Courses

Courses in German for Spring 2022

Courses Spring 2022 

German 1 (5) Elementary German I. Euba.
(Taught in German)

Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet two or five times a week. Prerequisite: German 1 is intended for students who have not previously taken courses in German.

Course Objectives:
This introduction to the German language focuses on the development of basic communicative competencies (spoken and written) while sensitizing students to the links between language and culture. Students will be able to understand and use high frequency vocabulary and basic grammatical structures and engage with a broad variety of texts from various genres, including poetry, news reports, songs, and the visual arts. 


German 2 (5) Elementary German II. Euba.
(Taught in German)

Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet five times a week. Prerequisite: 1 semester of college-level German or equivalent.

Course Objectives:
This German language course continues the development of basic communicative competencies (spoken and written) while sensitizing students to the links between language and culture. Students will be able to understand and use high frequency vocabulary and basic grammatical structures and engage with a broad variety of texts from various genres, including poetry, news reports, songs, and the visual arts. 


German 3 (5) Intermediate German I/Topics in German Language and Cultural History. Euba
(Taught in German)

Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet five times a week. Prerequisite: 2 semesters of college-level German or equivalent.

Course Objectives:
Embedded in the context of German-speaking regions, their history and culture, this course focuses on the development of communicative competencies (spoken and written), the expansion of vocabulary, and the review and practice of grammatical structures. Students will be guided towards more creative and analytical expression by engaging with texts from a variety of genres such as poetry, drama, news features, and the visual arts.


German 4 (5)Intermediate German II/Topics in German Language and Culture. Euba
(Taught in German)

Fall/Spring. Five units; classes meet five times a week. Prerequisite: 3 semesters of college-level German or equivalent.


German 101 (3) Advanced German Conversation, Composition, and Style. Staff
(Taught in German)

Prerequisite: 4 semesters of college-level German or equivalent.

Objectives: Focusing on genres, this advanced level language course will help students to improve and expand on spoken and written language functions utilizing a variety of works from literature, journalism, broadcasting, fine arts and the cinema. The final goal is to enable students to participate in the academic discourse – written and spoken – at a linguistic and stylistic level appropriate for an advanced student of German in upper division courses. Readings and Discussions in German.


German 103 (4) Introduction to German Linguistics. Shannon
(Taught in German; readings in German and English)

This course is intended to introduce students to the principles, methods, and results of the scientific study of the German language. It serves as the gateway course for the further study of German linguistics at the undergraduate level. The first part of the class will focus on the synchronic (i.e. non-historical) description of contemporary German, giving a survey of the various major fields of linguistics as they apply to German and highlighting some of the most characteristic features of the language. The second part of the course will concern itself with variation in German. This unit will consist of a brief thumbnail sketch of the historical origin of German and the development of the modern standard language as well as social and regional variation in contemporary usage. The semester will conclude with a short overview and sampling of German dialects, including songs and narrative texts. There are no prerequisites for this class and no prior experience with linguistics is presupposed. However, an advanced knowledge of German (at least German 4 level) is expected. Lectures will be conducted in German; students are encouraged to use German in discussion, but English is also permissible. There will be regular written assignments, a mid-term, and a final exam. Assignments will be written in German, but exams may be written in German or English. Readings will include Johnson & Braber (2008), Exploring the German language and Bergmann et al. Einführung in die deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (2005);  PowerPoint presentations, additional readings and various handouts will be available on bCourses.


German 179 (3) Special Topics.  Tennant
“The World of Yesterday”

For a few brief decades at the end of the nineteenth century, the city of Vienna witnessed an extraordinary and unprecedented flowering of the arts, politics, philosophy, and industry. Vienna in this period was a city of great variety, contrasts, and contradictions—ethnic, social, political, and economic. It was at once splendid and squalid, progressive and decadent. Emperor Franz Josef maintained the aristocratic, Catholic tradition of the monarchy through social policies that were alternately enlightened and repressive. Artists, intellectuals, and businessmen from across the empire met in the Viennese coffeehouse culture that gave rise to ideas that shaped the Art Nouveau, the Zionist movement, the theory of psychoanalysis, and even the Russian Revolution. This was the world of Freud and Herzl, Hofmannsthal and Schnitzler, Bruckner and Mahler, Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos, Klimt and Schiele, and also of Lueger. This was a world that valued beauty, feeling, and style, but also was deeply infused with class and racial prejudice.

This seminar will explore the remarkable aesthetic production and the conflicted social and intellectual climate of Vienna around 1900. We will concentrate primarily on literary and journalistic writers of the period, but will also sample the work of some of the great painters, decorative artists, and musicians who contributed to the unique, cosmopolitan, prewar atmosphere. The syllabus will include works by Sigmund Freud, Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Theodor Herzl, as well as a film by director Max Ophüls, and, depending on student interest, an opera by Richard Strauss.  NOTE: Readings for this course will be in “German” but most are also available in “English”.