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Advanced German Courses

Advanced Lower Level

GRMN 303. German Culture and Civilization (3)
Examines aspects of contemporary Germany, including political and social systems and cultural life through study of texts, films, and other media. Prereq: GRMN 202.

GRMN 308. The Munich Experience: Spring Course/Summer Study Advanced Level (3)
A semester seminar class, conducted in German, which culminates with a three-week immersion learning experience spent living and studying in Munich. Students reside with German families, study German daily in a formal setting, and practice comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Regular visits to museums, galleries, and cultural events; first-hand observation of history, life, and architecture of a major cultural center; day trips to cultural phenomena and events in the German countryside. Prereq: GRMN 202 or equivalent. For the complete program click here For the instructor click here

GRMN 310. Advanced Composition and Reading (3)
An advanced-level skills course focusing on reading and writing for students who have already studied intermediate German. Develops abilities to read authentic, unabridged texts and also to produce increasingly sophisticated expository compositions in German. Read contemporary newspaper and magazine articles; practice composition skills by composing objective summaries, reviews, precis, letters, e-mail, short creative texts, and other miscellaneous written forms. Readings increase progressively in length and vary in genre. Includes instruction on use of Englishand German-language research tools, German-German dictionaries, and study guides. Concludes with a short, sophisticated literary work, such as Fontane’s Effi Briest or Mann’s “Death in Venice.” Satisfies prerequisite for upper-level Germanics seminars or may be taken simultaneously with an upper-level course (321 or higher); taught in German. Prereq: GRMN 202 or equivalent.

GRMN 311. Advanced Conversation (3)
Students work to improve fluency in spoken German. Topics include contemporary issues; current vocabulary is stressed. Students practice using speech appropriate to various situations. Prereq: GRMN 202 or equivalent.

GRMN 312. German Proficiency Through Drama (3)
Focus on reading, enacting, and discussing of authentic dramatic texts. Readings begin with single scenes and progress to full-length radio plays and theater plays which gradually increase in linguistic difficulty and complexity of central themes. Although we will pay attention to the cultural and theatrical milieux from which each play arose, we will focus on the dramatic text as literature and as a text written for performance. Elements of drama, such as dialogue, character and dramatic structure, as well as the genres of tragedy, comedy, and tragicomedy are ntroduced. Prereq: GRMN 202 or equivalent.

GRMN 313. Introduction to German Literature (3)
Introduction to German literature and the cultural issues it addresses. Prereq: GRMN 202 or equivalent.

GRMN 315 Business German
This course is taught in German. It is designed to enhance students' German listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills through a variety of activities. It also aims at developing students' cross-cultural awareness and communicative competence in the specialized field of German for Business and Economics in an increasingly global workplace. The course will explore German demography and economic geography; the European Union, the Euro, and Germany's role in this union; German economic systems, industries, banking systems, advertising and sales, transportation and tourism; Germany's corporate culture, industrial relations, codetermination in German companies, etc. Prereq: GRMN 202 or equivalent.

Advanced Upper Level

GRMN 320. Topics in Narrative (3)
This course examines representative prose works (tales, novellas, short novels, letters, and essays) chosen to present reactions and impressions to social and aesthetic conditions in German-speaking countries and to introduce students to different styles and varieties of German prose. Prereq: One 300-level GRMN course.

GRMN 326. Witches, Weddings, and Wolves (3)
Intensive study of German Folk Tales as collected and altered by the Brothers Grimm. The Maerchen as both children’s and adult literature. Prereq: One GRMN 300-level course.

GRMN 330. Topics in German Cinema (3)
Overview of German Cinema from the beginning to the present. Film selection representative of major directors, major periods (such as expressionism or The New German Cinema), particular themes from different historical perspectives, and literature in film. All films are in German. Taught in German. Prereq: One GRMN 300-level course.

GRMN 340. Topics in German Drama (3)
Overview of German drama from the beginning to the present. Explores German plays by applying different disciplinary approaches such as historical, cultural, and literary analyses. All plays are in German. Taught in German. Prereq: One 300-level GRMN course.

GRMN 350. Topics in German Lyric (3)
This course presents a detailed study of German lyric through the frequent writing of critical papers and literary analysis of the formal elements of poetry: rhyme schemes, diction, meter, figures of speech. The poems selected cover a variety of styles, a range of historical periods, and a sampling of authors. Readings and discussions in German. Prereq: One 300-level GRMN course.

GRMN 360. Topics in Major German Authors (3)
Concentrates on a specific author or small group of authors within an aesthetic or historical context, for example: Goethe, Heine, Bachmann, Junges Deutschland, or die Gruppe 47. Examines the breadth of themes and styles and may include literary, philosophical, biographical, and other kinds of texts. Readings and discussions in German. Prereq: One 300-level GRMN course.

GRMN 365. German Literature in Translation (3)
Goethe defined “World Literature” (Weltliteratur) as 
“Intellectual Trade Relations” (geistiger Handelsverkehr). This 
course gives students the opportunity to study German literary works 
in translation and thus to trade intellectual relations with a 
literary culture previously unknown to them. Counts toward the German 
major only as a related course. No knowledge of German required. 
Cross-listed as WLIT 365.

GRMN 370. Topics in Literary Periods (3)
Overview of German literary periods from the beginning to the present. Explores German literary works in all three major genres from the historical, social, and literary perspectives. All works are in German. Taught in German. Prereq: One 300-level GRMN course.

GRMN 380. Topics in Advanced German Culture Studies (3)
Exploration of the culture of the arts, political culture, and the cultural self-expression of the German-speaking countries from their beginnings to the present. Focus: The cultural changes within certain historical periods. Examination of particular aspects such as culture as mass deception in fascist Germany and the GDR, the reflection of contemporary culture in literature
and cinema, problems of cultural identity and multiculturalism, and the role of postmodern culture industry and the critical discourse today. Taught in German. Prereq: One 300-level GRMN course.

GRMN 395. Special Topics (3)
Special topics in German literature, literary criticism, and culture. Prereq: GRMN 202 or equivalent.

GRMN 397. Honors Thesis I (3)
Intensive study of a literary, linguistic, or cultural topic with a faculty member, leading to the writing of a research paper in German. Limited to senior majors. Permit required. Prereq: Consent of department.

GRMN 398. Honors Thesis II (3)
Continuation of GRMN 397. Limited to senior majors. Permit required. Prereq: GRMN 397 and consent of department.

GRMN 399. Independent Study in German (1-3)
For majors and advanced students under special circumstances. Permit required. Prereq: Consent of department.

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