German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.

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

  • 18311GERST 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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18312GERST 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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18313GERST 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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18314GERST 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

  • 18316GERST 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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18317GERST 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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18318GERST 1170  SEM 102

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

GERST 1175

Small forms can contain big ideas. This course will put contemporary microformats, such as tweets, snaps, lists, and text messages, in dialogue with a much broader spectrum of small, short, and simple ... view course details

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  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 18320GERST 1175  SEM 101

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5423GERST 1210  LEC 001

    • T
    • Lischke, G

  • 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.

  •  5424GERST 1210  LEC 002

    • T
    • Lischke, G

  • 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.

  •  5425GERST 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.

  •  5426GERST 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.

  •  5427GERST 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.

  •  5428GERST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5429GERST 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.

  • 16117GERST 1220  LEC 002

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

  •  5430GERST 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.

  • 16118GERST 1220  DIS 202

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6075GERST 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.

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5957GERST 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5958GERST 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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8515GERST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5959GERST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8294GERST 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 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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Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16119GERST 3070  SEM 101

    • MWF
    • McBride, D

  • Prerequisite: GERST 2040, 2060 or equivalent. This course may be counted toward 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16123GERST 3290  SEM 101

    • TR
    • Gilgen, P

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

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PHIL 3230

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16163GERST 3590  LEC 001

    • TR
    • Pereboom, D

GERST 3620

Shortly after the last election, The New Yorker published an article entitled "The Frankfurt School Knew Trump was Coming." This course examines what the Frankfurt School knew by introducing students to ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one seminar and one discussion. Combined with: COML 3541ENGL 3920GOVT 3636

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16127GERST 3620  SEM 101

  • Students must also enroll in one of the two discussion sections.

  • 16128GERST 3620  DIS 201

  • 16129GERST 3620  DIS 202

GERST 4100

Topic: Bertolt Brecht, Then and Now view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Bertolt Brecht, Then and Now

  •  5442GERST 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 4211

This course focuses on literature as a model and harbinger of posthumanism. The German tradition in particular is rich in literary texts that offer posthuman constellations and experiences avant la lettre. ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4211ENGL 4972

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16219GERST 4211  SEM 101

GERST 4250

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4250GOVT 4735

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16197GERST 4250  LEC 001

GERST 4471

The premodern world played a crucial role in the formation of postmodern theory. 'Biblical exegesis', 'negative theology', 'inner experience', and other premodern concepts and practices were taken up by ... view course details

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  • 17476GERST 4471  SEM 101

GERST 4510

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

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5443GERST 4510  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  5444GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Siegel, E

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  8414GERST 4530  RSC 702

    • TBA
    • Staff

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  7270GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Staff

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8174GERST 5070  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PHIL 6030

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8230GERST 6131  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Kosch, M

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5461GERST 6310  SEM 101

  • 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16171GERST 6370  SEM 101

  • Anchor course for German Studies.

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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16172GERST 6470  SEM 101

  • Anchor course for German Studies. Reading knowledge of German and graduate student status or permission of instructor.

GERST 6471

The premodern world played a crucial role in the formation of postmodern theory. 'Biblical exegesis', 'negative theology', 'inner experience', and other premodern concepts and practices were taken up by ... view course details

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  • 17479GERST 6471  SEM 101

GERST 6481

This seminar investigates the productive relationship that ties literary criticism to media studies in the North-American and European humanities—for the latter we will especially focus on the German-language ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6481PMA 6481ROMS 6481

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16204GERST 6481  SEM 101

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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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: ARTH 6060COML 6600

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16173GERST 6600  SEM 101

GERST 6709

Recent theory has tended to focused on difference. What if we looked at its complementary or supplementary others instead? This course will analyze a range of theoretical concepts that hinge on sameness ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4709COML 6709

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17577GERST 6709  SEM 101

GERST 7000

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2-12 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  8361GERST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  5464GERST 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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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6015GERST 7531  IND 601