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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: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 215
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

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

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

Notes: *TBA sections at all levels are reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you’ll register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students.*

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: NEILL 214
  • 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-L2

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • 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 110-L3

Accel Elementary German Lab

  • Days: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • 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 194-01

Movies of the Third Reich

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 402
  • Instructor: Linda Schulte-Sasse

Notes: *Cross-listed with MCST 194-01* Although Donald Trump is, despite the many comparisons, a far cry from Hitler, examining how Nazism sold itself may help us understand the reasons for Trump’s victory, as populist/völkisch movements share common themes across time. The Nazis were masters of propaganda, brilliant at mobilizing the modern media to disseminate their (ironically often anti-modern) world view. Even before seizing power, they recognized the power of film in sustaining their imaginary, and created a film industry that rivaled (and resembled) Hollywood. What did Nazi movies look like? How did they balance film propaganda with film entertainment? Was resistance possible in this system? Instead of asking “What is a fascist film,” we’ll explore how film functioned under fascism. Taught in English; no prerequisites.

Student obligations: attendance, journal responding to readings and films, oral sequence analysis, midterm and final exams, one longer paper.

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: NEILL 112
  • 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: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-08:00 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-L3

Intermediate German I Lab

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

Notes: *TBA sections at all levels are reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you’ll register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students.*

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: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • 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-L2

Intermediate German II Lab

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • 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: TBA
  • Meeting Time: TBA
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: *TBA sections at all levels are reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you’ll register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students.*

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 212
  • 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-L3

Advanced German Lab

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 227
  • Instructor: Anika Hensen

Notes: *TBA sections at all levels are reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you’ll register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students.*

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

Spinoza and the Enlightenment

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes: The Dutch philosopher Baruch/Benedict de Spinoza (1632-1677) was the son of Sephardic Portuguese immigrants and had a turbulent life which includes excommunication from the Jewish community, the banning of his books by the Catholic Church, exile, and finally a premature death caused by lung illness, likely the result of his life-long breathing of glass dust as a professional lens grinder. His life is followed by his highly controversial legacy, in which he has been claimed, or attacked, by divergent thinkers in various fields, notably, philosophy, critical theory, and political and social theories. Some see him as representative of pantheism and others of atheism; for some he is the forerunner of the Enlightenment, for others an anomaly in the tradition of the Enlightenment; for some he is the “prince of the philosophers,” the ancestor of Freudian psychoanalysis, and the forerunner of modern theoretical physics, while for others he is simply “absurd.” We shall focus both on his Ethics and his political writings and we shall examine his relation to other philosophical and political theories from the sixteenth century to his further reception (e.g., Descartes, Hobbes, Leibniz, Rousseau, Hegel, Mendelsohn, Novalis, Schopenhauer), including his increasingly ardent revival since the mid-twentieth century (e.g., L. Althusser, E. Balibar, G. Deleuze, B. Lord, P. Macherey, W. Montag, A. Negri). All course readings in English, no prerequisites.

GERM 488-01

Senior Seminar: Charisma

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

Notes: Germany has the dubious distinction of having produced one of the most unforgettable “stars” of the twentieth century, Adolf Hitler. By all accounts Hitler possessed a remarkable charisma, and grounded his power in a cult of Persönlichkeit. But the power of charisma encompasses, of course, many areas of social life, from politics to religion, the military, monarchies, movies and even criminal cases. In the seminar we will examine various forms in German-speaking cultures of stardom and charisma, defined by Max Weber as “a certain quality of an individual personality by virtue of which he is set apart from ordinary men and treated as endowed with supernatural, superhuman or at least superficially exceptional qualities.” To what extent is charisma "in" an individual and to what extent does it consist of a group's projection? What are the conditions that produce a "star"; why, what and how does s/he signify? Grounding our work in the theoretical propositions of Max Weber (Die Typen der Herrschaft), Sigmund Freud (Massenpsychologie u. Ich-Analyse), we will focus together on a few case studies, but center much of our work on student research that will explore charisma from some angle, such as literature, film, or a real-life persona, and that will culminate in a capstone project and presentation. Open to sophomores and juniors who have completed German 363, 364, 365 or 366; will not preclude the possibility of taking future iteration's the Senior Seminar. Also open to other interested students with the prerequisite knowledge of German and permission of the instructor.


Fall 2017

GERM 101-01

Elementary German I

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • 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: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • 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 101-L2

Elementary German I Lab

  • Days: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:00 pm
  • Room: NEILL 111
  • 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 101-L3

Elementary German I Lab

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

Notes: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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: 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: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • 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: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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 194-01

Vampires

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Brigetta Abel

Notes: *First Year Course only*


GERM 203-01

Intermediate German I

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

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: 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: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • 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: T
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 113
  • 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-L5

Intermediate German I Lab

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

Notes: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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: R
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 111
  • 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: F
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • 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-L3

Intermediate German II Lab

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

Notes: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, LInda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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 279-01

Value: The Bad, the Ugly, and the Cheap

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes: *Cross-listed with MCST 279-01; taught in English*

For thousands of years value has been scrutinized in philosophy, art history, and economic analysis, as it cuts across three constitutive aspects of social, cultural, and political life: economy, aesthetics, and ethics. Not only do we have and impose on the world our moral, aesthetic, and exchange values, but these three fields often become difficult to distinguish, as is evident in the slippery flexibility of words that allow us to say as much “this painting is bad or worthless” as “I think this person is bad or worthless,” or “this is a bad, or worthless, remark” and “this is a bad or worthless check.” This course will focus primarily on influential accounts of value in aesthetic theory, while also examining the ways in which aesthetic value demarcates itself from or implicates its moral and economic counterparts, and what the interplays among the three fields entail for aesthetic value. Our readings will focus on the impact of primarily German thought on the formation of modern aesthetic theory—from the early eighteenth century through the Enlightenment and Romanticism to high modernism and the Frankfurt School.

Class and readings in English. No pre-knowledge required. This course is appropriate for all level students. (4 credits)

GERM 305-01

Advanced German

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: NEILL 212
  • 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: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 102
  • 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

Advanced German Lab

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

Notes: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • 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 314-01

Darwin, Nietzsche, Freud

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 215
  • Instructor: David Martyn

Notes: *Cross-listed with PHIL 214-01; taught in English*

We all have values; but what are they based on? Perhaps no two thinkers have asked this question as persistently and approached it with such intrepid originality as Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Writing in an age when religious belief had lost credence as a foundation for ethics, Nietzsche and Freud confronted the groundlessness of value systems while recognizing the impossibility of living without them. Both were reacting to Darwin’s discovery of natural selection, which dispelled nature’s divine aura and inaugurated what Nietzsche would call the “death of God.” The course explores the challenges to value judgments in the wake of Darwin and attempted solutions to them, centering on the four domains of ethics, subjectivity, aesthetics, and cultural value. Readings will include excerpts from Darwin’s The Origin of Species; Nietzsche’s The Genealogy of Morals, The Gay Science, and the texts posthumously published as The Will to Power; Freud’s Totem and Taboo, Civilization and Its Discontents, and Beyond the Pleasure Principle; as well as other works. Cross-listed with Philosophy 214. Alternate years. (4 Credits)

GERM 364-01

Class Cultures

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 370
  • Instructor: David Martyn

Notes: *Taught in German*

This course explores depictions and concepts of "class" in literature, film, and political discourse since the French Revolution. Discussion topics include the invention of the bourgeois family; the Lumpenproletariat (prostitutes, rogues, vagabonds) in literature and art; revolutionary culture and politics in the inter-war period; depictions of class in contemporary mass culture. How does "class consciousness" emerge in German history? Is class an economic necessity or a consequence of culture and politics? Why is culture still fascinated by class? Taught in German. (4 Credits)


Spring 2018

GERM 102-01

Elementary German II

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • 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: M
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 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-L2

Elementary German II Lab

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

Notes: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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:
  • 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: 08:30 am-09:30 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: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • 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: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • 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: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: David Martyn

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: 10:10 am-11:10 am
  • 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-L3

Intermediate German II Lab

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

Notes: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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 277-01

Metaphysics in Secular Thought

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

Notes: *Cross-listed with POLI 277-01 and RELI 277-01*

A widespread tendency in contemporary Western societies is to associate metaphysics with religion, if not with what is often dismissively called the "irrational." This course will dismantle this myth by reading closely European philosophy and political theory, mostly since the seventeenth century, in their relation to theology and their reception by twentieth-century critical theory. This will allow us to examine the ways in which secular thought emerges not as an alternative to metaphysics—something which thought cannot supersede anyway—but rather as a different way of dealing with the very same metaphysical questions and issues that concern religion, from the meaning of life to the imminence of death, and from (actual or imagined) guilt to the hope for redemption. We shall endeavor to identify the similarities and differences between the 'secular' and the ‘religious’ ways, including their respective relations to rationality. Readings will include: Aristotle, Talal Asad, George Bataille, Walter Benjamin, Kenneth Burke, Richard Dienst, Emile Durkheim, Michel Foucault, Sigmund Freud, Peter Harrison, Jacques Lacan, Karl Marx, Marcel Mauss, Carl Schmitt, Baruch Spinoza, Alberto Toscano, Max Weber, Slavoj Zizek.

All readings in English. No pre-knowledge required. Cross-listed with Religious Studies 277 and Political Science 277. 4 credits

GERM 305-01

Advanced German

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: David Martyn

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: 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 305-L2

Advanced German Lab

  • Days: F
  • Meeting Time: 08:30 am-09:30 am
  • 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-L3

Advanced German Lab

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

Notes: *TBA section is reserved only for students whose academic class schedules conflict with all lab sessions offered. In such cases, you will register officially under the TBA section for your level, and contact the department chair, Linda Schulte-Sasse (schultesasse@macalester.edu; Neill 211C) prior to the beginning of the semester to coordinate times with other TBA students*

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: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • 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 365-01

Kafka: Gods, Animals, and Other Species of Modernity

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

Notes: *Taught in German*

This course approaches Kafka's work both as a case for literary analysis and as a text that reveals insights into modernity - the historical era characterized by capitalism, secularization, the nation-state, increasing bureaucratization, the commodification of art, the development of technology and media. In addition to reading closely a selection of Kafka's short stories and exerpts from his novels, we shall also read some influential commentaries on his work, as well as texts that address major phenomena that characterize modernity. Taught in German. (4 Credits)

GERM 394-01

GERM Topics Course

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: David Martyn

Notes:

GERM 488-01

Senior Seminar

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

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)