German Undergraduate Fall Courses

Fall 2020 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.
Evelyn Reder/ Michael Hofmann
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.
Kelsey White
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 164E. Major Works in German Literature: Kafka.
Wolf Kittler
A selection of Franz Kafka's novels, short stories and diaries will be closely read and analyzed. Readings, lecture and discussion in English.
German 177A. Law, Rights, and Justice
Wolf Kittler
Focused on the question of justice, this course will cover a wide variety of topics ranging from the detective novel, and literary texts inspired by criminal cases, to legal philosophy, human rights, and international law. Source materials may include a few documents from Greek and Roman Antiquity as well as passages from the bible, but the emphasis is on German literary, legal, and philosophical texts from the eighteenth century to the present. Taught in German.