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.)
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. May be taken for WR 150 credit.
  • CAS LG 280: Topics in German Culture (in English translation)
    Topic for Spring 2018: Art and Society in the Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany. Literature, art, and social thought of the Weimar years; the transformation of Germany into a fascist state. Works by Brecht, Mann, Ingeborg Keun, Simmel, Remarque, Beckmann, Gropius, Lasker- Schuler and others. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LG 282: Marx, Nietzsche, Freud (in English translation)
    Study of the three radical and influential German thinkers. Marx's German Ideology, Communist Manifesto, Grundrisse, Capital; Nietzsche's Beyond Good/Evil, Genealogy of Morals; Freud's Outline, Introductory Lectures, Civilization and Its Discontents. Cannot be taken for credit by students who have completed CAS LG 475. Also offered as CAS XL 470 A1. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LG 283: The Faust Tradition
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one literature course or consent of instructor.
    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. Meets with CAS XL 351. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • 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.
  • CAS LG 307: Contemporary Cultural Issues in the German-Speaking World
    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.
  • 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.
  • CAS LG 315: Introduction to German Linguistics
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 211; or equivalent proficiency.
    Introduction to major subfields of German linguistics: phonetics/ phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, historical linguistics, regional variation, and sociolinguistic aspects such as gender and English influence. Course also aims to improve students' German proficiency and pronunciation. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS LG 320: German Media and Popular Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 302-309 or consent of instructor.
    Introduction to contemporary German-language media and its role in the creation and transmission of popular culture. Through analyses of print, digital, visual and social media students develop critical reading and viewing skills while advancing in language and intercultural proficiency.
  • CAS LG 325: Modern German History and Culture through Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one course numbered CAS LG 302-309 or consent of instructor.
    Feature films about the legacies of World War II in East and West Germany, the effects of reunification, topics in present-day Germany and its multicultural scene. Readings on film art and the different historical contexts involved. Conducted in German.
  • CAS LG 350: Introduction to German Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: any course from CAS LG 302-309 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.
  • CAS LG 387: Weimar Cinema (taught in English)
    German silent and early sound films from Caligari to Hitler, viewed in the aesthetic context of contemporary and recent film theory and criticism and in the broader cultural context of the interwar Weimar Republic (1918-1933), with international points of comparison. Weekly screenings. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS CI 320.
  • CAS LG 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Honors Committee.
  • 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.
  • CAS LG 453: Romanticism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 350.
    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 455: Twentieth-Century Culture: Before 1945
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LG 350.
    Surveys a period of critical change and tremendous vitality in German-speaking culture and literature. Works by Rilke, Hofmannsthal, Mann, Kafka, Brecht, and others. Topics in politics, society, film, the arts. Practice in writing and interpretation.