Academic Calendar 2021-2022

German (GRMN)

GRMN P61  Introduction to Reading German Level I  Units: 3.00  

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.
NOTE Also offered as a distance course. Consult Continuing and Distance Studies.
NOTE Students work independently and must have access to a computer with CD-ROM capability.
NOTE CD ROM approximate cost $60.
NOTE The workload is comparable to that of a standard 3.0 unit language acquisition.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
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  German Culture through Stories- 18th & 19th Century  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 (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 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 310  Grmn Lang. & Cult 20th C. Lit.  Units: 3.00  

Requirements: GRMN202 OR GRMN200  
Course Equivalencies: GRMN310, GRMN312  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 311  Topics in Cultural History I  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 (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 312  Topics in Cultural History II  Units: 3.00  

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.
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.  
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  
GRMN 800  Professional Skills  Units: 6.00  

An introduction to the practical, professional, and theoretical contexts of graduate studies in German literature, this non-credit tutorial of two hours per week during the fall and the winter term is obligatory for all graduate students not specifically excused by the Graduate Coordinator. Two term hours; fall and winter.  All faculty.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 810  Introduction To Old Norse  Units: 3.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 811  Readings In Old Norse  Units: 3.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 812  Gothic  Units: 3.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 814  Old Saxon  Units: 3.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 840  16th & 17th Century Lit.  Units: 6.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 851  Rationalism Rococo  Units: 3.00  

A study of important aspects of the pre-classical period, centred on the works of either Lessing or the authors of the Sturm und Drang. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 862  Weimar Classicism  Units: 3.00  

An introduction to the historical situation of this movement, a close reading of several of its core works, and a discussion of its critical legacy.  Three term-hours; winter.  D.V. Pugh.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 863  18th Century Aesthetics  Units: 3.00  

A historical survey of the development of aesthetics and criticism in eighteenth-century Germany. Fall term. D.V. Pugh

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 865  Goethe  Units: 3.00  

This course is designed to familiarize students with a representative selection of Goethe's poetry, drama, and prose works.  Three term-hours; winter.  A. Bohm.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 870  Early German Romanticism  Units: 3.00  

After examining the background and the characteristics of the Romantic period, this course will concentrate on Frühromantik, with emphasis on Novalis. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 871  German Romanticism  Units: 3.00  

The emphasis in this course will be on Heidelberger Romantik and on Spätromantik, concentrating on Brentano and Hoffmann respectively. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 872  Heine  Units: 3.00  

This seminar is intended to deepen understanding of German literary and intellectual history of the first half of the 19th century, taking the dominant figure of Heinrich Heine as a paradigm to show the crosscurrents of his own time and his influence as one of the first engaged writers of the post-Romantic period.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 880  20th Century Novel  Units: 6.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 881  19th Century German Drama  Units: 3.00  

Detailed study of representative dramas from Kleist to Hauptmann.  Three term-hours; winter. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 882  German Realism  Units: 3.00  

This course uses theoretical, critical, and cultural approaches to discuss realist novels and novellas of the second half of the 19th century. C. Arndt.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 883  German "Novelle" 19th Cent.  Units: 3.00  

A representative sample of Novellen from Goethe to Hauptmann will be examined in detail. In addition to discussing the style and content of each work, an attempt will be made to reach some conclusions concerning the problematic nature of the genre. Three term-hours; fall. W.Nell

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 884  Fin-De-Siecle Vienna  Units: 3.00  

A study of selected writings of major authors active in Vienna around 1900, including George, Hofmannsthal, and Schnitzler, examined in the larger historical, political, and cultural context.  Three term-hours; winter.  J. Scott. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 885  Topics In Psychoanalytic Crit.  Units: 3.00  

Offering an introduction to several different theorists and periods of psychoanalysis from Freud to the present, this seminar will examine the intersections of psychoanalytic thought and literary texts from various genres and periods.  Three term-hours; fall.  J. Scott. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 886  Thematic Studies In Modernism  Units: 3.00  

This seminar will treat a specific theme in modernist literature and thought, examining a variety of authors and genres with relation to a particular issue such as mythological adaptation, mourning, memory, subjectivity, or sexuality. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 887  Postwar German-Jewish Literat.  Units: 3.00  

A study of Jewish literature in the German-speaking world since 1945, including such authors as Becker, Behrens, Biller, Dischereit, Honigmann, Menasse, Rabinovici, Schindel, and Seligmann. Discussion will include issues of diaspora, generation, and gender. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 888  Women's Literature In German  Units: 3.00  

A study of selected texts by women writers in the German-speaking world from 1968 to the present. Special attention will be paid to themes and writing strategies that reflect women's consciousness of self and the world.  Not offered 2008-2009.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 890  Special Topics  Units: 3.00  

Specialized study, as circumstances permit, of a particular author, genre, theme, movement, literary form, or some combination of these elements. Three term-hours; winter. A. Bohm.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 891  Narrating Nations  Units: 3.00  

This course explores literature and film of the Germanies with a special emphasis on Cold War narratives of colonialism, fascism, and transnationalism.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 892  The German Novel  Units: 3.00  

A study of the German novel, its theory and development, with particular emphasis on 20th-century authors, e.g., Hesse, Böll, Kafka.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 894  Master's Pattern III Oral Exam  Units: 6.00  

After satisfactory completion of eight term-length courses, the MA candidate will have to pass a 50-minute oral examination on aspects of German literature and culture. Typically, the student will prepare 5 primary texts of substantial length and, if applicable, a limited number of secondary texts.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 895  Modern German Literature/Film  Units: 3.00  

A study of the relationship between literary texts and film adaptations. Special emphasis will be placed on the close examination of narrative techniques in selected texts and in the films they inspired.  Three term-hours; winter. J. Hosek

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 896  20th Century Studies I  Units: 3.00  

Specialized study of literature in German during the period 1900-1945, focusing on the detailed examination of a particular genre, theme, movement, literary form, or author, or some combination of these elements. Three term-hours; fall. J. Scott. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 897  20th Century Studies II  Units: 3.00  

Specialized study of literature in German during the period since 1945, focusing on the detailed examination of a particular genre, theme, movement, literary form, or author, or some combination of these elements. Three term-hours; fall.  P. Fachinger. 

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 899  Master's Thesis Research  Units: 6.00  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 901  The Theory Of Narrative  Units: 3.00  

An introduction for students of German literature to the major contemporary currents in the poetics of narrative fiction, focusing on a consideration of structuralist and semiotic theories of narrative and their practical application to selected texts. Three term-hours; fall.  

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 903  21st-Century Studies  Units: 3.00  

Specialized study of German literature and/or film in the 21st century, focusing on the detailed examination of a particular genre, theme, movement, literary form, or author, or some combination of these elements.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 904  Terrorism In Literature & Film  Units: 3.00  

A study of representations of terrorism in recent literature and film, focusing on those of the Red Army Faction and the events of September 11, 2001 and their national and global repercussions.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  
GRMN 905  Transnational German Lit.&Film  Units: 3.00  

A study of cross-cultural contact and interaction in contemporary German literature and film. 3 term-hours; Fall 2010. P. Fachinger.

Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science