German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021. Courses of Study 2021-2022 is scheduled to publish by July 1.

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4199GERST 1210  LEC 001

    • TTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Lischke, G

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    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.

  •  4200GERST 1210  LEC 002

    • TTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Lischke, G

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    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.

  •  4201GERST 1210  DIS 201

    • MWRFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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.

  •  4202GERST 1210  DIS 202

    • MWRFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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.

  •  4203GERST 1210  DIS 203

    • MWRFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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.

  •  4204GERST 1210  DIS 204

    • MWRFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Lischke, G

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4205GERST 1220  LEC 001

    • TTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Matthias Phelps, G

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

  •  7628GERST 1220  LEC 002

    • TTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Matthias Phelps, G

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

  •  4206GERST 1220  DIS 201

    • MWRFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

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

  •  7629GERST 1220  DIS 202

    • MWRFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4831GERST 1230  SEM 101

    • MTWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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 1776

Provides an introduction to reading, writing, aural comprehension, speaking and grammar, as well as to some of the basic elements of Ashkenazi Jewish culture. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: JWST 1776NES 1776

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16163GERST 1776  SEM 101

    • MTWRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Forman, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4721GERST 2000  SEM 101

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Pfeifer, A

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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.

Enrollment Information
Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4722GERST 2000  SEM 102

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7047GERST 2020  SEM 101

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Choinowski, I

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4723GERST 2040  SEM 101

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Lischke, G

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6893GERST 2700  SEM 101

    • MWTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Schwarz, A

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7630GERST 3070  SEM 101

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • McBride, D

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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 3350

Focus on Kafka's literary, theatrical, political, historical, religious, personal and intellectual environment and its impact on his literary productions. Topics of discussion include: the individual versus ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16709GERST 3350  LEC 001

    • MWTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Schwarz, A

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 3300GOVT 3705PMA 3490

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16710GERST 3550  LEC 001

    • MWTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Waite, G

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 3541ENGL 3920GOVT 3636

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  7637GERST 3620  SEM 101

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Fleming, P

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

GERST 4100

Topic: German Film from Weimar to Present: As the quintessential medium of modernity, film has played a central role in shaping national identities and creating imagined communities. At the same time, ... view course details

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  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Hope in German Literature and Thought

  •  4218GERST 4100  SEM 101

    • TRTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Adelson, L

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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 4255

Marx, never reading Fraud, produced analysis of ideology and fetishism as class struggle; Freud, barely mentioning Marx, produced critique of socialism and communism. Freudo-Marxism began 1920s: Austria/Germany ... view course details

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  • 18771GERST 4255  SEM 101

    • MTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Waite, G

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    Enrollment limited to Seniors and Graduate Students.

GERST 4510

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4219GERST 4510  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  4220GERST 4530  RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Siegel, E

  • Instruction Mode: Directed Research

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6972GERST 4530  RSC 702

    • TBA
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Directed Research

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  •  5969GERST 4540  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Siegel, E

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    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 approaches and discusses various ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6806GERST 5070  SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PHIL 4003PHIL 6030

  • 1-2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  6851GERST 6131  SEM 101

    • TBA
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Kosch, M

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

GERST 6255

Marx, never reading Fraud, produced analysis of ideology and fetishism as class struggle; Freud, barely mentioning Marx, produced critique of socialism and communism. Freudo-Marxism began 1920s: Austria/Germany ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  • 18772GERST 6255  SEM 101

    • MTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Waite, G

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    Enrollment limited to Seniors and Graduate Students.

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4237GERST 6310  SEM 101

    • MWFTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Mandych, M

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person
    Intended for graduate students with no prior experience in German.

GERST 6340

This graduate seminar introduces major authors, themes, and problems in European--also German--literature, philosophy, art, and critical theory from ca. 1770 to 1830. This, our own, legacy includes: Europe ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16715GERST 6340  SEM 101

    • WTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Gilgen, P

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6960NES 6960

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 17662GERST 6960  SEM 101

    • RTo Be Assigned
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Adelson, L

  • Instruction Mode: Planned for In Person

GERST 7530

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

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 1-4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4240GERST 7530  IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 26 - Dec 7, 2021
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Independent Studies
    Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to graduate students.