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Major Concentration German Studies - Language and Literature (36 credits)

Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures     Degree: Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirements

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 German Language, Intensive Beginners (6 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : An intensive language course designed to develop communicative skills; covers the first level (GERM 202D1/GERM 202D2) in one term. Required for program students.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Sun-Young Kim (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 6 hours, plus 1 hour laboratory
  • GERM 202D1 German Language, Beginners' (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : A comprehensive first level course designed to develop communicative skills.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Kathrin Spiller, Ozlem Orhan, Katrina Sark, David Gosselin (Fall)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Students must register for both GERM 202D1 and GERM 202D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both GERM 202D1 and GERM 202D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • GERM 202D2 German Language, Beginners (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : See GERM 202D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Kathrin Spiller, Ozlem Orhan, Sun-Young Kim, David Gosselin (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: GERM 202D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both GERM 202D1 and GERM 202D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • GERM 300 German Language Intensive Intermediate (6 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Continuation of GERM 200; covers the second level (GERM 307D1/GERM 307D2) in one term.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Sun-Young Kim (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 6 hours, plus 1 hour laboratory
    • Prerequisite: GERM 200 or GERM 202,202D1/D2 or equivalent, or permission of Department
    • Required for program students
  • GERM 307D1 German Language - Intermediate (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Review of grammar, further development of basic skills; literary and cultural readings.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Sylvia Rieger, Olesya Ivantsova (Fall)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisite: GERM 200 or GERM 202, 202D1/D2, or equivalent, or permission of Department.
    • Students must register for both GERM 307D1 and GERM 307D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both GERM 307D1 and GERM 307D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • GERM 307D2 German Language - Intermediate (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : See GERM 307D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Sylvia Rieger, Olesya Ivantsova (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: GERM 307D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both GERM 307D1 and GERM 307D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • GERM 325 German Language - Intensive Advanced (6 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course aims at developing post-intermediate proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills, with emphasis on oral and written expression. Special attention is given to word formation and to the proper choice of grammatical structures, vocabulary, and phraseology.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013

    Instructors: Sylvia Rieger (Fall) Sun-Young Kim (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter
    • 6 hours
    • Prerequisite: GERM 300 or GERM 307D1/D2, or equivalent, or permission of Department.
    • Required for program students.

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 357 German Culture in European Context (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : A comparative examination of selected moments in German literary, artistic and cultural history in relation to broader European movements; focus on influences, exchanges and dialogues across national boundaries.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Tove Holmes (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Course given in English
    • Prerequisite: A culture or literature course at the 200 or 300 level
  • GERM 360 German Literature 1890 to 1918 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : The course deals with various genres of literature and forms of culture associated with Naturalism and Expressionism from the turn of the century to the Weimar Republic. Writers studied may include: Hauptmann, Wedekind, Schnitzler, Heinrich Mann, Sternheim, Kaiser, Thomas Mann, Kafka, Rosa Luxemburg.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 361 German Literature 1918 to 1945 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : The course deals with the culture, literature and society of the Weimar Republic and the period of the Third Reich and the Holocaust. Writers studied will include: Brecht, Seghers, Fleisser, Kästner, Tucholsky, Benn, Kolmar, and Lasker-Schüler.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 362 20th Century Literature Topics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Introduction to selected topics and genres in twentieth century literature and culture.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 363 German Postwar Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : The course deals with the literature and culture of the Federal Republic of Germany, the former German Democratic Republic and unified Germany since 1945. It treats major authors and trends. Topics addressed include issues of nationalism and gender, multiculturalism, and other concerns of contemporary German society.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Sun-Young Kim (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 364 German Culture: Gender and Society (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : In connection with notions of identity, nationhood, political change, and cultural difference, this course investigates concepts and issues of gender in contemporary German Society. The readings include critical essays and literary texts by writers, scholars, philosophers, journalists, politicians, and political activists.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in English
  • GERM 365 Language of Media from Manuscript to Hypertext (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : The history of communications media and their impact on our language and thought discussions of literary works in a variety of media (book, radio, film, television, hypertext) by authors such as Goethe, Kafka, Borges, Brecht, Beckett, Sontag and DeLillo.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in English
  • GERM 367 Topics in German Thought (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : A variety of issues significant to the development of German cultural and intellectual life.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Paul Peters (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Given in English
  • GERM 368 Fin-de-Siècle Vienna (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Interdisciplinary study of one of the formative periods of modern European culture; examination of literature, art, thought, culture and politics in Vienna around 1900.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Paul Peters (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: A culture or literature course at the 200 or 300 level
    • Course given in English
  • GERM 382 Faust: Chapbook to Horror Film (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course will explore why the story of a mathematician who sold his soul to the devil has remained one of the most enduring myths in western culture. Works discussed will include plays by Marlowe, Goethe, and Valery and films by Murnau, Kurosawa, and others.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in English.

Classicism or Romanticism

at least 3 credits from:

  • GERM 450 Classical Period in German Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : For the most part, the works of Goethe and Schiller are discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 451 German Romanticism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course deals with German literary texts of the Romantic period, studied in their literary, historical, cultural and sociological context. References will be made to the other arts, in particular to music. Writers studied will include: Hoffmann, Eichendorff, Novalis, Hoffmann, Kleist, and Tieck.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 455 Women of the Romantic Era (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course places at its centre the life-worlds, biographies, and forms of self-expression by German women of the Romantic Era.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent.
    • Course is given in German for advanced undergraduate program students.
  • GERM 580 Topics in 18th Century Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Topics in eighteenth-century German literature.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Tove Holmes (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent.

Other Periods

at least 3 credits from:

  • GERM 352 German Literature - 19th Century 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course offers an introduction to the literary movements of Biedermeier, Junges Deutschland, Vormärz, Poetic Realism, and Naturalism in connection with the political and social developments in 19th century Germany. Tests by major authors such as Buchner, Heine and Fontane will be discussed.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
  • GERM 353 19th Century Literary Topics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Varying topics of 19th century literature.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Paul Peters (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325, or equivalent, or permission of the Department
  • GERM 380 18th Century German Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : An introduction to German literature of the 18th century: Enlightenment and Sturm und Drang. The course will follow a socio-historical approach, i.e. it will attempt to delineate some of the relations that exist between the texts and their social, political, and cultural context.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 511 Middle High German Literature (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This seminar course will acquaint students with the German courtly literature of the 12th and 13th century, its concepts, concerns and its sociology. The knightly romances of Hartmann von Aue (Erec), Wolfram von Eschenbach (Parzival), Gottfried von Straßburg (Tristan), and the heroic epic (Nibelungenlied) will be read and discussed in class, Hartmann's Erec in the original MHG language as well as in translation, to give students a basic acquaintance with the Middle High German literary language. Writers studied will include: Hartmann von Aue, Gottfried von Straßburg, Wolfram von Eschenbach.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: Germ 325 or equivalent

Additional German Studies

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

  • GERM 330 Landeskunde (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Introduction to images of modern Germany, perceptions and conceptions of Germany since the Second World War.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent, or permission of Department.
  • GERM 331 Germany after Reunification (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : The events which led to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the reunification of Germany in 1990 and the changing cultural, social, political and economic landscape of the 'New Germany'. Highlighting issues of cultural and social politics, texts discussed include historical, literary and film material.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent, or permission of the Department
  • GERM 400 Interdisciplinary Seminar: Contemporary German Studies (3 credits)

    Offered by: Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Faculty of Arts)

    Overview

    German (Arts) : An interdisciplinary, team-taught seminar, for third-year students on a single topic or theme. Topics may vary from year to year.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in English

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.

Faculty of Arts—2012-2013 (last updated Dec. 20, 2012) (disclaimer)