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Courses Spring 2018


Elementary & Intermediate German Language Courses

 

GERMN 101: Elementary German I (3 hours, 3 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
9:45-11:00am
2481
Bloom
509B West
02
Tues & Fri
9:45-11:00am
2482
Wicker
509B West
03
Mon & Thurs
1:10-2:25pm
4468
Koch 611 West
04 Tues & Fri
2:10-3:25pm 4877
Wicker
611 West
05 Mon & Thurs 2:45-4:00pm 2483
Kuhn-Osius 611 West
06 Mon & Wed 4:10-5:25pm 5649 Raninger 611 West
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GERMN 102: Elementary German II (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
8:10-9:25am
2484
Bloom 611 West
02
Tues & Fri
11:10-12:25pm
2485
Koch
611 West
03
Tues & Thurs
7:00-8:15pm
4878
Fiedler
611 West
04 Mon & Wed
5:35-6:50pm 5118
Strohmeier 509B West
05 Tues & Fri 2:10-3:25pm 19335 Koch 509B West
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GERMN 103: Intensive Elementary German I & II (6 hours, 6 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
T, W, F 11:10-1:00pm 5650
Du Bey
413 West
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GERMN 200: Intensive German II & III (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
M, W, Th
11:10-1:00pm
5855
Kuhn-Osius
611 West
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GERMN 201: Intermediate German I (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 102 or 103 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Tues & Fri
11:10-12:25pm
2487
Merolle
509B West
02 Mon & Thurs
9:45-11:00am 2488
Strohmeier
611 West
03 Tues & Thurs 4:10-5:25pm 4879
Beckett
611 West
04 Tues & Fri 12:45-2:00pm 5186
Wicker
509B West
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GERMN 202: Intermediate German II (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 201 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Tues & Fri
9:45-11:00am
2489
Merolle
611 West
02
Mon & Thurs
2:45-4:00pm
2490
Nicolai
509B West
03 Tues & Thurs 5:35-6:50pm 4880
Beckett
509B West
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GERMN 203: Intensive Intermediate German I & II (6 hours, 6 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 102 or 103 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 M, W, Th
11:10-1:00pm 2492 Zimmerman 509B West
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Advanced German Language, Literature and Culture Courses: Level I

(What is the difference between Level I and Level II courses?)


GERMN 302: Advanced German Conversation & Composition (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. Fulfills requirement GER 3/A.
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 Mon & Thurs
1:10-2:25pm
2493
Zimmerman 509B West
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GERMN 322: German Civilization (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. Fulfills requirements GER 3/A and PD/D.
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 Mon & Thurs 11:10-12:25pm
19336
Nicolai 412 West
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GERMN 327: Modern Swiss Literature (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. Fulfills requirements GER 3/A and PD/D.
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 Mon & Thurs 4:10-5:25pm
19337 Zimmerman
509B West
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Advanced Courses Conducted in German: Level II

GERMN 342: The German Novel (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: One course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or equiv. GER 3/A, PD/D
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
2:45-4:00pm
19338
Anderson
410 West
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Course in German Literature & Civilization (Conducted in English)

 

GERMN 241: German Fairy Tales (3 hours, 3 credits)
Fulfills requirements GER 2/C and PD/D and Writing.
Section
Day Time Code Instructor Room
01 Saturday
8:10-11:00am
4457
Titze 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs 8:10-9:25am 4458 Titze 509B West
03 Mon & Wed 8:25-9:40pm 5189 Strohmeier 611 West
04 Tues & Fri 11:10-12:25pm 5525 Titze
412 West
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What is the difference between Level I and Level II advanced courses?

The advanced German literature courses are divided into two levels. We expect students to take at least two literature courses at Level One (I) before proceeding to Level Two (II). If you are in any doubt which course you should take, please consult the Chairperson of the Department. All courses are conducted in German.

Level I courses are intended for students who have recently completed GERMN 202 or 203 and who only have limited experience in discussing German literature in German, orally and in writing. They are not intended for native speakers.

Level II courses are intended for advanced students who have taken a number of 300 level German language and literature courses and who may be interested in going on to use the German language professionally. They are thus meant to help students move to the highest level of the undergraduate program and beyond. Students enrolled in Level II courses have the opportunity to take the Goethe exams B2 and C1, the professional certificates of advanced language competence administered by the Goethe Institute. The exams are given each spring, and a fee set by the outside agency will be charged.

 

 

Course Descriptions

GERMN 101: Elementary German I

This course is for students without prior knowledge of German. It focuses on the basic linguistic and cultural abilities needed to function in German-speaking countries. The instructor will emphasize active student participation (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Regular attendance and daily homework are necessary to succeed in this course.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: Access to German: Jägerbuch I, ISBN 0-07-285376-x

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 102: Elementary German II

This course continues the work of GERMN 101. It broadens linguistic and cultural abilities for basic communication in a German-speaking environment. The instructor will emphasize active student participation (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Regular attendance and daily homework are necessary to succeed in this course.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: Access to German: Jägerbuch II, ISBN 0-07-3019364

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 103: Intensive Elementary German I & II

This course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of German.  It covers in ONE semester the material normally covered in two semesters, in GERMN 101 - 102. It focuses on the basic linguistic and cultural abilities needed to function in German-speaking countries. The instructor will emphasize active student participation (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Regular attendance and daily homework are necessary to succeed in this course.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: Access to German: Jägerbuch I and II, ISBN 0-07-285376-x and ISBN 0-07-3019364

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 200: Intensive German II & III

Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent.
GRMN 200 is a new course, which combines the material of German 102 and 201. This course is meant for students who have done well in German 101 and are ready for a faster pace in their German studies. After this course, you will just need to take German 202 either in Germany in the summer or at Hunter in the fall term to be finished with the language requirement and to proceed to more advanced German courses if you wish. The class will use the same approach as German 101 and expand your command of German in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We will cover Access to German: Jägerbuch II, and will also work with the first half of Access to German: Jägerbuch III. This course requires regular attendance and active, regular completion of homework assignments.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams.
Textbooks: Access to German: Jägerbuch II, ISBN 0-07-285376-x and Jägerbuch III, ISBN 0-07-24397-8.

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 201: Intermediate German I 

This course is the third in a four-semester sequence and continues the linguistic and cultural introduction to German. Review and practice of elementary grammar; introduction of advanced forms. Reading and discussion of selected texts. The instructor will emphasize active student participation (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Regular attendance and daily homework are necessary to succeed in this course.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: Access to German: Jägerbuch III, ISBN 0-07-24397-8

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 202: Intermediate German II

Continued broadening of abilities in speaking, listening, reading, writing. Reading and discussion of selected literary texts. Strong emphasis on active student participation. Regular attendance and daily homework are important elements in this course. Completion of this course fulfills the Hunter College foreign language requirement.  Students at this level will normally be tested by both written and oral examination.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: Access to German: Jägerbuch III, ISBN 0-07-24397-8, Additional handouts.

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 203: Intensive Intermediate German I & II

This course covers in ONE semester the material normally covered in TWO semesters, in GERMN 201 and GERMN 202. Instruction in the four basic skills is continued. Advanced grammatical forms are introduced. Selected literary texts are read and discussed. The class involves a considerable investment of time. Please consult the Chair of the Department for further advice about this accelerated course.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: Access to German: Jägerbuch III, ISBN 0-07-24397-8, Additional handouts.

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 302: Advanced German Conversation & Composition

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent.  GER 3/A  
This course is designed to develop conversational and compositional skills. There will be intensive practice in contemporary spoken and written German with emphasis on vocabulary and idiom, and on active mastery of grammatical forms.  Audio material will be used to strengthen comprehension skills. Regular preparation in writing is required for group work and class dialogues. The course prepares students to take the examination Zertifikat Deutsch, the professional certificate of basic language competence administered by the Goethe Institute. The exam is given each spring. Fees charged by the Goethe Institute will be announced in advance.  
Essays and oral presentations.
Textbook: E-book provided by instructor.

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 322: German Civilization

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D
This course is conducted in German.
Introduction to key topics in German history, culture, art, and politics. You will practice writing and speaking in this class through many short essays and a class project on a famous person who spoke or speaks German. We will begin our survey of German culture with a geographical unit showing the landscapes of present-day Germany and then we will look at how Germany was situated in Europe through the centuries. We will proceed historically and read a number of short texts taken from various periods in German history; these will be handed out in class. While we begin our survey at the time when the Germanic tribes entered into history, we will concentrate our treatment of earlier history on those elements that are generally known to present-day Germans so that you will have a better frame of reference for communicating with them. We will then spend most of our energy on enduring aspects of German civilization in modern times.
Course requirements: Regular attendance and participation are a necessity for this class. There will be weekly short essays in German (which have to be corrected) as well as a midterm and a final.
Course Materials: You will be given extensive handout material.

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 327: Modern Swiss Literature

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D
Switzerland is interesting in many respects. It is a confederation of 26 states with Berne as the “capital”. The country’s population has about eight million people and speaks German (66%), French (23%), Italian (8%) and Romansh (0.7%) which is a language that is based on Latin.  Situated in the heart of Europe, the nation did not take part in WWI or WW2. The history and the different cultures of Switzerland are presented in the rich body of its literature. In this course we will be dealing with literature written in German by the widely known authors Friedrich Dürrenmatt and Max Frisch – household names for Swiss Literature since the second half of the 20th century. We will also read some shorter pieces by less famous writers. Emphasis will be on close reading of the texts. Regular writing assignments in German will be tailored to individual needs and abilities (between 10 and 15 pages). Regular class preparation, completion of oral assignments for each class period, written midterm and final examinations will be required.   We will read two books; shorter texts will be presented as handouts: Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Der Richter und sein Henker, ISBN 9783499101502
Max Frisch, Homo Faber, ISBN 978-3-518-18803-3
Course requirements: Regular reading, attendance, and participation; regular writing assignments; essay; group projects.

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 342: The German Novel

Prereq: One course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D
This course is an introduction to the novel. We will discuss its history and development as a genre, as well as some of the most famous German-language novelists. We will begin with one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century literature, Franz Kafka’s Der Prozeß (1925). As part of our work with this text, students will write short articles for kafkapedia.wikispaces.com, an online resource about Kafka's writings.
Our second novel, and perhaps a third, will be determined once the semester begins.
This course is conducted entirely in German.
Course requirements: attendance and participation; regular preparation of readings; regular writing assignments
Required text: Franz Kafka, Der Prozeß. ISBN: 3-596-12443-3 (It is important that all students have this edition, in order to facilitate class discussion.)

Note: If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement before registering for classes.

Course in German Literature & Civilization (Conducted in English)

GERMN 241: German Fairy Tales "W"

Fairy tales are known all over the world. The most famous European book of fairy tales is the one collected by the Brothers Grimm. These stories have entered our collective unconscious but are not easily explained. We shall look at various attempts at explaining what fairy tales are all about, look at older stories that served as models for the Brothers Grimm and study modern versions of the tales including a Walt Disney movie and "politically correct fairy tales." Students will read fairy tales, tell one that they know, and write three short papers, a midterm and final examination. All readings, discussions and written work will be in English. This course has a "W" designation. 
Exam Format: written midterm and final exams
Textbooks:
Jack Zipes, The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, ISBN 978-0553382167
                   Joanna Cole, Best-Loved Folktales of the World, ISBN 978-0318796482 or ISBN 9780385189491

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