German Undergraduate Winter Courses

Winter 2023

GER 2. Elementary German.

Continuation of German 1.


GER 2G. German for Graduate Students.

Gisela Kommerell

Course is a continuation of German 1G, using the same approach, with reading texts on a more complex level.


GER 5. Intermediate German.

Continuation of German 4.

GER 35/ C LIT 35. Making of the Modern World.

Sybille Kramer

Description and analysis of decisive events contributing to the world we are inhabiting. Various themes presented: City planning, war and industrial warfare, technology and media- technology, ideologies of modernity, and modern master theories. 

GER 101B. Advanced German.

Evelyn Reder / 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.


GER 105C. Advanced German Conversation.

Gisela Kommerell

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.


GER 107A. History of Culture

Agnes Cser

Careful and close readings from the cultural history of German speaking countries. Materials, which may be revised each academic year, include documents from literature, philosophy, art, music, architecture, science, politics, and law. Taught in German.


GER 108. Media and Politics

Fabian Offert

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.

GER 151C. Central European Literature

Margarita Delcheva

Investigation of the prolific literature of central Europe, one of the culturally and linguistically most diverse regions of the European continent that has produced writers such as Italo Svevo, Franz Kafka, Robert Musil, Bruno Schultz, and others. Readings in English.


German 155: Critical Artificial Intelligence

Fabian Offert

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.


German 164E: Major Works of 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.