German Undergraduate Spring Courses

Spring 2020 Tentative Class Descriptions

German 3. Elementary German.
 
German 6. Intermediate German.
 
German 8C. Beginning German Conversation
Hoffman
Prerequisite: German 2
 
GER 101C. Advanced German
Kelsey White
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. Topics will vary by quarter.
 
German 105: Advanced German Conversation.
Kommerell
Prerequisite: German 5
Emphasizes interactional strategies needed for communication in German, while also giving intermediate and advanced students the opportunity to discuss a wide variety of topics. Not open to students with native fluency in German.
 
German 108: Germany Today: Media and Politics after 1989 
Christina Vagt
In the wake of reunification, Germany has struggled to come to terms with its changing political identity and pressing cultural issues, including Germany's contested status as a "nation of immigrants," extremism, environmental problems, and government surveillance. A variety of media actively engage with these issues, particularly within youth culture. This course analyzes how established and emerging media (literature, music, television, film, video, blogs, etc) shape and respond to the challenges of the day. Taught in German.
 
German 113: Special Topics in German Literature
TBD
In-depth study of special topics in literary texts of German-speaking traditions. Topics will vary by instructor. Topics may include: "Science in German Literature," "Literature and human rights," "Animals in literature," "Literature and the environment." Taught in German.
 
German 114: Business German
Hoffman
German is a key language in the European Union and the developing economies of Central and Eastern Europe. Speaking German greatly improves chances of success in today's global economy. Course is an introduction to the language typically used in business settings within German-speaking countries. It will better prepare students for business-related situations and will provide them a clearer understanding of German corporate culture by covering topics such as the application process, Emails, phone conversations, meetings, business trips.