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Courses Spring 2019

 

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
11352 Zimmerman 509B West
02
Tues & Fri
9:45-11:00am
11353 Koch 509B West Canceled
03
Mon & Thurs
1:10-2:25pm
13204 Strohmeier 611 West
04 Tues & Fri
2:10-3:25pm 13539 Wicker
611 West
05
Tues & Fri 12:45-2:00pm 20366
Raninger 611 West
06 Mon & Wed 4:10-5:25pm 14167 Strohmeier 611 West Canceled 
See course description below.

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
11354 Beckett 611 West
02
Tues & Fri
11:10-12:25pm
11355 Raninger 611 West
03
Tues & Thurs
4:10-5:25pm
23729 Staff 611 West Canceled
04 Mon & Wed
5:35-6:50pm 13755 Fiedler 509B West
05 Tues & Fri 2:10-3:25pm 14659 Koch 509B West
See course description below.

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 14168 Beckett 1337 West Canceled
See course description below.

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
14279 Merolle 611 West
See course description below.



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
11357 Koch 509B West
02 Mon & Thurs
9:45-11:00am 11358 Merolle 611 West
03 Tues & Thurs 4:10-5:25pm 13540 Nicolai 509B West Canceled 
04 Tues & Fri 12:45-2:00pm 13813 Wicker
509B West
See course description below.
GERMN 202: Intermediate German II (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 201 or equivalent
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Tues & Fri
9:45-11:00pm
11359 Wicker 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs
2:45-4:00pm 11360 Strohmeier 509B West
03 Tues & Thurs 5:35-6:50pm 13541 Nicolai 509B West

See course description below.

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 M, W, Th
11:10-1:00pm 11362 Zimmerman 509B West
See course description below.


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
11363 Zimmerman 509B West
See course description below.

GERMN 321: Individual and Society in Modern 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 4:10-5:25pm
23770 Anderson 207 West
See course description below.

GERMN 328: German Children's and Adolescent 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 2:45-4:00pm
23771 Kuhn-Osius 611 West
See course description below.

Advanced Courses Conducted in German: Level II

GERMN 345: Litersture of the Weimar Republic (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
11:10-12:25pm
40014 Nicolai 610 West
See course description below.

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
13194 Titze 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs 8:10-9:25am 13195 Titze 509B West
03 Mon & Thurs 9:45-11:00am 13816 Titze 610 West
04 Mon & Wed 8:25-9:40pm 14087 Strohmeier 611 West
See course description below.


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-Institut. 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: 

Jgerbuch Band I, Author: Professor Kuhn-Osius, Publisher: Coursepack, Year Published: 2019, ISBN·9660201914592

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:

Jgerbuch Band II, Author: Professor Kuhn-Osius, Publisher: Coursepack, Year Published: 2019, ISBN 9660201914585

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:

Jgerbuch Band 3, Author: Professor Kuhn-Osius, Publisher: Coursepack, Year Published: 2019, ISBN 9660201814229

Jgerbuch Band 2, Author: Professor Kuhn-Osius, Publisher: Coursepack, Year Published: 2019, ISBN 9660201914585

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:

Jgerbuch Band 3, Author: Professor Kuhn-Osius, Publisher: Coursepack, Year Published: 2019, ISBN 9660201814229

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:

Jgerbuch Band 3, Author: Professor Kuhn-Osius, Publisher: Coursepack, Year Published: 2019, ISBN 9660201814229

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:

Jgerbuch Band 3, Author: Professor Kuhn-Osius, Publisher: Coursepack, Year Published: 2019, ISBN 9660201814229

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-Institut. The exam is given each spring. Fees charged by the Goethe-Institut will be announced in advance.  
Essays and oral presentations.
Textbook: E-book provided by instructor. Zero Textbook Cost 

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

 

GERMN 321: Individual and Society in Modern German Literature

Modern and contemporary writers often structure their work around the relationships between individuals and the society of which they are a part. In this class, we will engage in close reading of stories and plays by Franz Kafka, Bertolt Brecht, Max Frisch, and others, considering how these authors define and understand the concepts “individual” and “society.” We will examine how their characters try to negotiate conflicts between individual liberty and societal responsibility or constraint. We will ask how various components of identity (e.g. nationality, race, gender, religion) affect interactions within families and broader communities. This course is for students who have little or no experience studying literature in German. It is designed to increase students’ familiarity with literary history and German culture, and also to improve students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking proficiency in German. The course will be conducted in German.

Course requirements: Participation; regular written work including short papers; exam or final project.

Textbook: Students must purchase two texts; others will be provided digitally or via photocopy.

Max Frisch, Andorra ISBN 3-518-36777-3

Franz Kafka, Die Verwandlung ISBN 978-3-15-009900-1

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

 

GERMN 328: German Children’s and Adolescent Literature

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 most foreigners. Reading them provides unusually clear insights into values and belief-systems that members of a culture acquire in their youth and often maintain throughout their adult lives. These texts also have the advantage that they are quite accessible to students who are still building up their language ability. In the course of the semester we will read some famous fairy tales from the collection of the Brothers Grimm and selections from such classics of German young people’s literature as Max und Moritz and Struwwelpeter. We will also look at more contemporary children’s books such as Neben mir ist noch Platz and Oh, wie schön ist Panama. Longer works will be Uwe Timm’s story Rennschwein Rudi RüsselDas Austauschkind by Christine Nöstlinger and perhaps the novel Die Wolke by Gudrun Pausewang (tentative).  

This course is conducted in German.

Course requirements: Class attendance and oral participation; two five-page papers or weekly short essays, depending on students’ proficiency in German; each student will give two in-class presentations retelling 1. a children’s book of his/her own choosing and 2. a German radio play for children (pair presentation by two students). There will be a mid-term and a final examination.

Textbooks: Uwe Timm, Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel, ISBN 978-3-423-70285-0

Christine Nöstlinger, Das Austauschkind, ISBN 978-3-407-74100-4

Gudrun Pausewang, Die Wolke, ISBN 3473580147

Additional texts will be provided.

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

 

GERMN 345: Literature of the Weimar Republic

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 the “roaring twenties” as they played out in Germany with Berlin at its center. The 13 years of the first German democracy were a time of immense creativity in literature, music and art but also a time of political turmoil, particularly towards the end of the Republic when left and right-wing political movements clashed and eventually gave way to Hitler’s rise to power in 1933.
To depict the various facets of literature and politics as well as music and art, we will primarily be reading and discussing 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 Hans Fallada, Bertolt Brecht, Alfred Döblin, Irmgard Keun and others. Popular music of the twenties, Schlager, will be included in addition to film, architecture, e.g. Bauhaus, and paintings by George Grosz, Otto Dix, and Max Beckmann. 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 will take each student’s proficiency level into consideration. There will be three 4-5-page papers or a number of shorter writing assignments depending on the students’ level of linguistic competency, as well as midterm and final examinations. 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

Irmgard Keun, Das kunstseidene Mädchen, ISBN 3-548-60085-9

A possible third novel will be decided on. In addition, there will be photocopies texts as well as online resources. Students should have the same editions to facilitate class discussion.

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

 

Course in German Literature & Civilization (Conducted in English)

GERMN 241: German Fairy Tales "W" 

Pre- or Coreq: ENGL 120 Fulfills the Creative Expression category of the Hunter Core. 

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 scenes from Walt Disney movies and "politically correct fairy tales." Students will read fairy tales, tell one that they know, and there will be regular written assignments, a midterm and final examination. All readings, discussions and written work will be in English. This course has a "W" designation. 
Course requirements: attendance and participation; regular preparation of readings; regular writing assignments.
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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