis will be on issues of class, race, and gender. Readings, discussions, and coursework in English; no German necessary.
German 160A (4) Century of Extremes. Richter
This lecture will explore Germany’s political and cultural history from 1914 to the reunification of the two German states in 1990. This period was marked by the rise and fall of the first German democracy during the Weimar Republic, the First and the Second World War, the rise of extreme ideologies, the Cold War, and the fall of the Iron Curtain. Against the background of these developments we will focus on continuities and ruptures in German society during the Weimar Republic, National Socialism, the two Republics after 1949 (FRG and GDR), and the (unified) Federal Republic of Germany. By comparing the various dimensions and characteristics of Germany’s radical transformations this course introduces students to major political, social, and cultural changes, emphasizing questions of gender, class, religious identities and milieus; the impact of total war; and the roots of dictatorship and democracy. Course materials will include primary sources in translation and state-of-the-art scholarship on German history, self narratives, as well as contemporary literature, popular images, music and films. Taught in English.
German 179 (3) Special Topics. Kaes
“The Bauhaus and Its Legacy”
This multidisciplinary course explores the history, theory, and international influence of the Bauhaus movement which started as a radical art and design school in Germany in 1919, one hundred years ago. Although it was cut short by Hitler, its impact on architecture, design, painting, photography, film, theater, dance, even typography and pedagogy is undisputed. Members of the Bauhaus sought to make modernist avant-garde available to the masses. In this course we will discuss its utopian writings about a new architecture; read manifestoes about experimental new approaches to the arts; and study the legacy of Bauhaus principles in today’s consumer product design. Underlying theoretical concepts of the Bauhaus aesthetics, such as abstraction and media specificity, will be examined with the help of concrete examples (ranging from buildings and design to films and photographs). The seminar-style course is meant to inspire original research and possible artistic production. All readings are in English; students with reading knowledge of German will have access to the German originals.
NOTE: Majors and Minors who wish to take this course as a “german taught” requirement must enroll in an additional discussion section. Please contact Nadia Samadi directly for more information.