German (GERM)

Head of Department: Associate Professor Gustavo Nanclares

Department Office: Room 207, Oak Hall

Major requirements

1131-1132. Elementary German I and II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods, and one 1-hour laboratory practice. Not open for credit to students who have had three or more years of German in high school. Students who wish to continue in German but feel ill prepared should contact the head of the Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department. Not open for credit to students who have passed GERM 11111112.

Fundamentals of German. Presentation of dialogues, conversation, vocabulary building, grammar and culture. Emphasis on speaking, oral comprehension, reading of simple texts and writing, to satisfy basic survival needs within a cultural setting.

1133-1134. Intermediate German I and II

Four credits each semester. Four class periods and one 1-hour laboratory practice. Prerequisite: GERM 1132 or two years of high school German. Not open for credit to students who have passed GERM 11131114.

Review and extension of grammar, vocabulary expansion, graded composition, intensive and extensive reading, and intensive oral practice to further develop communicative abilities within a cultural setting.

1140W. German Literature in English

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Representative works of German literature in English, especially from the 20th and the 21st centuries. Development of close reading and critical thinking skills, improvement of student composition, and the development of a conceptual framework for understanding another culture. CA 1.

1169. Contemporary Germany in Europe

Three credits. Taught in English. Finger Familiarizes students with contemporary German society and the cultural and historical aspects that shape everyday life in Germany in the 21st century. Students will explore a range of topics, including reunification, minorities, education and youth, the arts, and gender. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1171. The German Film

Three credits. Readings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the undergraduate foreign language requirement.

Weekly showings of German films from the 1920’s to the present. Introduction to film history, analysis and interpretation of films, outside readings, term papers. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1175. Human Rights and German Culture

Three credits. Readings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the undergraduate foreign language requirement.

Study of philosophical discourse on human rights from the Enlightenment to the present and analysis of related ethical problems in conjunction with an examination of relevant literary texts, film, and other art forms. Germany’s role in the development of international human rights instruments. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

1193. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

2400. The Environment in German Culture

Three credits. Three lectures/discussions. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Weidauer Ecological thinking in German culture from the Greeks (Plato) to the Greens (Amery). The second half of the semester consists of student projects on current environmental policies in the European Union. CA 1.

3200. Intensive Language Practice

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: GERM 1133 or equivalent and consent of instructor.

Two or three weeks of concentrated study in Europe. Exclusive use of the language, with three to four daily contact hours. Practice in all active and passive language skills, combined with periodic review sessions during the rest of the semester.

3220. German Recitation in Applied Mechanics

One credit. One class period. Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 1133 or equivalent.

Technical German in engineering through the basic concepts and problem solving techniques used in applied mechanics.

3221. Introduction to the Sciences in German

One credit. One class period. Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 1134, CHEM 1128Q, and PHYS 1502Q or equivalent.

A series of lectures and discussion periods about basic concepts in the physical sciences presented in German. Topics will be primarily from the various engineering disciplines, chemistry, physics, and mathematics.

3222. Fields of Technology

One credit. One class period. Prerequisite: GERM 3220 and GERM 3221; open only with consent of instructor.

A series of lectures and discussion periods on special topics in science and engineering.

3231. German for Professional Use I

Three credits. Prerequisite: GERM 1134 or equivalent. Recommended preparation: GERM 32333234.

Development of oral and written skills using a content-based methodology and drawing on authentic documents in a variety of formats that convey the language and culture of professional environments in the German-speaking countries. Preparation for the Goethe Institutes’s test of German for Professional Purposes (Deutsch für den Beruf).

3232 German for Professional Use II

Three credits. Prerequisite: GERM 3231. Recommended preparation: GERM 3234.

Development of oral and written skills using a content-based methodology and drawing on authentic documents in a variety of formats that convey the language and culture of professional environments in the German-speaking countries. Preparation for the Goethe Institutes’ test of German for Professional Purposes (Deutsch für den Beruf).

3233-3234. Building Language Skills through Culture I and II

Three credits each semester. Prerequisite: GERM 1134 or equivalent. Not open for credit to students who have passed GERM 2201-2202 or GERM 2204-2205.

Development of oral and written skills using a content-based methodology and drawing on texts that deal with issues in contemporary culture of German-speaking countries. Emphasis on acquisition of a sophisticated understanding of cultural differences while building vocabulary, improving accuracy, and increasing facility in self-expression and communication.

3245. German Grammar and Etymology

Three credits. Corequisite: GERM 3233 or equivalent or instructor consent.

German grammar and etymology for advanced students. A conceptual foundation for communicative language skills and comparison with English.

3251. German Culture and Civilization

Three credits. Conducted in English.

An interdisciplinary course on the German-speaking countries, analyzing cultural life and past and present development. Period or thematic emphasis may vary. Discussion of selected non-fictional and fictional readings, films, slides and recordings. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3252W. Studies in Early German Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 3233 or instructor consent. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Study of a cohesive group of texts that mark the periods of the Middle Ages, Humanism, Reformation, and Baroque. Emphasis may vary. Attention will be given to the relevant socio-historical context and, when possible, to the visual and performing arts. Taught in German. CA 1.

3254W. Studies in 19th Century German Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 3233 or instructor consent. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Study of a cohesive group of texts that mark the periods of Late Romanticism, Vormärz, Realism and Naturalism. Emphasis may vary. Attention will be given to the relevant socio-historical context and to the visual and performing arts. Taught in German. CA 1.

3255. Studies in 20th Century German Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 3233 or instructor consent.

Study of a cohesive group of texts that mark the period. Attention will be given to the relevant socio-historical context and to the visual and performing arts. Taught in German. CA 1.

3255W. Studies in 20th Century German Literature

Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 3233 or instructor consent. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 1.

3258. Germans in Africa, Blacks in German-Speaking Countries. Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives

Three credits. Taught in English.

Interdisciplinary study of former German colonialism in Africa and Blacks in German-speaking societies, past and present. Construction of intercultural and interracial power and dialog in historical perspective. Diversity of black and white experiences and perspectives across class, racial-ethnic groups, gender, cultures, religions, and national borders. Discussion of selected literary and non-fictional readings, films, other visual images, and recordings. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3261W. German Film and Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 3233. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Critical analysis of artistic issues in writing screenplays and making movies. Dynamic interplay between German film, the other arts, and their socioeconomic context, and the cinematic traditions of other cultures. Taught in German. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3264W. German Cinema in Cross-Cultural Perspective

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Taught in English.

Cross-cultural comparison of film genres using examples from German film history and other cinematic traditions. CA 1.

3265. Topics in German Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite or corequisite: GERM 3233 or instructor consent. With a change in topic, this course may be repeated for credit.

An analysis of the cultural trends of a selected period or theme in a German-speaking country, taking into account the historical, political, and socioeconomic background, aspects of daily life, philosophical trends, major literary works and other artistic achievements in art, music, and architecture. Specialists from other departments will be invited as guest lecturers.

3292. German Language Practicum

Credits (not to exceed six) and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Three years of college-level German or the equivalent; open only to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor.

Placement of students as trainees in business, industry and social or government agencies where foreign language skills can be put to use.

3293. Foreign Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3294. German Seminar

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

Intensive investigation of selected problems in German literature and/or German studies.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3298. Variable Topics

Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in topic, may be repeated for credit.

3299. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

4246. The Finishing Touch: A Capstone in German Studies

Three credits. Prerequisite: GERM 3234 plus a minimum of 6 additional 2000-level or above credits in German.

A course in which advanced students assess and polish their German language skills, consolidate their learning in German Studies, and demonstrate that learning in a final project.

German Education Abroad

An academic year or spring semester at the University of Salzburg, Austria, operated jointly with other New England state universities, allows students to earn up to 34 credits in all disciplines. The University of Connecticut sponsors a variety of programs at any of nine universities in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg. Students also have the possibility of language study at a Goethe Institute, and a combination of study and work through programs in Mannheim and Regensburg.

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