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German Studies (GERM) Faculty

German Studies (GERM) Faculty

Chair
Karin Bauer
Emeritus Professor
Peter M. Daly; B.A.(Brist.), Ph.D.(Zur.)
Emeritus Honorific Professor
Adrian Hsia; Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin)
Professor
Paul Peters; B.A.(Man.), Ph.D.(Free Univ., Berlin)
Associate Professor
Karin Bauer; M.A., Ph.D.(Wash.)
Assistant Professors
Michael Cowan; B.A., Ph.D.(Calif., Berk.)
Andrew Piper; B.A.(Prin.), Ph.D.(Col.)
Faculty Lecturer
Sylvia Rieger; M.A.(Regensburg), M.A.(Vanderbilt), Ph.D.(Wash., Seattle)
Undergraduate Program Director
Professor Michael Cowan
Advisers
Minor, Major, Honours, Joint Honours Programs: Professor Andrew Piper, 514-398-2044
Major in Contemporary German Studies: Professor Karin Bauer, 514-398-3647
Note: Students may begin at the intermediate or advanced level in their first year if they have taken German courses in high school or in CEGEP or through McGill Summer Studies. The courses GERM 202 or GERM 307 may be offered through Summer Studies.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration German Language (18 credits)

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration German Language and Literature.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

Students may begin at the intermediate or advanced level in their first year if they have taken German courses in high school or in CEGEP or through McGill Summer Studies.

Note: Beginners' and Intermediate language levels are offered either as a one-term intensive course or a two-term spanned course. Students choose which version of the level they prefer.

GERM 200 (6) German Language, Intensive Beginners'
GERM 202D1 (3) German Language, Beginners'
GERM 202D2 (3) German Language, Beginners'
GERM 300 (6) German Language Intensive Intermediate
GERM 307D1 (3) German Language - Intermediate
GERM 307D2 (3) German Language - Intermediate
GERM 325 (6) German Language - Intensive Advanced
GERM 336 (3) German Language, Media and Culture
GERM 341 (3) Essay Writing
GERM 342 (3) Translation
GERM 345 (3) Business German 1
GERM 346 (3) Business German 2
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration German Literature (18 credits)

This is offered as a special program for students who already possess the necessary language skills before coming to McGill, or have acquired the competence by completing the intensive sequence (GERM 200 and GERM 300) as elective courses in their first year.

This program may be expanded to the Major Concentration German Language and Literature.

Required Course (6 credits)

GERM 325 (6) German Language - Intensive Advanced

Complementary Courses (12 credits)

12 credits of courses in German literature or culture, given in German, such as:

GERM 330 (3) Landeskunde
GERM 331 (3) Germany after Reunification
GERM 352 (3) German Literature - 19th Century 3
GERM 353 (3) 19th Century Literary Topics
GERM 360 (3) German Literature 1890 to 1918
GERM 361 (3) German Literature 1918 to 1945
GERM 362 (3) 20th Century Literature Topics
GERM 363 (3) German Postwar Literature
GERM 380 (3) 18th Century German Literature
GERM 400 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar: Contemporary German Studies
GERM 412 (3) Heroes, Lovers and Crusaders
GERM 450 (3) Classical Period in German Literature
GERM 451 (3) German Romanticism
GERM 455 (3) Women of the Romantic Era
GERM 511 (3) Middle High German Literature
GERM 561 (3) German Literature: Baroque
GERM 580 (3) Topics in 18th Century Literature
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration German Literature and Culture in Translation (18 credits)

This program may not be expanded to a Major Concentration.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of courses in German literature or culture in translation, such as:

GERM 259 (3) Introduction to German Literature 1
GERM 260 (3) Introduction to German Literature 2
GERM 354 (3) Literary Approach to Song
GERM 355 (3) Nietzsche and Wagner
GERM 357 (3) German Culture in European Context
GERM 358 (3) Franz Kafka
GERM 359 (3) Bertolt Brecht
GERM 364 (3) German Culture: Gender and Society
GERM 365 (3) Language of Media from Manuscript to Hypertext
GERM 366 (3) Postwar German Literature/Film
GERM 367 (3) Topics in German Thought
GERM 368 (3) Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
GERM 371 (3) Cultural Change and Evolution of German
GERM 382 (3) Faust: Chapbook to Horror Film
GERM 580 (3) Topics in 18th Century Literature
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration Contemporary German Studies (36 credits)

The Major Concentration Contemporary German Studies is open to students with a sound knowledge of German as acquired in GERM 325 or equivalent. Those students who do not have the required competence in German may take the Major Concentration Contemporary German Studies only if they also take a Minor Concentration German Language. Proficiency, equivalency and placement will be determined by the program adviser.

Required Courses (9 credits)

GERM 400 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar: Contemporary German Studies
HIST 234 (3) German History to 1648
HIST 235 (3) German History since 1648

Complementary Courses (27 credits)

27 credits selected as follows:

A) 6 credits from courses in German Literature and Culture

B) 12 credits from courses in German Society

C) 9 credits from courses in German Studies

A) German Literature and Culture

6 credits in German Literature and Culture selected from:

GERM 330 (3) Landeskunde
GERM 331 (3) Germany after Reunification
GERM 357 (3) German Culture in European Context
GERM 362 (3) 20th Century Literature Topics
GERM 363 (3) German Postwar Literature
GERM 365 (3) Language of Media from Manuscript to Hypertext
GERM 366 (3) Postwar German Literature/Film
GERM 367 (3) Topics in German Thought
GERM 368 (3) Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

B) German Society

12 credits in German Society chosen from three disciplines including History, or from two disciplines excluding History. Courses are to be selected from the lists below:

Economics

ECON 340 (3) Ex-Socialist Economies
ECON 345 (3) The International Economy since 1914
ECON 423D1 (3) International Trade and Finance
ECON 423D2 (3) International Trade and Finance

History

HIST 435D1 (3) Germany in the 20th Century
HIST 435D2 (3) Germany in the 20th Century

Management

BUSA 391 (3) International Business Law
MGCR 382 (3) International Business
MGPO 383 (3) International Business Policy
MRKT 483 (3) International Marketing Management
ORGB 380 (3) Cross Cultural Management

Political Science

POLI 212 (3) Government and Politics - Developed World
POLI 328 (3) Modern Politics in Western Europe
POLI 331 (3) Politics in East Central Europe
POLI 344 (3) Foreign Policy: Europe
POLI 357 (3) Politics: Contemporary Europe
POLI 431 (3) Nations and States/Developed World
POLI 463 (3) Politics of Germany
POLI 466 (3) Public Policy Analysis

Sociology

SOCI 330 (3) Sociological Theory
SOCI 354 (3) Dynamics of Industrial Societies

C) German Studies

9 credits in German Studies selected from the GERM courses below or from any advanced course in German language or German literature (taught in German or in translation) or from the lists of courses on German Society above. Other courses offered by Art History, Geography, Jewish Studies, Music, Philosophy, etc. can be substituted with permission of the program adviser.

GERM 345 (3) Business German 1
GERM 346 (3) Business German 2

Courses may also be chosen from the lists below.

Jewish Studies

JWST 371D1 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 371D2 (3) Jews and the Modern City
JWST 383 (3) Holocaust Literature

Philosophy

PHIL 367 (3) 19th Century Philosophy
PHIL 474 (3) Phenomenology
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration German Studies - Language and Literature (36 credits)

Required Courses (18 credits)

Students who have advanced standing equivalency for any of the language courses below will substitute more advanced courses in language, culture or literature.

Note: Beginners' and Intermediate language levels are offered either as a one-term intensive course or a two-term spanned course. Students choose which version of the level they prefer.

GERM 200 (6) German Language, Intensive Beginners'
GERM 202D1 (3) German Language, Beginners'
GERM 202D2 (3) German Language, Beginners'
GERM 300 (6) German Language Intensive Intermediate
GERM 307D1 (3) German Language - Intermediate
GERM 307D2 (3) German Language - Intermediate
GERM 325 (6) German Language - Intensive Advanced

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits of courses in literature distributed across different periods selected as follows:

20th Century Literature

at least 3 credits from:

GERM 354 (3) Literary Approach to Song
GERM 357 (3) German Culture in European Context
GERM 360 (3) German Literature 1890 to 1918
GERM 361 (3) German Literature 1918 to 1945
GERM 362 (3) 20th Century Literature Topics
GERM 363 (3) German Postwar Literature
GERM 364 (3) German Culture: Gender and Society
GERM 365 (3) Language of Media from Manuscript to Hypertext
GERM 366 (3) Postwar German Literature/Film
GERM 367 (3) Topics in German Thought
GERM 368 (3) Fin-de-Siècle Vienna

Classicism or Romanticism

at least 3 credits from:

GERM 450 (3) Classical Period in German Literature
GERM 451 (3) German Romanticism
GERM 455 (3) Women of the Romantic Era
GERM 580 (3) Topics in 18th Century Literature

Other Periods

at least 3 credits from:

GERM 352 (3) German Literature - 19th Century 3
GERM 353 (3) 19th Century Literary Topics
GERM 380 (3) 18th Century German Literature
GERM 382 (3) Faust: Chapbook to Horror Film
GERM 412 (3) Heroes, Lovers and Crusaders
GERM 511 (3) Middle High German Literature
GERM 561 (3) German Literature: Baroque

Additional German Studies

9 credits selected from any of the literature courses above not already taken or from:

GERM 330 (3) Landeskunde
GERM 331 (3) Germany after Reunification
GERM 400 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar: Contemporary German Studies

Note: Courses on German literature or culture given in English may be substituted for any courses in the lists, to a maximum of 6 credits.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Major Concentration German Studies - Literature and Culture (36 credits)

Complementary Courses (36 credits)

All German literature courses given in German require the linguistic competence acquired in GERM 325 or its equivalent. Such equivalence will be established by the program adviser.

36 credits selected as follows:

9 credits from:

GERM 330 (3) Landeskunde
GERM 331 (3) Germany after Reunification
GERM 360 (3) German Literature 1890 to 1918
GERM 361 (3) German Literature 1918 to 1945
GERM 362 (3) 20th Century Literature Topics
GERM 363 (3) German Postwar Literature

15 credits from:

GERM 352 (3) German Literature - 19th Century 3
GERM 353 (3) 19th Century Literary Topics
GERM 380 (3) 18th Century German Literature
GERM 412 (3) Heroes, Lovers and Crusaders
GERM 450 (3) Classical Period in German Literature
GERM 451 (3) German Romanticism
GERM 455 (3) Women of the Romantic Era
GERM 511 (3) Middle High German Literature
GERM 561 (3) German Literature: Baroque

12 credits from:

GERM 259 (3) Introduction to German Literature 1
GERM 260 (3) Introduction to German Literature 2
GERM 354 (3) Literary Approach to Song
GERM 355 (3) Nietzsche and Wagner
GERM 358 (3) Franz Kafka
GERM 359 (3) Bertolt Brecht
GERM 364 (3) German Culture: Gender and Society
GERM 365 (3) Language of Media from Manuscript to Hypertext
GERM 366 (3) Postwar German Literature/Film
GERM 367 (3) Topics in German Thought
GERM 371 (3) Cultural Change and Evolution of German
GERM 382 (3) Faust: Chapbook to Horror Film
GERM 400 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar: Contemporary German Studies
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Honours German Studies (60 credits)

The Honours German Studies consists of 60 credits in German. Literature courses provide an introduction to the major periods from the Middle Ages to the present.

Admission to the honours program requires departmental approval. Students may begin this program in their first year. Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 in their program courses, and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Honours students, according to Faculty regulations, also must complete at least a Minor Concentration (18 credits) in another academic unit.

Required Courses (42 credits)

GERM 200 (6) German Language, Intensive Beginners'
GERM 300 (6) German Language Intensive Intermediate
GERM 325 (6) German Language - Intensive Advanced
GERM 352 (3) German Literature - 19th Century 3
GERM 360 (3) German Literature 1890 to 1918
GERM 363 (3) German Postwar Literature
GERM 450 (3) Classical Period in German Literature
GERM 451 (3) German Romanticism
GERM 511 (3) Middle High German Literature
GERM 575 (6) Honours Thesis

With permission from the adviser, students with advanced standing in German language will replace language courses for more advanced courses in language, culture or literature.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits selected as follows:

12 credits from:

GERM 330 (3) Landeskunde
GERM 331 (3) Germany after Reunification
GERM 353 (3) 19th Century Literary Topics
GERM 361 (3) German Literature 1918 to 1945
GERM 362 (3) 20th Century Literature Topics
GERM 365 (3) Language of Media from Manuscript to Hypertext
GERM 380 (3) 18th Century German Literature
GERM 400 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar: Contemporary German Studies
GERM 580 (3) Topics in 18th Century Literature

In the event that there are not enough courses offered in German, substitution with courses from the list below is allowed only with permission of the adviser.

6 credits from:

GERM 259 (3) Introduction to German Literature 1
GERM 260 (3) Introduction to German Literature 2
GERM 336 (3) German Language, Media and Culture
GERM 354 (3) Literary Approach to Song
GERM 355 (3) Nietzsche and Wagner
GERM 357 (3) German Culture in European Context
GERM 358 (3) Franz Kafka
GERM 359 (3) Bertolt Brecht
GERM 364 (3) German Culture: Gender and Society
GERM 367 (3) Topics in German Thought
GERM 368 (3) Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
GERM 371 (3) Cultural Change and Evolution of German
GERM 382 (3) Faust: Chapbook to Horror Film
GERM 397 (3) Individual Reading Course 01
GERM 398 (3) Individual Reading Course 02
GERM 561 (3) German Literature: Baroque

Other suitable courses in the Department or in other related disciplines and departments may be taken with the approval of the adviser.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Joint Honours Component German Studies (36 credits)

Students who wish to study at the Honours level in two disciplines can combine Joint Honours Program components in any two Arts disciplines. For a list of available Joint Honours programs, see "Overview of Programs Offered" and "Joint Honours Programs." 

Joint Honours students should consult an adviser in each department to discuss their course selection and their interdisciplinary research project (if applicable).

Admission to the joint honours program requires departmental approval. Joint honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.30 in their program courses, and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Required Courses (21 credits)

GERM 200 (6) German Language, Intensive Beginners'
GERM 300 (6) German Language Intensive Intermediate
GERM 325 (6) German Language - Intensive Advanced
GERM 570 (3) Joint Honours Thesis

With permission of the adviser, students with advanced standing in German language will replace language courses for more advanced courses in language, culture or literature.

Complementary Courses (15 credits)

15 credits selected from 400- to 500-level German literature and culture courses, from at least three centuries, with the approval of the adviser.

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German Studies (GERM)

Location

Location

  • 688 Sherbrooke Street West, Suite 425
  • Montreal, Quebec H3A 3R1
  • Telephone: 514-398-3650
  • Fax: 514-398-1748
  • Email: german [dot] studies [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/german

About German Studies

About German Studies

With faculty members working at the forefront of literary, media and cultural studies, the Department of German Studies immerses students both in the rich literary traditions of German-language literature and in the innovative directions of transdisciplinary research. With our multiple major, minor, honors and joint honors programs, we can accommodate a broad range of student interests from 18th-century Enlightenment to questions of migration and multiculturalism in contemporary German culture. While our department offers a wide spectrum of courses in language, literature and culture, our particular strengths lie in philosophy, critical theory, cultural studies, philology, cinema and media studies. Students in our department receive close attention and individual mentoring in both their academic and professional training. We also consider German Studies to be part of a broader humanistic endeavor and encourage students to draw on the wealth of faculty working on relevant topics both at McGill and the many other Montreal universities in departments and programs such as History, Philosophy, Music, Art History and Communications, Jewish Studies, English, and other national literatures.

Prerequisites for Literature Courses

Prerequisites for Literature Courses

The prerequisite for all literature courses taught in German is GERM 325, or equivalent, or permission of the Department.

Topical Listings

Topical Listings

Language
a) General courses
GERM 200 (6) German Language, Intensive Beginners'
GERM 202 (6) German Language, Beginners'
GERM 203 (6) German for Reading
GERM 300 (6) German Language Intensive Intermediate
GERM 307 (6) German Language - Intermediate
GERM 325 (6) German Language - Intensive Advanced
b) Special courses
GERM 316 (3) German: Analytic Study of Texts
GERM 330 (3) Landeskunde
GERM 336 (3) German Language, Media and Culture
GERM 341 (3) Essay Writing
GERM 342 (3) Translation
GERM 345 (3) Business German 1
GERM 346 (3) Business German 2
Literature and Culture
GERM 331 (3) Germany after Reunification
GERM 349 (3) Methods of Literary Analysis
GERM 352 (3) German Literature - 19th Century 3
GERM 353 (3) 19th Century Literary Topics
GERM 360 (3) German Literature 1890 to 1918
GERM 361 (3) German Literature 1918 to 1945
GERM 362 (3) 20th Century Literature Topics
GERM 363 (3) German Postwar Literature
GERM 380 (3) 18th Century German Literature
GERM 450 (3) Classical Period in German Literature
GERM 451 (3) German Romanticism
GERM 511 (3) Middle High German Literature
GERM 561 (3) German Literature: Baroque
GERM 580 (3) Topics in 18th Century Literature
Literature and Culture in Translation
GERM 197 (3) FYS: Images of Otherness
GERM 259 (3) Introduction to German Literature 1
GERM 260 (3) Introduction to German Literature 2
GERM 355 (3) Nietzsche and Wagner
GERM 357 (3) German Culture in European Context
GERM 358 (3) Franz Kafka
GERM 359 (3) Bertolt Brecht
GERM 364 (3) German Culture: Gender and Society
GERM 365 (3) Language of Media from Manuscript to Hypertext
GERM 366 (3) Postwar German Literature/Film
GERM 367 (3) Topics in German Thought
GERM 368 (3) Fin-de-Siècle Vienna
GERM 371 (3) Cultural Change and Evolution of German
GERM 382 (3) Faust: Chapbook to Horror Film
GERM 400 (3) Interdisciplinary Seminar: Contemporary German Studies
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