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Spring 2017

GERM 102-01

Elementary German II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Brigetta Abel

Notes: Continuation of introduction to German language and culture. Vocabulary acquisition continues within broader contexts. Emphasis on both oral and written production with continuing development of reading and listening skills. Students develop creativity and facility with the language using primarily concrete vocabulary within meaningful contexts. The course provides an introduction to extended reading in German as well. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 102-L1

Elementary German II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: Continuation of introduction to German language and culture. Vocabulary acquisition continues within broader contexts. Emphasis on both oral and written production with continuing development of reading and listening skills. Students develop creativity and facility with the language using primarily concrete vocabulary within meaningful contexts. The course provides an introduction to extended reading in German as well. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 102-L2

Elementary German II Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: Continuation of introduction to German language and culture. Vocabulary acquisition continues within broader contexts. Emphasis on both oral and written production with continuing development of reading and listening skills. Students develop creativity and facility with the language using primarily concrete vocabulary within meaningful contexts. The course provides an introduction to extended reading in German as well. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 102-L3

Elementary German II Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: Continuation of introduction to German language and culture. Vocabulary acquisition continues within broader contexts. Emphasis on both oral and written production with continuing development of reading and listening skills. Students develop creativity and facility with the language using primarily concrete vocabulary within meaningful contexts. The course provides an introduction to extended reading in German as well. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 102-L4

Elementary German II Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: Continuation of introduction to German language and culture. Vocabulary acquisition continues within broader contexts. Emphasis on both oral and written production with continuing development of reading and listening skills. Students develop creativity and facility with the language using primarily concrete vocabulary within meaningful contexts. The course provides an introduction to extended reading in German as well. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-01

Accelerated Elementary German

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Rachael Huener

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-L1

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: MW
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-L2

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-L3

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-01

Intermediate German I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Brigetta Abel

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-L1

Intermediate German I Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-L2

Intermediate German I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-L3

Intermediate German I Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 204-01

Intermediate German II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Rachael Huener

Notes: The course aims to help students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within culturally appropriate contexts. Students develop the ability to comprehend authentic spoken German on a variety of topics at length. They develop effective strategies for comprehending a variety of texts and text types. They gain increased facility with extended discourse, such as narrating and describing. Writing in German is also developed so that students can write extensively about familiar topics. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 204-L1

Intermediate German II Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: The course aims to help students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within culturally appropriate contexts. Students develop the ability to comprehend authentic spoken German on a variety of topics at length. They develop effective strategies for comprehending a variety of texts and text types. They gain increased facility with extended discourse, such as narrating and describing. Writing in German is also developed so that students can write extensively about familiar topics. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 204-L2

Intermediate German II Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: The course aims to help students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within culturally appropriate contexts. Students develop the ability to comprehend authentic spoken German on a variety of topics at length. They develop effective strategies for comprehending a variety of texts and text types. They gain increased facility with extended discourse, such as narrating and describing. Writing in German is also developed so that students can write extensively about familiar topics. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 305-01

Advanced German

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes: This is a language course in which participants expand their abilities in all four language modalities - particularly oral and written expression - through engagement with numerous aspects of the life, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and their multicultural societies, as well as their relations to the world. Including an extensive review of important advanced language topics, this course offers students the opportunity to improve their German to university-level proficiency. Every semester. (4 credits)

GERM 305-L1

Advanced German Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This is a language course in which participants expand their abilities in all four language modalities - particularly oral and written expression - through engagement with numerous aspects of the life, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and their multicultural societies, as well as their relations to the world. Including an extensive review of important advanced language topics, this course offers students the opportunity to improve their German to university-level proficiency. Every semester. (4 credits)

GERM 305-L2

German Through the Media Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This is a language course in which participants expand their abilities in all four language modalities - particularly oral and written expression - through engagement with numerous aspects of the life, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and their multicultural societies, as well as their relations to the world. Including an extensive review of important advanced language topics, this course offers students the opportunity to improve their German to university-level proficiency. Every semester. (4 credits)

GERM 309-01

German Cultural History II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Gisela Peters

Notes: *Taught in German*

This course prepares students for upper-level courses in German Studies through the critical investigation of important political, social and aesthetic topics in the context of German cultural history from 1945 through the present. Such topics include the tension between consumer culture and Vergangenheitsbewältigung in the West Germany of the 1950s, the theory and practice of collectivism in East Germany, the significance of the Wall, political upheaval and terrorism in West Germany, real existierender Sozialismus in the East, German unification, multiculturalism, and contemporary topics such as environmentalism and sustainability. In addition to historical sources, students read literary and autobiographical texts, view films, and investigate examples of material culture from a variety of periods. Conducted in German. (4 Credits)

GERM 366-01

Literature and Film

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Rachael Huener

Notes: In this course we read closely a selection of German literary texts and compare them to their film adaptations. The literature may range from German "classics" to popular "best sellers," and the films from critically acclaimed cases to box office successes, as a way of gauging social diversity in interests and taste. Beyond focusing on literary analysis, the course will address questions such as: how the written word is translated to the screen; what happens when the film adaptation occurs in another language and culture; what difference it makes if the work was written in the 1920s and filmed in the 2000s. Taught in German. (4 credits)

GERM 394-01

GERM Topics Course

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes:

GERM 394-02

GERM Topics Course

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 401
  • Instructor: Linda Schulte-Sasse

Notes:

GERM 488-01

Senior Seminar

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Linda Schulte-Sasse

Notes: Designed as a capstone experience in German studies, the seminar brings together fundamental questions engaged by the field of German studies, and enhances students' understanding of the theories and methodologies informing contemporary scholarship. Part of the seminar will be devoted to study of an aspect of German studies; students will then conduct independent research, which will serve as the basis of class discussions during the latter part of the semester. Changing topics may include: Constructing National Identity; Radicalism and Conservatism in Modernism; Goethe's Faust; Centrality and Marginality in German Culture; Translingual Interventions: Migration and Cultural Identity in Contemporary Germany, Stardom and Charisma. Taught in German. (4 credits)

Fall 2016

GERM 101-01

Elementary German I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes: Introduction to German language and culture. Emphasis on comprehension of oral and written contemporary German as well as developing elementary oral proficiency. The course emphasizes vocabulary recognition and acquisition within a variety of concrete contexts. Students develop facility with German within highly structured contexts. Contemporary culture in German-speaking countries provides the content of the course. For beginning students with no previous German language instruction. Students with any previous training in German must take the German placement exam. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 101-L1

Elementary German I Lab

  • Days: R
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: Introduction to German language and culture. Emphasis on comprehension of oral and written contemporary German as well as developing elementary oral proficiency. The course emphasizes vocabulary recognition and acquisition within a variety of concrete contexts. Students develop facility with German within highly structured contexts. Contemporary culture in German-speaking countries provides the content of the course. For beginning students with no previous German language instruction. Students with any previous training in German must take the German placement exam. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 101-L2

Elementary German I Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: Introduction to German language and culture. Emphasis on comprehension of oral and written contemporary German as well as developing elementary oral proficiency. The course emphasizes vocabulary recognition and acquisition within a variety of concrete contexts. Students develop facility with German within highly structured contexts. Contemporary culture in German-speaking countries provides the content of the course. For beginning students with no previous German language instruction. Students with any previous training in German must take the German placement exam. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 101-L3

Elementary German I Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 01:00 pm-02:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: Introduction to German language and culture. Emphasis on comprehension of oral and written contemporary German as well as developing elementary oral proficiency. The course emphasizes vocabulary recognition and acquisition within a variety of concrete contexts. Students develop facility with German within highly structured contexts. Contemporary culture in German-speaking countries provides the content of the course. For beginning students with no previous German language instruction. Students with any previous training in German must take the German placement exam. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 101-L4

Elementary German I Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: Introduction to German language and culture. Emphasis on comprehension of oral and written contemporary German as well as developing elementary oral proficiency. The course emphasizes vocabulary recognition and acquisition within a variety of concrete contexts. Students develop facility with German within highly structured contexts. Contemporary culture in German-speaking countries provides the content of the course. For beginning students with no previous German language instruction. Students with any previous training in German must take the German placement exam. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-01

Accelerated Elementary German

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 402
  • Instructor: Rachael Huener

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-L2

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-L3

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 110-L3

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: An accelerated course which covers material and proficiency development normally covered in German Studies 101 and 102. The course is for students with prior experience with German who need a concentrated review or students with previous other foreign language background who wish to work at an accelerated pace. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-01

Intermediate German I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Gisela Peters

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-L1

Intermediate German I Lab

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-L2

Intermediate German I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-L3

Intermediate German I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 203-L4

Intermediate German I Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: This course is designed to help students increase their proficiency in the German language while emphasizing authentic cultural contexts. Through exposure to a variety of texts and text types, students develop oral and written proficiency in description and narration and develop tools and discourse strategies for culturally authentic interaction with native speakers. Cultural topics are expanded and deepened. Three hours per week plus conversation laboratory hour. (4 credits)

GERM 204-01

Intermediate German II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 228
  • Instructor: Linda Schulte-Sasse

Notes: The course aims to help students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within culturally appropriate contexts. Students develop the ability to comprehend authentic spoken German on a variety of topics at length. They develop effective strategies for comprehending a variety of texts and text types. They gain increased facility with extended discourse, such as narrating and describing. Writing in German is also developed so that students can write extensively about familiar topics. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 204-L1

Intermediate German II Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: The course aims to help students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within culturally appropriate contexts. Students develop the ability to comprehend authentic spoken German on a variety of topics at length. They develop effective strategies for comprehending a variety of texts and text types. They gain increased facility with extended discourse, such as narrating and describing. Writing in German is also developed so that students can write extensively about familiar topics. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 204-L3

Intermediate German II Lab

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: The course aims to help students attain a comfort level with extended discourse in German within culturally appropriate contexts. Students develop the ability to comprehend authentic spoken German on a variety of topics at length. They develop effective strategies for comprehending a variety of texts and text types. They gain increased facility with extended discourse, such as narrating and describing. Writing in German is also developed so that students can write extensively about familiar topics. Three hours per week plus laboratory conversation hour. (4 credits)

GERM 255-01

German Cinema Studies: The Nazi in Cinema

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 401
  • Instructor: Linda Schulte-Sasse

Notes: *First Year Course only* The movies love to hate the Nazi, but what exactly is a “Nazi”? Whether glamorized by Third Reich propaganda, vilified by allied propaganda, dramatized by historical thrillers, or caricatured by Hollywood fantasies, the cinematic Nazi is always a construct. This is not to say there may not be some historical, psychological, or sociological truth in the depiction of Nazis, but their filmic portrayal, like that of any historical group, necessarily involves construction or representation. And representations tend to tell us more about the era in which they were concocted than about the “real” thing. Consciously or unconsciously, they serve a purpose: to educate, to entertain, to complicate or (over)simplify our understanding of history, to thrill, disturb, or affirm us as viewers. The course will examine the questions of representation using the example of the cinematic Nazi—one case among hundreds, but an important one, as the Nazi has become the symbol of evil over the past half-century. The first part of the course will focus on films from the historical period of the Third Reich. We will examine how the Nazis represent themselves in documentaries like Leni Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will or Fritz Hippler’s The Eternal Jew, as well as feature films like Hitler Youth Quex. We will then turn to U.S. counter-propaganda in dramas like Tomorrow the World, in comedies like Chaplin’s Great Dictator or Lubitsch’s To Be Or Not To Be and in Disney cartoons. Later we will explore postwar representations; likely examples will include Billy Wilder’s A Foreign Affair, Mel Brooks’s The Producers, Oliver Hirschbiegel’s Downfall, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. Student obligations: a series of short papers and one longer research paper; at least one oral presentation. Two exams and in-class free-writing. Hopefully the Twin Cities will offer some cultural events relevant to our theme that we can visit as a class. N.B.: The course is taught in English and films are subtitled; no German language skills required. However, the course has much to offer students with an interest and background in German.


GERM 305-01

Advanced German

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes: This is a language course in which participants expand their abilities in all four language modalities - particularly oral and written expression - through engagement with numerous aspects of the life, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and their multicultural societies, as well as their relations to the world. Including an extensive review of important advanced language topics, this course offers students the opportunity to improve their German to university-level proficiency. Every semester. (4 credits)

GERM 305-L1

German Through the Media Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 112
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: This is a language course in which participants expand their abilities in all four language modalities - particularly oral and written expression - through engagement with numerous aspects of the life, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and their multicultural societies, as well as their relations to the world. Including an extensive review of important advanced language topics, this course offers students the opportunity to improve their German to university-level proficiency. Every semester. (4 credits)

GERM 305-L2

German Through the Media Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: This is a language course in which participants expand their abilities in all four language modalities - particularly oral and written expression - through engagement with numerous aspects of the life, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and their multicultural societies, as well as their relations to the world. Including an extensive review of important advanced language topics, this course offers students the opportunity to improve their German to university-level proficiency. Every semester. (4 credits)

GERM 308-01

German Cultural History I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: Rachael Huener

Notes: *Taught in German*

This course prepares students for upper-level courses in German Studies through the critical investigation of important political, social and aesthetic topics in the context of German cultural history from 1815-1945. Such topics include the tension between the German Kulturnation and the political nation, the economics and philosophical critique offered by socialism, imperialism as discourse and political tool, the aesthetic revolution of modernism in the arts, and the debacle of fascism and the Holocaust. In addition to historical sources, students read literary and autobiographical texts, view films, and investigate examples of material culture from a variety of periods. Conducted in German. (4 Credits)


GERM 337-01

Dead White Men: Time & Truth in Era of Ideology & Biopower (Crit Thought from Descartes to Zizek)

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 226
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes: *Cross-listed with ENGL 394-02 and MCST 337-01*

Today we often hear people dismiss the Western (mostly European) philosophical tradition as a bunch of “dead white men.” In other words, the argument goes, these thinkers harbored such passe notions as universal truths, a universal subject, and an individual in total control of itself and endowed with a pure reason unadulterated by rhetoric, imagination, fiction, and politics. Why should we bother with “dead white men” now that we understand that truth depends on historical context, that the self is decentered by the unconscious, that identity is constituted by gender, race, class, and other cultural factors, that truth is linked to power, and that ideology is omnipresent? Unfortunately, this all-too-familiar attitude overlooks its own faulty presupposition: it presumes a clear-cut break between philosophical tradition and contemporary thought, as if contemporary thought had no tradition out of which it emerged and could, therefore, merely discard what preceded it. Hence the popularity of phrases like “philosophy is dead.” It is all the more ironic to see this attitude prevail in the West at the very moment that multiculturalism has become our cause celebre : all cultural traditions are supposed to be “respected,” except the West’s own tradition. (Perhaps as a new way for the West to reinstate surreptitiously its superiority as the sole culture with no tradition?) This course pursues a close reading of texts by various “dead white men” as the unconscious (i.e., repressed and, for that matter, all the more powerful) undercurrent of contemporary thought. Assigned texts will include: Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Pascal, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Marx, as well as texts by twentieth-century thinkers that stress the dependence of contemporary thought on philosophy. No pre-knowledge required; all readings in English. With different reading lists this course may be taken more than once for credit. Cross-listed with Media and Cultural Studies 337. Alternate years. (4 credits)

GERM 363-01

Crime and the Fantastic

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 214
  • Instructor: David Martyn

Notes: This course explores the modern fascination with the uncanny, the unexplainable, the magical, and the demonic in two related genres: murder mysteries and tales of the supernatural. We will ask shey these genres were invented in German Romanticism and what function they play in later contexts. Course materials include stories of the uncanny by E.T.A. Hoffmann and Tieck; Grimm's fairytales; the fantastic realism of the ninteteenth century; Kafka's Metamorphosis; German TV crime drama. Taught in German. (4 Credits)

GERM 394-02

From Kant to Hegel

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: David Martyn

Notes: *Cross-listed with PHIL 294-02; not open to incoming FY students; core course for Critical Theory* "Spirit is a bone," wrote Hegel, confounding the basic distinctions we depend on to make sense of the world -- mind/body, subject/object, culture/nature -- and by extension the way we think about ethics, politics, and society. Hegel's insistence that consciousness is not a timeless, natural attribute of humans but an historical artifact, the product of specific social and political conditions, cleared the way not just for Marx, but also for neo-Marxist social theory (Adorno), feminism (Beauvoir, Irigaray), and constructivist gender theory (Butler), to mention just a few who moved in the "wake of Hegel." In this course, after familiarizing ourselves with relevant issues in Kant (Hegel's main foil), we will work through Hegel's "Phenomenology of Spirit" with an eye to its significance for issues of critical and social theory. Discussion topics include: "human nature" as a product of history; narrative as a way of “doing" philosophy; the master-slave dialectic; how an historical event like the French Revolution is part of “philosophy"; gender theory and Hegel's reading of Sophocles’ "Antigone." Readings by Kant, Hegel, Gadamer, Judith Butler, Irigaray, Jean-Luc Nancy, Derrida, Werner Hamacher. No prerequisites except a willingness to work through densely argued texts.