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Course offerings for Fall 2009

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Fall 2009

Elementary & Intermediate Language Courses

 

Code

Instructor

Room


GERMN 101 Elementary German I 3hrs, 3crs.

01 Mon & Thurs 9:45 - 11:00

1459

Benjoya

409 West

02 Tues & Fri 11:10 - 12:25

1460

Beckett

611 West

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

1461

Staff

509B West

04 Mon & Wed 4:10 - 5:25

1462

Libby

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

1464

Staff

509B West

02 Mon & Thurs 2:45 - 4:00

1465

Zimmerman

611 West


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

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

1466

Zimmerman

611 West


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

01 Mon & Thurs 1:10 - 2:25

1467

Kuhn-Osius

611 West

51Tues & Thurs 7:00 - 8:15

1468

Beckett

611 West

 

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

01 Mon & Thurs 9:45 - 11:00

1469

Nicolai

611 West

Advanced German Language, Literature and Culture Courses

Level 1

 

GERMN 301     Advanced German Comprehension & Conversation  3hrs, 3crs.

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

                 01       Mon &  Th      9:45-11:00                    4321                  Kuhn-Osius     509B West               

GERMN 322     German Civilization                           3hrs, 3crs.

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

                 01       Mon &  Th      2:45-4:00                      4322                  KuhnOsius        509B West                     

GERMN 323     Women in German Literature          3hrs, 3crs.

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

                 01       Mon & Th       1:10-2:25                      4323                  Nicolai             509B West

GERMN 312     Introduction to Business German  3hrs, 3crs

Prereq: GERMN 301 or permission of the instructor.   GER 3/A              

                51           Mon & Wed    5:35-6:50    4324       Kym       611 HW

Level II

 

 

GERMN 345     Weimar Germany  3hrs, 3crs.

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

                 01       Mon & Wed    4:10-5:25                      4326                  Nicolai             611 HW

 

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

1470

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

1472

Titze

611 West

 

 

ELEMENTARY AND INTERMEDIATE GERMAN

GERMN 101 Elementary German I 3hrs, 3crs.

NOT CREDITED WITHOUT GERMN 102.

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; 

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

GERMN 102 Elementary German II 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent.

 

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;

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

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 - 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; ISBN 0-07-3019364; currently $ 28.85 and $ 34.40

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

GERMN 201 Intermediate German I 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: GERMN 102 or 103 or equivalent.

 

 

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 German writings. 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;

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

GERMN 202 Intermediate German II 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: GERMN 201 or equivalent.

 

 

Continued broadening of abilities in speaking, listening, reading, writing. Reading and discussion of selected 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: Textbook: Access to German: Jägerbuch III; ISBN 0-07-24397-8; price: currently $ 41.55; plus course package distributed in class (currently $20.00).

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

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

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 301 Advanced German Comprehension & Conversation 3hours, 3credits

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

 

This course is intended for students who have recently completed GERMN 202 or 203 and/or GERMN 302. It is not intended for native speakers of German.

The course is designed to develop listening, reading, speaking and writing abilities in German.  There will be intensive practice of spoken and written German with an emphasis on communication and accuracy.  Grammar review and exercises will be provided as necessary. Recorded materials will be used to strengthen comprehension and speaking skills.  Regular preparation in reading, listening, and writing is required for group work and class dialogues. Students will give a narrative in-class presentation appropriate to their level and based on a recorded text they are assigned individually. There will be weekly short essays, mostly of a narrative nature. All students in 301 are expected to take an oral proficiency interview at the end of the course. This course prepares students to take the Zertifikat Deutsch ,** the professional certificate of intermediate language competence administered by the Goethe Institute.

Exam format:written midterm and final examinations

Textbook: Themen neu Zertifikatsband, ISBN 3-19-301523-7. $ 29.75; price subject to change.

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

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

 

 

 

GERMN 312  Introduction to Business German I 3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq:  GERMN 301 or permission of the instructor.  GER 3/A

This course may be taken by students at all levels of the German program after GERMN 301 or permission of the instructor.  It is not intended for native speakers of German.

This course is an introduction to German for business and economics.  We will work simultaneously on increasing the language needed in a business context and learning about Germany as an important player in today’s world economy.  Topics to be covered will include, among others, Germany as an industrial country, Germany as a global trading partner, Germany’s role within the European Union. In addition to working with the language, we will also work at building up cross-cultural awareness. In addition to shorter writing tasks, there will be one major writing assignment. It is a longer position paper on why and where in Germany to establish a subsidiary of an American company. It is an ongoing project consisting of several drafts ending with a well-formulated "Schlussbericht" of at least 5 pages. The course will be conducted in German.

Exam format: written midterm and final exams

The prerequisite for the course is GERMN 301 or permission of the instructor.  Students interested in taking the course who do not meet this prerequisite should contact or email the instructor to arrange for, if necessary, a placement interview.  Please call the German Department at 212 772-4980 or send an email to the instructor Professor Annette Kym, akym@hunter.cuny.edu

Textbook: German for Business and Economics, 2nd Edition by Patricia Ryan Paulsell and Anne-Katrin Gramberg, Michigan State University Press, 2000.

ISBN-13: 9780870135385                                   Currently $ 50.00

 

 

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 322 German Civilization  3hrs, 3crs.

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

This course is intended for students who have recently completed GERMN 202 or 203. It is not intended for native speakers of German.

The course is designed to provide students with an overview of German general, cultural, and intellectual history while also providing practice in the German language at an intermediate level.  There will be weekly reading exercises, coupled with written textbook exercises or essays (depending on student language ability) and in-class discussion and presentations. Regular preparation in reading and writing is required for participating in the class. Each student will give an in-class presentation on an important figure of German political or cultural history as appropriate to their language level. All reading and discussion will be in German.

Exam format:written midterm and final examinations

Textbook: Wulf Koepke, Die Deutschen: Vergangenheit und Gegenwart (5th ed., Orlando: Harcourt/thomson, 1999), ISBN-13:  978-0030210396 or ISBN-10: 0030210399 . List price $ 106.95.

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

 

GERMN  323 Women in German Literature  3hrs, 3crs.

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

This course is intended for students who have recently completed GERMN 202 or 203 and/or GERMN 301. It is not intended for native speakers of German.

In this course, we shall read and discuss different genres of literature written by women of the 19th and 20th centuries. We shall examine the cultural and social role of women and what kind of literary channels were open to them at different times. Authors such as Bettina von Arnim, Fanny Lewald, Amelie Godin, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Anna Seghers, Gabriele Wohmann and others will be discussed. There will be regular writing assignments in German as well as written exams. All reading and discussion will be in German.

Exam format: written midterm and final exams

The course pack will be available on ERES.

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

Level II Course

The following course is 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 C1 (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.

 

 

GERMN  345 Weimar Germany                                                                      3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq:  One course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or 444 or equivalent or permission of instructor.   GER 3/A, PD/D

In this course, we shall read and discuss literature written in Germany between the end of the First World War (1918) and the beginning of the “Third Reich” (1933). We will deal with writings by such authors as Toller, Fallada and Keun. Films and music of the twenties will be included. We shall be concerned with the complicated interaction of literature, art and politics in this period and we shall work at building the vocabulary and linguistic skills to deal with this kind of topic. Emphasis in this course will be placed on student participation. Individualized speaking and writing assignments taking each student’s proficiency level into consideration will be given.  There will be three papers, as well as a midterm and final examinations.  The course is open to native speakers of German.  All reading, writing, and discussion will be in German. 

Exam format: written midterm and final exams

Textbooks: Hans Fallada, Kleiner Mann – was nun?!, ISBN 3-499-10001-0, price currently $ 11.06

                  Ernst Toller, Eine Jugend in Deutschland, ISBN 3-499-14178-7, price currently $   8.26

                  Irmgard Keun, Das kunstseidene Mädchen, ISBN 3-548-60085-9 price currently $ 9.52

If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

 

 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 survey course examines major tendencies in literary, artistic, philosophical, religious, and political life in German-speaking countries from the late eighteenth century to the present. We will first focus on the Enlightenment project and how its critical ideas played out over time, drawing on readings from German classics. At the same time we will investigate how these efforts created and closed off opportunities for developing robust individual and national identities. Our work together will pay special attention to the possibilities that the dominant culture made available to women, minorities, and the poor to participate more fully in collective life in the newly emerging nation called “Germany” (1871). Finally we will address the catastrophes of the wars in the twentieth century, German experiments in democracy, the productive self-criticism and activism characteristic of the 1960s and 1970s, and the complexities of German reunification (1990) in a broadly European context. The materials we will use include texts, artifacts from visual culture and film, and music. Regular writing of different kinds provides us with a vital tool for focusing our thinking. There will be written midterm and final exams. All readings, discussions and written work will be in English. This course has a “W” designation.

Exam format: written midterm and final exams

Required textbook: Hagen Schulze, Germany: A New History. Harvard, 1998. ISBN  0-67400545-7.

Price currently $ 21.00

Exerpts from the following texts, which are in the public domain and can be accessed free of charge from the Internet.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. Faust. Trans. W. Kaufman. Anchor Books, 1961. $10.95. ISBN 0-385-03114-9

Marx, Karl, andFriedrich Engels. The Communist Manifesto. Penguin Books, 2002. $7.00. ISBN 0-14-044757-1.

Kafka, Franz. The Basic Kafka. Pocket Books, 1979. $5.99. ISBN 0-671-53145-X

Arendt, Hannah. Eichmann and the Holocaust. Penguin Books, 1963. $8.95. ISBN 0-14-303760-9.

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, 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 05-533-8216 Price: $ 18.60

                  Joanna Cole, The best Loved Fairy Tales of the World, ISBN 0-385-8949-0 Price: $16.75

 

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