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Courses Spring 2017

 


Elementary & Intermediate German Language Courses

 

GERMN 101: Elementary German I (3 hours, 3 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
9:45-11:00am
1666
Zimmerman
509B West
02
Tues & Fri
9:45-11:00am
1667
Du Bey
509B West
03
Mon & Thurs
1:10-2:25pm
3808
Koch 611 West
04 Tues & Fri
2:10-3:25pm 4323
Wicker
611 West
05 Mon & Thurs 2:45-4:00pm 1668
Koch 611 West
06 Cancelled
Mon & Wed 7:00-8:15pm 1669
Fiedler 611 West
07 Mon & Wed
4:10-5:25pm 7773
Strohmeier 611 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 & Thurs
8:10-9:25am
1670
Beckett 611 West
02
Tues & Fri
11:10-12:25pm
1671
Du Bey
611 West
03
Tues & Thurs
7:00-8:15pm
4324
Raninger
611 West
04 Mon & Wed
5:35-6:50pm 4639
Fiedler 509B West
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GERMN 103: Intensive Elementary German I & II (6 hours, 6 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
T, W, F 11:10-1:00pm 7774
Beckett
413 West
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GERMN 200: Intensive German II & III (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
M, W, Th
11:10-1:00pm
20131
Kuhn-Osius
611 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
Tues & Fri
11:10-12:25pm
1673
Merolle
509B West
02 Mon & Thurs
9:45-11:00am 1674
Koch
611 West
03 Tues & Thurs 4:10-5:25pm 4325
Nicolai
611 West
04 Tues & Fri 12:45-2:00pm 4751
Wicker
509B 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
Tues & Fri
9:45-11:00am
1675
Merolle
611 West
02
Mon & Thurs
2:45-4:00pm
1676
Nicolai
509B West
03 Tues & Thurs 5:35-6:50pm 4326
Wicker 509B 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 11:10-1:00pm 1678 Zimmerman 509B 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
1:10-2:25pm
1679
Zimmerman 509B West
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GERMN 334: German Short Story and Novella (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 11:10-12:25pm
7775
Nicolai 412 West
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GERMN 339: German Drama from Naturalism to Present (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 2:45-4:00pm
7776
Anderson
410 West
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Advanced Courses Conducted in German: Level II

GERMN 347: German Literature from 1945 until 1995 (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: One course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or equiv. GER 3/A, PD/D
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
4:10-5:25pm
7777
Kuhn-Osius
509B 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
8:10-11:00am
3796
Titze 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs 8:10-9:25am 3797 Titze 509B West
03 Mon & Wed 8:25-9:40pm 4766 Strohmeier 611 West
04 Tues & Fri 11:10-12:25pm 5415 Strohmeier 410 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

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

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

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

 

GERMN 200: Intensive German II & III

Prereq: GERMN 101 or equivalent.
GRMN 200 is a new course, which combines the material of German 102 and 201. This course is meant for students who have done well in German 101 and are ready for a faster pace in their German studies. After this course, you will just need to take German 202 either in Germany in the summer or at Hunter in the fall term to be finished with the language requirement and to proceed to more advanced German courses if you wish. The class will use the same approach as German 101 and expand your command of German in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. We will cover Access to German: Jägerbuch II, and will also work with the first half of Access to German: Jägerbuch III. This course requires regular attendance and active, regular completion of homework assignments.
Exam Format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams.
Textbooks: Access to German: Jägerbuch II, ISBN 0-07-285376-x and Jägerbuch III, ISBN 0-07-24397-8.

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

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, 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, 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

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent.  GER 3/A  
This course is designed to develop conversational and compositional skills. There will be intensive practice in 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 Zertifikat Deutsch, the professional certificate of basic language competence administered by the Goethe Institute. The exam is given each spring. Fees charged by the Goethe Institute will be announced in advance.  
Exam format: written quizzes, midterm and final exams
Textbook: To be announced

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

 

GERMN 334: German Short Story and Novella

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D
In this course, we will read and discuss novellas and short stories  written by well-known authors from the late 18th until the 20th centuries including Ludwig Tieck, Paul Heyse, Theodor Fontane, Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach, Theodor Fontane, Fanz Kafka and Bertolt Brecht. The exact amount of reading will be determined after students’ reading and writing proficiency have been assessed.  
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 Midterm and Final exams in German.
Course requirements: Attendance and participation, written homework based on regular readings, essays and exams.
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)
Paul Heyse, L’Arrabbiata. ISBN: 3-15-008301-X (about $5)
Theodor Fontane, Stine. ISBN-3-15-007693-5 (about $5)

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

 

GERMN 339: German Drama from Naturalism to Present

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D
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 plays 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. Students will see/listen to performances of the assigned plays, either in person or via recordings. 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 before registering for classes.

 

GERMN 347: German Literature from 1945 until 1995

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

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. 
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 Foktales of the World, ISBN 978-0318796482

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

 

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