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

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  • 3 Credits Graded

GERST 1118

Why do we play games and why do we have fun with them? What makes us winners and losers? This course will explore various approaches to games and humans at play. We will try to understand why people play ... 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 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

  •  5918GERST 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.

  •  5919GERST 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.

  •  5920GERST 1210  DIS 201

  •  5921GERST 1210  DIS 202

  •  5922GERST 1210  DIS 203

  •  5923GERST 1210  DIS 204

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

  •  5924GERST 1220  LEC 001

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

  •  5925GERST 1220  DIS 201

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

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

  •  6595GERST 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

  •  6596GERST 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

  •  6474GERST 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

  •  6475GERST 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 2020

1968 marked a turning point in German history. Protesting students upended the social, cultural, and political order with a utopian vision of revolution that ended in a decade-long wave of domestic terrorist ... view course details

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  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16743GERST 2020  SEM 101

  • Prerequisite: GERST 2000, or equivalent or placement by examination. Taught in German. Can be used in partial fulfillment of the humanities distribution requirement. 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.

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

  •  6476GERST 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.

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

  •  9878GERST 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

  •  9594GERST 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 3290

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

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16701GERST 3290  SEM 101

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

GERST 3515

This course introduces the cinema of the Weimar Republic (1918-33), a golden age of German cinema comparable to the classical Hollywood era. During this period, the German film industry developed a variety ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: PMA 3514VISST 3515

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17003GERST 3515  SEM 101

  • Taught in English.

GERST 3590

An intensive study of the metaphysical and epistemological doctrines of the Critique of Pure Reason. Some editions of the course may also consider Kant's ethical views as laid out in the Groundwork of ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture. Discussion optional. Combined with: PHIL 3230

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16954GERST 3590  LEC 001

  • 17157GERST 3590  DIS 201

GERST 4100

This seminar explores 1) how texts try to move; how they attempt to create or shape (artistic, political) movements, 2) how texts attempt to capture political movements. We will study flyers and leaflets ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Texts and Movements

  •  5937GERST 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 4210

The most intense public encounter between Existentialism and Marxism occurred in immediate post-WWII Europe, its structure remaining alive internationally. Existentialist questions have been traced from ... view course details

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GERST 4220

Poems disrupt the flow of reading. In so doing, rather than rendering them transparent, they call attention to their media – often the page or voice. This course will examine the experimental writing techniques ... view course details

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  • 17020GERST 4220  SEM 101

  • Taught in English.

GERST 4355

As an outstanding figure of critical theory in the twentieth century, Siegfried Kracauer left an astonishingly rich body of work spanning literature and the sociology of mass culture, film criticism and ... view course details

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  • 16577GERST 4355  SEM 101

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

  •  5938GERST 4510  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Adelson, L

  • Prerequisite: permission of instructor. To apply for independent study, please complete the on-line form at https://data.arts.cornell.edu/as-stus/indep_study_intro.cfm.

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

  •  5939GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  • 10245GERST 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

  •  7909GERST 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

  •  9188GERST 5070  SEM 101

  • 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 6070

This seminar takes as its theoretical starting point Hegel's notion of the "prose of the world" to describe the modern age, and the 19th c in particular—an age no longer defined by the exception and heroes, ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6894ROMS 6070

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16848GERST 6070  SEM 101

  • Taught in English. Anchor course. All texts available in English.

GERST 6090

Novelists, poets, and dramatists have reflected on the act of writing and poetic practice for centuries. Since the 1950s, though, public reflections on literary work have become essential to the performance ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16702GERST 6090  SEM 101

  • 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

  •  9488GERST 6131  SEM 101

GERST 6175

Examination of affects at the intersections of aesthetics, ethics, politics, philosophy and psychoanalysis.  Points of inquiry: how are social feelings of empathy, solidarity and identification evoked ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6136

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16850GERST 6175  SEM 101

  • Taught in English.

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

  •  5956GERST 6310  SEM 101

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

GERST 6355

As an outstanding figure of critical theory in the twentieth century, Siegfried Kracauer left an astonishingly rich body of work spanning literature and the sociology of mass culture, film criticism and ... view course details

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  • 16578GERST 6355  SEM 101

GERST 6780

Our title derives from the political philosopher Leo Strauss, who provides our initial analytic, methodological, and theoretical model. We extend beyond Straussian ideological positions to include art ... view course details

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  • 16704GERST 6780  SEM 101

GERST 7000

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10084GERST 7000  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Schwarz, A

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

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 10246GERST 7000  IND 602

    • TBA
    • Fleming, P

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

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

  •  5959GERST 7530  IND 601

    • TBA
    • McBride, P

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

GERST 7531

The course consists of a bi-weekly workshop series focusing on a range of interdisciplinary topics and sponsored by the Institute for German Cultural Studies (IGCS). Speakers include prominent scholars ... view course details

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  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6535GERST 7531  IND 601