Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

DEPARTMENT OF

Languages, Literatures and Cultures

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German

The Department offers language acquisition, culture and literature courses in German. German can be taken as elective, can be part of the World Language Studies minor or Linguistics Plans; or taken toward a medial or minor in German Studies. If you have taken German up to 300-level; are not in German medial or minor, and your overall GPA on those courses is 2.90 or higher, you are eligible for a Certificate of Competence.

Course Title Description
GRMN 101/3.0 Beginner's German I This course is for students with no previous knowledge of German. The course concentrates on the basic language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and introduces elements of German culture as recorded in its customs, history and literature.
GRMN 102/3.0 Beginner's German II This course is for students with a limited background in German. The course concentrates on the basic language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking) and introduces elements of German culture as recorded in its customs, history and literature.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 101/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 201/3.0 Intermediate German I A continuation of GRMN 102/3.0 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 A grade of C in GRMN 102/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 202/3.0 Intermediate German II A systematic review of grammatical structures with the aim of enhancing students’ linguistic competence with particular emphasis on written communication.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 201/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
GRMN 203/3.0 German Conversation and Culture 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 A grade of C in GRMN 102/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 306/3.0 Business German I: German in the Workplace Designed for students at the intermediate-advanced level. The course aims at developing communicative competence in the fields of business, commerce, industry, and German in the workplace, with specific emphasis on oral communication. The course prepares students for the internationally recognized exam Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf. Students can write the exam on campus.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
GRMN 307/3.0 Business German II: German in the Workplace Designed for students at the intermediate-advanced level. The course aims at developing communicative competence in the fields of business, commerce, industry, and German in the workplace, with specific emphasis on approaches to intercultural communication. The course prepares students for the internationally recognized exam Zertifikat Deutsch für den Beruf. Students can write the exam on campus.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 308/3.0 Survey of German Cultural History I Intensive development of language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in the course of a general introduction to the cultural history of the German-speaking countries up to and including the nineteenth century.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 309/3.0 Survey of German Cultural History II Intensive development of language skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening) in the course of a general introduction to the cultural history of the German-speaking countries in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 311/3.0 German Language and Culture through 18th- and 19th Century Literature 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 A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 312/3.0 German Language and Culture through 20th-Century Literature 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 A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 315/3.0 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.
NOTE Participation in the Werkstudentenprogramm is required.
PREREQUISITE Permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 317/3.0 Contemporary Germany through Media and News This course's aim is threefold: to improve students' comprehension and production of oral and written German through practice in reading, writing, listening and speaking; to increase their knowledge of contemporary issues in Germany, with a special focus on transnational perspectives; and to better their analytic skills and media literacy.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 419/3.0 Roots of Fascism: Resistance to Liberalism in the 19th Century A survey of various currents of thought from 19th-century Europe that illustrate conservative discomfort with industrial society and help to make the outbreak of fascism understandable after 1918. The course will distinguish between conservative, nationalist, aesthetic, and religious trends, illustrated by relevant readings from different countries.
NOTE Taught in English together with LLCU 319/3.0. Students in a GMST Plan will submit written assignments, tests, and examinations in German. Normally, students will read German texts in the original.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 420/3.0 Fascism in Europe from Napoleon to Hitler 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.
NOTE Taught in English together with LLCU 320/3.0. Students in a German Plan will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally, they will read German texts in the original.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 426/3.0 Film in the new Europe This course will investigate how the new Europe and film shaped each other. European film is our starting point for investigating the connections between work and art. Topics will include: urban space; (post- and para-); socialist societies; border crossings, especially gendered labour and cultural flows.
NOTE Taught in English together with LLCU 326/3.0. Students in a German Plan will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally, they will read German texts in the original.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 427/3.0 Sickness and Health – Cultural Representations in Medical Discourse Investigates cultural images and metaphors of disease, with an emphasis on the evolution of normalcy. We will study representations of disease (photography, museum exhibit, literary text), their historic development, and theoretic reflections on media with respect to both historical and contemporary notions of sickness and health.
NOTE Taught in English together with LLCU 327/3.0. Students concentrating in German will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally students will read German texts in the original.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
GRMN 429/3.0 Uncanny Encounters: Narrative Analysis of the Fantastic Genre The course offers an overview of the related genres of the Fantastic, the Fairy Tale, Dystopia, Science Fiction, and Horror. Examples will include popular works such as the Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, and/or The Hunger Games, but also traditional texts by Hoffman and Kafka. Parallel to the fictional works, the course offers theoretical analysis.
NOTE Taught in English together with LLCU 329/3.0. Students in a GMST Plan will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally, students will read German texts in the original.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
GRMN 433/3.0 Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law and Human Rights 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).
NOTE Taught in English together with LLCU 322/3.0. Students in a GRMN Plan will submit written assignments, tests, and examinations in German. Normally, they will read German texts in the original.
PREREQUISITE A grade of C in GRMN 202/3.0 or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
GRMN 531/3.0 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 Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
GRMN 532/3.0 Directed Special Studies II 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 Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.