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Courses for Fall 2022
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 105 (4) “Middle High German”. Tennant
This is the gateway course for students who want to read, in the original language, German texts written between 1100 and 1500. It pairs well with German 270 (History of the German Language) and is useful for students of German who are taking courses that feature texts written before 1700 as well as for those in other fields who plan to conduct archival research involving earlier German texts. Middle High German (MHG) is also useful for students studying Yiddish and other earlier Germanic literatures. For those who have not previously tackled a ‘historical’ language, the course provides an approach to learning languages no longer spoken that preserve traces of cultures no longer directly accessible. It introduces hallmark authors and genres from the first great age of German secular literature, including the Nibelungenlied and the romances of Hartmann von Aue and Gottfried von Strassburg. The course helps students acquire the fundamentals of MHG grammar and learn to approach the court culture of the High Middle Ages in Germany through textual evidence. By the end of the semester most students gain enough skill in the language and familiarity with courtly literary traditions to let them undertake further reading and research in these areas without additional formal instruction.