German Undergraduate Winter Courses

Winter 2022

GER 1G. German for Graduate Students.


First part of a two-quarter sequence that introduces graduate students to the essentials of the German language with emphasis on aspects of structure that are indispensable for reading skills. Translation of academic, literary, philosophical, scientific, and journalistic texts. Open to students with graduate standing in any field. 

GER 2. Elementary German.

Continuation of German 1.

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 43A/ C LIT 43A. Dreaming Revolutions: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud

Dustin Lovett

Introduction to the revolutionary theories of Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Sigmund Freud. Explorations of three authors whose writing has profoundly changed our world.

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 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 163. Digital Visual Studies

Fabian Offert

In the past ten years, the scope of the digital humanities has broadened to include the visual world: "distant reading" became "distant viewing". This visual turn has not only facilitated the digital transformation of traditional disciplines like art history but has also introduced a new set of media-technological questions into the digital humanities discourse: questions concerning the nature of digital images, and the modalities of machine seeing. This course serves as an introduction to the emerging discipline of "digital visual studies" that investigates these questions. Participants will acquire skills in the analysis and critique of digital visual culture and learn to use contemporary digital tools to explore the visual world.