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Course offerings for Fall 2008

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Fall 2008

Elementary & Intermediate Language Courses

 

Code

Instructor

Room


GERMN 101 Elementary German I 3hrs, 3crs.

01 Mon & Thurs 9:45 - 11:00

1355

Benjoya

509B West

02 Tues & Fri 11:10 - 12:25

1356

Beckett

611 West

03 Mon, Wed & Thurs 12:10 - 1:00

1357

Zimmerman

509B West

04 Mon & Wed 4:10 - 5:25

1358

Zimmerman

509B West

51 Tues & Thurs 5:35 - 6:50

1359

Beckett

611 West


GERMN 102 Elementary German II 3hrs, 3crs.
Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent

01 Mon, Wed &Thurs 11:10 - 12:25

1360

Zimmerman

509B West

02 Mon & Thurs 1:10-2:25

1361

Libby

509B West


GERMN 103 Intensive Elementary German I & II 6hrs, 6crs.

01 Mon, Wed &Thur - 11:10-1.00

4495

Kuhn-Osius

611 West


GERMN 201 Intermediate German I 3hrs, 3crs.
Prereq: GERMN 102 or 103 or equivalent

01 Mon & Thurs 9:45 - 11

1362

Nicolai

611 West

51Tues & Thurs 7:00 - 8:15

1363

Beckett

611 West

 

GERMN 202 Intermediate German II 3hrs, 3crs.
Prereq: GERMN 201 or equivalent

01 Mon & Thurs 2:45 - 4:00

1364

Nicolai

611 West

Advanced German Language, Literature and Culture Courses

Level 1

 

Code

Instructor

Room


GERMN 301 Advanced German Comprehension & Conversation 3 hrs, 3crs
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A

51 Mon & Wed 5:35-6:50

4164

Zimmerman

509B West


GERMN 327 Modern Swiss Literature 3hrs, 3crs
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A PD/C

01 Mon & Th 2:45-4:00

4165

Latimer

509B West


GERMN 328 German Children's and Adolescent Literature 3hrs, 3crs
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A PD/D

01 Mon & Wed 4:10-5:25

4166

Kuhn-Osius

611 West

Level 2

 

Code

Instructor

Room


GERMN 348 East German Literature 3 hrs, 3 crs
Prereq: One course numbered GERMN 320 to 359 or equivalent. GER 3/A PD/D

51 Mon & Wed 5:35-6:50

4167

Kym

611 West


GERMN 381 The German Press of Today: Reading and Understanding Newspapers & Magazines 3 hrs, 3 crs GER 3/A,
Prereq: Two courses numbered GERMN 300 or above or equivalent. (Excluding courses in Englsih translation).

01 Mon & Thurs, 1:10 - 2:25

4186

Nicolai

611 West

Courses in German Literature & Civilization
Conducted in English

 

Code

Instructor

Room


GERMN 240 German Thought & Culture 3 hrs, 3 crs
GER 2/C, PD/D "W" Course

01 Mon & Thurs 2:45 -4:00

1365

Libby

413 West


GERMN 241 German Fairy Tales 3 hrs, 3 crs
GER 2/C, PD/D "W" Course

01 Sat 8:10-11:00

1367

Titze

611 West

 

 

ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE GERMAN

GERMN 101 Elementary German I 3hrs, 3crs.

NOT CREDITED WITHOUT GERMN 102.

This course is intended for students with no prior knowledge of German.  Basic skills of speaking, reading, writing, and comprehension are taught with a strong emphasis on active student participation.

GERMN 102 Elementary German II 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent.

This course continues the work of GERMN 101, practicing the four basic language skills.

GERMN 103 Intensive Elementary German I & II 6hrs, 6crs.

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 and GERMN 102.  Basic skills of speaking, reading, writing and comprehension are taught with a strong emphasis on active student participation.  The class meets three times a week and involves a considerable investment of time.  If you have questions, please consult the Chair of the Department about this accelerated course.

GERMN 201 Intermediate German I 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: GERMN 102 or 103 or equivalent.

Continued instruction in the four basic language skills. Introduction of advanced grammatical forms and review of elementary grammar. Reading and discussion of selected German writings. Continued practice in conversation and composition.

GERMN 202 Intermediate German II 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: GERMN 201 or equivalent.

Students at this level will normally be tested by both written and oral examination. Continued instruction in the four basic language skills.  Reading and discussion of selected literary texts.  Completion of this course fulfills the Hunter College foreign language requirement. 

ADVANCED GERMAN LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND CULTURE COURSES
All 300 Level courses in German count as Focused Exposure
(Stage 3, Group A)

Level I: Language and Culture

GERMN 301 Advanced German Comprehension & Conversation 3hours, 3credits

Prereq:  GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent.  GER 3/A 

The course is intended for students who have recently completed GERMN 202 or 203. The course sequence 301/302 is specifically designed to help students make the transition from a 200-level course to upper level German courses. German 302 Advanced German Conversation & Compositionwill be offered in the Spring Semester 2009: students of 302 will be prepared in the Spring to take the examination for the Zertifikat Deutsch, the professional certificate of basic langauge competence administered by the Goethe Institute.* This course is not intended for native speakers of German.

The course provides intensive practice and comprehending contemporary German. Mastery of vocabulary and idiom is emphasized. Topics for class discussion will derive from various sorts of printed as well as recorded texts. Taped materials are used in class and at home to strengthen comprehension skills. Regular preparation in writing required for group work and class dialogues. (GER, Stage 3, Group A)

Level I: Literature and Culture

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

The following 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.

GERMN 327 Modern Swiss Literature 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq:  GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A , PD D

Recent Swiss literature is characterized by intellectually challenging topics presented in language that is very accessible to the intermediate learner of German. Concentrating on the 20th century, we shall read and discuss in detail narratives and plays by the well-known authors Max Frisch and Friedrich Duerrenmatt and shorter pieces by some lesser known writers. Emphasis will be on close reading of the texts but the cultural and historical background will also be discussed. Regular wirting assignments in German will be adjusted to individual needs and abilities. A mid-term and a final exam will be required.

 

GERMN 328 German Children's & Adolescent Literature 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq:  GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent.  GER 3/A, PD/D

Children's Literature and Juvenile Literature are among the genres that every native speaker knows but that are mysteries for a foreigner studying German. Reading them provides usually clear insights into values and belief-systems that members of a culture acquire in their youth and often throughout their adult lives. We will begin this course by reading some classic Fairy Tales from the collection of the Brothers Grimm and selections from some classics of German young people's literature (e.g. "Max und Moritz", "Struwwelpeter"). We will then read a number of stories and novels situated in the present day. The reading will range form serious ("Die Wolke" by Gudrun Pausewang, "Die Ilse is weg" by Christine Noestlinger) to the humorous and whimsical narrative, ("Der kleine Vampir" by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg). Course requirements: class participation and attendance: two medium-length papers and an in class presentation on a work of juvenile literature.

Level II Courses

The following 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 Zertifikat (former Zentrale Mittelstufenpruefung),** the professional certificate of advanced language competence administered by the Goethe Institute.

** The exams are given each spring. A fee set by the outside agency will be charged for these exams.

Language

GERMN 381 The German Press of Today: Reading and Understanding Newspapers & Magazines 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: Two courses numbered GERMN 300 or above or equivalent. (Excluding courses in English translation.) GER 3/A
 
The aim of this course is two-fold: to give an introduction to the main types of printed new sources available in German today, (newspapers, magazines, weeklies), and to provide experience in reading them. Conducted in German, with discussions, and writing exercises in German, texts read in German, occasional translation in English. The course is not intended for, nor open to, native speakers of German.

Literature and Culture

GERMN  348 East German Literature 1945-1990 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq:  One course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D.

Reading and discussion of literature written in German during the time of the existence of the GDR in the context of society and politics of the times. We will read stories with propagandistic overtones from the creation of this new state as well as novels that express subtle criticism of the regime and discuss the problems of the individual in the socialist society. Writings by authors such as Bredel, Hermlin, Plenzdorf, Wolf, Wander, and Heim will be read. Documents of the period will also be read. The class will be conducted in German. Regular writing assignments as well as midterm and final examination will be required.

GERMAN LITERATURE IN ENGLISH TRANSLATION
(all reading, writing and discussion in English)

GERMN 240 German Thought and Culture   3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq or co-req:  Engl 120, GER 2/C   PD/D "W" course

This course in an introduction to patterns of thought and culture which have developed in the German-speaking countries from the eighteenth to the late twentieth century. We shall read (in English translation) representative writings by major authors in literary, philosophical, political and other fields. These texts will be discussed in their historical context and in the context of developments in the fine arts. Some slides and taped materials will be used. Regular writing assignments as well as mid-term and final examination will be required. This course has a “W” designation.

GERMN 241 German Fairy Tales  3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq or co-req:  Engl 120, GER 2/C   PD/D "W" course

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 down to 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 mid-term and final examination.  All readings will be in English.  This course has a “W” designation.

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