German Studies (GERST)Arts and Sciences

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Course descriptions provided by the Courses of Study 2022-2023.

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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19544 GERST 1109   SEM 101

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

Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19545 GERST 1109   SEM 102

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

Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19822 GERST 1109   SEM 103

    • TR White Hall 104
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • McQuade, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    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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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19546 GERST 1121   SEM 101

    • MWF White Hall B04
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • McBride, D

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

GERST 1123

This course introduces students to the legacy of Romantic thought in the context of international horror cinema. Students will gain skills in formal film analysis and cultural criticism by watching movies ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19791 GERST 1123   SEM 101

    • MW Malott Hall 230
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • McQuade, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    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

  • 19380 GERST 1170   SEM 101

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

Syllabi: none
  •   FWS Session. 

  • 3 Credits Graded

  • 19381 GERST 1170   SEM 102

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

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4138 GERST 1210   LEC 001

  • 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.

  •  4139 GERST 1210   LEC 002

    • T White Hall 110
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • 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.

  •  4140 GERST 1210   DIS 201

    • MWRF Lincoln Hall 107
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

  • 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.

  •  4141 GERST 1210   DIS 202

    • MWRF White Hall B06
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

  • 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.

  •  4142 GERST 1210   DIS 203

    • MWRF White Hall B06
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

  • 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.

  •  4143 GERST 1210   DIS 204

    • MWRF White Hall B04
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • 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

  •  4144 GERST 1220   LEC 001

    • T White Hall 110
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: 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.

  •  6971 GERST 1220   LEC 002

    • T White Hall 110
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: 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.

  •  4145 GERST 1220   DIS 201

    • MWRF White Hall 104
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: 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.

  •  6972 GERST 1220   DIS 202

    • MWRF Morrill Hall 111
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: 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

  •  4687 GERST 1230   SEM 101

    • MTWF Uris Hall 369
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: 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 1880

Students will continue to build their skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking in Yiddish. In addition to textbook material, the course will include Yiddish literature and other cultural products. ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: YIDSH 1880

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19287 GERST 1880   SEM 101

    • MTWRF White Hall 114
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Distance Learning-Synchronous
    This course is part of the Shared Course Initiative and will be streamed from Yale University using videoconferencing technology. Students who may have a scheduling conflict with the published course time should contact the instructor.

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

  •  4585 GERST 2000   SEM 101

    • MWF Uris Hall G20
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Hadley, S

  • Instruction Mode: 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.

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  4586 GERST 2000   SEM 102

    • MWF Uris Hall G20
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Matthias Phelps, G

  • Instruction Mode: 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 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

  •  4587 GERST 2040   SEM 101

    • MWF White Hall B04
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Wegner, D

  • Instruction Mode: 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

  •  6390 GERST 2700   SEM 101

    • TR Uris Hall 498
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Schwarz, A

  • Instruction Mode: 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 3075

"Print Culture from the Medieval to the Modern" employs texts and images in the Kroch Rare Books Library and Johnson Museum of Art as a prism to consider how advances in printing technology transformed ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: SHUM 3075

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16615 GERST 3075   SEM 101

    • MWF Uris Hall 302
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • McBride, D

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16617 GERST 3290   SEM 101

    • TR Uris Hall 438
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Gilgen, P

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Prerequisite: any course at the 3000-3209-level in German or permission of instructor. Taught in German.

GERST 3580

Survey of nineteenth century philosophy. view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: PHIL 3250PHIL 6220

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19029 GERST 3580   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

GERST 4100

Fall 2022 Topic: Humor in German Culture. What is German Humor? Can we ascribe specific qualities to German wit? This seminar will examine forms of humor in various genres such as literature, TV shows, ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • Topic: Humor in German Culture

  •  4157 GERST 4100   SEM 101

    • TR Uris Hall 498
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Schwarz, A

  • Instruction Mode: 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 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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 4250GOVT 4735

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16618 GERST 4250   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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

  •  4158 GERST 4510   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • 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

  •  4159 GERST 4530   RSC 701

    • TBA
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

  • Instruction Mode: Directed Research

Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session. 

  • 4 Credits Multi-Term

  •  6459 GERST 4530   RSC 702

    • TBA
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • 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

  •  5587 GERST 4540   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

  • 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

  •  6316 GERST 5070   SEM 101

    • R Uris Hall 312
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Lischke, G

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

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16621 GERST 6090   SEM 101

    • W Uris Hall 494
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Siegel, E

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to graduate students.

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

  •  6356 GERST 6131   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person

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

  •  4176 GERST 6310   SEM 101

    • MWF Uris Hall 494
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Aupiais, J

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

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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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6630

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16622 GERST 6630   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to graduate students.

GERST 6730

"Prophetic Realisms" explores the notion that certain literary texts – those that are deeply embedded in the socio-economic totality of the world they build – not only provide insight into the present ... view course details

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: COML 6730

  • 4 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 18262 GERST 6730   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Enrollment limited to graduate students.

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

  •  4178 GERST 7530   IND 601

    • TBA
    • Aug 22 - Dec 5, 2022
    • Staff

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

  • 2 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16625 GERST 7531   SEM 101

  • Instruction Mode: In Person