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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GERST 1115

Sports are never just entertainment. They also create communities of fans – fanatics –with values and rituals that closely resemble religious movements. The guiding principle behind this writing seminar ... view course details

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GERST 1117

In popular culture and literature, in the humanities and in the social sciences, friendship – a relationship of choice without institutional foundation – is a topic that allows for the exploration of the ... view course details

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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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GERST 1190

How could a just God create a world full of incomprehensible suffering? Finding solutions to this persistent question seriously preoccupied enlightenment thinkers who promised to make the world more coherent.  ... view course details

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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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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5898GERST 1210  LEC 001

  • 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.

  •  5899GERST 1210  LEC 002

  • 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.

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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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5904GERST 1220  LEC 001

  • Prerequisite: GERST 1210, or LPG score of 37-44, or SAT II score of 370-450.

  •  5905GERST 1220  DIS 201

  • Prerequisite: GERST 1210, or LPG score of 37-44, or SAT II score of 370-450.

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

  •  6604GERST 1230  SEM 101

  • 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

  •  6605GERST 1230  SEM 102

  • 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

  •  6479GERST 2000  SEM 101

  • 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

  •  6480GERST 2000  SEM 102

  • 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

  •  6481GERST 2040  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000, or placement by examination (placement score and CASE). Satisfies Option 1. Students must take one of the following courses as a prerequisite for Study Abroad in a German-speaking country: GERST 2020, GERST 2040, or GERST 2060.

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8448GERST 2040  SEM 102

  • 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 2700

Big names, Big ideas, and Big events are associated with German culture and thought: Luther, Faust, Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Mozart, Beethoven, Kant, Hegel, Goethe, Einstein, Kafka and Thomas ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16910GERST 2700  SEM 101

  • Enrollment limited to 18 1st-semester-freshmen. Readings and discussion in English. Students must apply in writing to chair/instructor; Department of German Studies; 183 Goldwin Smith Hall. Upon availability, students of other levels will be welcome to apply.

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

  • 16377GERST 3070  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: GERST 2040, 2060 or equivalent. This course may be counted towards the requirement for 3000-3209-level language in the major. Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1.

GERST 3235

Idealized representations of women proliferated in the Enlightenment and Romantic philosophy, visual arts, dramaturgy, and literature. In this course we will interrogate how and why Goethe, Schiller and ... view course details

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    Combined with: FGSS 3235

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17610GERST 3235  SEM 101

  • Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: one course at the 3000-3209 level in German or placement exam.

GERST 3511

Media make things move. Ships transport goods, cars carry passengers, devices transmit information. While origins and destinations often seem the most significant, modern media and cultural mobility also ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 3112PMA 3511STS 3511

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

GERST 3550

An introduction (without prerequisites) to fundamental problems of current political theory, filmmaking, and film analysis, along with their interrelationship.  Particular emphasis on comparing and contrasting ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 3300GOVT 3705PMA 3490

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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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GERST 4100

Topic: "Berlin Stories: Urban Life and History". Berlin's central role in the twentieth century makes it a unique place for assessing crucial junctures in the history of modern Germany. This seminar will ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Berlin Stories: Urban Life and History

  •  5917GERST 4100  SEM 101

  • Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisite: Any German course at the 3200-3499-level or equivalent. The 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 in the Department of German Studies on a topic of their expertise.

GERST 4421

Advanced discussion of topics or authors in "modern" Western philosophy (circa the 17th and 18th centuries). view course details

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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

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

  •  5919GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  • 18539GERST 4530  RSC 702

    • TBA
    • Adelson, L

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

  •  7951GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • McBride, P

  • 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

  • 10075GERST 5070  SEM 101

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    • Lischke, G

  • 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 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

GERST 6160

The seminar will examine how space is represented in literary texts and pursue the question whether literary language can be connected to spatial features that are unique to prose, poetry and other poetic ... view course details

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    Combined with: COML 6130

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16384GERST 6160  SEM 101

  • Discussion in English; texts available in both German and English.

GERST 6221

Advanced discussion of topics or authors in "modern" Western philosophy (circa the 17th and 18th centuries). view course details

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    Combined with: GERST 4421PHIL 4220PHIL 6220

  • 4 Credits Sat/Unsat

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

GERST 6470

This seminar/anchor course will focus on German literature during the period of the cold war between 1949 and 1989, with some attention paid to both the immediate aftermath of World War II and the period ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16386GERST 6470  SEM 101

  • Anchor course. Prerequisite: reading knowledge of German and graduate student status or instructor permission.

GERST 6600

Some of the most powerful approaches to visual practices have come from outside or from the peripheries of the institution of art history and criticism. This seminar will analyze the interactions between ... view course details

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    Combined with: ARTH 6060COML 6600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

GERST 7000

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17539GERST 7000  IND 601

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    • Schwarz, A

  • Independent Study for non-degree visiting graduate students accepted into the PIRIP.

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

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

  •  5939GERST 7530  IND 601

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    • McBride, P

  • Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to graduate students.

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  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

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