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2010-2011 Academic Year

Arts and Science Departments, Programs and Courses German Language and Literature Courses of Instruction


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The Department of German does not offer all of the courses listed in the Calendar every year. For the most up-to-date information on the availability of courses offered in the current year, check QCARD or consult with the departmental office.
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GRMN-061*/0.5 Introduction to Reading German Level I
This course introduces the student to reading strategies, grammar, resources and basic vocabulary and leads to a second-year reading knowledge of German in 12 weeks. Students work independently and must have access to a computer with CD-ROM capability.
NOTE    This course is open to students completing a concentration in German Studies but not one in German Language and Literature or Business German.
NOTE    CD ROM approximate cost $60.
NOTE    The workload is comparable to that of a standard 0.5-credit course such as GRMN 101*.
Also offered as a distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies. 
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GRMN-101*/0.5 Beginner's German I 3L;1T
These courses are for students with no previous knowledge of German (101*) or a limited background (102*). Both courses concentrate on the basic language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and introduce elements of German culture as recorded in its customs, history and literature.
Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
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GRMN-102*/0.5 Beginner's German II 3L;1T
For a complete description, see GRMN 101*.
Also offered at the Bader International Study Centre, Herstmonceux.
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GRMN-105*/0.5 Germany: Cultural History and National Identity I 3L
An interdisciplinary introduction to concepts of national identity through a survey of German culture and history from antiquity to the end of the First World War. The course considers discourses of national identity alongside the intersections of history, sociology, politics, religion, and culture (literature, art, music). Attention will be paid to the pre-history of nationhood among Germanic peoples in a European context.
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GRMN-106*/0.5 Germany: Cultural History and National Identity II 3L
An interdisciplinary introduction to concepts of national identity through a survey of German culture and history from the end of the First World War to the present. The course considers discourses of national identity alongside the intersections of history, sociology, politics, religion, and culture (literature, film, art, music, philosophy). Attention will be paid to the cultural roots of Nazism and Germany's role in the European Union.
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GRMN-201*/0.5 Intermediate German I 3L;1T
A continuation of GRMN 102* aimed at expanding basic language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Students will review and deepen their knowledge of grammatical structures through exposure to a variety of German-language media and culture. PREREQUISITE    65 per cent in GRMN 102* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-202*/0.5 Intermediate German II 3L;1T
A systematic review of grammatical structures with the aim of enhancing students’ linguistic competence with particular emphasis on written communication. PREREQUISITE    65 per cent in GRMN 102* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-203*/0.5 German Conversation and Culture 3L;1T
An intermediate conversation course designed to advance skills in oral communication and cultural competence, supported by grammar instruction and written assignments. Students will engage with different media sources, including German-language television, film, internet, print media and music. PREREQUISITE    At least 65 per cent in GRMN 102* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-206*/0.5 Business German: German in the Workplace I 3L;1T
An introduction to the contemporary terminology of German in the workplace, designed for students at the intermediate level. Although all four language skills will be developed, there is a strong emphasis on oral communication. The course also aims at developing cross-cultural awareness.
NOTE    It is strongly recommended that students take GRMN 201* and GRMN 202* concurrently.
PREREQUISITES    GRMN 101* and GRMN 102* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-207*/0.5 Business German: German in the Workplace II 3L;1T
For a complete description, see GRMN 206*. PREREQUISITES    GRMN 101* and GRMN 102* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-221*/0.5 German Film I: Expressionism to Weimar (In English) 2L;2P
Introduction to German film from early Expressionism to the Weimar Republic and National Socialism. Films will be examined from the perspective of historical, political and cultural context as well as with respect to the development of film technique vis-à-vis other artistic media such as literature and theatre.
EXCLUSION    GRMN 121*.
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GRMN-222*/0.5 German Film II: New German Cinema to the Post-Unification Period (In English) 2L;2P
A survey of West German cinema from the 1960s to the present. A selection of internationally recognized films with English subtitles will be shown in class and examined in their historical, political, and cultural contexts.
EXCLUSION    GRMN 122*.
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GRMN-251*/0.5 German Literature and Culture in a Global Context I 3L
An introduction to German literature and ideas in the Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Realism. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of German-language writers on the English-speaking world and in a global context. The course includes writers such as Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Keller, Büchner, Heine, and Fontane. PREREQUISITE    Second-year standing or above.
EXCLUSION    GRMN 151*.
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GRMN-252*/0.5 German Literature and Culture in a Global Context II 3L
An introduction to German literature and ideas from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Emphasis will be placed on the impact of German-language writers on the English-speaking world and in a global context. The course includes writers such as Nietzsche, Freud, Mann, Kafka, Brecht, Grass, Bachmann, Wolf, and Özdamar. PREREQUISITE    Second-year standing or above.
EXCLUSION    GRMN 152*.
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GRMN-262*/0.5 Reading German Level II
This course teaches highly specialized language skills through a computer program in the student’s individual area of interest, discipline or research field, i.e., humanities, business and economic, chemistry and music, and leads to a reading knowledge of German comparable to fourth-year language courses. Students work independently and must have access to a computer with CD-ROM capability.
NOTE    The workload is comparable to that of a standard 0.5-credit course.
PREREQUISITE    GRMN 061* or equivalent.
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ARTH-306*/0.5 Schinkel to Speer: German Architecture from 1815 to 1945 3L
For a complete description see Art. Students may use this course in a German concentration.
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GRMN-306*/0.5 Business German: German in the Workplace III3L;1T
A continuation of GRMN 206* and GRMN 207*, designed for students at the intermediate-advanced level. The course aims at further developing communicative competence in the fields of business, commerce and industry, and German in the workplace, and prepares students for the internationally recognized exam Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf. Students can write the exam on campus. PREREQUISITES    GRMN 201* and GRMN 202*, GRMN 206* and GRMN 207*, or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-307*/0.5 Business German IV 3L;1T
For a complete description, see GRMN 306*. PREREQUISITES   GRMN 201* and GRMN 202*, GRMN 206* and GRMN 207*, or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-308*/0.5 Survey of German Cultural History I 3L;1T
Intensive development of language skills, including exercises in translation and free composition as well as oral practice, in the course of a general introduction to the cultural history of the German-speaking countries. PREREQUISITE    65 per cent in GRMN 202* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-309*/0.5 Survey of German Cultural History II 3L;1T
A continuation of GRMN 308* with a focus on the 20th century. PREREQUISITE    GRMN 202* or equivalent.
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GRMN-311*/0.5 German Language and Culture through 18th- and 19th-Century Literature 3L;1T
An introduction to reading, discussing and writing about German literary texts in German. Major periods, authors, and texts of the 18th and 19th centuries will be examined in their cultural and historical contexts. Students will be exposed to different genres: excerpts from novels and dramas, as well as short stories, poems and film adaptations. PREREQUISITE    65 per cent in GRMN 202* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-312*/0.5 German Language and Culture through 20th-Century Literature 3L;1T
An introduction to reading, discussing and writing about German literary texts in German. Major periods, authors, and texts of the 20th century will be examined in their cultural and historical contexts. Students will be exposed to different genres: excerpts from novels and dramas as well as short stories, poems and film adaptations. PREREQUISITE    65 per cent in GRMN 202* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
EXCLUSION    GRMN 310*.
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GRMN-315*/0.5 Work and Study in Germany
Students who have participated in the Werkstudentenprogramm (or an equivalent program or internship) may obtain academic credit on their return by presenting, by the end of the fall term of the same year, a 2,500 word essay about their experiences and submitting to a 90 minute written and a 20 minute oral exam, all in the German language. PREREQUISITE    Participation in the Werkstudentenprogramm or equivalent.
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INTS-320*/0.5 Fascism in Europe: From Napoleon to Hitler 3L
An introduction to the growth of the fascist mentality in Europe from a cultural perspective. The course will treat the Third Reich as part of the broader conservative and nationalist challenge to liberalism. PREREQUISITE    Second-year standing or above.
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INTS-321*/0.5 Global Cities: Imagining the City in a Transnational World 3L
A comparative discussion of the representation of global cities in contemporary fiction, film, and scholarly criticism from an international, transcultural, and interdisciplinary perspective. The course explores the relationship between the city and globalization and the widely varying narratives it has engendered. PREREQUISITE    Second-year standing or permission of the Department.
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INTS-322*/0.5 Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law, and Human Rights 3L
An examination of international discourses on conflict and resolution, including theories of reconciliation, human rights, and international law, as portrayed in various media (fiction, theatre and film) and diverse cultural contexts (e.g. ancient Greece, Germany, South Africa and Canada). PREREQUISITE    Second-year standing or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-409*/0.5 Advanced Language Skills I 3L/T
Advanced work on various aspects of the German language, involving intensive practice in writing and conversational skills; translation of literary and non-literary materials from and into German; and exercise in stylistic and structural analysis of literary and non-literary German in a variety of registers and contexts. PREREQUISITE    65 per cent in GRMN 309* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-410*/0.5 Advanced Language Skills II 3L/T
For a complete description, see GRMN 409*. PREREQUISITE    65 per cent in GRMN 309* or equivalent or permission of the Department.
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GRMN-423*/0.5 Goethe and his Age 3S;1T
An examination of the classical age of German literature concentrating on drama. The texts to be discussed will include the first part of Goethe's Faust but also works by several other authors. Readings and assignments are in German. PREREQUISITE    1.0 credit from GRMN 308*, GRMN 309*, GRMN 310*, GRMN 311*, GRMN 312* or equivalent.
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GRMN-424*/0.5 Romanticism and Realism 3S;1T
An examination of the currents of German literature in the years between the death of Goethe in 1832 and the rise of modernism in the 1890s. Readings will include fiction by Theodor Fontane, with a particular focus on his portrayal of Bismarck's Berlin. Readings and assignments are in German. PREREQUISITE    1.0 credit from GRMN 308*, GRMN 309*, GRMN 310*, GRMN 311*, GRMN 312* or equivalent.
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GRMN-431*/0.5 German Modernity: From Vienna to Weimar 3S;1T
An analysis of the culture of modernity as manifested in German texts from the decadent age of Vienna at the turn of the century to the anxiety-ridden Weimar Republic. A variety of cultural texts, including films, will introduce important authors and movements. Readings and assignments are in German. PREREQUISITE    1.0 credit from GRMN 308*, GRMN 309*, GRMN 310*, GRMN 311*, GRMN 312* or equivalent.
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GRMN-441*/0.5 Masterpieces of Twentieth-Century German Narrative 3S;1T
A study of selected masterpieces of twentieth-century German narrative, typically including texts by such authors as Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Hermann Hesse, Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass. Readings and assignments are in German. PREREQUISITE    1.0 credit from GRMN 308*, GRMN 309*, GRMN 310*, GRMN 311*, GRMN 312* or equivalent.
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GRMN-453*/0.5 Contemporary German Women’s Writing, East and West 3L; 1T
This course has the same course content as GRMN 353*, but with the readings and assignments in German. Students in the two courses will attend the same classes, but those enrolled in GRMN 453* will in addition attend a weekly one-hour tutorial to study linguistic aspects of the German texts. PREREQUISITE    1.0 credit from GRMN 308*, GRMN 309*, GRMN 310*, GRMN 311*, GRMN 312* or equivalent.
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GRMN-505*/0.5 History of the German Language I
A survey of the historical development of the German language, including Old High German, Middle High German, and New High German. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the Head of the Department.
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GRMN-506*/0.5 History of the German Language II
For a complete description, see GRMN 505*. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the Head of the Department.
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GRMN-510/1.0 Die deutsche Novelle
A reading course involving an intensive independent study of works representative of the genre "Novelle" in the 19th and 20th centuries. Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the relevant critical literature; a reading list and a select bibliography are available. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the Head of the Department.
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GRMN-511*/0.5 Special Topics I
Specialized study, as circumstances permit, of a particular author, genre, theme, movement, literary form, or some combination of these elements.
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GRMN-512*/0.5 Special Topics II
For a complete description, see GRMN 511*.
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GRMN-531*/0.5 Directed Special Studies I
Reading courses enabling individual study of a particular author or problem in greater depth, the specific topic to be selected in consultation with the Head of Department. An essay of appropriate length may, after consultation, be submitted in either course in lieu of a final examination. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the Head of the Department.
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GRMN-532*/0.5 Directed Special Studies II
For a complete description, see GRMN 531*. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the Head of the Department.
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GRMN-540/1.0 Directed Studies I
Directed reading course as a capstone project to a degree concentration in German. The student can expect to develop skills in project development, independent research, and essay writing. The purpose is to enable a student to gain a greater depth in a particular aspect within the field of German Studies. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the Undergraduate Chair.
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GRMN-541/1.0 Directed Studies II
Directed reading course as a capstone project to a degree concentration in German. The student can expect to develop skills in project development, independent research, and essay writing. The purpose is to enable a student to gain a greater depth in a particular aspect within the field of German Studies. PREREQUISITE    Permission of the Undergraduate Chair.
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