Courses

Summer Courses

GERMAN 1: Elementary German.  Staff

MTWT 9-12P, DWINELLE 235

Class Number: 13657

Units/Credit: 5

Session A: May 28 – July 5

 

GERMAN 2: Elementary German.  Staff

MTWT 9-12P, WHEELER 124

Class Number: 13659 

Units/Credit: 5

Session D: July 8 – August 16

 

GERMAN 3: Intermediate German.  Staff 

MTWT 9-12P, DWINELLE 106

Class Number: 15683  

Units/Credit: 5

Session 1: May 28 – July 5

                           

GERMAN R5B sec.001: Reading and Composition –Salehi

TuWTh 8-10:30A, DWINELLE 87

Class Number: 13660   

Units/Credit: 4

Session A: May 28 – July 5

Description:
“Germany, the self-anointed land of poets and thinkers, is the birthplace of communism. This course will survey the legacy of communism in German literature and culture, from Karl Marx’s 1848 famous manifesto through the tumultuous first half of the 20th century and up to the end of the socialist project in East Germany. In addition to Marx himself, this R5B invites students to engage critically with literary and theoretical texts by such luminaries of Marxism and communism in the German tradition as the novelist Christa Wolf, the philosopher Theodor W. Adorno, the filmmaker Alexander Kluge, the political activist Rosa Luxemburg, and the poet and playwright Bertolt Brecht.  All readings and written assignments are in English. The primary purpose of this course, which satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition requirement, is to help students cultivate the research, vocabulary, and argumentation skills necessary to write convincing academic papers.”

GERMAN R5B sec.002: Reading and Composition- Shell

TuWTh 3-5:30P, DWINELLE 206

Class Number: 13661   

Units/Credit: 4

Session A: May 28 – July 5

Description: 

“Language and worldview in light of Germanic mythology”

The primary purpose of this course, which fulfills the second component of the Reading and Composition Requirement, is to help students develop college-level skills in critical reading and academic writing. We will conduct close reading and analysis of texts, and the writing of clear and persuasive arguments. Subsequently, we will write a series of essays in which will be dedicated to general topics in grammar, rhetoric, and style.

In this course, we will use many major texts such as the Poetic Edda, the Prose Edda, the HêliandVölsunga Saga and Das Nibelungenlied. In addition to this selection, we will also include fragments, e.g., laws against paganism, place names, and the Germanic pluralistic idea of a “soul”, that will help to provide clues to the ancient Germanic religions and myths and their worldview. We will further explore these issues by researching the Christianization of the Germanic tribes and the degree of language contact within the migration period. When reading theses texts, we will ask such questions as: how are thought, identity, and culture influenced by language and vice-versa? While the linguistic culture may not be the only focus, we will debate this topic heavily.  

GERMAN R5B sec.003: Reading and Composition –Harris

TuWTh 10-12:30P, DWINELLE 283

Class Number: 13663   

Units/Credit: 4

Session A: May 28 – July 5

Description:

“Speculative Bodies”
Speculative fiction, also known as science fiction, is a genre enjoyed by millions, whether in dystopian novels, superhero films, or television series such as Star Trek or Westworld. Though it can be appreciated purely as entertainment, speculative fiction also invites deeper analysis of themes concerning identity and the relation of humans to their environments and society. Historically this genre has served as a method of social commentary, allowing authors to criticize governments, regimes, and society under the cover of fiction. Though set in a strange world – whether a voyage to space, a parallel reality, or one impacted by a life-changing technology – speculative fiction explores themes much closer to home, such as class, labor, race, gender, and connections between humanity and morality.

This course is concerned with the symbolic use of novel bodies in speculative fiction, including monsters, robots, and clones. These creations serve as a reflection for characters, and the reader, to examine concepts of identity and what it means to be human. Where are the boundaries between human and machine, how do they change, and why might they matter in our present society? What can these authors’ portrayals of humans, androids, and “monsters” indicate about their beliefs and cultural values; and how can the reception of these materials illustrate our own? With materials ranging from Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus to Black Mirror, this course will analyze portrayals of bodies in science fiction, their depictions, meaning, and influence on thought.

GERMAN R5B sec.004: Reading and Composition- Hoehn

TuWTh 10-12:30P, WHEELER 126

Class Number: 13662   

Units/Credit: 4

Session D: July 8 – August 16
Description:
TBA