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Courses Spring 2011


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 - 11:00 am
1282
Kasprzyk
509B West
02
Mon, Wed & Thurs
12:10 - 1:00 pm
1283
You
509B West
03
Mon & Wed
4:10 - 5:25 pm
1284
Kasprzyk 509B 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, Wed & Thurs
11:10 am - 12:00 pm
1285
Roos 509B West
02
Tues & Fri
11:10 am - 12:25 pm
1286
Merolle 611 West
03
Mon & Thurs
2:45 - 4:00 pm
1287
Dunnigan 509B West
51
Tues & Thurs
5:35 - 6:50 pm
1288
You 611 West
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GERMN 103: Intensive Elementary German I & II (6 hours, 6 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
51
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 5:35 - 6:50 pm 1289 Beckett 509B 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
Mon & Thurs
2:45 - 4:00 pm
1290
Zimmerman 611 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
Mon & Thurs
1:10 - 2:25 pm
1291
KuhnOsius
509B West
51
Tues & Thurs
7:00 - 8:15 pm
1292
Beckett
611 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 Mon, Wed & Thurs 11:10 - 1:00 pm 1293 Zimmerman 611 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
9:45 - 11:00 am
1295 Zimmerman 611 West
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GERMN 334: The German Short Story and Novelle(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 1:10 - 2:25 pm 4108 Anderson 611 West
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GERMN 336: German Lyric Poetry (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 & Wed 4:10 - 5:25 pm
4107 KuhnOsius 611 West
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GERMN 347: German Literature 1945-1995 (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: One Course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or equivalent fulfills requirement GER 3/A. PD/D
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 Mon & Thurs 2:45- 4:00 pm
4109 Kuhn-Osius 1441 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 - 11:00 am
1294
Titze 611 West
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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
51 Mon & Wed 5:35 - 6:50pm
5006 Titze 611 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, currently $28.85

 

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, currently $34.40

 

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, currently $28.85 and $34.40

 

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, currently $41.55

 

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, currently $41.55. 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, currently $41.55. 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

The course is designed to develop the conversational and compositional skills. There will be intensive practice of 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 the students to take the examination for the Zertifikat Deutsch, the professional certificate of basic language competence administered by the Goethe Institute. Fees charged by the Goethe Institute will be announced to students at the beginning of the term.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final examinations
Textbook: Themen neu Zertifikatsband, ISBN 3-19-301523-7, currently $29.75 (price subject to change)

 

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

 

GERMN 334:The German Short Story and Novelle

In this course, we will read and discuss some of the best short prose German Literature has to offer: 3 novellas and 3-4 short stories from the late eighteenth century to the present. Authors include Goethe, Kafka, Tieck, Storm, Borchert, and Bachmann. We will also read a piece of contemporary short prose and discuss it with the author in person.
The primary goal of this course is to improve reading and listening comprehension, oral proficiency, and writing proficiency in German. The course is also designed to increase students’ familiarity with literary form, literary history, and German culture. This course is conducted in German, and there will be written assignments and exams in German.
Course requirements: Attendance and participation, written homework, three papers
Texts: Books will be ordered by the instructor directly, not through the bookstore.
Ludwig Tieck, Der blonde Eckbert. ISBN: 978-3-15-007732-0 (about $5)
Johann Wolfgang Goethe, Novelle. ISBN: 3-15-007621-8 (about $5)
Theodor Storm, Immensee. ISBN-3-15-006007-9 (about $5)
Exam format: midterm and final exams

 

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

 

GERMN 336 German Lyric Poetry

German poetry has had a long and distinguished history from the Middle Ages to the present, providing, for example, the lyrics for the well-known "Lieder" of classical music. In this course, we shall read and discuss in detail German lyric poetry mainly from the classical period to the present. The works chosen will provide examples of various themes, topics, styles and periods in the development of poetry. Poems will include works by such authors as Goethe, Schiller, Klopstock, Eichendorff, Hölderlin, Heine, Brecht, and others. The reading assignments per class period will be relatively short, but they should be studied in some detail. Since one of the aims of this course is increased language proficiency, the class will be conducted in German. Class participation will be important in this class.
Texts: The basic text to be used is Leonard Forster (ed.) The Penguin Book of German Verse. It seems that this book is not currently in print, so look for used copies on line. Try to obtain the 1988 edition. The price for a used copy should be below $20. (Do not buy this as a “new” book for $120 or more unless you are a collector of out-of print-paperbacks). All other materials will be made available in xeroxed form or via “Blackboard”.
Course Requirements: There will be between 5 and 10 written assignments in German to yield approximately 20 typed pages for the term. More advanced students will be asked to write fewer, longer papers, while less advanced students will write brief essays geared to their proficiency level.
Each student will present two German poems of his/her choice to the class, one may be read, the other is to be memorized. All speaking and writing assignments will be given according to individual needs and capabilities as far as possible. Your linguistic starting point will be taken into account for your final grade.  
Exam format:
written midterm and final exams

 

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

 

GERMN 347 German Literature 1945-1995

This class is meant to give an introduction to German Literature between 1945 and the 1990’s. These were the years in which Germany was divided into a Western and Eastern state and had to deal with the aftermath of World War II. We will read five medium length works that are representative for their time and/or genre and are accessible language-wise and in the cultural knowledge they presuppose.
We will alternate the reading of the longer works with short stories and/or poems. This should give students more time to read the longer works and also alternate reading extensively and intensively.
Since one goal of the class is for students to improve their language ability, attendance and participation are very important in this class. Each student is asked to present a book report (in German) to the class in which he/she informs the class about one other work in German literature from this period. The instructor will help each student choose a book according to his/her level of ability.
Course Requirements: Writing assignments will be geared to students’ writing ability. Some of you may be asked to hand in up to ten short compositions (1-2) pages; others will be asked for two longer papers (5-10 pages).
List of works: Wolfgang Borchert, Drauβen vor der Tür (Drama, 1947, rororo 6.95 Euro), Alfred Andersch, Sansibar oder der letzte Grund (Roman, 1957, Diogenes 7.90 Euro) Heinrich Böll, Die verlorene Ehre der Katharina Blum (Novelle, 1973, dtv, 5.90 Euro), Martin Walser; Ein fliehendes Pferd (Novelle, 1957, Suhrkamp 6.00 Euro), Bernhard Schlink, Der Vorleser (Novelle, 1996, Diogenes, 8.90 Euro). (The total price should be in the neighborhood of $60 including shipping).
Exam format: written midterm and final exam

 

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

 

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.
Textbooks:
Jack Zipes, The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, ISBN 05-533-8216 Price: $18.60 Joanna Cole, The best Loved Fairy Tales of the World, ISBN 0-385-8949-0 Price: $16.75
Exam Format: written midterm and final exams     

                                                                           

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

 

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