Academic Calendar 2022-2023

German (GRMN)

GRMN 101  Beginner's German I  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;120;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite None. One-Way Exclusion May not be taken with or after GRMN 102; GRMN 201; GRMN 202.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 102  Beginner's German II  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;12O;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 101) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. One-Way Exclusion May not be taken with or after GRMN 201; GRMN 202.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 201  Intermediate German I  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;12O;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 102) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 202  Intermediate German II  Units: 3.00  

A systematic review of grammatical structures with the aim of enhancing students' linguistic competence with particular emphasis on written communication.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;12O;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 201) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 203  German Conversation and Culture  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;12T;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 102) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 306  Business German in Workplace  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 307  Business German II: German in the Workplace  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 308  Topics in Cultural History I  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;12G;12O;60P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 309  Topics in Cultural History II  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;12T;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 311  Culture Through Stories in the 18th and 19th Century  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;12G;12O;60P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 312  Culture Through Stories in the 20th and 21st Century  Units: 3.00  

An introduction to reading, discussing, and writing about German literary texts in German. Major periods, authors, and texts of the 20th and 21st 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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;12G;12O;60P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Course Equivalencies: GRMN310, GRMN312  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 315  Work and Study in Germany  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (120P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Note Participation in the Werkstudentenprogramm is required.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 317  Contemporary Germany through Media and News  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120.5 (36S;12.5G;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 419  Roots of Fascism: Resistance to Liberalism in the 19th Century  Units: 3.00  

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. Students in a GMST Plan will submit written assignments, tests, and examinations in German. Normally, students will read German texts in the original.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Exclusion LLCU 319.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 420  Fascism in Europe from Napoleon to Hitler  Units: 3.00  

An introduction from a cultural perspective to the growth of the fascist mentality in Europe and the emergence of fascist regimes. The course will treat Italian Fascism and the Third Reich as part of the broader conservative and nationalist challenge to liberalism.
NOTE Taught in English together with LLCU 320. Students in a German Plan will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally students will read German texts in the original.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Exclusion LLCU 320; INTS 320. Equivalency INTS 320.  
Course Equivalencies: GRMN420; LLCU320  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 425  Is Less More? Historic and Current Cultural Aspects of Minimalism and Reduction  Units: 3.00  

The current surge of minimalist movements (e.g. de-cluttering) offers insight into the texture of present and past cultures. The course will explore spiritual, health related, economic and aesthetic aspects of reductionist movements concerning nutrition, lifestyle, housing, design and exercise.
NOTE GRMN 425 is taught concurrently with LLCU 325 with the same instructor/same room. Difference in level because students in GRMN 425 will complete their assignments and tests in German language, while LLCU 325 will complete their assignments and tests in English.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36S;24G;24O;36P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Exclusion LLCU 325.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 426  Film in the New Europe  Units: 3.00  

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. Students in a German Plan will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally, they will read German texts in the original.
LEARNING HOURS 114 (36L;6O;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Exclusion LLCU 326.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 427  Sickness and Health - Cultural Representations in Medical Discourse  Units: 3.00  

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. Students concentrating in German will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally students will read German texts in the original.
LEARNING HOURS 114 (36L;6O;72P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Exclusion LLCU 327.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 429  Uncanny Encounters: Narrative Analysis of the Fantastic Genre  Units: 3.00  

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. Students in a GMST Plan will submit written assignments, tests and examinations in German. Normally, students will read German texts in the original.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (12L;24S;12G;24O;48P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Exclusion ENGL 273; LLCU 329.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 433  Conflict and Culture: Literature, Law, and Human Rights  Units: 3.00  

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. Students in a GRMN Plan will submit written assignments, tests, and examinations in German. Normally, they will read German texts in the original.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (36L;84P).

Requirements: Prerequisite (A minimum grade of a C in GRMN 202) or permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Exclusion LLCU 322.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 531  Directed Special Studies I  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (120P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 532  Directed Special Studies II  Units: 3.00  

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.
LEARNING HOURS 120 (120P).

Requirements: Prerequisite Permission of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 594  Independent Study  Units: 3.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 595  Independent Study  Units: 6.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 596  Independent Study  Units: 12.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 597  Independent Study  Units: 18.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science