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Courses Fall 2017


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
9163
Bloom
509B West
02
Tues & Fri 11:10am-12:25pm
9165
Koch
611 West
03
Tues & Fri
2:10pm-3:25pm
9164
Koch
509B West
04 Mon & Thurs 2:45pm-4:00pm 9166
Kuhn-Osius
207 West
05 Mon & Thurs
4:10pm-5:25pm 9167
Strohmeier 509B West
06 Mon & Wed
7:00pm-8:15pm 9347
Fiedler 611 West
07 Cancelled
Tues & Thurs 7:00pm-8:15pm 23897 Beckett
509B West
08
Tues & Thurs 4:10pm-5:25pm 10321 Raninger 413 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
9168
Beckett
611 West
02
Tues & Fri 11:10am-12:25pm
9169
Wicker 509B West
03 Tues & Fri 3:45pm-5:00pm 9170
Koch
509B West
04 Mon & Wed 5:35pm-6:50pm 9348
Fiedler 509B West
05 Cancelled
Tues & Thurs
7:00pm-8:15pm
23898
Raninger
611 West
06 Mon & Thurs 1:10pm-2:25pm 10322 Merolle 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 23899 Du Bey
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
9349
Wicker 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs 2:45pm-4:00pm 9171
Strohmeier
611 West
03
Tues & Thurs 5:35pm-6:50pm 9172
Beckett
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
9173 Kuhn-Osius
509B West
02 Tues & Fri
12:45pm-2:00pm 9350 Wicker 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 9171 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 23900 Zimmerman 509B West

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GERMN 323: Women in German 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
4:10pm-5:25pm
23902 Nicolai
611 West

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Advanced German Language, Literature and Culture Courses: Level II

GERMN 341: German Drama from the Age of Goethe to Naturalism (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
23901 Kuhn-Osius 611 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
9174 Merolle 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
9175
Titze 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs 8:10am-9:25am 9176 Titze 611 West
03 Mon & Thurs 11:10am-12:25pm 8183 Strohmeier 611 West
04 Tues & Fri 8:10am-9:25am 63461 Titze 409 West
(HC1) Mon & Thurs 9:45am-11:00am 9830 Zimmerman 623 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.

No pre-req required.

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.

No pre-req required.

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: "German 301" written by Dr. Zimmerman, and it’s a free e-book. iPads will be on loan to the students for use during the semester to access the 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 & Film  3hrs, 3crs.

Prereq:  Germn 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D “W”course

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 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, discussions and written work will be conducted in German.
Exam format: Mid-term and Final Examinations
Texts: Barbara Honigmann, Eine Liebe aus nichts; ISBN-13: 978-0300123210 Additional materials/course packet provided by the instructor.
If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

Note: 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/D This course is conducted in 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. Among the authors that will be discussed in class are Bettina von Arnim, Fanny Lewald, Amelie Godin, Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Anna Seghers and others. 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 from the library’s e-reserve system.
If you have previous knowledge of German, please contact the department for advice and placement.

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


GERMN 341:  German Drama from the Age of Goethe to Naturalism  3hrs, 3crs.

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

German drama flourished after the age of Goethe, with a number of major writers producing seminal works. We will read 4 plays and deal with some of their historical, cultural, and biographical background. There are three plays which we will read for sure because they are historically significant, interesting to read, and accessible to advanced learners of German. Ludwig Tieck is a major figure of the early romantic school; his play Der gestiefelte Kater is witty and entertaining and will make anyone think twice about the claim that Germans are humorless. Georg Büchner is the most important author of the immediate post-romantic period although he died in his early twenties; his Woyzeck became seminal for 20th-century drama in style and substance. Friedrich Hebbel’s Maria Magdalena is considered the best example of German realist tragedy in the 19th century. The fourth work will be announced during the first month of the semester (depending on student ability and interest). Regular writing assignments in German will be tailored to individual needs and abilities (between 14 and 25 typed pages in the semester, depending on level).
Course requirements: Regular class preparation and completion of oral assignments.
Exam Format: written midterm and final examinations will be required.
Works will include:
Ludwig Tieck, Der gestiefelte Kater. Reclam edition [2.60 EUR plus shipping] ISBN: 978-3-15-008916-3
Georg Büchner, Woyzeck. Reclam edition [3.60 EUR plus shipping]  ISBN: 9783150190180
Friedrich Hebbel, Maria Magdalena. Reclam edition [2 EUR plus shipping] ISBN: 9783150031735
One additional play, title to be announced [price will be similar to the others]

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. Throughout, we will consider these works in their historical context make connections to music and visual arts and will possibly also explore the German cultural offerings in New York City today. Because this is a writing-intensive course, students will do significant writing and revising.
Assigned texts and excerpts can be accessed free of charge on the internet or will be distributed in class. These may include:
·    Immanuel Kant: What is Enlightenment?
·    Arthur Schopenhauer: “On the Suffering of the World
·    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: The Sorrows of Young Werther (excerpts)
·    Brothers Grimm: Hansel and Gretel
·    Heinrich Heine: Lore-Ley
·    Marx & Engels: The Communist Manifesto
·    Sigmund Freud: Ego, Id, Superego (excerpt)
·    Sigmund Freud: On Transience
·    Franz Kafka: A Hunger Artist
·    Nelly Sachs: O Chimneys
·    Paul Celan: Death Fugue
·    Hannah Arendt: The Origins of Totalitarianism (excerpt)
 Films:
·    M (99 min)
·    The Life of Others (137 min)
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, Best-Loved Folktales of the World, ISBN 978-0318796482 or ISBN 9780385189491

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