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Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
GERM B001-001Elementary GermanSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall FShen,Q., Shen,Q., Shen,Q., Shen,Q., Shen,Q.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall F
TA Session: 7:10 PM- 8:00 PM WCollege Hall 102
TA Session: 7:10 PM- 8:00 PM THCollege Hall 102
TA Session: 7:10 PM- 8:00 PM THCollege Hall 104
GERM B101-001Intermediate GermanSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFDalton Hall 212ESeyhan,A.
GERM B201-001Advanced Training: Language, Text, ContextSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 2:30 PM MWCollege Hall 102Shen,Q.
GERM B321-001Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies: German Encounters/East AsiaSemester / 1Lecture: 1:10 PM- 3:00 PM THCollege Hall 111Shen,Q., Shen,Q.
One hour meeting: 1:10 PM- 2:00 PM FCollege Hall 102
FREN B213-001Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the HumanitiesSemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCollege Hall 224Sanquer,M., Sanquer,M., Sanquer,M.
TA Session: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM FCollege Hall 118
TA Session: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM FCollege Hall 116

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
GERM B002-001Elementary GermanSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-10:00 AM MWFTaylor Hall CBurri,M., Burri,M.
Lecture: 8:55 AM- 9:45 AM TTHTaylor Hall C
GERM B102-001Intermediate GermanSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFCollege Hall 118Shen,Q.
GERM B245-001Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture: Crime, Justice and the CourtroomSemester / 1LEC: 2:40 PM- 4:00 PM MWCollege Hall 102Shen,Q.
GERM B320-001Topics in German Literature and Culture: Kafka and Fin-de-siecle Prague in ReflectionSemester / 1LEC: 1:10 PM- 4:00 PM THBurri,M.
GERM B399-001Senior SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: Date/Time TBADept. staff, TBA

Fall 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2017-18 Catalog Data

GERM B000 German TA Sessions
Not offered 2017-18

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GERM B001 Elementary German
Fall 2017
Meets five hours a week with the individual class instructor, an additional one hour with a TA. Strong emphasis on communicative competence both in spoken and written German in a larger cultural context.
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GERM B002 Elementary German
Spring 2018
Meets five hours a week with the individual class instructor, and one additional hour with a TA. Strong emphasis on communicative competence both in spoken and written German in a larger cultural context. Prerequisite: GERM 001 or its equivalent or permission of instructor
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GERM B101 Intermediate German
Fall 2017
Thorough review of grammar, exercises in composition and conversation. Enforcement of correct grammatical patterns and idiomatic use of language. Study of selected literary and cultural texts and films from German-speaking countries. Prerequisite: Completion of GERM 002 or its equivalent as decided by the department and/or placement test.
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GERM B102 Intermediate German
Spring 2018
This course is the continuation of GERM 101 (Intermediate German). We will concentrate on all four language skills--speaking, reading, writing, and listening comprehension. We will build on the knowledge that students gained in the elementary-level courses and then honed in GERM 101. This course will also provide students with an introduction to selected aspects of German culture. Prerequisite: GERM 101 or its equivalent as decided by the department
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GERM B201 Advanced Training: Language, Text, Context
Fall 2017
Emphasis on the development of conversational, writing and interpretive skills through an introductory study of German political, cultural and intellectual life and history, including public debate, institutional practices, mass media, cross-cultural currents, folklore, fashion and advertising. Taught in German. Course content may vary.

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GERM B202 Introduction to German Studies
Not offered 2017-18
In this course, we will concentrate on all four language skills - speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. However, special emphasis will be placed on reading and writing skills. In addition, students will be introduced to different literary and non-literary texts and practice writing in different genres. Through newspaper articles, film reviews, short stories, poetry, and selected film screenings, this course also offers an introduction to some of the most compelling debates about multiculturalism in Germany and exemplary representations of cultural diversity in contemporary German life. Course taught in German.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GERM B212 Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, and the Rhetoric of Modernity
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines selected writings by Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud as pre-texts for a critique of cultural reason and underlines their contribution to questions of language, representation, history, ethics, and art. These three visionaries of modernity have translated the abstract metaphysics of "the history of the subject" into a concrete analysis of human experience. Their work has been a major influence on the Frankfurt School of critical theory and has also led to a revolutionary shift in the understanding and writing of history and literature now associated with the work of modern French philosophers Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Julia Kristeva, and Jacques Lacan. Our readings will, therefore, also include short selections from these philosophers in order to analyze the contested history of modernity and its intellectual and moral consequences. Special attention will be paid to the relation between rhetoric and philosophy and the narrative forms of "the philosophical discourse(s) of modernity" (e.g., sermon and myth in Marx; aphorism and oratory in Nietzsche, myth, fairy tale, case hi/story in Freud). Course is taught in English. One additional hour will be added for those students wanting German credit. Cross-listed with Philosophy 204.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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GERM B223 Topics in German Cultural Studies
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Recent topics include Remembered Violence, Global Masculinities, and Crime and Detection in German.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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GERM B231 Cultural Profiles in Modern Exile
Not offered 2017-18
This course investigates the anthropological, philosophical, psychological, cultural, and literary aspects of modern exile. It studies exile as experience and metaphor in the context of modernity, and examines the structure of the relationship between imagined/remembered homelands and transnational identities, and the dialectics of language loss and bi- and multi-lingualism. Particular attention is given to the psychocultural dimensions of linguistic exclusion and loss. Readings of works by Julia Alvarez, Albert Camus, Ana Castillo, Sigmund Freud, Eva Hoffman, Maxine Hong Kingston, Milan Kundera, Friedrich Nietzsche, Salman Rushdie, W. G. Sebald, Kurban Said, and others.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o Studies
Counts toward International Studies

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GERM B245 Interdisciplinary Approaches to German Literature and Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Crime, Justice and the Courtroom
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Taught in German. Course content varies. Previous topics include, Women's Narratives on Modern Migrancy, Exile, and Diasporas; Nation and Identity in Post-War Austria. Current topic: Crime, Justice and the Courtroom. This is a film-based course about political trials at critical junctures of German history.
Current topic description: This is a film-based course, taught in German, about political trials at critical junctures of German history. Students will study German history, politics and society through legal cases represented in Fritz Lang's M (1931), Erich Engel's The Blum Affair (1948), Kurt Maetzig's The Rabbit Is Me (1965), Volker Schlöndorff's adaption of Kleist's novel Michael Kohlhaas (1969), Uli Edel's The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Margarethe von Trotta's Hannah Arendt (2012), Giulio Ricciarelli's Labyrinth of Lies (2014), and Ferdinand von Schirach's Terror (2015). Through studying these narratives, the students will gain a richer understanding of crucial events and periods in German history, e.g., the terrorist campaign of the Red Army Faction in the 1970s, and will develop a comprehensive understanding of the dialectical relationship between crime and justice in a specifically German context.

Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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GERM B320 Topics in German Literature and Culture
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Berlin in Literature and Film
Section 001 (Spring 2018): Kafka and Fin-de-siecle Prague in Reflection
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Previous topics include: Romantic Literary Theory and Literary Modernity; Configurations of Femininity in German Literature; Nietzsche and Modern Cultural Criticism; Contemporary German Fiction; German Literary Culture in Exile (1933-1945). Taught in English. Students wanting German credit will meet for additional hour per week.
Current topic description: Franz Kafka (1883-1924) belongs to world literature. At the same time, Franz Kafka is also closely identified with Prague -- the great Central European metropolis where he spent almost his entire life. This question of identity is doubled in the figure of Kafka himself: where was he at home? Perhaps in the multinational Austria, his birthplace, but which disappeared in 1918? He wasn't Czech -- or maybe he was? Or was he Jewish, or German, or maybe all of these? This seminar explores the fin-de-siècle milieu of Prague and its role in shaping Franz Kafka. His writings are the primary focus, but we will also read some of the cultural histories and other texts that try to reassemble the puzzle of this remarkable writer. The provocative Czech sculptor David Cerný built and installed a 40-foot rotating sculpture, composed of small mirrors, entitled "Kafka's head." This seminar looks at the contemporary figure of Franz Kafka and asks what we see reflected back.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)

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GERM B321 Advanced Topics in German Cultural Studies
Section 001 (Fall 2017): German Encounters/East Asia
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Representing Diversity in German Cinema
Fall 2017
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This film course of transnational scope focuses specifically on cultural encounters between the West and the East in the 20th and 21st centuries. It uses visual material related to East Asia produced mainly by German filmmakers. Using film as the main medium, the course touches on issues that are at the center of contemporary cultural debates, such as orientalism, race, gender, class, and identity, as well as postcolonilism, nationalism, travel, exile, multiculturalism, and globalism.

Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward East Asian Languages and Cultures
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies

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GERM B399 Senior Seminar
Senior Seminar. Students are required to write a long research paper with an annotated bibliography.

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GERM B403 Supervised Work

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GERM B403 Supervised Work

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GERM B421 German for Reading Knowledge
This course will provide graduate and undergraduate students with the skills to read and translate challenging academic texts from German into English. We will quickly cover the essentials of German grammar and focus on vocabulary and constructions that one can encounter in scholarly writing from a variety of disciplines. Does not fulfill the Language Requirement.

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COML B225 Censorship: Historical Contexts, Local Practices and Global Resonance
Not offered 2017-18
The course is in English. It examines the ban on books and art in a global context through a study of the historical and sociopolitical conditions of censorship practices. The course raises such questions as how censorship is used to fortify political power, how it is practiced locally and globally, who censors, what are the categories of censorship, how censorship succeeds and fails, and how writers and artists write and create against and within censorship. The last question leads to an analysis of rhetorical strategies that writers and artists employ to translate the expression of repression, trauma, and torture into idioms of resistance. German majors/minors can get German Studies credit. Prerequisite: EMLY B001 or a 100-level intensive writing course.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Counts toward Latin American, Iberian and Latina/o
Counts toward Counts toward Middle Eastern Studies

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FREN B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Critic Approaches to the World
Fall 2017
By bringing together the study of major theoretical currents of the 20th century and the practice of analyzing literary works in the light of theory, this course aims at providing students with skills to use literary theory in their own scholarship. The selection of theoretical readings reflects the history of theory (psychoanalysis, structuralism, narratology), as well as the currents most relevant to the contemporary academic field: Post-structuralism, Post-colonialism, Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism. They are paired with a diverse range of short stories (Poe, Kafka, Camus, Borges, Calvino, Morrison, Djebar, Ngozi Adichie) that we discuss along with our study of theoretical texts. The class will be conducted in English with an additional hour in French for students wishing to take it for French credit.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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ITAL B213 Theory in Practice:Critical Discourses in the Humanities
Not offered 2017-18
An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Critical Interpretation (CI)

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