This is the second half of a yearlong course for students who are beginning the study of German or who have had only minimal exposure to the language. As in the first semester, the work includes practice of the German language in all four modalities--reading, writing, speaking and listening--in class, in scheduled review sessions with an apprentice teacher, and using an online workbook. There will be more advanced practice in the use of the spoken and written language. We will develop reading skills through a variety of fictional and cultural texts, including a short book we will read in its entirety. The class meets four and one-half hours per week with the professor, and an additional three hours per week with an apprentice teacher. Prerequisite: GERM 111Y or placement or permission of instructor. Offered every spring semester.
This second-semester middle-level course is designed to develop German reading, writing and speaking skills beyond GERM 111Y-112Y. See course description for GERM 213Y. Studying the novel Der Richter und sein Henker by Swiss author Friedrich Dürrenmatt will be a special component of GERM 214Y. Offered every spring semester.
This course is designed as an introduction to the study of German literature and culture beginning with the earliest writings by the Germanic tribes in the early Middle Ages and going through 1900. Students will gain a greater understanding of German literary history and of related social and philosophical trends. Other central goals include practice in the close reading of texts and acquiring a basic German vocabulary to do so. We will read samples from various genres--drama, prose, and lyric poetry. Authors and works to be studied may include the Hildebrandslied, Walther von der Vogelweide, Martin Luther, Immanuel Kant, Ludwig Tieck, Georg Büchner (including Werner Herzog's film rendition of Büchner's Woyzeck), Karl Marx, Louise Otto-Peters, Gerhard Hauptmann, Karl May and others. Prerequisite: GERM 213Y-214Y or equivalent. GERM 321 is recommended.
This course explores the recent influx of refugees to Europe and to Germany in particular. With the ongoing civil war in Syria and widespread instability in the Middle East and North Africa, more and more people are leaving everything behind and risking their lives to make it to Europe. Germany has taken on an outsize role in responding to the refugee situation, accepting over a million refugees and asylum seekers since the beginning of 2015. This has sparked an intense debate about the country’s ability to absorb and integrate such a large number of immigrants. In this course, we will not only learn the facts of these current events. We will also work to contextualize contemporary debates about the refugee crisis by situating them within long-standing discussions of migration and German identity. Taking the concept of borders and border crossing as a central theme, we will consider how German-speaking countries have long been nodes of cultural transit and migratory exchange. The course will furthermore explore how migration challenges not just the borders drawn between nation states, but also blurs boundaries of identity, language, religion, and culture. We will examine the topic from a variety of perspectives, studying the history, politics, rhetoric, and culture of immigration in Germany. The cultural aspect of the course will include literary and cinematic expressions of migration and immigrant communities. Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent. Permission of instructor possible for students who have completed GERM 321 or equivalent.