Courses

Courses in English for Spring 2020

German R5B- Reading and Composition Courses (4 units): Feldman in charge
(Taught in English)

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 R5B Section 1: Staff
TBA

German R5B Section 2: Staff
TBA

German R5B Section 3: Staff
TBA

German R5B Section 4: Staff
TBA


German 24 (1) Freshman Seminar. Feldman
“Nietzsche at the Movies”
In this freshman seminar we will read and discuss short excerpts from the work of Friedrich Nietzsche and relate those excerpts to popular films. We will focus on the following topics: Apollo vs. Dionysus; strength and weakness; truth and representation; history; and repetition. The goal is to develop a cursory understanding of some central Nietzschean concepts.


German C24 (4) Freshman Seminar. Feldman
(Taught in English)

“Marx, Nietzsche, Freud”
Marx, Nietzsche and Freud revolutionized how western readers view truth, history and power. This course will investigate what made their thought so revolutionary, focusing on the following themes: truth, power, religion and critique of Enlightenment.


German 160K/Film 160 (4)  Weimar Cinema. Kaes
(Taught in English)

“Berlin/Hollywood: Cinema and the Modern Experience”

This course will focus on the cinema of the Weimar Republic (1918-1933) and discuss classics such as The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Metropolis, and M, as well as many newly restored discoveries from this rich and influential period of film history. We will explore the stylistic impact of these films on mainstream genres such as horror, science fiction, and film noir, and examine how they have shaped our view of the conditions and crises of modernity. Whether technological war, gender and sexuality, class struggle, or the rise of fascism, Weimar cinema addresses the most pressing questions of its time — and our time — by creating a radically new film language and new ways to tell a story. Throughout the course, we will bring German cinema into dialogue with Hollywood, from classics like Dracula and Frankenstein to current productions. The course will be conducted in the most interactive way possible through open discussions in class, group presentations, and weekly posts on bCourses that comment on the readings and films. No knowledge of German is required.


German 160B (4) Fascism and Propaganda.  Richter
(Taught in English)

This course will explore the methods, effects and history of propaganda using the example of National Socialism (1933-1945) and will focus on the relationship between politics, propaganda and public opinion. It will highlight practices of persuasion, manipulation and attempts to shape perceptions as well as direct behavior to achieve the responses intended by the National Socialists. We will discuss the role that propaganda played in the National Socialists’ rise to power. Central institutions, organizational structures and actors will be introduced as well as practices and media such as films, newspapers, posters, exhibitions, photos, commemoration days and speeches. Besides the methods and intended effects we will also explore sources which provide insights into reactions of the public to the major themes and into the reception of campaigns by the State.  No German required. Readings, discussion, coursework in English.