German

 

German Course Descriptions

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050I

INDEPENDENT STUDY

One to four credit hours

See Independent Study Program, Section II.

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101

ELEMENTARY GERMAN I

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Appropriate course for beginners. Students with more than two years of high school German must have special permission of the instructor to register for GER 101.

German 101 begins with an introduction to basic vocabulary, from numbers and greetings through foods and furniture to travel topics. Class time is used to practice speaking and listening skills, where you can expect to respond to questions, do numerous pair exercises and participate in role playing. Students learn about the gender of nouns and pronouns, the nominative, accusative and dative cases and the use of prepositions. Regular and irregular verbs in both the present and present perfect tenses are taught as well as modal auxiliary verbs. Among others, the basic functions of asking and giving personal information, making a purchase, ordering in a restaurant, and giving directions are stressed in written homework as well as in oral work in class. The reading assignments and supplements to the book provide interesting cultural information about the German-speaking countries.

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102

ELEMENTARY GERMAN II

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 101 or equivalent.

German 102 reviews the student’s basic knowledge of the nominative, accusative and dative cases and introduces the genitive. Students will be taught how to tell stories in the simple past tense, use attributive adjectives, make comparisons, use the future tense, form sentences in passive voice, and to use the subjunctive to indicate conjecture. Discussion topics include sports and leisure, overnight lodging, entertainment, the German school system, fairy tales and German history. Written practice comes mainly in the form of homework, and time in class concentrates on practicing speaking and listening. The textbook is supplemented with educational language videos, recorded music and interactive small group exercises.

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201

INTERMEDIATE GERMAN I

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 102 or equivalent. Appropriate entry point for most people who have had more than two years of solid high school German. Required of all German majors.

This first level of the intermediate sequence reviews the basic skills which you acquired in your elementary language study and expands upon them. Although a thorough review of all grammar is given, special attention is paid to the following difficult areas of grammar: adjective endings, past tenses, relative pronouns. The exercises are designed to increase your ability to read, write, speak and understand German. You will be given a selection of authentic reading assignments which are appropriate for your level, and which deal with topics of German-speaking culture and life in Europe. Role play, pair work and writing assignments ask for your personal, creative reaction to the readings. Real life situations such as dialogues in restaurants and at the train station are imitated in classroom pair work. All class discussions, readings and written assignments are in German, but do not require an advanced level of language ability.

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202

INTERMEDIATE GERMAN II

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 201 or equivalent. Required of all German majors.

German 202 is a continuation of the intermediate level and builds upon the skills practiced in 201 including further work on passive voice, subjunctive and relative pronouns. GER 202 is the prerequisite for advanced level German language classes. Classroom discussions and written assignments center on authentic short literary and cultural texts and one novella of moderate length. The course is taught in German. Class work provides listening and speaking practice while homework affords the chance to sharpen writing skills.

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221I

GERMAN CONVERSATION

Two credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 202 or consent of the instructor. Required of all German majors.

Intensive practice in speaking and vocabulary building. May be repeated for credit. Offered alternate years.

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240I

CONTEMPORARY GERMANY

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: None, taught in English

A discussion of the social, political and artistic trends in contemporary German speaking countries. Students may receive language credit if their reading and papers are done in German. This course may be offered in the eight week minimester format. In addition, this course is used as a preparatory course for study abroad programs, such as “Germany Rocks!”, Spring 2005.

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250I

TECHNIQUES OF GERMAN TRANSLATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 202.

A brief introduction to theories of translation, followed by practical experience translating various texts. Most assignments will be translations from German to English. Offered in alternate years.

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260I

COMMERCIAL GERMAN

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 202.

An introduction to commercial terminology in German plus cultural study of the institutions needed for business. Students also learn the rudiments of German business correspondence and telephone etiquette. Considerable time will be devoted to modern German culture as it determines the nature of business with Germans. Offered in alternate years.

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263I

SEMINAR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 202.

A close study of a selected topic in German. May be repeated if a different topic is offered. Depending on the topic this class may substitute for courses required of the German minor or major.

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275IF

INTRODUCTION TO GERMAN LITERATURE

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 202 or equivalent. Required of all German majors.

This course is a thematic survey of literature from several of the major literary movements. Students will read a variety of genres and authors from works of various periods which share at least one common theme. Serves as a prerequisite for GER 375IF and 376IF.

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310I

GERMAN CIVILIZATION

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 202. Required of all German majors.

A study of the historical and culture development of the German-speaking peoples from the Germanic tribes to the formation of the Federal Republic of Germany. Required of all German majors.

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335

ADVANCED COMPOSITION AND CONVERSATION

Four credit hours

Prerequisite: GER 202. Required of all German majors.

This course seeks to fine tune the student’s command of German by discussing difficult vocabulary usage and reviewing the most difficult grammar. Numerous written assignments and daily oral exercises in class.

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350

SPECIAL METHODS LANGUAGE TEACHING

Three-four credit hours

Required of all students seeking a license to teach German.

See EDU 350. Not offered every year.

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375IF

SURVEY OF GERMAN LITERATURE I

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: At least one of GER 263(I), 275IF or 310I or permission of instructor.

This study of German literature will include works from the earliest periods to the beginning of the nineteenth century. GER 376IF and 375IF may be taken in any order.

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376IF

SURVEY OF GERMAN LITERATURE II

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: At least one of GER 263(I), 275IF or 310I or permission of instructor.

A survey of German literature from Romanticism to the 20th century. GER 376IF and 375IF may be taken in any order.

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463

SPECIAL TOPICS SEMINAR

Three credit hours

Prerequisite: Advanced standing and permission of instructor.

GER 463 is intended to be a capstone seminar which builds on a significant understanding of German Studies. Topics may vary. Students may take the course twice if different topics are offered.

FLL

300I

GERMAN CLASSICS IN TRANSLATION

Three-four credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Taught in English. Only offered weekends or evenings.

Analysis and discussion of literary and intellectual trends in Germany as reflected in representative works of German literature from about 1750 through 1900; authors include Lessing, Goethe, Schiller, Heine and Keller.

FLL

301I

RECENT GERMAN LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION

Three-four credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Taught in English. Only offered weekends or evenings.

Analysis and discussion of intellectual and literary trends in German-speaking countries from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present; authors include Brecht, Kafka, Hesse and Mann.

FLL

310I

SURVEY OF GERMAN FILM

Three-four credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Taught in English. Only offered weekends or evenings.

Intensive study and discussion of selected periods and themes in German film. This course may be repeated for credit, provided it covers a different subject matter.

FLL

320I

GERMANY AND FACISM

Three-four credit hours

Prerequisite: None. Taught in English. Only offered weekends or evenings.

Intensive study and discussion of selected authors dealing with Fascism in German literature. This course may be repeated for credit, provided it covers a different subject matter.

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