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Elementary & Intermediate German Language Courses

GERMN 101: Elementary German I (3 hours, 3 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
8:10am-9:25am
4724
Anderson
509B West
02
Tues & Fri 11:10am-12:25pm
4726
Du Bey
611 West
03
Tues & Fri
2:10pm-3:25pm
4725
Koch
509B West
04 Mon & Thurs 2:45pm-4:00pm 4727
Strohmeier
413 West
05 Mon & Thurs
4:10pm-5:25pm 4728
Raninger 509B West
06 Mon & Wed
5:35pm-6:50pm 5037
Beckett
611 West
07 Tues & Thurs 7:00pm-8:15pm 29857 Wicker 509B West

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101 fulfills the "World Cultures" category of the Hunter Core.

 

GERMN 102: Elementary German II (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
9:45am-11:00am
4729
Strohmeier 611 West
02
Tues & Fri 11:10am-12:25pm
4730
Merolle 509B West
03 Tues & Fri 3:45pm-5:00pm 4731
Koch
509B West
04 Mon & Wed 5:35pm-6:50pm 5038
Ranninger 509B West
05
Tues & Thurs
7:00pm-8:15pm
29858
Wittenberg
611 West

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GERMN 102 counts towards the Hunter Focus.

 

GERMN 103: Intensive Elementary German I & II (6 hours, 6 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 M, W, Th 11:10am-1:00pm 4732 Beckett 509B West

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GERMN 103 fulfills "World Cultures" of the Hunter Core and counts towards the Hunter Focus.

 

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
9:45am-11:00am
5039
Merolle 509B West
02 Mon & Thurs 2:45pm-4:00pm 4733
Kasprzyk 611 West
03
Tues & Thurs 5:35pm-6:50pm 4734
Wicker
509B West

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GERMN 201 counts towards the Hunter Focus.

 

GERMN 202: Intermediate German II (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 201 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
9:45am-11:00am
4735 Anderson 509B West
02 Mon & Thurs 1:10pm-2:25pm 5040 Kasprzyk 611 West

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GERMN 202 counts towards the Hunter Focus.

 


Advanced German Language, Literature and Culture Courses: Level I

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

GERMN 301: Advanced German Comprehension & Conversation (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 1:10pm-2:25pm 4739 Zimmerman
509B West

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GERMN 320.59: German-Jewish Liebesgeschichten in Literature & Film (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 2:45pm-4:00pm 30109 Zimmerman 509B West

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GERMN 339: Modern German Drama (3 hours, 3 credits) (CANCELLED)
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. Fulfills requirements GER 3/A and PD/D.
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01(CANCELLED) Mon & Thurs
4:10pm-5:25pm
29860 Anderson
611 West

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Advanced German Language, Literature and Culture Courses: Level II

GERMN 350: Austrian Literature: Vienna around 1900 (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: One Course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or equivalent.
Fulfills requirements GER 3/A  and PD/D
.
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 Mon & Wed 5:35pm-6:50pm
29861 Nicolai 413 West

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GERMN 385.04 Advanced German Through Translation (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: Two Courses numbered above GERMN 300 or equivalent (excluding courses in English translation).
Fulfills requirements GER 3/A  and PD/D
.
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01 Mon & Thurs 1:10pm-2:25pm
30170 Anderson 1441 West

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Course in German Literature & Civilization (Conducted in English)

 

GERMN 240: German Thought & Culture (3 hours, 3 credits)
Pre-req- or Coreq: ENGL 120. Fulfills requirements GER 2/C and PD/D and Writing ("W").
Section
Day Time Code Instructor Room
01 Mon & Thurs 9:45am-11:00am
13709 Tandler 1143 West

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GERMN 241: German Fairy Tales (3 hours, 3 credits)
Pre- or Coreq: ENGL 120. Fulfills requirements GER 2/C and PD/D and Writing ("W").
Section
Day Time Code Instructor Room
01 Saturday
8:10am-11:00am
4737
Titze 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs 8:10am-9:25am 4738 Titze 611 West
03 Mon & Thurs 11:10am-12:25pm 3524 Strohmeier 611 West
(HC1) Mon & Thurs 9:45-11:00am 29859 Zimmerman 604 West

241 Fulfills the "Creative Expression" category of the Hunter core.

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Course Descriptions


Elementary & Intermediate German Language Courses


GERMN 101:  Elementary German I   3hrs, 3crs.

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.

 

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

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

 

GERMN 103:  Intensive Elementary German I & II   3hrs, 3crs.

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

Note: 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 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.

 

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 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.

 

Advanced German Language, Literature & Culture Courses

 

 

What is the difference between Level I and Level II advanced courses?

The advanced German courses are divided into two levels.  We expect students to take at least two literature courses at Level I before proceeding to Level II.  If you are in any doubt as to which course you should take, or if you have previous knowledge of German, please consult the chair of the department. All of these courses are conducted in German. All 300-level courses in German plus 444 count as Focused Exposure Stage 3, Group A.

Level I courses are intended for students who have recently completed GERMN 202 or 203 and who have only limited experience 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 levels of the undergraduate program and beyond. Students enrolled in Level II courses have the opportunity to take the B2 and C1 exams, the professional certificates of advanced language competence administered by the Goethe Institute. The exams are given each spring. Fees charged by the Goethe Institute will be announced in advance.

 

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

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

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 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 in advance.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: E-book

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

 

GERMN 320.59:  German-Jewish Liebesgeschichten in Literature and Film  3hrs, 3crs.

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

In what ways does the Holocaust still negatively affect relations between Germans and Jews? Can love “conquer” all, even the Holocaust past, to unite members of formerly opposed groups? In this class, we will read contemporary German literature and watch German films (in English) that exploded the taboo on German-Jewish love, and in doing so, explore and (re) imagine German-Jewish relationships during and after the Holocaust. All readings, and discussions and written work will be conducted in German. This course has a “W” designation. This course counts for GER 3/A, P&D Group D.
Course Requirements:
Texts: Barbara Honigmann, Eine Liebe aus nichts; ISBN-13 978-0300123210
Additional materials/course packet provided by the instructor.  
Exam format: Mid-term and Final Examinations

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

 

GERMN 339:  German Drama from Naturalism to Present  3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A; PD/D This course is conducted in German.

This course is intended for students who have already completed GERMN 202 or 203 and have relatively little experience studying literature in German. We will read and discuss three German dramas of the 19th and 20th centuries: Frank Wedekind’s scandalous Frühlings Erwachen, Friedrich Dürrenmatt’s tragicomedy Der Besuch der alten Dame, and a play to be selected from the work of Bertolt Brecht. Emphasis will be on close reading and analysis of form; the cultural and historical background of each play will also be considered. The course is conducted in German. It is not intended for native speakers of German.
Course requirements: Regular reading, attendance, and participation; regular writing assignments; essay; group project

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


GERMN 350: Austrian Literature: Vienna Around 1900   3hrs, 3crs.

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

In this course we will primarily take a look at Vienna at the turn of the century when it was the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the cultural capital of Europe. The days of the “Old Austria” were numbered, but intellectual life was at a peak. Writers, painters and scientists inspired and influenced each other in the literary salons where they met. Fin de Siècle-Vienna was the time when Sigmund Freud put forward his shocking ideas about the unconscious aggressive and erotic desires that – in their repressed and disguised form- reveal themselves in dreams and art.  Schnitzler’s plays and novellas brought women’s unconscious sexuality into the forefront of the cultural discourse through innovative use of the interior monologue. Klimt’s, Kokoschka’s, and Schiele’s provocative portraits of women expressing lust, desire and anxiety evoked scandals.In the arts and letters, the Vienna of 1900 was a byword for modernism. A city of massive contradictions, it had, for example, a large highly cultivated assimilated Jewish intelligentsia, and, at the same time, a powerful anti-Semitic political force. Its poets dealt in the most refined aestheticism and its masses lived in extreme poverty and squalor. Its bourgeoisie subscribed to severe standards of public morality, and its officer class was rigidly governed by codes of honor, but hedonism and sensualism, Angst and decadence, lay scarcely beneath the surface of what was essentially a disintegrating society. To depict the various sides of Viennese life around 1900, we will read plays and a novella by Schnitzler: Liebelei, Reigen, and Leutnant Gustl. We will also read Jugend einer Arbeiterin by the socialist Adelheid Popp, extracts from Sigmund Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams and Stefan Zweig’s autobiography Die Welt von Gestern. We will view at least one film version of a play by Schnitzler and talk about the art and architecture of the time as well as music. We will visit the Neue Galerie – the museum in New York City that is dedicated to German and Austrian Art of the beginning of the 20th century. 
Course requirements and exam format: Students need to be active participants in class, involve themselves in close reading of the assigned texts and contribute to class discussion. The class will be held entirely in German. Students will write three papers (3-5 pages) or shorter texts more frequently, depending on their linguistic proficiency. Students will be graded on attendance and participation, papers, as well as midterm and final exams. Required Texts: Arthur Schnitzler, Liebelei , Reigen, Fischer paperback ISBN 9783596270095 Leutnant Gustl, dtv edition, ISBN 9783423026598, Adelheid Popp, Jugend einer Arbeiterin, ISBN 3801200272. Books (less than $30) will be ordered by the instructor, not through a bookstore. Students should have the same editions to facilitate class discussion and referencing.  Extracts from Stefan Zweig’s and Sigmund Freud’s texts will be provided as Xeroxed copies. Additional books in English providing historical background on the period will be put on reserve at the library.

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

 

GERMN 385.04: Advanced German Through Translation  3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq: Two courses numbered above GERMN 300 or equivalent (excluding courses in English translation).  GER 3/A, PD/D

Students will build their upper-level language proficiency by translating from German into English. We will discuss what it means to translate, as well as some theoretical issues of translation. On the whole, however, the course will be structured as a workshop: our discussion of vocabulary and grammar, the intricacies of German and English, and the art and science of translation will be based on the regular translation work students do with a variety of literary and non-literary texts.
Course requirements: Attendance and participation, regular written translations, online translation portfolio
Textbooks: none

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

 

Courses Conducted in English

 

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

Pre-or Coreq: Engl 120. GER 2/C, PD/D, “W”

This course is an introduction to some of the most famous texts and ideas that have come to us from the German-speaking world. We will read (in English translation) and discuss the work of major writers in literary, philosophical, political and other fields, and will also consider developments in the fine arts. Throughout, we will consider these works in their historical context, from medieval Europe to Germany’s role in the world today. We will also explore the German cultural offerings in New York City today – at museums, theaters, musical performance venues, etc. Because this is a writing-intensive course, students will do significant writing and revising. 
Required textbook:
Hagen Schulze, Germany: A New History (Harvard, 1998). ISBN·0-67400545-7 or 0-674-80688-3.

Other assigned texts
and excerpts can be accessed free of charge on the Internet or will be distributed by the instructor:
•• Martin Luther, 95 Theses
•• Immanuel Kant, “What is Enlightenment?”
•• Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (excerpts)
•• Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (excerpts)
•• Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (excerpts)
Course Requirements: Regular attendance and participation; regular reading and writing assignments, including papers; exams or final project.

 

 

GERMN 241:  German Fairy Tales    3hrs, 3crs.

Pre-or Coreq: Engl 120. GER 2/C, PD/D, "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 to explain 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, The Best-Loved Fairy Tales of the World, ISBN 978-0318796482

 

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