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Honours German Studies (60 credits)

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

Program Requirements

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 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 2015

    Instructors: David Gosselin, Sun-Young Kim (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 6 hours, plus 1 hour laboratory
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: Kathrin Maria Spiller (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 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 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sun-Young Kim (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.
  • 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: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Paul Peters (Fall)

    • Winter
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 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: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Sun-Young Kim (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: Germ 325 or equivalent
  • GERM 575 Honours Thesis (6 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Research and completion of the Honours thesis on an approved subject.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Fall or Winter
    • Restriction: For students in the Honours Program only.

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:

Revision, May 2014. Start of revision.

12 credits 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent, or permission of the Department
  • 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: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Tove Holmes (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325, or equivalent, or permission of the Department
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in English
  • 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: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Andrew Piper (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Given in German
    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in English
  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: GERM 325 or equivalent.

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.

Revision, May 2014. End of revision.

6 credits from:

  • GERM 259 Introduction to German Literature 1 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Introduction to the major authors, genres, and topics of German literature from the Middle Ages to the Age of Goethe, including the Nibelungenlied, Faust, classical tragedy, and the rise of the novel.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Arnim Henning Seelig (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Given in English
  • GERM 260 Introduction to German Literature 2 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Introduction to the major authors, genres, and topics of German literature from the 19th century to the present.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Peter Schweppe (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Given in English
  • GERM 336 German Language, Media and Culture (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Introduction to German culture through literary and non-literary texts, film, multimedia, commercials, painting and photography. By learning how to read these cultural productions, students will refine their communication skills, expand reading strategies, build vocabulary, and review selective grammatical structures.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Course taught entirely in German.
    • Prerequisite: GERM 307 or equivalent; GERM 325 may be taken concurrently
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken GERM 336 prior to September 2009.
  • GERM 355 Nietzsche and Wagner (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course examines the relationship between the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and the composer Richard Wagner. It explores their intellectual kinship, their view of art, music, and philosophy in the context of Nietzsche's critique of modernity and decadence and analyzes the Third Reich's and Hollywood's appropriation of Nietzsche and Wagner.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in English
  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Course given in English
    • Prerequisite: A culture or literature course at the 200 or 300 level
  • GERM 358 Franz Kafka (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course will look at the works on Franz Kafka, a "classic" modernist author, in three characteristic genres: the story, the novel, and the short prose piece. A selection of Kafka's letters and diary entries as well as critical approaches to his work will also be studied.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Paul Peters (Winter)

    • Fall
    • Given in English
  • GERM 359 Bertolt Brecht (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : This course provides an overview of Brecht's development as a dramatist and as a theorist, advocate and practitioner of a new form of theater. Attention will also be given to Brecht as a poet and to film versions of Brecht's works.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Fall
    • Given in English
  • 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 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 2015

    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: This course is not scheduled for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • 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 2014-2015 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2014-2015 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Given in English.
  • GERM 398 Individual Reading Course 02 (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    German (Arts) : Given solely at the discretion of the instructor.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Adam Kitchen, Sun-Young Kim (Fall)

    • Winter

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

Faculty of Arts—2014-2015 (last updated Feb. 18, 2014) (disclaimer)