German: Language, Literature, Culture (including courses in English)

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  • CAS LG 111: First-Semester German
    For beginners or according to placement test results. Introduction to grammar, vocabulary, structure of German, emphasizing the four basic skills: speaking, writing, listening, and reading. (If CAS LG 112 or a more advanced college- level course has been completed, this course may not be taken for credit.) Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LG 112: Second-Semester German
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 111; or placement test results.
    Continues study and practice of the basic skills of speaking, writing, and reading German. Conversational dialogues, reading of short texts, grammar sessions, compositions. Conducted in German. (If a more advanced college-level course has been completed, this course may not be taken for credit.) Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LG 113: Intensive Beginning German
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in BU's Study Abroad Dresden Programs.
    Part I: Eight-week intensive course for beginners or according to placement test results. Introduction to grammar, vocabulary and structure of German, emphasizing the basic communication skills: speaking, writing, listening and reading. Part II: Continuation of the practice of speaking, writing, listening and reading German. Includes conversational dialogues, reading of short texts, grammar sessions, and compositions.
  • CAS LG 211: Third-Semester German
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 112; or placement test results.
    Further development of communicative skills acquired in the first year, emphasizing both production (speaking, writing) and comprehension (listening, reading). Grammar review. Reading and discussion of selected short stories, poetry, and plays as well as nonliterary texts. Conducted in German. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: The Individual in Community.
    • The Individual in Community
  • CAS LG 212: Fourth-Semester German
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 211; or placement test results.
    Continued development of communicative skills and strategies for functioning socially in German-language contexts. Students learn to understand literary and nonliterary texts. Conducted in German. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • The Individual in Community
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LG 250: Masterpieces of German Literature (in English Translation)
    Introduction to the major works of German literature, emphasizing methods of close reading and the art of critical writing. Texts by Johannes von Saaz, J.W. Goethe, Heinrich von Kleist, Georg Buchner, Robert Musil, Ingeborg Bachmann and others. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LG 260: Intercultural Communication
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in BU's Study Abroad Dresden Programs.
    An interdisciplinary, interactive class designed to provide an introduction to intercultural questions stemming from the growing diversity and inter- connectedness of the United States and the world. Draws on the fields of psychology, anthropology, sociology, linguistics, and communication as it introduces students to the basic theories regarding intercultural communication and helps them develop a foundational level of intercultural competency. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: The Individual in Community, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Teamwork/Collaboration. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Social Inquiry I, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS LG 283: The Faust Tradition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one literature course or consent of instructor. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120)
    Comparative study of the Faust theme, 1500 to present: Marlowe, Goethe, Mann, Gertrude Stein, Jan Svankmajer, others. Transmission and adaptation of literary themes within and between national traditions. Emphasis on close reading and research, use of theory and criticism. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Writing-Intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LG 305: Science and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 212; or placement test results or consent of instructor.
    How do science, humanities, and arts intersect and influence cultural attitudes towards society, nature, and the environment? Students progress in all language skills and acquire reading and communicative strategies necessary to discuss the sciences in German. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Social Inquiry I, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Teamwork/Collaboration.
    • Social Inquiry I
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • CAS LG 307: Modern Society and Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 212; or placement test results or consent of instructor.
    Exploration of life and social issues in the German-speaking world through media, press, and a recent novel and film. Students progress in all language skills and acquire reading and communicative strategies necessary to discuss complex cultural topics. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS LG 308: Food Culture in German-Speaking Countries
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: placement test results or consent of instructor.
    What is German food culture? How does regional and global food shape our community, culture and identity? Debates on sustainable food choices and food waste initiatives. In this advanced language course, students progress in all language skills through analyses of media, images, a graphic novel, short stories and film, and acquire reading and communicative strategies necessary to discuss food-related and complex cultural topics. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication, Creativity/Innovation.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
    • Creativity/Innovation
  • CAS LG 309: German for the Professions
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 212.
    Advanced study of German through analysis of materials ranging from expository texts, advertisements, and business case studies to current events. Students acquire professional communication strategies and gain sophistication in written communication, intercultural analysis, interviewing techniques, and presentation skills. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Oral and/or Signed Communication.
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Oral and/or Signed Communication
  • CAS LG 310: Translation Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any course from CAS LG 302-345; or consent of instructor.
    Advanced German language training. Pleasures and frustrations of the incommensurability of German and U.S. cultures, investigated through systematic practice in translating and interpreting from German into English. Translation and interpretation as technical skill and creative performance.
  • CAS LG 335: Music, Art, and History in the German-Speaking World
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one course numbered CAS LG 302?309, or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to works, lives, and times of some composers and artists who have shaped the cultures of the German-speaking world. Conducted in German, the course aims to deepen students' cultural awareness as well as the sophistication of their language skills. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Aesthetic Exploration.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
  • CAS LG 350: Introduction to German Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any course from CAS LG 302-309 or equivalent; or permission of instructor. First Year Writing Seminar (e.g., WR 100 or WR 120).
    Undergraduate Corequisites: CAS WR 100; or equivalent, or permission of instructor.
    Masterpieces of German literature representing major eras and genres from the eighteenth century to the present. Practical introduction to methods of close reading and literary interpretation; class discussion. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Effective Fall 2018, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing- Intensive Course.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy
    • Writing-Intensive Course
  • CAS LG 388: World Cities: Berlin
    This course explores Berlin's urban imaginary, investigating cinematic, written and visual texts, architecture and urban planning to witness the complex, exciting, and sometimes tragic history of Berlin and to understand how people make sense of cities in general. Effective Spring 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Research and Information Literacy.
    • Historical Consciousness
    • Digital/Multimedia Expression
    • Research and Information Literacy
  • CAS LG 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the WLL Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • CAS LG 450: Origins of German Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 350; or consent of instructor.
    Survey of major developments in the cultural history of German-speaking countries, from the Middle Ages through the Enlightenment. Literature, expository texts, music, art and architecture, and their influence on contemporary cultural debates. Course conducted in German. Effective Spring 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness
  • CAS LG 453: Romanticism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 350; or consent of instructor.
    Poetry and prose of major authors (Tieck, Novalis, Schlegel, Brentano, Gunderode, Eichendorff, Hoffmann), their connection to music and art and to German Idealism. Emergence of the fairy-tale. Women and the literary salons.
  • CAS LG 456: Twentieth-Century Culture: Since 1945
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 350; or consent of instructor.
    Survey of postwar and contemporary German-language literature in its cultural-historical context. The Nazi past and the Holocaust; the economic rise of West Germany and accompanying disillusionment; East Germany's socialist ideal and reality; German reunification; women's voices; migrant and transnational literature. Effective Fall 2019, this course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
    • Aesthetic Exploration
    • Historical Consciousness