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1131. Elementary German I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have had three of more years of German in high school, GERM 1111, 1112, 1113, 1114, 1132, 1133, 1134 or any 2000 level or higher course taught in German.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1132. Elementary German II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1131. Not open to students who have had three or more years of German in high school, GERM 1112, 1113, 1114, 1133, 1134 or any 2000 level or higher course taught in German.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1133. Intermediate German I

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1132 or two years of high school German. Not open to students who have passed GERM 1113, 1114, 1134, 1153, 3200, 3220 or any other 2000 level courses taught in German.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1134. Intermediate German II

4.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1133. Not open for credit to students who have passed GERM 1114, 1154, 2201, 2204, 3221, 3231, 3233 or any other 2000 level courses taught in German.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1140W. German Literature in English

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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1169. Contemporary Germany in Europe

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1171. The German Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: RHAG students cannot take more than 22 credits of 1000 level courses

Grading Basis: Graded

Weekly showings of German films from the twenties to the present. Introduction to film history, analysis and interpretation of films, outside readings, term papers. Reading and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the undergraduate language requirement. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1175. Human Rights and German Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Study of Germany's role in the development of international human rights instruments. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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1193. Foreign Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student's departure.

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2400. The Environment in German Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3200. Intensive Language Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1133, which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3220. German Recitation in Applied Mechanics

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1133, which may be taken concurrently, or equivalent.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3221. Introduction to the Sciences in German

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1134; CHEM 1128; PHYS 1502 or equivalent, all of which may be taken concurrently. Cannot be taken after GERM 3222.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3222. Fields of Technology

1.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3220 and 3221.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3231. German for Professional Use I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1134 or equivalent. Recommended preparation: GERM 3233 - 3234

Grading Basis: Graded

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 f\r den Beruf).

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3232. German for Professional Use II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3231. Recommended Preparation: GERM 3234

Grading Basis: Graded

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 f\r den Beruf).

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3233. Building Language Skills Through Culture I

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 1134. Not open to students who have passed GERM 2201, 2202, 2204, 2205 or 3234.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3234. Building Language Skills Through Culture II

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3233. Not open for credit to students who have passed GERM 2202 or 2205

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3245. German Grammar & Etymology

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3233, which may be taken concurrently, or consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3251. German Culture and Civilization

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3252W. Studies in Early German Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3233, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3254W. Studies in 19th Century German Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3233, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of a cohesive group of texts that mark the periods of Late Romanticism, Vormarz, 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.

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3255. Studies in 20th Century German Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3233, which may be taken concurrently, or consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3255W. Studies in 20th Century German Literature

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3233, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. Taught in English. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

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3261W. German Film and Culture

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3233, which may be taken concurrently; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3264W. German Cinema in Cross-Cultural Perspective

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3265. Topics in German Culture

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: GERM 3233, which may be taken concurrently, or consent of instructor.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. With a change of topic, this course may be repeated for credit.

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3292. German Language Practicum

1.00 - 6.00 credits

Prerequisites: Three years of college-level German or the equivalent. Open only to juniors and seniors.

Grading Basis: Graded

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

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3293. Foreign Study

1.00 - 7.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Special topics taken in a foreign study program. May be repeated for credit. Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted prior to the student's departure. May count toward the major with consent of advisor.

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3294. German Seminar

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Intensive investigation of selected problems in German literature and/or German studies. May be repeated for credit.

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3295. Special Topics

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, this course may be repeated for credit.

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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change of topic, this course may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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4246. The Finishing Touch: A Capstone in German Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: GERM 3234; Six additional 2000 level or above credits in GERM.

Grading Basis: Graded

Advanced students assess and polish their German language skills, consolidate their learning in German Studies, and demonstrate that learning in a final project.

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