Fall 2021 Tentative Class Descriptions
German 1. Elementary German.
This class develops the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) in a highly authentic cultural context. The course will enable students to communicate in German about everyday topics (family, everyday routine, university life, shopping, recreational activities). The students will learn to interpret authentic German language texts from a variety of media and enhance their knowledge of cultural issues. Grammar points that are necessary for speaking German accurately in these contexts will be covered.
German 4. Intermediate German.
This course reviews and builds upon what was learned in first-year German, enhancing students? knowledge of German language and culture. The students will further develop their writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills through a variety of media. The goals for this course are to expand on speaking German with fluency and accuracy, reading short authentic texts, discussing German films and songs, and writing coherent, organized essays.
German 101A. Advanced German.
Speaking, listening, reading, and writing on an advanced level, while exploring contemporary German culture. Systematic review of grammar material. Additional focus on vocabulary building. Written and oral discussions based on newspaper articles, literary texts, German films, and websites.
German 106. Advanced Reading and Writing Skills in German.
This course focuses on the development of advanced reading and writing skills in German. In particular, we will draw on a variety of authentic materials to develop students' ability to analyze and produce a range of genres; enhance students' awareness of pre-, during- and post-reading strategies and how to apply them to different styles of writing; improve use of strategies to help
German 115B: Survey of German Literature
Survey of the literature of classicism and romanticism..
German 152: Digital Humanities Practice
In the 21st century, scholars have increasingly turned to computational methods for the analysis of large corpora of art and literature. While early methods of "distant reading" and "distant viewing" could be realized with off-the-shelf software, contemporary research in the digital humanities requires technical skills beyond ready-made tools. This course provides an introduction to computer programming for the humanities, including, but not limited to concepts from natural language processing, computer vision, and machine learning.
German 155: Critical Artificial Intelligence
Artificial intelligence now affects nearly all aspects of human life and knowledge production, from labor to language, and from fundamental physics to the arts. The pivotal role of the humanities lies in the critical analysis of the specific cultural techniques emerging from this technical revolution: new methods of language processing, image production, scientific reasoning, and social control require new critical and historical approaches. This course provides an introduction to the history and theory of artificial intelligence from the perspective of the humanities. Participants will acquire the skills to analyze and understand the design and construction of machine learning systems, and their philosophical and political implications.