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Courses Spring 2014

 


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
4103
Anderson
509B West
02
Tues & Fri
9:45-11:00am
4105
Merolle
611 West
03
Mon & Thurs
2:45-4:00pm
4106
Kasprzyk 509B West
04 Mon & Wed 7:00-8:15pm 4107 Strohmeier 509B West
05 Mon & Thurs 11:10-12:25pm 28759 Wittenberg 509B 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
9:45-11:00am
4109
Kasprzyk 611 West
02
Tues & Fri
11:10-12:25pm
4111
Wicker 611 West
03
Mon & Thurs
4:10-5:25pm
4113
Kuhn-Osius 509B West
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GERMN 103: Intensive Elementary German I & II (6 hours, 6 credits)
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon, Tues, Wed & Thurs 5:35-6:50pm 4115
Beckett
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
Mon & Thurs
1:10-2:25pm
4117
Kuhn-Osius 611 West
02 Tues & Fri 11:10-12:25pm 4118 Merolle 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
Mon & Thurs
1:10-2:25pm
4119
Anderson
509B West
02
Tues & Thurs
5:35-6:50pm
4120
Nicolai
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 4122 Zimmerman 611 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 & Wed
5:35-6:50pm
4126 Zimmerman 509B West
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GERMN 335: German Radio Plays: Hörspiele (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
4128 Nicolai 611 West
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Advanced Courses Conducted in German: Level II

GERMN 336: German Lyric Poetry (3 hours, 3 credits)
Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent GER 3/A. PD/D
Section
Days Time Code Instructor Room
01
Mon & Thurs
4:10-5:25pm
4130
Anderson
611 West
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GERMN 346: German Literature of the 1930's and 1940's (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 & Wed 5:35-6:50pm 4133 Kuhn-Osius
413 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
24610
Titze 611 West
02 Mon & Thurs 8:10-9:25am 24611 Titze 509B West
03 Mon & Wed 8:25-9:40pm 24613 Strohmeier 509B 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 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 335.00: German Radio Plays: Hörspiele

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D
Often described as “cinema for the ears”, German radio plays (Hörspiele) are generally of high literary quality, and have been popular for decades. Well know authors such as Ilse Aichinger, Ingeborg Bachmann, Heinrich Böll, and Friedrich Dürrenmatt have written them. We will study Hörspiele by a number of authors.
The primary aim of the course is to develop students’ listening comprehension in German. The secondary stress will be placed on speaking and writing ability. Students will listen to plays both in and outside of class (in the Chanin Lab Center, on the web, or as podcasts via Blackboard). Copies of play texts will be made available after listening. There will be writing assignments in German.
Exam format: midterm and final exams
Text: none

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

 

GERMN 336: German Lyric Poetry

Prereq: GERMN 202 or 203 or equivalent. GER 3/A, PD/D
Reading poetry is one of the best ways to learn a foreign language: it forces you to focus on the sound and rhythm of the language, as well as your comprehension of the content. As relatively short readings, poems allow you to engage with them deeply, often in exacting detail. Of course, German poetry has a long and distinguished history from the Middle Ages to the present. In this course, we will read and discuss German poetry mainly from the classical period to the present, studying such authors as Goethe, Schiller, Hölderlin, Heine, Droste-Hülshoff, Nietzsche, George, Rilke, Lasker-Schüler, Trakl, Brecht, Celan, Bachmann, and Enzensberger.
This course is for students who have little or no experience studying literature in German. While it is designed to increase students’ familiarity with literary history and form, as well as German culture, it is also designed to improve students’ reading comprehension, oral proficiency, and written proficiency in German. The course will be conducted in German.
Course requirements: Attendance and participation; regular readings; regular written work including short papers; presentation; final project.
Text: Echtermeyer/von Wiese, Deutsche Gedichte, ISBN 9783060619320
Students will purchase this text from the instructor, not the bookstore.

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

 

GERMN 346: German Literature of the 1930's and 1940's

Prereq: One course numbered from GERMN 320 to 359 or equivalent.  GER 3/A, PD/D
This course is conducted in German.
This course deals with literature and films created in German in the 1930s and 1940s in the context of social and political developments of the times. We shall read the work of writers who emigrated from Nazi Germany, writers who stayed, and some of the immediate reactions to the devastation of World War II. Readings will be two plays and a novel: Franz Werfel’s Jacobowsky und der Oberst, Hans Fallada’s Jeder stirbt für sich allein and Wolfgang Borchert’s, Draußen vor der Tür. In addition, we will read a number of shorter texts from the times and watch one or two films.
Course requirements: Class attendance and oral participation; three four-page papers or weekly short essays, depending on students’ proficiency in German; each student will participate in in-class discussions on pre-assigned individualized topics. |
Exam Format: There will be a mid-term and a final examination.
Texts: Franz Werfel, Jacobowsky und der Oberst; Fischer Taschenbuch; ISBN: 978-3-596-27025-5
Hans Fallada, Jeder stirbt für sich allein; ISBN-13: 9783746653211
Wolfgang Borchert, Draußen vor der Tür und ausgewählte Erzählungen. ISBN:978-3-499-10170-0
Franz Werfel, Jacobowsky und der Oberst; Fischer Taschenbuch; ISBN: 978-3-596-27025-5
Hans Fallada, Jeder stirbt für sich allein; ISBN-13: 9783746653211
Wolfgang Borchert, Draußen vor der Tür und ausgewählte Erzählungen.
ISBN: 978-3-499-10170-0
Recommended: Max von der Grün, Wie war das eigentlich? Kindheit und Jugend im Dritten Reich.
ISBN-13: 978-3423613453
Books will be ordered by the instructor directly, not through the bookstore.

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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