German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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GERST 1109

How did bawdy tales of peasants using magic to climb the social ladder get transformed into moral lessons for children?  The answer lies in Romanticism and its appropriation of the imagination as a force ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17626GERST 1109  SEM 101

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  • 17586GERST 1109  SEM 102

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GERST 1170

A basic understanding of Marx, Nietzsche, and Freud is a prerequisite for participating in critical debates in the humanities and social sciences.  Our seminar will explore key terms in the revolutionary ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17600GERST 1170  SEM 101

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  • 17601GERST 1170  SEM 102

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  • 17602GERST 1170  SEM 103

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  • 17603GERST 1170  SEM 104

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  • 17604GERST 1170  SEM 105

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GERST 1210

Students develop basic abilities in listening, reading, writing, and speaking German in meaningful contexts through interaction in small group activities. Course materials including videos, short articles, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5911GERST 1210  LEC 001

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  • Intended for students with no prior experience in German or with LPG score below 37 or SAT II score below 370. Must enroll in one lecture and one discussion.

  •  5912GERST 1210  LEC 002

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  • Must enroll in one lecture and one discussion.

  •  5913GERST 1210  DIS 201

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  •  5914GERST 1210  DIS 202

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  •  5915GERST 1210  DIS 203

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  •  5916GERST 1210  DIS 204

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GERST 1220

Students build on their basic knowledge of German by engaging in intense and more sustained interaction in the language. Students learn more advanced language structures allowing them to express more complex ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5917GERST 1220  LEC 001

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  • Prerequisite: GERST 1210, or LPG score of 37-44, or SAT II score of 370-450. Must enroll in the lecture and the discussion.

  •  5918GERST 1220  DIS 201

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GERST 1230

Students continue to develop their language skills by discussing a variety of cultural topics and themes in the German-speaking world. The focus of the course is on expanding vocabulary, reviewing major ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6672GERST 1230  SEM 101

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  • Limited to students who have previously studied German and have an LPG score of 45-55 or an SAT II score of 460-580. Successful completion of GERST 1210, 1220 and 1230 satisfies Option 2.

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6673GERST 1230  SEM 102

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  • Limited to students who have previously studied German and have an LPG score of 45-55 or an SAT II score of 460-580. Successful completion of GERST 1210, 1220 and 1230 satisfies Option 2.

GERST 2000

Content-based language course on the intermediate level. Students examine important aspects of present-day German culture while expanding and strengthening their reading, writing, and speaking skills in ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6535GERST 2000  SEM 101

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  • Prerequisite: GERST 1230, LPG score of 56-64, or SAT II 590-680 or placement by examination. Satisfies Option 1. A content-based language course on the intermediate level.

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6536GERST 2000  SEM 102

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  • .Prerequisite: GERST 1230, LPG score of 56-64, or SAT II 590-680 or placement by examination. Satisfies Option 1. A content-based language course on the intermediate level.

GERST 2040

This course aims to sharpen your awareness of personal and cultural subjectivity by examining documents in a variety of media that treat the social, cultural, and historical significance of 1968, the watershed ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6537GERST 2040  SEM 101

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  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000, or placement by examination (placement score and CASE). Satisfies Option 1 and is the prerequisite for Study Abroad in a German-speaking country.

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  9314GERST 2040  SEM 102

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  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000, or placement by examination (placement score and CASE). Satisfies Option 1 and is the prerequisite for Study Abroad in a German-speaking country.

GERST 3070

Why do literary texts insist on bending (and even breaking) the rules that govern everyday language? Could we improve our mastery of colloquial German by accepting literature's challenge and investigating ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 15992GERST 3070  SEM 101

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  • Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: GERST 2020, 2040, 2060 or equivalent. This course may be counted towards the requirement for 3000-3200-level language in the major.

GERST 3290

This class aims at surveying the history and contemporary developments of crime and detective fiction in German. In addition, we will read a number of theoretical reflections on the figure of the detective, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16123GERST 3290  SEM 101

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  • Taught in German. Any course at the 3000-3209-level in German or permission of instructor. Satisfies Option 1.

GERST 3610

This course examines the economic forces at work in defining and configuring the modern subject, from Adam Smith through Marx and Nietzsche, Simmel and Weber, up to the current neoliberal subject.  The ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 3542GOVT 3606

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16688GERST 3610  SEM 101

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GERST 4070

Designed to familiarize students with current ways of thinking in the field of applied linguistics and language pedagogy. Introduces different concepts of foreign language methodology as well as presents ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8424GERST 4070  SEM 101

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  • Taught in German. Intended primarily for and enrollment preference given to graduate students preparing to teach German.

GERST 4100

'Literature of the Exile', written between 1933 and 1945 by authors who had fled Germany (e.g., Seghers, Brecht, Thomas and Heinrich Mann, Feuchtwanger, Zweig, Lasker-Schüler), provided most of the enduring ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Writing in/from Exile

  •  5930GERST 4100  SEM 101

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  • Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: Any German course at the 3000-level or equivalent or permission of instructor.

GERST 4165

The course begins with the banal observation of Franz Kafka's pervasive influence on many, many later writers. The more important beginning, though, is the understanding that we will be done with Kafka ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 4165

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17170GERST 4165  SEM 101

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GERST 4411

There is an astonishing discrepancy between our perception of the Holocaust as a central event of the twentieth century and its marginal place in postwar culture.  It is during those years, nevertheless, ... view course details

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  • 16175GERST 4411  SEM 101

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GERST 4431

The fall of "real socialism" in 1990 put an end to the experience of twentieth century Marxism.  Its ideas, debates and controversies could be viewed-historicized and revisited-in a different light.  The ... view course details

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  • 16180GERST 4431  SEM 101

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GERST 4510

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5931GERST 4510  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Lischke, G

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GERST 4530

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5932GERST 4530  RSC 701

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    • Gilgen, P

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  • Grade of R at end of semester, must take GERST 4540 in spring.

  • 18590GERST 4530  RSC 702

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    • Siegel, E

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GERST 4540

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8204GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

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GERST 4996

A graduate level discussion of the role of sensation in philosophy of art, and its relation to conceptions of objectivity and perfection. We'll aim to transform our understanding of a range of issues raised ... view course details

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  • 16955GERST 4996  SEM 101

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GERST 6090

Since the 1950s, many of the important poetological reflections by German-speaking authors were produced in the context of lectures upon receiving prizes, at universities or simply in the public sphere.  ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16128GERST 6090  SEM 101

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  • Anchor course. Taught in German.

GERST 6131

Reading, translation, and English-language discussion of important texts in the German philosophical tradition. Readings for a given term are chosen in consultation with students. view course details

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  •   Combined with: PHIL 4003PHIL 6030

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6870GERST 6131  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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GERST 6310

This course emphasizes the acquisition of reading skills in German, using a variety of prepared and authentic texts. view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5949GERST 6310  SEM 101

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  • Enrollment preference given to: graduate students with no prior experience in German. This course only offered in Fall.

GERST 6411

There is an astonishing discrepancy between our perception of the Holocaust as a central event of the twentieth century and its marginal place in postwar culture.  It is during those years, nevertheless, ... view course details

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  • 16185GERST 6411  SEM 101

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GERST 6431

The fall of "real socialism" in 1990 put an end to the experience of twentieth century Marxism. Its ideas, debates and controversies could be viewed-historicized and revisited-in a different light. The ... view course details

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  • 16190GERST 6431  SEM 101

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GERST 6510

After having been reduced to a mere ideological formation of bourgeois origin, aesthetics has recently made a strong comeback in the field of theory. This course probes the reasons for this historical ... view course details

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  • 16214GERST 6510  SEM 101

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GERST 6960

New forms of German literature emerged in the wake of transnational labor migration, especially after 1989. Taking leave of a sociological model that interprets this literature as a plea for compassionate ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: NES 6960

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16008GERST 6960  SEM 101

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  • Prerequisite: reading knowledge of German and English.

GERST 7530

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5952GERST 7530  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

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GERST 7531

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6602GERST 7531  IND 601

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