Courses for Fall 2021
Please note that all sections of German 1 through German 4 will still meet five hours per week, however at each level we are introducing sections that will meet three days per week, rather than five days per week.
German 1 (5) Elementary German I. Euba in charge.
Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet three or five times a week. All four foreign language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) are addressed to help students acquire communicative competence in the German language while being sensitized to the links between language and culture. German 1 is for students with no prior knowledge of German.
German 2 (5) Elementary German II. Euba in charge.
Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet three or five times a week. In German 2, students will continue to develop communicative competence in the German language and expand their sensitivity toward the relationship between language and culture. While all language skills will be addressed, additional emphasis will be on the various styles of written and spoken German. Prerequisite: German 1 or equivalent.
German 3 (5) Intermediate German I. Topics in German Language and Cultural History. Euba in charge.
Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet three or five times a week. While continuing to expand students’ communicative competence in German, this content-driven course will provide insights into postwar German history and cultural trends. The primary focus will be on the development of literacy skills (critical reading and writing), vocabulary expansion, and a thorough review of structural concepts. Students will be guided toward expressing themselves on more abstract topics, such as language and power in society, multiculturalism, rebellion and protest, and social justice, and toward drawing connections between texts and contexts by using a variety of text genres (journalistic, historical, short story, poetry, drama, advertising, film).
German 4 (5) Intermediate German II. Topics in German Language and Culture. Euba in charge.
Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet three or five times a week. In this fourth-semester German language course, students work on strengthening their interpretative abilities as well as their written and oral forms of expression. While continuing the development of communicative competence and literacy skills, students will discuss a variety of texts and films and try to find innovative ways in which to engage with familiar presuppositions about who we are, about what determines our values and actions, and about the function and power of language.
German 100 (3) Introduction to Reading Culture. Dewulf
This course offers an introduction to the history of German literature, with a focus on reading culture. This course is intended to acquaint students with selected works from German cultural history and to familiarize them with various methods of interpretation and analysis. Required for all German majors. Fulfills the Letters & Science requirement in Arts and Literature or International Studies. Taught in German. Students with native fluency in German are not eligible to enroll. Prerequisite: German 4.
German 101 (3) Advanced German Conversation, Composition, and Style. Euba
Focusing on five central themes, this advanced-level language course will help students improve and expand on spoken and written language functions utilizing a variety of works from different genres in journalism, broadcasting, literature, fine arts, and cinema. The final goal is to enable students to participate in the academic discourse (written and spoken) to a linguistic and stylistic level appropriate for advanced students of German in upper division courses. Fulfills the Letters & Science breadth requirement in Arts and Literature or International Studies. Taught in German. Students with native fluency in German are not eligible to enroll. Prerequisite: German 4.
German 102D (3) Advanced Language Practice: Popular Culture in Germany. Staff
In Germany, pop culture is the object of ongoing and heated debates. Taught in German. Students with native fluency in German are not eligible to enroll. Prerequisite: German 4.
German 172 (4) German Dialects. Shannon
In this course students will examine questions of geographical and social variation in the German language. Discussions will concern the difference between language and dialect, the division of German dialects and the history of German dialect study, various linguistic features characteristic of the major German dialect areas, and issues involving the use of dialect versus standard language in contemporary German-speaking societies. Our work will include the use of dialect maps as well as actual dialect texts, both written and recorded. Interested undergraduate as well as graduate students are welcome. Readings will include (portions of): Barbour & Stevenson, Variation in German and Russ, The dialects of modern German; and various articles and excerpts which will be available in pdf-format on bCourses. In addition to regular readings and homework assignments, grades will be based on active participation and an exam or paper. Readings will be mainly in English (German counterparts sometimes available); classroom discussion will be in English. No prerequisites, though some knowledge, and of course, interest in German and dialects is highly desirable. Taught in German.