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

  • 18044GERST 1109  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18045GERST 1109  SEM 102

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18046GERST 1109  SEM 103

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18047GERST 1109  SEM 104

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

GERST 1121

Germany's capital is a city that constantly reinvents itself. This course will offer a glimpse into Berlin's rich history in the 20th and 21st centuries—from the rise of the metropolis during the Weimar ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18048GERST 1121  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17943GERST 1170  SEM 101

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 17944GERST 1170  SEM 102

  • For more information about First-Year Writing Seminars, see the Knight Institute website at http://knight.as.cornell.edu/.

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

  •  5641GERST 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.

  •  5642GERST 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.

  •  5643GERST 1210  DIS 201

  • 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.

  •  5644GERST 1210  DIS 202

  • 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.

  •  5645GERST 1210  DIS 203

  • 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.

  •  5646GERST 1210  DIS 204

  • 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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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5647GERST 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.

  •  5648GERST 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

  •  6299GERST 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

  •  6300GERST 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

  •  6180GERST 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

  •  6181GERST 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

  •  9356GERST 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

  •  6182GERST 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

  •  8708GERST 2700  SEM 101

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

GERST 3075

German Print Culture from the Medieval to the Modern employs texts and images in the Kroch Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and Herbert Johnson Museum of Art as a prism to study how printing transformed ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16913GERST 3075  LEC 001

  • Taught in German. Prerequisites: GERST 2020 or GERST 2040 or GERST 2060 or placement by language exam. Satisfies Option 1. Enrollment limited to 12 students.

GERST 3225

Who read what, how, and why in the past? Is reading today categorically different? How does globalization affect what is read by many people locally? Is the vast segment of so-called popular literature ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16917GERST 3225  LEC 001

  • Taught in German. Prerequisites: GERST 3070 or GERST 3080. Satisfies Option 1 of the language requirement.

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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  • 16960GERST 3550  LEC 001

  • Film Screening TBA.

GERST 3610

This course examines the stories, literary examples, and metaphors at work in elaborating the modern economic subject, the so-called "homo oeconomicus." We will examine material from Locke, Smith, Defoe, ... view course details

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  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion. Combined with: COML 3542GOVT 3606

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17128GERST 3610  LEC 001

  • Taught in English.

  • 17130GERST 3610  DIS 201

  • 17689GERST 3610  DIS 202

GERST 4100

Topic: "At the Borders of Language: German Poetry" The course is based on an historical survey of German poetry. We will examine the conventions and limits of the genre as well as the specific uses of ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: At the Borders of Language: German Poetry

  •  5660GERST 4100  SEM 101

  • Taught in German. Satisfies Option 1. Prerequisites: standard German proficiency as required for this level: 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, including poster presentations of all final projects, and is taught each fall by a faculty member in the Department of German Studies on a topic of their expertise.

GERST 4370

Discussion of an advanced topic in German philosophy. view course details

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  • Topic: Recognition

  • 16567GERST 4370  SEM 101

  • Survey of historical and contemporary work on the nature and ethico-political significance of interpersonal recognition. Readings to include texts from Rousseau, Fichte, Hegel, Beauvoir, Honneth and contemporary anglo-american political philosophy.

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

  •  5661GERST 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

  •  5662GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8853GERST 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

  •  7516GERST 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

  •  8538GERST 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 6040

The tradition of tragic thought has had an enormous impact on theories of modernity. This seminar will explore the ways in which models of the tragic (and tragedy) have influenced the formation and theoretical ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6135

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16943GERST 6040  SEM 101

  • Readings and discussion in English.

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

  •  8610GERST 6131  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

GERST 6235

Critical-aesthetic models about the role of art and literature in the search for the  active, good, or just life are increasingly under pressure by the conditions of late capitalism, which assimilates ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6033

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16947GERST 6235  LEC 001

  • Taught in English.

GERST 6241

Discussion of an advanced topic in German philosophy. view course details

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  • Topic: Recognition

  • 16569GERST 6241  SEM 101

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

  •  5679GERST 6310  SEM 101

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

GERST 6315

This graduate course is dedicated to an in-depth exploration of the recent emergence of Posthumanism as a new theoretical paradigm in cultural and literary studies. Hardly a unified theory, Posthumanism ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6186STS 6131

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17013GERST 6315  LEC 001

  • Taught in English. Enrollment limited to graduate students or instructor permission.

GERST 6515

This anchor course focuses on major developments in the literature and culture of the German-speaking countries during the Weimar Republic and the Third Reich. Topics to be discussed include the relationship ... view course details

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  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16936GERST 6515  LEC 001

  • Anchor Course. Taught in English.

GERST 6630

This graduate seminar provides a basic introduction to the thinking of Nietzsche and Heidegger, and to the latter's interpretation and appropriation of the former. A major concern is the articulation of ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6630

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16934GERST 6630  SEM 101

  • The readings are provided in German (and French or Italian in some cases) and in English translations, when these exist. Discussion and papers in English. Students from all disciplines are welcome.

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 only in terms of intercultural ... view course details

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  •   Combined with: COML 6960NES 6960

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16980GERST 6960  SEM 101

  • Graduate-student status and good reading knowledge of German and English required; exceptions require instructor approval.

GERST 7000

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  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8784GERST 7000  IND 601

    • 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

  •  5682GERST 7530  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • 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

  •  6239GERST 7531  IND 601