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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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18263GERST 1109  SEM 101

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  • Students who enroll in this course are highly recommended to attend occasional film screenings on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

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  • 3 Credits Graded

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GERST 1112

Homer's epics make no mention of music, because to the earliest European poets it was an integral and therefore not distinct part of their performance. Although since then considered separate arts, music ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

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

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  • 3 Credits Graded

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

  •  5921GERST 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.

  •  5922GERST 1210  LEC 002

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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.

  •  5923GERST 1210  DIS 201

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  •  5924GERST 1210  DIS 202

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  •  5925GERST 1210  DIS 203

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  •  5926GERST 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

  •  5927GERST 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.

  •  5928GERST 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

  •  6648GERST 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

  •  6649GERST 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

Students examine important aspects of present-day German culture while expanding and strengthening their reading, writing, and speaking skills in German. Materials for each topic are selected from a variety ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6515GERST 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

  •  6516GERST 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 at sharpening your awareness of personal and cultural subjectivity by examining texts in a variety of media against the backdrop of cultural, political, and historical contexts.  We will ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6517GERST 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

  •  8713GERST 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 3011

The German-speaking culture has long reflected a "green" tradition in the arts, in literature, and in scientific discoveries that have made Germany, Austria, and Switzerland leaders in the development ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18017GERST 3011  SEM 101

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

GERST 3015

This course will familiarize students with the formally adventurous and globally influential cinema of the Weimar Republic. We will examine key films from a range of genres (including horror, comedy, science ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18061GERST 3015  SEM 101

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  • Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: GERST 2020, 2040 or 2060 or equivalent or placement exam. This course may be counted towards the requirement of 3000-level language work in the major. Taught in German. Film screening: Mondays 7:00pm in Room 142 Goldwin Smith Hall.

GERST 3561

Psychoanalysis considers the human being not as an object of treatment, but as a subject who is called upon to elaborate an unconscious knowledge about what is disrupting her life, through analysis of ... view course details

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  • 17980GERST 3561  LEC 001

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GERST 3620

This course introduces students to Critical Theory, beginning with its roots in the 19th century (i.e., Kant, Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche) and then focusing on its most prominent manifestation in the 20th ... view course details

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  • 16450GERST 3620  SEM 101

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GERST 4100

The Senior Seminar is a requirement of the German Studies major but is open to all students who have met the prerequisites. The course has a research component and is taught each fall by a faculty member ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Ingeborg Bachmann: Philosophy, Poetry, Prose

  •  5940GERST 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 4150

This is an introduction to the three 'master thinkers' who have helped determine the discourses of modernity and post-modernity. We consider basic aspects of their work: (a) specific critical and historical ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 4250GOVT 4735

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16468GERST 4150  SEM 101

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GERST 4510

Undergraduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5941GERST 4510  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Waite, G

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  • Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

GERST 4530

The Reading Course is administered by the director of the honors thesis.  It carries 4 hours credit, and may be counted towards the work required for the German Major.  The reading concentrates ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5942GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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GERST 4540

The thesis is to be written on a subject related to the work done in GERST 4530.  A suggested length for the thesis is 50-60 pages. view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  8066GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Schwarz, A

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  • Prerequisite: GERST 4530

GERST 5070

Designed to familiarize students with current thought and theories in the field of applied linguistics and language pedagogy.  Introduces different models of foreign language methodology and presents and ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18627GERST 5070  SEM 101

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  • Intended primarily for graduate students preparing to teach German and undergraduate students interested in deeper understanding of language study and teaching. Taught in German; readings are in English and German.

GERST 6190

Niklas Luhmann's systems theory is one of the great theoretical edifices of the last few decades. Ostensibly a sociological theory, Luhmann's work arguably has had its most disruptive, and most enduring, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6185

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16461GERST 6190  SEM 101

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GERST 6260

An introduction to Nuremberg in the late fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, with emphasis on its significance as an early modern urban center. Topics include the city's development and social structure, ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16474GERST 6260  SEM 101

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  • Anchor course for the 16th century.

GERST 6310

This course emphasizes the acquisition of reading skills in German, using a variety of prepared and authentic texts.  The follow-up course, GERST 6320 - Reading Academic German II, is offered ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5959GERST 6310  SEM 101

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  • Intended for graduate students with no prior experience in German.

GERST 6370

Examination of programmatic concepts of Poetic Realism in literature and theory. Special focus on the relationship between aesthetic theory and literary production (Hegel, Vischer, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche). ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16460GERST 6370  SEM 101

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  • Anchor course.

GERST 6420

This seminar will explore how states and communities are represented in opera from the eighteenth century to the end of World War II.  Discussions will begin with representations of the absolutist state ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: MUSIC 7223

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16330GERST 6420  SEM 101

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GERST 6850

The modern or postmodern, and increasingly global, capitalist system rules by overt violence and coercion in tandem with what Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937) called the "non-coercive coercion" of "cultural ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6850GOVT 6750

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17180GERST 6850  SEM 101

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GERST 7530

Graduate student and faculty advisor to determine course of study and credit hours. view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5962GERST 7530  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Groos, A

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  • Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Graduate student status.

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19147GERST 7530  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Schwarz, A

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19148GERST 7530  IND 603

    • TBA
    • Schwarz, A

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GERST 7531

Bi-weekly workshop series on a range of interdisciplinary topics sponsored by the Institute for German Cultural Studies that include invited speakers to present and discuss their work-in-progress from ... view course details

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6581GERST 7531  IND 601

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