German Courses

Fall 2020 German Courses

For a complete listing of all German courses, see the Academic Catalog.

Taught in German:

German 111 – Beginning German I

  • Professor: Adrienne Merritt
  • Students begin to learn German through listening, speaking, reading, and writing about topics and situations familiar to them. These topics include their personal biographies, families, daily life, studies, travels, and hobbies. Students compare and contrast their lives with those of German-speaking peoples. Regular writing assignments help students learn vocabulary, and express their own thoughts with German sentence structure. Additionally, regular speaking activities aid in acquiring good pronunciation and listening  skills.

German 231 – Intermediate German I: Deutsche Identitäten heute/German Identities Today

  • Professors: Amanda Randall
  • Prerequisite: German 112 or Placement Exam level recommendation
  • Students continue to explore everyday life in German-speaking countries through reading, discussing, and retelling narrative texts. Unit themes include cultural and national identity formation, the notion of home (Heimat), cultural diversity, and migration to and from Germany. This course places an emphasis on vocabulary building and expansion of German grammar knowledge, and on the composition of short narratives to develop writing skills for paragraph-length discourse.

German 251 – History and Memory  (GE: FOL-G, WRI, ALS-L)

  • Professor: Amanda Randall
  • Prerequisite: German 232 or Placement Exam level recommendation
  • Students examine the National Socialist period (1933-1945), its embeddedness in German cultural memory, and its implications for contemporary society. Students read, discuss, analyze, and write about a series of literary texts (including films) emerging from or reflecting on what historian Friedrich Meinecke called “the German catastrophe.” The course is writing intensive and includes short weekly assignments as well as several longer, multi-step writing projects. Advanced grammar review supports analytical tasks. Taught in German. Offered annually in the fall semester.

German 273 – Contemporary Germany through the Media

  • Professor: Adrienne Merritt
  • Prerequisite: German 251, 252, or 253 or with instructor permission
  • This course is designed to teach media literacy in the German context with emphasis on ideological, cultural, aesthetic, and ethical perspectives. Students examine current issues, events, culture, politics, education, entertainment, advertising, and other non-literary topics as treated in contemporary German print and electronic media, including press, television, film, internet, and radio. Students compare and contrast presentations by different German media and by German versus U.S. media. The course emphasizes strategies for writing papers in German. Taught in German. Offered every three years. Also counts toward management studies concentration.
Taught in English:

German 247 – Fairy Tales and Folklore (GE: ALS-L, HWC)

    • Professor: Adrienne Merritt
    • This course examines fairy tales popularized by the Brothers Grimm: their roots in oral tradition, their literary flourishing in the German Romantic era around 1800, and their multimedia afterlife from opera to Disney. What has made these tales appear so timeless? Can they be used and abused for diverse social and political goals? Can individuals today mobilize these tales to promote new social roles and identities? Assignments will not be limited to analytical work; students will also use their understanding of the fairy tale tradition to create new tales that speak to the hopes and fears of society today.